Western New England University is a private university in Springfield, Massachusetts
Western New England University 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. On July 1, 2011, Western New England College officially became Western New England University. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved the name change in March 2011. As President Anthony S. Caprio explained, “The name ‘university’ better reflects our growth, our diversity, our expanded graduate offerings, and our comprehensive nature. The transition to university status will position Western New England to fulfill our potential as a regional and national leader.” The Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy became the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy. The School of Law retained its name.