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Student Life

Whether you live on campus or commute, or you are from Connecticut or China, being an active participate in student life is how you will experience more than a great university at Western New England.

For undergraduates, it all begins at SOAR (Summer Orientation and Registration), your official introduction to life as a Western New England University student. This interactive overnight program offers fun activities to help you (and your parents) get to know our campus community. Through SOAR, you will meet new people (including your Peer Advisor), get acquainted with residence life if you will live on campus, and explore our great dining options and campus amenities.

SOAR is part of our First Year Program which offers a circle of support to make your transition to college positive and anxiety-free. We’ve developed one of the most comprehensive programs in the country for first year students. Whether living on campus or off, you will be welcomed and supported by our team of professors, administrators, and upper-class student mentors committed to helping you make your first year on campus your best year yet.

Clubs, organizations, student government, service, athletics and participation in traditions like Midnight Madness and Family and Friends Weekend present opportunities for you to become an integral part of our community. 

Make Your Bed--Then Run With It!

The Residence Hall Bed Race is a Family and Friends Weekend tradition.

Join in and Learn to Lead.
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership is the gateway to over 70 active clubs and organizations. From groups that are affiliated with academics to those that reflect the interests of the student body, such activities are help you to learn valuable life skills and creates learning beyond the classroom experiences. 

Appreciate Our Differences.
The Office of Diversity Programs and Services promotes the understanding, appreciation, and celebration of differences. Participation in outreach activities help you to understand the similarities as well as the unique qualities that makes us all one community.

Learn More Beyond the Classroom.
Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) is one of the distinctive features of a Western New England University education. The concept of Learning Beyond the Classroom recognizes that learning can occur anytime, anywhere, and creates an opportunity for students to reflect on how those experiences connect to their overall education. 

We make it easy to find a Roommate!

The HMA online roommate matching system makes it easy for you to connect to potential roommates.

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What's Cookin'? Our New Dining Commons.

Follow the progress of the new Dining Commons on our construction webcam and learn more about the expanded menu of offerings and great social spaces of this new campus destination.

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What's Happening on Campus?

Keep up-to-date on what’s happening on campus through the campus Calendar of Events.

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Great Weekend Activities

Fun, Games, and More

A great on-campus living experience is one reason why 80% of students choose to spend their weekends here.