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Western New England University is a private university in Springfield, Massachusetts. Academic programs are provided through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, School of Law, and College of Pharmacy.
In recognition of its master’s and doctoral programs, the institution officially changed its name from Western New England College to Western New England University on July 1, 2011. This marked the return of “university” to the school’s name, exactly 60 years after separating from Northeastern University. It had long been classified as a university by the Carnegie Foundation.
The university is a member of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield and a partner in the Hartford-Springfield Region’s Knowledge Corridor Initiative. Instruction is provided entirely by university faculty instead of teaching assistants or graduate students.
The Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern, was established in 1919. Evening classes, held in the YMCA building on Chestnut Street in Springfield for students studying part-time, were offered in law, business, and accounting. In 1922, the school’s first 13 students were awarded the degree of Bachelor of Commercial Science. The first seven law graduates were recognized in 1923.
In 1951 the Springfield Division of Northeastern University became Western New England College. The college was chartered on July 17, 1951. On April 26, 1956, 34 acres (140,000 m2) for the current Wilbraham Road campus were purchased. In that same year the first day program was started; it was in engineering, with 53 students enrolled. The first building, originally known as East Building and later renamed Emerson Hall in recognition of the college’s first trustee chairman, opened in 1959.
The college’s charter was expanded in 1959 to permit the college to grant the bachelor’s degree in any field of business administration, science, engineering, education, and law, and certain master’s degrees. The charter was expanded in 2005 to include the LL.M. in Estate Planning and Elder Law, and again in 2008 with the inclusion of the Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis.
The School of Arts and Sciences was established in 1967, and the college received accreditation as a general purpose institution in 1972.
The 1960s through the 1990s saw the college’s academic programs expanding, its student body growing, and the addition of a number of buildings, including the D’Amour Library, the Blake Law Center, the St. Germain Campus Center, the Alumni Healthful Living Center, and the LaRiviere Living and Learning Center. In 2001, the Evergreen Village townhouses opened for seniors. The Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center, which houses the admissions offices, opened in 2002. In 2003, Commonwealth Hall and the Golden Bear Stadium opened. The George Trelease Memorial Baseball Park was completed in 2004. In 2006, the $1.9 million expansion to the D’Amour Library was completed. In 2008 and 2009, respectively, the college expanded and renovated the Blake Law Center and built Southwood Hall. In 2010, the $40 million Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy was completed. Herman Hall underwent an $8 million renovation in 2012.
The university’s beautifully maintained 215-acre (0.87 km2) campus serves as home to undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, pharmaceutical, and law students from throughout the United States and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and at the School of Law. In 2010, the College of Pharmacy was established, and the institution was granted a change to its charter that permits it to offer the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy. Western New England University has 43,000 alumni around the world
Western New England University is a comprehensive institution that grants degrees across the liberal arts and professional disciplines. The university’s academic departments are organized into five academic schools with varying levels of degrees offered:
College of Arts and Sciences: Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.
College of Business: Bachelor’s and master’s.
College of Engineering: Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.
School of Law: Professional (Juris Doctor) and master’s (Master of Laws).
College of Pharmacy: Professional (Doctor of Pharmacy)
Undergraduate students choose from nearly 50 majors as they earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A). Certificates and other non-degree programs are also offered.
Undergraduate Business and Engineering students must take certain general education classes through the College of Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in several Arts and Sciences may choose one of several majors that can be fulfilled entirely within that school. All undergraduates
Arts and Humanities
Computer Science and Information Technology
Criminal Justice and Sociology
History and Political Science
Physical and Biological Sciences