A DEGREE OF EXCELLENCE
WITHIN YOUR FAMILYâ€™S
A DEGREE OF EXCELLENCE
“WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY,
THAT’S A GREAT SCHOOL!”
You may hear that comment from family and colleagues when you tell them where your son or daughter plans to attend college. Or, more importantly, four years from now when a prospective employer makes that statement to him or her at a job interview. Hearing such an affirmation and knowing that people from your hometown to major corporations across the country consider Western New England University to be a “great school” is an important consideration in the college search process. In fact, in a survey of the Class of 2015, 97% of the respondents were employed/offered employment within six months of graduation. Others were enrolled in graduate school.
Hello, Deciding where your child is going to earn an undergraduate degree is not an easy decision, especially today when your child is receiving so much information from so many new sources about which schools may be the best fit for your family.
â€œWhat are the key attributes in a university that will help my child succeed? Where will he or she feel most supported? How can I help my child make the best choice?â€? These are just a few of the many questions I get asked by our families on a regular basis. As a father of three children myself, I certainly understand the pressures involved, and this is why it was so important for me to create this brochure with parents and guardians in mind. Ultimately, whatever school your family chooses will be based on a set of unique values. I wanted to take this opportunity to clearly communicate what we value as a University in order to help you make the most informed decision possible. I hope that after reading this it will be clear that our mission is to provide your family member an extremely high quality, highly personalized education, one that will set him or her up for a successful and satisfying life. Hopefully, through our vast resources and your childâ€™s hard work and determination, your family will realize the value of a Western New England University education. We pride ourselves on personal attention. So please, after reading this, do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions. With warmest regards,
Bryan Gross Vice President for Enrollment Management email@example.com
GIVE THEM THE BEST
OPPORTUNITIES WITH A TOP RANKED “BEST VALUE” UNIVERSITY Western New England University is ranked in the top 3 percent of colleges and universities among the top 1,275 public and private institutions reviewed in the United States by The Economist magazine. The rankings analyzed which institutions offered the “best value” for the education students received. The Economist’s results showed a predicted salary for undergraduates from Western New England University of $47,947 while the reported salary 10 years after enrolling was $55,100. Western New England University over-performed by $7,153 in predicted annual salary. The data in The Economist ranking is also consistent with findings recently published by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, a larger and broader study, where Western New England University is ranked in the top 17 percent of nearly 8,000 college and universities in the United States.
Students are attracted to Western New England University by the quality and depth of nearly 50 undergraduate majors and programs, our high academic standards, and the caliber of our engaging faculty. They feel at home and inspired by our close-knit learning environment and modern campus. They take pride in our growing national reputation and our rising athletic program. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS, where students may one day apply, look at other criteria that distinguish Western New England University. Many schools only accept students who share the same accreditations that they hold such as AACSB International for business programs, ABET for engineering, the Council on Social Work Education for social work, or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for Pharmacy programs. Our ranking in U.S.News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” among the “Regional Universities in the North” category is also an indicator of where we stand among our peers. We are also proud to note that our graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees at such schools as Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford to name just a few. At Western New England University, quality and value go hand-in-hand. We strive to keep our tuition within the means of working families. Through our merit-based scholarships we are able to offer awards of $6,000 to $20,000 annually or $24,000 to $80,000 over four years. With these and other scholarships or grants, we endeavor to keep a quality private college education within the reach of deserving students.
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A Comprehensive University RYAN DUBAY ’15 Biology and Biomedical Engineering Member of Technical Staff Draper A passion for learning inspired Ryan Dubay, originally a Biology major, to add on a second major, Biomedical Engineering. Currently working in biotechnology, he plans to go on to medical school, and pursue a combined PhD/MD degree. “Doctors work with biomedical engineers when they are developing something new for the medical field,” he says. “I want to be the bridge between the two. I would also love to be a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, working to completely change the treatment of heart disease.” With guidance from two of his professors, Ryan found himself immersed in research for the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute. The study involved a genomic analysis of an ancient microorganism that can break down very stable aromatic compounds. “My professors were interesting and had so much knowledge to share. They inspired me to reach their level,” he says.
Western New England University offers a distinctive mix of academic programs that enable students to tailor their learning opportunities to their goals and aspirations. With Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, plus a School of Law, we offer a wide range of options in a close-knit environment where students won’t get lost in the crowd. Accelerated Five-year bachelor/master’s or bachelor/law degree programs capitalize on these cross-disciplinary offerings to fast track students to graduate or law school, saving both time and money.
HIGH MARKS FROM SCHOOL COUNSELORS Western New England University is listed in Colleges of Distinction, a college guide and website profiling institutions characterized as America’s best values in higher education. Western New England University was evaluated for its performance in four distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes. School counselors and admissions professionals around the country recommended Western New England University highly in every category. The University was particularly noted for its active student body, devoted faculty, and academic programs based on developing collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills.
ASHLEY SKEETE ’10/MBA’12 PhD in Engineering Management Fellow Former Evaluations Engineer GE Aviation Ashley Skeete is confident that her participation in internships all four years as an undergraduate at Western New England set her apart from other candidates to land her first engineering job at Boeing. Combining her BS in Industrial Engineering with an MBA degree led her to new opportunities at GE. Now, she’s back for a third Western New England University degree, a PhD in Engineering Management. As a PhD Fellow, her goal is to bring her industry knowledge into the classroom and become a tenured professor. “My professors here encouraged me to do things that even I didn’t know I could,” says Ashley. “I hope that one day I can also be a professor and push my students to go farther than they think they can go.”
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Setting Minds in Motion for a Changing World
Shaping Leaders from the Classroom to Career
At the College of Arts and Sciences, students hone critical thinking and communication skills prized by today’s employers through in-depth research, frequent presentations, independent study, and the application of multimedia technology.
The College of Business prepares students to be global decision-makers with strong communication and analytical abilities to take them seamlessly from classroom to career.
ARTS AND SCIENCES
► The Honors, Global Scholars, and Study Abroad programs provide unique opportunities to excel academically. ► In the last few years, nearly $60 million have been invested to modernize labs and classrooms for many Arts and Sciences programs. Many programs are housed in our Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy. ► Some of the newest programs at the College of Arts and Sciences include Actuarial Science, American Studies, Health Sciences, Pre-physician Assistant, and Pre-optometry. ► Western New England is one of just 16 colleges and universities cited with particularly successful programs in a nationwide study of Calculus I conducted by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). ► The Council on Social Work Education, (CSWE) the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country, has awarded its highest marks to the Western New England University Bachelor of Social Work program.
► A recent gift of $1 million to the College of Business created a trading room, $100,000 student-managed investment fund, and scholarships to juniors and seniors. ► From Sport Management to Finance, students in any major at the College of Business can become SAP certified, a credential prized by today’s top employers. ► The new Business Analytics Center provides students access to the latest SAP software and analytics. Courses in analytics are taught at the center through its state-of-the-art technology and students use it for research and team presentations. ► Making the “big leagues” in the field of accounting is working for one of the “Big 4” accounting firms: KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PwC, firms that often hire our students who have excelled as interns. ► Graduates of our COSMA-accredited Sport Management program have been hired to work for such organizations as Adidas, ESPN, the Boston Red Sox, and the PGA. ► As students explore career paths, they also benefit from the close interaction of our highly involved College of Business alumni.
Inspiring Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Having graduated its first class in 2015, the College of Pharmacy is committed to meeting the changing needs of healthcare. The Pre-pharmacy program is a twoyear curriculum designed to lead directly into the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Western New England University. With successful completion of the Pre-pharmacy program, students receive preferred admission status for our Doctor of Pharmacy program (98% of our Pre-pharmacy students are admitted to the PharmD program). In the PharmD program, students will receive both a bachelor’s degree after four years and the PharmD degree after six.
ENGINEERING Design, innovation, and entrepreneurship form the foundation of our dynamic first-year engineering programs, but it is our Senior Design Project that truly sets our graduates apart. ► The $12.8 million expansion and renovation of Sleith Hall, home to the College of Engineering, has created an inspiring environment that fosters innovative thinking. ► The University is pioneering groundbreaking applications for using acoustic waves to filter and separate small water particles in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. ► The College received nearly $500,000 in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grants from the National Science Foundation and a grant of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. ► Our students have designed and built the award-winning solar houses for national and international competitions. For the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, they collaborated with the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá and Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana of Hondura. In December, our students partnered with Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá in the Latin America and Caribbean Decathlon. We will team with Xi’an Jiaotong University for the Solar Decathlon China in 2017.
The ABA-accredited School of Law offers two accelerated programs for undergraduates to earn both a bachelor’s and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the traditional seven: the 3+3 Law program (Arts and Sciences or Business students) and the Six-year Engineering/Law program. Students begin taking law classes in their senior year.
► In the Freshman Fundamentals program, students spend the fall semester designing, coding, and prototyping robots and develop a new smart product in the spring.
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LEARN MENTORSHIP: In the Company of Leaders
VAN NGUYEN ’15 Marketing Operational Rotation Program UTC Aerospace Systems Van Nguyen majored in Marketing, but it was his decision to become certified in SAP software that had a huge impact on his future. SAP is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) business management software that corporations worldwide use to seamlessly share data across sectors of their organizations. This certification helped him to land a prestigious summer internship at UTC Aerospace Systems in North Carolina. The company was so impressed with his expertise that it offered him a parttime position with the UTC Aerospace Systems’ location in Windsor Locks, CT, while he completed his senior year. “One important lesson I learned from my internship at UTC Aerospace Systems is to think and execute by looking at the bigger picture,” Van said. “Western New England University provided me with a tremendous amount of resources to prepare me for this industry. The best part is that my skills are also transferable to other fields.”
Attending Western New England University puts our students in the company of graduates who head many of the region’s banking, financial, and insurance institutions; hold senior level engineering positions at aerospace giants; and oversee the operations of nonprofit or government social service agencies. Here in New England, the tri-state area, and beyond, you will find our graduates in leadership positions in virtually every major field from professional sports to law enforcement, education to healthcare. Through initiatives such as the Engineering and Business Mentoring programs, alumni use their expertise to help students prepare to launch their careers.
Putting a Great Education to Work At Western New England University experiential learning takes many forms to help students make connections between classroom theory, their application, and lifetime goals. Employers are impressed with the professional learning experiences gained through our extensive internship network. The University has relationships with more than 1,000 sponsoring organizations where students participate in internships, perform fieldwork, research engineering Senior Design Projects, or student teach. Our Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) program provides an umbrella under which students can analyze the correlation between classroom learning and professional experience, service opportunities, civic engagement, or study abroad.
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: The World is Our Classroom
On-campus coursework integrates global perspectives across a wide variety of disciplines to expand each studentâ€™s worldview. For a truly global perspective, Western New England offers a wide variety of study abroad opportunities. From Italy to Australia, the University maintains relationships with universities around the globe to offer students traditional semester long study abroad opportunities. Many students participate in a variety of short-term trips from 10-day summer programs to destinations like the Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup to short cultural trips to Europe or Africa. Through the Freshman Semester in London (Arts and Sciences), and the Sophomore Experience Abroad (Business) programs, students are taught by our own faculty along with the faculty at Regentâ€™s University in London, for the same cost as spending a semester living and learning on campus.
Western New England University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, genetics, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.
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