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Welcome to the Western New England University community! We are pleased that you have decided to continue your education here, and we are certain that it will exceed your expectations.

Information regarding your next steps and several important items are listed below. You are encouraged to address each of these as early as possible after the dates indicated.

Class of 2022 Facebook Group

A group has been set up on Facebook to allow accepted students to converse and interact with each other. This group offers a platform for students to discuss important dates to remember, SOAR information, class registration, housing, Bear Tracks and much more! The site is monitored by the Admissions Office and you can have your questions answered by a Counselor. To join the group, simply log in to your Facebook account and search “Western New England University Class of 2022” or click here to begin meeting your fellow classmates. If you have any questions regarding the page, please contact the Admissions Office at 413-782-1321.

Health Services

Information regarding the healthcare services that will be offered when you start college is available at www1.wne.edu/health-services. All new students must submit health forms which include your immunization record as well as a physical exam. Athletes (intercollegiate not intramural) should note the additional forms required to compete at the college level. Select the "Forms" option for the forms, and the "Insurance" link for information on student insurance and a waiver form. We encourage you to share this information with your parents and to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

First Year Foundation

There is something special about the first year at Western New England University. We recognize that there are multiple challenges that await each first-year student (freshman and transfer students), and we believe that with proper planning and support, anything is possible. We value the unique talents of the individual student and strive to exceed expectations.

To assist in meeting the challenge of academic and social transition, students and parents can look forward to a comprehensive orientation process known as SOAR, Summer Orientation and Registration. Students and parents choose one of five two-day programs during which the foundation for a successful transition is laid. (Transfer students with at least 27 college credits may elect a one-day, abbreviated session.) At SOAR, students and parents are not only introduced to resources that assist in making a successful transition, every effort is made to present a full and candid picture of the reality of college life at Western New England University. Typically, 97% of students and parents attend a SOAR program. Review the Checklist of Important Dates for additional information regarding the dates and when registration packets will be mailed.

First Year Program

Placement Testing

At SOAR, students actually complete course registration. To make this process happen, however, every student (freshman and transfer students) must complete assessments in Math and English. Assessment results are used to help select courses in which the student is most likely to be successful and find appropriately challenging. In no way will the results impact your admission status.

More information about placement testing will be available soon. 

Housing and Roommate Selection

Information about housing and the roommate selection process will be available to new students on May 14. 

Residence Life

Freshman Summer Reading

Intellectual inquiry and discussion of ideas are hallmarks of an educated person. Education at Western New England University begins with the introduction of a summer reading assignment. Recent summer readings have included national best sellers such as Fast Food Nation, Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Cheating Culture. The summer reading assignment is introduced at SOAR.

Buying a Computer

If you are thinking about buying a computer to bring to college, you may be wondering what to purchase. Our Office of Information Technology (OIT) has posted some points to consider. Check the OIT Handbook for more information.

OIT Handbook