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ARRIVAL AND SEMESTER TESTING PLAN FOR SPRING 2021

How will students, faculty, and staff members be tested for COVID-19 at the start of the semester and throughout the spring?

Western New England University has developed a comprehensive plan and has contracted with the Broad Institute to test all community members at the start of the semester and throughout the spring. See the details and testing schedule for all students, faculty, and staff here. ;

CHANGES TO SPRING 2021 ACADEMIC CALENDARS

How will academic calendars, including breaks and finals be different for the Spring 2021 semester for undergraduate, graduate, law, pharmacy, and OTD students?

The Spring 2021 academic calendars for all programs have been modified for the spring semester as a preventative measure to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection due to travel during extended breaks. Learn more about changes to the University’s Spring Academic Calendars: Undergraduate and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and School of Law Schedule. Note: Graduate Terms are unchanged.

ATHLETICS SPRING 2021

What is the latest news on WNE varsity athletics?

Our current Golden Bear varsity athletes have been kept well-informed of changes to athletics this spring by their individual coaches and the Department of Athletics.

Athletics activities will resume with the return of Winter sport athletes on January 18. Fall and Spring sport athletes will return following the University Spring semester move-in plan and resume activities at the start of the Spring semester. The NCAA has passed a blanket waiver allowing all athletes to practice and compete during the 2020-21 academic year without using a year of eligibility. All teams will be conducting practice activities with the hope that athletic competition will be possible during the Spring semester provided competition can be conducted safely in accordance to NCAA and Massachusetts guidelines.

CAMPUS VISITS SPRING 2021

Will the University be open for visits or tours this spring?

The Admissions Team along with the entire campus community have worked hard to ensure that we are able to provide our prospective students and families with safe ways in which you can learn more about the University through individual on-campus tours, small personalized events, and virtual opportunities. Our safety protocols which include the wearing of masks, limiting guest numbers, and social distance protocols to name a few have allowed families to come and safely visit campus, meet faculty members and students, and get a better sense of this community. We are also planning a number of unique events for our admitted students this spring. You can learn more about all of these opportunities at www.visit.wne.edu.

WNE’s campus is open. Whether you would like to visit in person or prefer one of our virtual visit opportunities, we have a variety of options to allow you to explore our spectacular campus. Details and registration can be found at visit.wne.edu.

Visitors are also welcome to take self-guided walking or driving tours of campus. Simply help yourself to a Walking or Driving Tour map located in the foyer of the Delbridge Welcome Center.

STANDARDIZED TESTS, AP EXAMS, AND FINANCIAL AID

I’m a high school student with lots of questions about submitting my test scores, AP Exams, transcripts, and financing my education at WNE during this unusual year. Can you help?

Yes, we are here for you—even before you officially become a Golden Bear!

We are now test optional for all programs so you will not need to submit test scores. If you originally applied indicating that you were planning to submit test scores, but are no longer able to take the test, please contact your Admissions Counselor so we can change your application to Test Optional. We can work through your individual questions on a case-by-case basis. 

AP Examinations
Western New England University is aware that 2020 AP Examinations have moved to an online format. The University will continue to honor our current Policy on Awarding AP Credit, which can be found here. Your official AP Score Report needs to be sent to Western New England University from the College Board in order to receive credit.

Pass/fail grades on transcript
For high school students, any “pass” grade will count towards meeting a student’s graduation requirement and will not be calculated into the student GPA. Pass/fail grades will not have any impact on a student’s academic merit scholarship. Please contact your personal Admissions Counselor with specific transcript questions.

For transfer students, if you earn a grade of Pass, Credit, or Satisfactory during the spring or fall 2020 semester, that will satisfy the grade requirement to transfer those credits. This also applies to courses at WNE which require a specific grade to transfer, such as Mathematics and English requirements, and courses which are prerequisites. We are committed to evaluating all pass grades for course work without prejudice for all students in our undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

Financial Concerns
We know that the outbreak of COVID-19 has brought uncertainty to many families around employment and income. Please know that we understand these circumstances, and we encourage you to discuss your family’s specific situation with your Enrollment Services Coordinator

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STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Will the same great WNE student support services be available this spring?

Our student support services are still providing online and over the phone support to our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. These services include the Academic Success CenterStudent Disability ServicesCounseling Services, and more. Check out all the services that we are offering! If you would like to connect with a representative of one of these offices, click on one of the offices above.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The majority of our courses are being offered on-ground and we are actively issuing I-20s to new international students. Students will need to check the US Consular’s office to determine the availability of visa interviews, which varies by country.

WNE offers many different ways that you can fulfill your proof of English proficiency through Internet based testing. Please visit our English proficiency webpage for more information.

You can email Rachael Lamson at Rachael.lamson@wne.edu or Emilee Smith at Emilee.smith@wne.edu  or reach out via our WhatsApp number at +14137821787 with any questions.