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Parent & Family SOAR

Congratulations on becoming part of the Golden Bear Family!

This summer your student will be taking part in our on-campus WNE Summer Orientation “SOAR”. As part of the SOAR experience, parents/guardians are invited to attend one of our 2-day SOARs for a separate orientation experience. SOAR is an important way for families to begin to feel connected to the University community, have questions answered by the many academic and professional staff, and connect to other family members who are experiencing many of your same feelings.

At WNE, we consider parents/guardians and families to be partners in ensuring student success. The Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition takes great pride in creating a vital and meaningful relationship with you. As partners, we look forward to working together with you to help you learn more about the first year, University, as well as connect you to the many programs and resources Western New England University has to offer!

We’d like to also personally invite you to join our 2021-2022 Golden Bear Parent and Family Network Facebook page which will be a way to connect to the University as well as other families. For those of you not on Facebook, you’ll receive a weekly email with information about where you can find the resources.

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Additional SOAR Resources

Enrollment Services


Western New England University adheres to a policy of compliance with the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA). This policy:

  • permits students to inspect their educational records;
  • limits the disclosure of information from educational records; and
  • provides students with the opportunity to seek correction of their educational records when appropriate.
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Financial Timeline

A financial timeline and checklist for freshman and transfer students.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a standard used to measure progress toward the completion of coursework toward a degree. Western New England University is required by federal regulations to establish a reasonable Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to determine whether an otherwise eligible student is making SAP in his or her educational program.

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Tuition Refund

Our refund policy is based on the fact that the University makes commitments in advance to our teaching staff and others who provide vital services to students and the University.

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Four Year Plan for Success

A four-year plan for success at WNE.

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Success First

Success First is a yearlong program designed to help first generation college students be successful through one-on-one mentoring, valuable workshops, group outings, and an opportunity to receive financial assistance for books and supplies. The goal is to help you develop a sense of community with other first-generation students as well as a valuable support system.

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Kevin S. and Sandra E. Delbridge Career Center

Get To Know Your Career Counselor

A resource list of contact information for the career counselors for the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Engineering.

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Team Approach

The Career Center provides guidance and direction to support your student’s individual career journey, starting in their first year and continuing into alumni status. Your student’s career team includes their specialized career development advisor, University faculty and administration, our alumni population, and our established relationships with companies and organizations.

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Top Ten Reasons to Visit the Career Development Center

Reasons include help finding the right major or career path, free assessment tools, how to write cover letters and résumés, and the art of networking.

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Student Life

United & Mutually Equal

U&ME is one of the most popular student organizations on campus because it offers a unique mix of social justice, educational, and fun programming. It is a student-run arm of the Office of Diversity Programs and Services.

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life at Western New England University extends an open invitation to explore and deepen our faith traditions and beliefs. We welcome all thoughts, questions, and conversations.

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Why study theatre? Theatre can teach you abilities that you would never imagine!

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D'Amour Library

D’Amour Library is committed to supporting your student’s academic success through in-person and online academic resources and professional services.

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Parents Association

Parents Association

A letter from Neil Abramson, the President of the Parents Association.

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