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.
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:
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
- How to Apply
- Undergraduate Admissions
- Tuition & Costs
- Making a Deposit
- Financial Aid (Enrollment Services/Bursar)
- Financial Aid FAQ
- Summer Orientation (SOAR)
- Health Services (Insurance forms, medical forms, services)
- Pay My Bill
- Student/Parent Proxy
- Academic Calendar
- First Year Program
- Student Accessibility Services
- Success First (First Gen Support)
- Other support services
- Campus Mail Services
- Career Development Center
- Food Points
- Health Services
- Counseling Services
- Office of Information Technology
- On-Campus Banking
- Public Safety
Are You a New College Parent? Our College Planning Calendar Will Keep You on Top of Your To-Do List
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
- Make sure your student continues to take challenging courses.
- Have your student send in the application and all application materials.
- Sign your student up to take the SAT or ACT again.
- Attend college fairs with your student.
- Have your student start to apply for external scholarships.
- Have your student attend college visits at his/her high school.
- Attend an open house or set up individual visits with your student for his/her top schools.
- Obtain a pin for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.pin.ed.gov and start to complete the FAFSA worksheets.
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
In a survey of the Class of 2018, 90% were employed/offered employment within six months of graduation. Others were enrolled in graduate school.