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Degree-Seeking Students
Students interested in part-time study must submit an application for admission and provide all required documentation based on their intended program of study. In order to register for a course(s) as a degree-seeking student, you must be accepted to the University.

Any applicant who provides the appropriate academic documentation can be considered for permission to register for a course(s) while his/her application is pending. Upon receiving permission to register, you can take a course(s) as a non-degree student. You will be considered "non-degree status" until your application is complete and an official acceptance is issued. Financial aid is not available to non-degree students.

Non-Degree Study
Non-degree study allows students to explore course offerings and to acquire job-related knowledge without pursuing a degree. Students can enroll in any undergraduate course for which they have satisfied prerequisite requirements. Non-degree students will be required to submit official transcripts as proof of appropriate preparation. The maximum number of credits that can be earned as a non-degree student is limited to 36 credits.   Continuing registration normally requires a cumulative grade point average of "C" (2.0) in courses taken at the University. To download an application for non-degree study, please click here.

When to Apply for Admission
Western New England University has a "rolling" admissions policy, not a set admission deadline, which gives students greater flexibility in applying. Admission decisions are typically released within two weeks of your application being complete. The University urges prospective students to apply as early as possible in relation to the anticipated start date. Once approved, you can begin your studies at the start of any semester or session. 

Typical Academic Calendar

Online Bachelors in Business Administration - Traditional 15-week semester, starting in September and January.  Also two, 6-week sessions, starting in late May and early July.

Evening Programs - Traditional 15-week semester, starting in September and January.  Also two, 6-week sessions, starting in late May and early July.

Day Programs - Traditional 15-week semester, starting late in September and January.  Also two, 6-week sessions, starting in late May and early July.

For a detailed overview click here.

Requirements
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 - Degree Programs
Freshman and Transfer Students

If you have graduated from high school or you have previously enrolled at another college, you must comply with the following admissions criteria:

  • Obtain an application from the Office of Admissions or download an application here.
  • Freshman students must submit their official final high school transcript(s) or an official copy of the GED score report. Transfer students must include all official college transcripts, as well as transcripts from any secondary school(s) previously attended.
  • Return the completed form with a nonrefundable $30 application fee. This fee can be waived if a Western New England University alumnus/a signs the application.
  • Students over 24 and veterans do not need to submit standardized test scores.  Additionally, the test scores requirement can be waived if the applicant has successfully completed more than twenty-four credits or has been out of school for more than five years. Other applicants should submit official SAT (code #3962) or ACT (code #1930) scores. 
  • Students must submit one letter of recommendation.

Send all application materials to:
Graduate Studies & Adult Learning
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684

Any questions? Call 1-800-325-1122 Ext. 1517 or 413-782-1517, or contact the Admissions Office via email: study@wne.edu.

How to Apply - Non-Degree Programs
Students applying for non-degree study must comply with the following admissions criteria:

  • Obtain an application from the Office of Admissions or download an application here.
  • Return the completed form with a nonrefundable $30 application fee. This fee can be waived if a Western New England University alumnus/a signs the application.
  • Freshman students must submit their official final high school transcript(s) or an official copy of the GED score report. Transfer students must include all official college transcripts, as well as transcripts from any secondary school(s) previously attended.

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. Customarily, a student who has received an associate's degree in an approved program from an accredited college, and who is accepted for admission, will be granted junior status.

Credit for Nontraditional Educational Experience
The University will review, for possible credit, educational programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations such as business, industry, government, professional, and voluntary associations. Decisions to award transfer credit are based primarily upon The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, published by the American Council on Education, and The Directory of the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction, published by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. In addition, courses and training obtained through the Armed Services will be reviewed on the basis of the recommendations made by the American Council on Education in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Links to Resources:

American Council on Education

The National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction

The University-Level Examination Program (CLEP)


Portfolio-based Credit

Transfer credit for portfolio-based credits may be awarded to students for prior learning that has been assessed by a regionally accredited college or university. Students who are interested in obtaining more information about portfolio assessment should contact the Admissions Office.

Registering for Courses
Candidates accepted for admission, as a degree-seeking student, or those granted permission to register for a course(s), will be assigned an advisor by the appropriate School. Your advisor will assist you with the registration process and other academic related issues. The following is a list of the general contact information for each School:

College of Arts and Sciences
Phone number:  413-782-1279
Location: Herman Hall, First Floor

College of Business
Phone number: 413-782-1231
Location: Churchill Hall, Second Floor

College of Engineering
Phone number: 413-782-1272
Location: Sleith Hall, First Floor

For a map of the campus, click here.


Information Sessions

Master's Degree Programs
Offered in Engineering

Tues., August 26, 5:30 p.m.
Kevin S. Delbridge
Welcome Center,
Second Floor

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Undergraduate Part-time
Degree Programs

Wed., August 13, 5:30 p.m.
Kevin S. Delbridge
Welcome Center,
Second Floor

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