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Future Golden Bear Parents and Families

Whether you are a First Generation college parent or you have been through the college admissions and transition process several times, Western New England University is here for you every step of the way!

Western New England University can provide the kind of college experience you want for your student: high-quality academics with a professional orientation, a pristine campus with modern amenities from our residence halls to labs and outstanding sports facilities, caring and supportive faculty and staff, and an excellent value that includes generous Merit and Transfer Scholarships that keep our tuition affordable. Above all, WNE students graduate well-rounded, prepared by their disciplines and internships, and ready to launch careers.

As an important partner in your student's success, you need to know where to find resources to answer your questions—now and once you become a part of the Golden Bear Family. Here are some key links to important University resources:

Applying & Enrolling


Student Services

We encourage you to become involved in our Parents Association once your son or daughter has decided to join the WNE Community.

Are you new to the college admissions process? Our College Planning Calendar Will Keep You on Top of Your To-Do List:

Spring of Junior Year of High School

  • Visit campus or attend an open house with your student.
  • Register your student for a spring SAT or ACT date. WNE is test-optional and does not require either of these tests for admission into any of our programs.
  • Take and encourage your student to take virtual tours of various campuses.

Summer of Junior Year of High School

  • Make more college visits with your student.
  • Help your student narrow down the college list.
  • Have your student begin to obtain college applications.
  • Help your student prepare a résumé.

Fall of Senior Year of High School

  • Make sure your student continues to take challenging courses.
  • Have your student send in the application and all application materials.
  • Sign your student up to take the SAT or ACT again. WNE is test-optional and does not require either of these tests for admission into any of our programs.
  • Attend college fairs with your student.
  • Have your student start to apply for external scholarships.
  • Have your student attend college visits at his/her high school.
  • Attend an open house or set up individual visits with your student for his/her top schools.
  • Obtain a pin for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.pin.ed.gov and start to complete the FAFSA worksheets.

Spring of Senior Year of High School

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can after October 1 (it is much easier if you file it online).
  • Attend an open house with your student if you haven’t done so already.
  • Have your student look into programs for accepted students. 
  • Help your student make a final decision
  • Pay the tuition deposit - due by May 1.
  • Notify the other colleges to which your student was accepted that he/she will not be attending.
  • Send in student’s final high school transcript to the institution they are going to attend.

Summer After High School Graduation

  • Watch for dates about registration, housing, etc.
  • Prepare for your student to start their freshman year in college!

Class of 2021 Outcomes

Survey Says...

In a survey of the Class of 2021, 98% were employed or enrolled in grad school within six months of graduation.