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Parents and Families

Virtual Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

Summer Registration and Orientation (SOAR) is a unique WNE tradition where we officially welcome students to our learning community and allow them to register for your fall semester courses. This year, SOAR has gone virtual giving students and their families more flexibility to participate in dynamic programming and new ways to get to know classmates, make new friends, and meet the people in the WNE network of support.

More information about SOAR can be found here!


As you prepare for our fall 2020 opening, do know that whether you are a First Generation college parent or you have been through the college admissions and transition process several times, Western New England University is here for you every step of the way!

Western New England University can provide the kind of college experience you want for your student: high-quality academics with a professional orientation, a pristine campus with modern amenities from our residence halls to labs and outstanding sports facilities, caring and supportive faculty and staff, and an excellent value that includes generous Merit and Transfer Scholarships that keep our tuition affordable. Above all, WNE students graduate well-rounded, prepared by their disciplines and internships, and ready to launch careers.

Our relationship with your family often begins with a Campus Visit so join us for an Open House or schedule a personal tour in the summer. Give us a call at 1-800-325-1122 ext. 1321 to plan your visit! 

As an important partner is your student's success, you need to know where to find resources to answer your questions—now and once you become a part of the Golden Bear Family. Here are some key links to important University resources:

Applying & Enrolling


Student Services

We encourage you to become involved in our Parents Association and follow our outstanding Golden Bear teams. 

Are You a New College Parent? Our College Planning Calendar Will Keep You on Top of Your To-Do List

Spring of Junior Year

  • Register your student for a spring SAT or ACT date.Visit campus or attend an open house with your student.
  • Take and encourage your student to take virtual tours of various campuses.

Summer of Junior Year

  • Make more college visits with your student.
  • Help your student narrow down the college list.
  • Have your student begin to obtain college applications.
  • Help your student prepare a résumé.

Fall of Senior Year

Spring of Senior Year

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can after October 1 (it is much easier if you file it online).
  • Attend an open house with your student if you haven’t done so already.
  • Have your student look into programs for accepted students – Ask about Western New England University’s Day Visit Program!
  • Help your student make a final decision
  • Pay the tuition deposit - due by May 1.
  • Notify the other colleges to which your student was accepted that he/she will not be attending.
  • Send in student’s final high school transcript to the institution they are going to attend.

Summer After Graduation

  • Watch for dates about registration, housing, etc.
  • Prepare for your student to start their freshman year in college!

Class of 2018 Outcomes

Survey Says...

In a survey of the Class of 2018, 90% were employed/offered employment within six months of graduation. Others were enrolled in graduate school.