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Student Life

Make the most of your college experience.

When you go to college, you’ll bring many things with you, including your hobbies, interests, skills, and dreams. What you take away from your experience depends on your willingness to become involved in student life on campus. With over 60 student clubs and organizations, and a variety of athletic and creative outlets, Western New England University offers you a wide range of opportunities to make the most of your college experience. To learn more about student life on campus go to the Student Activities Page.

Lead by Example

Participating in clubs, associations, student government, campus ministry programs, and athletics provides opportunities for you to strengthen leadership and teambuilding skills. You’ll have the opportunity in your first year to join the Emerging Leader Program where you will discover how to develop your personal strengths to take on leadership roles on campus, in your future career, and in lifelong volunteer pursuits.

Get into the Action!

With 19 varsity sports, intramurals, and more than 60 clubs, getting involved at Western New England University is easy. From The Westerner (student newspaper) and Cheerleading Club to the Outing Club and the Historical Society you can find an outlet for just about any interest imaginable. And almost every academic major has an association to help you further your academic interests and career goals in a social setting.

What’s Up Tonight?

Looking for a break from studying? The Campus Activities Board offers an exciting lineup of movies, comedy shows, and live concerts to keep you entertained. And when the weekend rolls around, you can be sure "Fridays" at the Campus Center will be hopping with special performances and events.

Recharge Your Batteries

The University’s world-class Alumni Healthful Living Center is the perfect venue for getting away from it all and rejuvenating your body and mind. If you prefer traveling to recreational points of interest, we’re a short car ride to ski resorts in the mountains of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire; in warmer weather you may also choose to visit the magnificent beaches of Cape Cod, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Six Flags New England is just 20 minutes from campus.

You’ll find a long historical tradition and thriving cultural scene in Western New England University’s hometown of Springfield. Art and natural history museums, ethnic festivals, the Springfield Armory Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial, and the new Basketball Hall of Fame are a few of the great local cultural attractions. Downtown Springfield offers clubs, restaurants, and a range of entertainment. Symphony Hall and CityStage offer great music and theater performances, and the Mass Mutual Center is the scene of minor league hockey games, and many other events.

Let Your Spirit Soar

Right here on campus we have our own art gallery. You can join student groups exhibiting their artistic talents in the Campus Chorus, the Dance Team, the Pep Band, the Concert or Jazz Band, and the Stageless Players drama club. If you prefer expressing yourself in words, the University literary magazine, The Review of Art and Literature, which is managed and produced by students, is an impressive place to publish artwork, poetry, and prose. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear nationally known speakers through our lecture programs.

Become a Part of the Tradition

The statue of the Golden Bear outside the Campus Center is an emblem of Western New England University pride and a symbol of the importance of tradition at the University. In fact, you’ll probably find yourself bringing your own individuality and creativity into traditional activities such as Homecoming, Family and Friends Weekend, and Spring Week. One of the more visible and fun traditional events is the Bed Race held each year during Family and Friends Weekend. You and your friends can build and pilot "beds" on a race course past crowds of students and parents to win the coveted trophy and, most of all, have a great time.

Friends for Life

The friends you make in college can be friends you’ll keep for a lifetime. And Western New England University’s "small, home-like" setting provides a comfortable environment for making these friends. You’ll quickly develop a sense of belonging and have the feeling that you’re at home as you move about campus always meeting someone you know. We’ve gone to great lengths to create this friendly open feeling on our campus, and we think you’ll see it immediately.

Learning About Yourself

College is a time for self-discovery. At Western New England University, you’ll learn to balance choices with your own values. In addition, the Campus Ministry offers students the opportunity to develop their spirituality and understand the values of others. With the support of your friends and professors you’ll find that Western New England University is indeed where "Everything falls into place."