Western New England University was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1919. Begun as the Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern, the University was originally established to offer part-time educational opportunities for adult students in law, business, and accounting.
In 2011, Western New England College officially became Western New England University. The change to university status better reflects the institution’s growth, diversity and expanded graduate offerings. Along with the change in name of the University, four Schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy became “Colleges.” The School of Law retained its name.