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Western New England University Expects Over 20% Increase in Incoming Class for 2023-24 Academic Year

Published: May 03, 2023 | Categories: All News
Western New England University's Deliso Hall in spring with students walking in front

Western New England University (WNE) is pleased to announce that the expected incoming class for the 2023-24 academic year will increase by nearly 25% compared to last year. This significant growth in enrollment is a testament to the University's commitment to providing a first-rate education and a supportive learning environment to students.

"We believe that every student deserves access to a high-quality education, and we are committed to making that education affordable and accessible," said WNE President Dr. Robert E. Johnson. "We are excited to welcome the next generation of learners to WNE as we provide them with agility along with the skillset and mindset to learn, unlearn, and relearn as a global citizen."

The incoming class is made up of students from diverse backgrounds and includes many first-generation college students. The University's admissions team worked diligently to ensure that students from wide and varied backgrounds had access to the resources and support they needed to apply and enroll.

Next year's freshman class will come from 20 states, 16 countries, and 359 high schools, with approximately 4% being international citizens.

"Enrollment growth is always related to giving students what they need," said Vice President of for Enrollment Management Greg Matthews. "Students and their families have become ever more concerned about costs and outcomes of a university education. Western New England University is committed to providing the experiences that students desire and outcomes that matter to them and their families, all the while being an affordable four-year private educational option across income levels."

The increase in enrollment is also attributable to the University's commitment to offering a range of financial aid options, including scholarships and grants, to help students achieve their academic goals without taking on excessive debt.

The 2023-24 incoming class can look forward to a dynamic and personalized academic experience that encourages personal exploration and growth in their fields of interest.

"WNE offers exceptional depth and breadth of programming that will both challenge and support our students," said Johnson. "With a supportive community, dedicated faculty and staff, and a commitment to excellence, the University is well-equipped to help students thrive and succeed in their chosen fields."

Western New England University continues to stake its claim as a New Traditional University, and data from several sources show that WNE is a national leader in return on investment (ROI) measures. In a study conducted by Georgetown University, Western New England University was ranked in the top 6% of colleges and universities by ROI – first in Springfield and third in the Pioneer Valley behind Williams and Amherst Colleges. In addition, U.S. News & World Report's (2022) Top 100 National Universities found that the median starting salary for WNE graduates is higher than 52 of the top 100 institutions in the country.

"These rankings mean that a WNE degree has great value," said Johnson. "A Western New England University education will not only be well worth the investment in your academic knowledge, industry-related experience, and relevant skills, but will also continue to demonstrate those returns throughout your career."

Western New England looks forward to welcoming the new students to Golden Bear Nation this summer during a series of orientation sessions taking place in June 2023.