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Springfield College

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield College has been educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others since 1885. The college not only lives its mission of leadership through academics, clubs, and athletics, but also through providing community service in local neighborhoods and across the world.


In addition to its strong mission, Springfield College prides itself on its exemplary graduate success rates, with 96 percent of 2015-16 bachelor degree recipients being employed or enrolled in graduate school. This placement rate is 12 percent higher than the national average for schools like us and, on average, higher than other colleges and universities in New England. To Springfield College, this is more than just a statistic, it’s proof that students are developing the knowledge and skills required for future success.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,147 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
190 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
12 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.

Retention Fall 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 5%
White 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


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 students.
Men’s and women’s teams are in basketball, cross country, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, track and volleyball. Women’ teams include field hockey, and softball, and there are additional men’s teams in baseball, football, golf, and wrestling. Additionally, there are seven club sports and extensive intramurals.

Mascot: Spirit (Majestic Lion)
Color: Maroon and White


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

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

  • Accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences

  • Accredited by the American Art Therapy Association

  • Accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences

  • Accredited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

  • Accredited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health-Office of Emergency Medical Services

  • Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Commission for Clinical Science

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

  • Certified as a member program of the CORE Undergraduate Registry (Rehabilitation and Disability Studies)

  • Accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education

  • Accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education

  • Accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association - Council on Accreditation

  • Accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community service

  • Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

  • Jostens/NADIIIAA Community Service Award

  • Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc., Super 60 Award

  • Exemplary Employer Award from the Governor's Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities

  • City of Springfield Proclamation: Outstanding Neighbor, Humanics in Action Day, and Housing Initiative

  • HAP, Inc. Leadership Award


Springfield College offers a first-year seminar course that helps students transition into the college experience and being a part of the campus community. During this academic offering, students strengthen their critical thinking and self-reflecting skills as they make decisions about their academic and cocurricular experiences. The course provides students a great foundation for their Springfield College education, as well as a learning opportunity that provides experiential support for the academic and social skills that will be beneficial in their college experience.


Springfield College students don’t sit back and watch the world go by. They experience what it’s like to work in their fields during their academic experience through fieldwork, internships, practicum, and research. Learning is an active process at Springfield College. These experiential learning opportunities are an important facet of a Springfield College education, as they allow students to graduate with experience already on their resumes and an advantage over others in the job market.


Community service is one 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.

The College received the 2016 Presidential Award in the education category of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Award, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.


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 trips during semester breaks.

Talented Faculty

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 13:1, Springfield College offers small classes and personal attention.

Academic Programs

Academic programs equip students with the latest knowledge and skills to become leaders in some of the fastest-growing careers. Springfield College is split into five schools: Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies; Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies; Professional and Continuing Studies; and Social Work. Some of the most popular majors include 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.

YMCA Professional Studies Program

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, Springfield College offers the 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.

Dual-Degree Programs

Springfield College students are able to enroll in several dual-degree programs. Students in the physical therapy program earn a bachelor of science and doctor of physical therapy in six years. Students in the occupational therapy program will earn a bachelor of science and master of science in five and a half years. Students in the physician assistant program earn a bachelor of science and master of science in six years.

The college also offers a four-year master of social work/juris doctorate program and six-year program for students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree and law degree in conjunction with Western New England University School of Law.  

Amazing Facilities

Springfield’s award-winning facilities uniquely support academics and student life. The College’s medical simulation laboratory is equipped with life-like mannequins on which students can practice medical procedures, and the athletic training facility is full of ground-breaking technology and resources that put students’ skills to the test. No matter where students are on campus, they’re certain to find a way to extend their knowledge from the classroom and out into the field.

Springfield College will also open its Learning Commons in fall 2017. The Learning Commons space will bring together library resources, technology support, and academic support services into one facility. With a bright, attractive, and functional space, a learning commons becomes the hub for academic life on campus.

Events on Campus

Springfield College campus is alive with cultural and arts events, presentations by field experts, 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 include:

  • 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

Student Organizations

Academic-interest Student Organizations: Applied Exercise Science Club; Art Club; Athletic Training Club; Business Club; Communication Disorders Club; Education Club; Empowering Equality in the Sciences; Health Science Club; Physical Education Health Education Majors Club; Physician Assistant Student Organization; Premedical Scholars Club; Psychology Club; Society for the Human Resource Management; Sport Management Club; Springfield College Dancers; Student Occupational Therapy Organization; Student Physical Therapy Organization; Therapeutic Recreation Club; YMCA Club; Youth Development Club

Campus Media and Publications: Massasoit Yearbook; SCTV3; Springfield Student; WSCB 89.9 FM

Governing Bodies: Class Boards; Graduate Student Organization; Student Government Association

Performing Arts: A Cappella; Best of Broadway, Springfield College Theater; Springfield College Jazz Band; Springfield College Chamber Ensemble; Springfield College Community Chorus; Springfield College Repertory Dance Company

Service Groups: New Student Orientation Leaders; Peer Administered Wellness Educators; Student Alumni Association; Student Ambassadors

Special Interest Student Organizations: Active Minds; Automotive Club; Best Buddies; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Habitat for Humanity; International Student Organization; Muslim Student Association; Newman Community; Outing Club; Pride Alliance (GLBTQ Alliance); Project Sustainability; Saudi Arabia Club; SC Backstage; SC Rachel’s Challenge; Student Society for Bridging Diversity; Students Against Violence Everywhere; Together Campaign; Your Enlightened Side

Hands-on Experience

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. Better yet, they also 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 included the American Hockey League, Boston Globe, the American Heart Association, Hilton Head Crowne Plaza, Reebok Health and Fitness Center, and many other venues.

Jobs and Graduate School Placements

A post-graduation survey found that 96 percent of 2015-16 bachelor degree recipients were either employed or enrolled in graduate school. Springfield’s placement rate is 12 percent higher than the national average for schools like us and, on average, higher than other colleges and universities in New England.

Successful Alumni

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 the past nine 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.



4,112 Total Applicants 
2,638 Total Admissions 
549 Total Freshman Enrollment

64.15% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 560
SAT Math 470 580
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing    

Admission Information

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.   


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Tuition $33,970
Fees $485
Total $34,455
Room and Board (on campus) $11,540
Room Only $6,280
Board Only $5,260
Estimated Total On Campus $45,995


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
82% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,558 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,372 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Financial Aid Information

More than 85 percent of undergraduate students at Springfield College are eligible for financial aid. 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.