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Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield College graduates enter the workforce or advanced education with the competitive advantages of having received a top quality education and practical, real-world experience. Through internships, fieldwork and service learning, students gain hands-on experience while serving the community. It’s an advantage based in the college’s mission to educate the whole person – in spirit, mind, and body – for leadership in service to others.


Founded in 1885, Springfield College has an international reputation for educating leaders in health sciences, human and social services, sports and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It is a private, coeducational, mid-sized institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs from its award-winning facilities on the shores of Lake Massasoit.


Student Profile

2,267 undergraduate students (54% male, 46% female)

Faculty Profile

209 full-time faculty members, 463 part-time faculty members. 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

The College requires all full-time undergraduate students to live on campus for a minimum of three years. 84% of students live on the campus.

School Location

Springfield, Mass., is 90 miles west of Boston, 130 miles northeast of New York City, and 25 miles north of Hartford, Conn.


Springfield College competes in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). There are 26 varsity sports for men and women.  Men’s and women’s teams are in basketball, crosscountry, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, track and volleyball.  Women’ teams also include field hockey and softball, and there are additional men’s teams in baseball, football, golf and wrestling. Additionally, there are nine sub-varsity sports; twelve club sports; and extensive intramurals.

Mascot:  Lion

Color:  Maroon

Other Information

Springfield College, known worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball, is a private, coeducational institution founded in 1885.  All aspects of the Springfield College education are guided by the college’s distinctive Humanics philosophy, which emphasizes education of the whole person, in spirit, mind and body, for leadership in service to others.

Academic Programs

American Studies, Applied Exercise Science, Art, Art Therapy, Athletic Training, Athletic Training/Doctor Of Physical Therapy Seven-year Dual Degree; Biology, Business Administration, Communications/Sports Journalism, Communication Sciences And Disorders, Computer And Information Sciences, Computer Graphics/Digital Arts, Criminal Justice, Dance, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Emergency Medical Services Management, English, General Studies, Health Science/General Studies, Health Services Administration, Health Education (Health Studies), History, Human Services, Mathematics, Mathematics And Computer Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education (Movement And Sport Studies), Physical Therapy (Six-and-a-half year Program Culminating In A Doctor Of Physical Therapy Degree), Physician Assistant (Six-year Program Culminating In A Master Of Science Degree), Psychology, Recreation Management, Rehabilitation And Disability Studies, Secondary Education, Sociology, Sport Management, Sports Biology, Teacher Preparation, And Youth Development.

More Distinctions

  • Accreditations:

    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences
    • American Art Therapy Association
    • Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences
    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health-Office of Emergency Medical Services
    • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
    • National Accrediting Commission for Clinical Science
    • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association
    • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
    • Certified as a member program of the CORE Undergraduate Registry (Rehabilitation and Disability Studies)
    • Council on Rehabilitation Education
    • Council for Standards in Human Service Education
    • National Recreation and Parks Association - Council on Accreditation
    • The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
    • Council on Social Work Education
  • Community Service Distinctions:

    • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
    • Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
    • Jostens/NADIIIAA Community Service Award
    • Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc., Super 60 Award
    • City of Springfield Proclamation, Housing Initiative
    • City of Springfield Proclamation, Humanics in Action Day
    • Exemplary Employer Award from the Governor's Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities
    • City of Springfield Proclamation, Outstanding Neighbor
    • Saviors of Our Cities
    • HAP, Inc. Leadership Award

Internship, fieldwork, student teaching, and service-learning experiences give Springfield College students the practical experience and confidence to be immediately productive in their chosen fields.  And, they often lead to job offers.  This value-added experience begins as early as the first year.  The college maintains relationships with businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public and private agencies, and schools.  A few of the sites have been the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, American Hockey League, Boston Globe, YMCAs, American Heart Association, MassMutual, Children’s Hospital, Hilton Head Crowne Plaza, Reebok Health and Fitness Center, Baystate Medical Center, parks and recreation departments, human and social services systems, healthcare facilities, and many other venues.

Community service is another way in which students augment classroom learning, and it has the additional benefit of meeting important human needs.  Collectively, students contribute more than 120,000 service hours each year.  For school children, they tutor, mentor and conduct programs in leadership development and college access.  For nonprofits, they recruit volunteers and perform other services that increase the capacity of the organization to serve clients.  In senior citizens’ facilities, they provide health services and conduct activities.  For family services organizations, they provide counseling and case management.

For many students, studying abroad is a highlight of their college years, blending subject learning with in-depth experiences in other cultures and languages.  Springfield College offers programs in Australia, China, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland and Spain.  Summer internships are available in Dublin and London.  Additionally, some of the college’s service organizations offer international or domestic service missions during semester breaks.

Locally, students may take courses at several cooperating colleges.  And, some Springfield College graduate courses allow undergraduates to enroll.

Enriching students’ development is a wide array of cocurricular and extra-curricular activities including more than 100 organizations and opportunities for involvement.

There are on-campus guest lectures by experts in their fields and a rich array of arts and cultural programs.

The college offers many health and wellness programs, an extensive campus recreation program and one of the largest athletics programs in the nation for a mid-sized college.  More than 80 percent of undergraduates participate in some form of athletics, including varsity teams, intramurals, or club sports.

Springfield College faculty members are experts.  And, they are seriously involved in students’ success.  Many are nationally or internationally recognized authorities and practitioners in their clinical or professional fields.  Most faculty members hold the highest academic degrees and other certifications in their areas of expertise.  With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, Springfield College offers small classes and personal attention.

Academic programs equip students with the latest knowledge and skills to become leaders in some of the fastest-growing careers.  Springfield College schools are:  Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies; Human Services; Social Work; and Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies.  The most popular majors are physical therapy, applied exercise science, physical education, physician assistant, sport management, sports biology, and psychology.For qualified premedical students, the college has agreements with several medical schools and one dental school, which guarantee early acceptance.  The Premedical Scholars Program advises and assists these students.

Springfield College is a designated as a Premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA.  For students with their sights on YMCA careers, there is the Springfield College YMCA Professional Studies Program.  The college helps these students gain internships and summer employment at YMCAs and travel to YMCAs in the United States and abroad.

There are several dual-degree programs.  The physical therapy six-and-a-half year program culminates in a doctor of physical therapy degree.  The physician assistant six-year program culminates in a master’s degree.  The athletic training/physical therapy seven-year program culminates in a doctor of physical therapy degree.  The master of social work/juris doctorate is a four-year program in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law.  

Two new bachelor’s degree programs prepare future teachers for dual licensure. As elementary school children with disabilities are educated in the same classrooms as children without disabilities, the college has launched a bachelor’s degree program to prepare future teachers to be dual-licensed for both elementary and special education. And, the movement and sport studies major offers a program for physical education and health education teacher licensure. Students who graduate from this program will be certified to teach elementary and secondary physical education, and elementary and secondary health education.

Outstanding facilities – some of them award-winning – support academics.  Several new and newly renovated buildings feature state-of-the-art equipment and functional design.  For example, the new Athletic Training/Exercise Science facility has been cited as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation.  Schoo-Bemis Hall was recently renovated into an up to date science teaching facility.  Fuller Arts Center has been remodeled.  Hickory Hall has been renovated into the college’s premier technology-enhanced classroom building.

The Academic Success Center provides free one-on-one support in writing, subject-area tutoring and study skills counseling, and also assists students with disabilities. 

The School of Human Services, with campuses in 10 U.S. locations, offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services on weekends for working adults.

Springfield College campus is alive with cultural and arts events, presentations by leaders in their fields, a wide array of student organizations and a vigorous schedule of sports and athletic events, mostly by the college’s 26 men’s and women’s varsity teams.  The campus is also the site of national collegiate championships, and annually hosts the Spalding Hoophall Classic featuring many of the nation’s top high school basketball teams.

Humanics in Action Day is a campus tradition for which the college suspends classes and operates offices with reduced staffing for a day of community service.  The event is in addition to ongoing community service programs.

Arts Events:

  • Concerts by acclaimed professional musicians and student musicians, including the SC band
  • Theater productions by professional acting companies, comedians, other performers and students
  • Readings by noted authors
  • Dance concerts featuring renowned guest artists and students
  • Fine arts exhibitions by professional artists and students in the full range of media
  • Film festivals
  • The Best of Broadway student production
  • The annual Gymnastics Exhibition Show
  • Annual scholarly lectures by experts in their fields attract students and professionals from throughout the region.
  • The Greene Lecture (physical therapy)
  • The Karpovich Lecture (physical education, exercise physiology and other sport and exercise sciences)
  • The Weckwerth Lecture (sport management and recreation)
  • The Britton C. and Lucille McCabe Lecture (health and biological sciences)
  • The Annual Humanics Lecture (by the year’s Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics)

Student organizations:

Governing Bodies:
Student Government Association
Class Boards
Graduate Student Organization

Academic-interest Student Organizations:
Applied Exercise Science Club
Athletic Training Club
Criminal Justice Club
Education Club
Physical Education Health Education Majors Club
Physician Assistant Student Organization
Premedical Scholars
Psychology Club
Society for the Advancement of Management
Sport Management Club
Student Occupational Therapy Organization
Student Physical Therapy Organization
Therapeutic Recreation Club

Special Interest Student Organizations:
Best Buddies
Environmental Club
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Habitat for Humanity
International Student Organization
Men’s Center
Pride Alliance (GLBTQ Alliance)
Pride Dance Team
SC Glee Club
SC Hillel
SC Outing Club
Springfield College Outreach Committee
Springfield College Service Corps
Student Society for Bridging Differences
Students Against Violence Everywhere

Special Events Organizations:
Best of Broadway
Campus Activities Board
Leadership Training Conference
SC Backstage
Sti-Yu-Ka (Spring Week)

Student Media and Publications:
Springfield Student – Campus Student Newspaper
Massasoit Yearbook
WSCB 89.9 FM Radio

The successes of Springfield College graduates speak for themselves.  Worldwide, Springfield College alumni hold leadership positions, are engaged in meaningful careers, and conduct personal lives that improve conditions for others.  Springfield College graduates are highly sought by employers.  The college’s alumni form a valuable network excellent for connecting graduates with career opportunities.  Some success stories are:

  • Every graduate from the PreMedical Scholars Program has successfully completed medical studies, and many have gone on to positions in some of the nation’s most prestigious research and teaching hospitals.
  • In the 2004 World Series, head athletic trainers for both the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals were Springfield College graduates.  Other graduates hold similar positions for other major league sports teams and also collegiate and scholastic teams, including those at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.
  • Teacher of the year awards deck the walls of many graduates of Springfield College teacher preparation programs.
  • In the Physician Assistant Program, all graduates of seven of the past eight classes passed the national certifying examination on the first try – a rare feat.  Physician assistant graduates usually have multiple job offers before graduation.
  • It has been said that any professional association convention in the discipline of physical education resembles a Springfield College reunion.  The college has an international reputation for setting the bar for excellence and innovation in that field.
  • As athletic coaches, Springfield College graduates have held positions with such major league teams as the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Storm, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and others, and with various U.S. Olympic teams, including gold-medal winners.  At the collegiate level, they have coached teams at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, the University of Connecticut, and many other institutions, and have also coached hundreds of scholastic and little-league teams.
  • Throughout the YMCA worldwide, many Springfield College graduates are presidents, or chief executive officers, or are in other senior leadership positions.  Countless more hold responsible managerial positions.
  • In sports management, Springfield College graduates have held top positions with major league teams.  They have been athletic directors for colleges and universities including some of the nation’s most prestigious, as well as for numerous schools.  They have held managerial positions at major sports venues.  They have managed the careers of professional athletes.

Springfield College is interested in meeting each applicant and encourages candidates to visit the college and experience campus life.  The college offers personal interviews, campus tours, and open house programs, as well as facilitates contact between alumni and current students.  The college evaluates applicants on the basis of academic and personal factors, and reviews applications upon receiving them.  Applications for regular admission or early decision must be submitted to the office of undergraduate admissions including a completed application form, a high school transcript, one personal reference, and SAT I or ACT scores.  Transfer students must also submit a transcript and a dean’s report from each college attended.   

Students are encouraged to apply for grants, loans, and student employment.  Springfield College financial aid is based on need and academic achievement. The college gives full consideration to students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Springfield College Financial Aid Application by March 15 for first-year students and May 1 for transfer students.  Students not eligible for financial aid may be considered for campus employment.


$47 million (as of 6/30/11)


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