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| I got a good job right out of WNEC. They have really incredible opportunities to make connections with "local" companies that have a global presence. WNEC is a major pipeline for Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies, Sikorsky, MassMutual (a mile away), Hasbro, and some of the other major corporations with headquarters within a half-hour. Smith & Wesson, Big Y, and Merriam-Webster are other Springfield companies worth exploring. The local legal establishment is also pretty much run by WNEC Law grads. All five of the major local banks were run by WNEC grads when I started there.|
You aren't guaranteed work at any of these companies, but being right around the corner for four years certainly helps.
The national recognition of the school is the major weakness, although this is changing as they get high-profile alumni like the current Lt. Governor of Massachusetts.For those expecting four years of partying, WNEC isn't the place. It is located in a quiet suburb. Not a recipe for much excitement.
|Jul 29 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Since WNEC is respected for its professional and grad school prep, make sure you keep your GPA >3.8 and do at least one internship a year. Do work in your intended field over the summer. Ask your department if you can take a grad-level |
class during senior year.
If you wanted a school where you can get into a great job or grad school just by the name on your degree, WNEC was the wrong choice. However, if you are willing to work hard and take all the opportunities you can, employers/grad schools will be fighting over you. WNEC grads have a reputation for being much more scrappy than their Ivy League counterparts. We have a can-do approach to things.I've had several employers look at my transcripts and say they were totally impressed by the logical progression of classes I took. Well, that's what happens when you have an advisor who is watching your progress closely. Don't kid yourself. WNEC can give you a strong start and a solid degree with great profs, but your success "out here" is up to you.
|Jul 24 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| WNEC is probably the best non-elite small college in New England. It isn't Amherst, but it's also not a diploma mill like some of its competitors in Connecticut. The campus is gorgeous and the faculty really care. They give their home phone numbers out to students on the first day of class, so there's no excuse for incomplete homework.|
The administration seems a bit behind the times in some ways, but they are constantly expanding and modernizing the buildings. WNEC's neighborhood in Springfield is very nice. It's on the very edge of the city -- about as far as you could get from downtown trouble spots. I never felt unsafe there at any time day or night.
Academics are often harder than students expect and many lazy students drop out early on. The faculty say that the quality of student coming onto campus increases each year and that's why they are pushing students harder. Students who might have been able to skate by 20 years ago will probably flunk out in the first semester today. WNEC seems to admit a lot of under-qualified students, then watches as they drop out and are replaced by qualified transfer students.
The engineering program has a national reputation and the curriculum is brutally hard from what I've seen. The faculty give the engineering students a lot of TLC, but those students still don't have a life outside class.I most enjoyed that I could take an accounting minor as a PoliSci major without extending the time required for my degree. I don't believe that you can mix professional and liberal arts classes as much at other schools.
|Jul 24 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2010 |