New England College

by TBS Staff

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  • Small, private institution with small class sizes and respected instructors
  • Dozens of online degrees available
  • Affordable per–credit tuition for distance learners
  • Numerous programs recognized for excellence by US News & World Report
  • Designated as a Victory Media Military–Friendly School, with a Yellow Ribbon Program


Located on a beautiful campus about 90 miles north of Boston, NEC serves more than 1,900 undergraduates and 900 graduate students through its on–campus and online programs. Founded in 1946, the private, nonprofit liberal arts college started as an institution to provide higher education to the large numbers of returning service members after World War II. In recent years, NEC has welcomed an increasingly diverse student body, receiving recognition from Time magazine for its efforts to serve individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

The school delivers 10 associate, 41 bachelor’s, and 14 master’s programs.

New England College Statistics

Public/Private Private nonprofit
Acceptance Rate 99%
Student–to–Faculty Ratio 13–to–1
Full–Time Freshman Retention Rate 60%
Graduation Rate 36.3%
Required Standardized Test(s) None
Accreditation New England Commission of Higher Education
Date Founded 1946
Colors Navy blue, red, and white

New England College Online’s Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info

Accreditation and Approvals

New England College is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE).


Program Level Cost
Online Undergraduate $405 per credit
Online Graduate $430–$685 per credit


NEC’s online undergraduate applicants submit high school transcripts or GED scores, recommendation letters, a written essay, and a list of their volunteer, work, and extracurricular activities. The school evaluates each applicant individually and does not maintain traditional academic achievement standards for admission. NEC also does not require ACT or SAT scores.

Graduate–level applicants must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended, along with letters of recommendation and a current resume. Master’s programs do not require the submission of GRE or GMAT scores.

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Online Degrees Offered

NEC offers 10 online associate degrees, 41 online bachelor’s degrees, and 14 online master’s degrees.

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