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Undergrad Profile


With more than 40 undergraduate programs, first-rate facilities, and 150 acres of picturesque New England campus, Springfield College is set apart its reputation for educating tomorrow’s leaders in some of the most vital, stimulating career fields and by its commitment to real-world service. Graduates enter the workforce or advanced education with a competitive advantage thanks to top-quality academic preparation and experience in their fields. 

As early as their first year on the campus, students put classroom learning to practice through field work or service learning. It’s a learning advantage based on the College’s historic mission of Humanics—education in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others—a philosophy that has guided all aspects of campus life since the College’s founding in 1885. Students, faculty, and staff members serve at schools, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies, developing their abilities while improving the quality of life in the region. Springfield College has been named one of the 25 “best neighbor” urban colleges in America and has received other national recognition for its involvement in its community.

Academics
The place where James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, Springfield College is known today for what it does best—providing a balanced and diversified educational experience in the health sciences, human and social services, sports and movement activities, education, business, and the arts and sciences. Faculty members are experts in their fields and provide individual attention.

Top-quality academic facilities include a number of newly renovated classroom buildings and laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment. Technologically up-to-date, the campus has several wireless zones, smart classrooms, computer labs,
a video conferencing facility, a con-ference center, a language laboratory, and more. There is a new television studio and journalism lab and a radio station.

Schoo-Bemis Science Center, complete with the latest scientific equipment, is newly renovated; the Athletic Training/Exercise Science Complex, constructed in 2008, is one of the most outstanding of its kind in the nation; and the Allied Health Sciences Center includes laboratories for human anatomy, performance assessment, exercise physiology/biomechanics, and more. For those interested in pursuing a career with the YMCA, with which the College has had entwined history since its founding, the newly renovated Stitzer YMCA Center within Judd Gymnasia houses both the College’s and international offices of the YMCA.

Campus life
In addition to its stellar academic reputation, Springfield College offers a vibrant campus life, including a rich array of cocurricular activities, health and wellness programs, arts and cultural events, and one of the largest athletics programs in the nation for a mid-sized college.

There are several dining and snack services, and the main dining facility offers an excellent variety of creative fresh food stations to accommodate individual dietary preferences. In addition, the new Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, opened in January 2010, includes an extensive food court with a two-story atrium; bookstore; sports bistro with large flat-screen televisions;a spiritual life center with a meditation room; convenience store; post office; conference rooms and lounges; and activity space. In addition, 10 residence halls offer single-sex or coeducational living options, as well as relatively independent living for upperclass students.

Extensive athletic and recreational facilities include the Wellness and Recreation Complex, constructed in 2008, which is comprised of a Field House and Wellness Center and is considered to be the finest of its kind in the country. It includes strength and conditioning facilities, a six-lane running track, multipurpose courts, classrooms, laboratories, and more. There are also playing fields with synthetic surfaces; a six-lane, 50-meter pool; a 2,000-seat multipurpose arena with upper-level jogging track; a gymnastics center; a wrestling room; and racquetball/handball and tennis courts. There are baseball and softball fields, an eight-lane outdoor track, and indoor batting/pitching cages.

For arts studies and programs, the recently renovated Fuller Arts Center hosts performances, and the Visual Arts Center contains studio work space and an exhibition center.

 


 

AT A GLANCE

Students
• Springfield College is the first choice of 75% of its first-year students.
• They are men and women of distinguished academic ability who aspire to careers of service to others.
• They include 3,500 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students on the main campus and at 10 School of Human Services campuses around the United States.
• They come from 41 states and 16 foreign countries, mostly from the northeastern corridor of the United States.
• More than 85% of first-year students on the main campus return as sophomores, and more than two-thirds of them complete their degrees within five years—both figures above the national average.
• Most students live on the campus (86%).

Faculty
• Springfield College faculty members are recognized experts in their fields, known nationally and internationally.
• There are 214 full-time members, 80% of whom have earned the highest degrees in their fields.
• The faculty provide close personal attention to students, with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1.

Student activities
• More than 45 opportunities for student involvement include academic-interest clubs, special-interest clubs, special-event clubs, honor societies, campus broadcasts and publications, performing arts, and more.
• An ongoing series of visual and performing arts programs, open to the public, includes concerts, art exhibitions, theater presentations, film festivals, and readings by noted authors.

Athletics
• Springfield College offers 26 varsity sports for men and women, nine sub-varsity sports, seven club sports, and extensive intramurals.
• The 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).
• Faculty and alumni have played active roles in the Olympics as athletes, coaches, trainers, sport psychologists, officials, members of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and volunteers.
• The outstanding coaching staff also teaches, and many have received regional and national coaching awards.

Career services
• Graduates enter their careers well prepared. Students and alumni benefit from workshops on interviewing and job search strategies, résumé and graduate school preparation, and networking with alumni for information and referrals.

Alumni
• Forming a network around the world, Springfield College’s more than 41,000 graduates live in most U.S. states and many countries. Alumni events around the nation keep graduates connected to the College and each other.

2015–2016 Costs
• Undergraduate tuition at the main campus in Springfield is $34,455; room and board, $11,540.

Financial aid
• More than 85% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.
• Undergraduates on the Springfield campus receive more than $21 million annually in Springfield College grants, $2.5 million in federal and state grants, and $2.4 million in private grants.
• The Office of Financial Aid administers $24 million in federal and private student loans.

Undergraduate Programs

• Accounting
• American Studies
• Applied Exercise Science
• Art
• Art Education
• Art Therapy
• Athletic Training*
• Athletic Training/Doctorate in Physical Therapy*#
• Biology
• Business
• Communication Sciences and Disorders
• Communications/Sports Journalism
• Computer and Information Sciences
• Computer Graphics/Digital Arts
• Criminal Justice
• Dance
• Early Childhood Education
• Elementary Education
• Emergency Medical Services Management
• English
• Finance
• General Studies
• Health Care Management
• Health Education Teacher Licensure
• Health Science
• Health Studies
• History
• Management
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Mathematics and Computer Technology
• Movement and Sport Studies
• Nutritional Sciences
• Occupational Therapy*+
• Physical and Health Education (Dual Certificaton)
• Physical Education
• Physical Therapy*++
• Physician Assistant*+
• Psychology
• Recreation Management
• Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
• Secondary Education
• Sociology
• Special Education
• Sport Management
• Sports Biology
• Undeclared
• Youth Development

*Special deadlines and requirements apply
+ Six-year program leading to a Master of Science degree
++ Six-year program leading to a doctorate
# Seven-year program leading to a doctorate

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