Admissions Process

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Here’s your step-by-step guide to the Admissions Process for Freshman, Transfer, and International Students

When to Apply for Admission

Western New England University has a "rolling" admissions policy, not a set admissions deadline, which gives students greater flexibility in applying. The University urges prospective students to apply as early as possible. The University begins accepting students for the fall semester in October, but first quarter senior high school grades may be required for some students. Applications continue to be reviewed until the class is filled.

Acceptance of students enrolling midyear for the January semester begins in early fall.

We’re Now Test-Optional

Beginning with the class entering in Fall 2016, students will be allowed to choose whether they would like their standardized test scores used in the evaluation of their application for admissions to Western New England University*. As a University community we understand what makes us unique and the student attributes that contribute to student success. We understand that a student’s standardized test scores do not always measure their ability to be successful for most of our academic programs at Western New England University. 

We are proud to join more than 850 colleges nationwide who have made the decision to move to test-optional admissions. 

*Please note that students applying to the College of Engineering, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physician Assistant, and Pre-optometry are required to submit standardized test scores as part of the admissions process. International students will be required to submit SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to demonstrate proof on English language proficiency. International students applying for Pre-pharmacy, Pre-physician Assistant and Pre-optometry will be required to submit SAT and/or ACT scores.

For more information visit Test-Optional FAQ.


Persons admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). In addition, they must have successfully completed minimum preparatory units for specific courses of study in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. See requirements for additional information.

How to Apply - Freshman and Transfer Students

If you are a graduating high school senior or student transferring from a community/junior college or four-year institution, you must comply with the following admissions criteria:

  • Complete an application. You can submit our application online through this website.  You can also download an application here or you may complete The Common Application.
  • Submit the application with a nonrefundable $40 application fee.
  • Freshman students must submit their official high school transcript(s). Transfer students must include all official college transcripts, as well as transcripts from any secondary school(s) previously attended.
  • As part of our test-optional alternative, students applying for freshman admission can choose whether or not to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the application. Students who do not submit test scores will be required to submit an additional essay. See Test-Optional FAQ for more information.
  • Submit a personal statement, essay, or untimed writing sample of your choice (at least 250 words). 
  • Freshman students must submit an academic recommendation from a teacher or, preferably, their guidance counselor. Transfer students must also submit an academic recommendation, preferably from a college professor.

    Send all application materials to:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684

Any questions? Call 1-800-325-1122 Ext. 1321 or 413-782-1321, or contact the Admissions Office via email: learn@wne.edu.

For information on Part-time Undergraduate Admissions, click on "Prospective Students" from the menu at the top of the screen and then select "Undergraduate Part-time".

Receiving Transfer Credit

The amount of transfer credit allowed is based upon work completed at previous institutions. Normally, credit is allowed for each course which is equivalent to a corresponding course at Western New England University, provided the earned grade is C- or above.

How to Apply - International Students

In order to apply to the University, international students need to comply with the following steps:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This can be accomplished by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS),  STEPEIKEN, International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP), or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). Students can also submit proof of completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center, level 7 at the International Language Institute in Northampton, MA, level 10 at The New England School of English, Advanced 2 at the Boston Academy of English, level 6 at EmbassyCES, or ESL 302 at Inlingua Washington, DC. SAT I or ACT scores can be substituted for any of these scores as well. 
  • Complete an application. Our preferred method is to submit an application online through this website.  This enables you to monitor the receipt of all additional materials. You can also download an application here or complete The Common Application
  • Submit the application with a nonrefundable $40 application fee (U.S. dollars).
  • Have your secondary school send us your official secondary school transcript(s) accompanied by an English translation of the document(s) as well as an official transcript of the in-progress grades when available. Transfer students should have official copies of their final secondary school transcript and their college/university study sent to us. These should be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Submit a personal statement, essay, or untimed writing sample of your choice (at least 250 words). 
  • Submit an Affidavit of Support form. Click here to download.
  • Submit an official bank statement (on the bank's stationary) declaring that the financial sponsor has sufficient funding to support the student's education at Western New England University. Click here to see an example.
  • Provide a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher. Engineering applicants should submit a letter from a math or science teacher.
  • Submit a copy of your passport.

Deadline for Deposits

To confirm enrollment for the fall semester, the Admissions Office must receive the following by May 1st or, if accepted after April 15th, within fourteen days of the acceptance letter's date for First-Year Students.

  • Commuter students: A $100.00 nonrefundable tuition deposit
  • Resident students: A $400.00 nonrefundable deposit ($100 tuition deposit and $300 room deposit)

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