PROFILEPrivate, independent, coeducational four-year college offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
PRESIDENTMary-Beth A. Cooper, PhD, DM
ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide as The Birthplace of Basketball ®, and for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy and its mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Located in scenic western Massachusetts, Springfield College’s foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage gives students real-world leadership skills in transforming lives and communities. A range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. Doctoral programs are offered in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The College is ranked in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities—North Region, in the 2014 edition of U.S.News & World Report. It is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,100 traditional, nontraditional, and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services regional campuses across the country.
Enrollment (Undergraduate and graduate full- and part-time, Academic Year 2012-13)
Traditional programs on the main campus include: Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies; Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and Social Work (enrollment count does not include the School of Human Services).
Sub-total – 3,284
School of Human Services
Graduate – 489
Sub-total – 1,856
Total Employees (Fall 2012):
Full-time Faculty - 209 (Approximately 85 percent with doctorate or terminal degree)
Full-time Staff - 463
Total Full-time – 672
Degreed Alumni Total (as of Fall 2012):
Undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree: 37,446
Graduate degree: 14,224
2012-2013 Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate tuition/fees, full-time (per year) - $31,690
Undergraduate room and board (per year) - $10,630
Graduate tuition (per credit hour) - $884
Room & Board costs may vary depending on residence hall, meal plan, and room occupancy.
(as of June 30, 2012)
- Known worldwide as The Birthplace of Basketball ®, a game invented at the College by Professor James Naismith in 1891.
- Ranked No. 9 by USA Today on a list of 20 public and private colleges and universities of all sizes “most committed to community service.”
- In 2012, Springfield College Men's Volleyball became the inaugural national champion in the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship. Springfield College hosted the tournament at Blake Arena. The team again won the championship in 2013, becoming the national champion for the second year in a row. They were selected to represent the United States in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, held in July 2013.
- A number of new and renovated facilities support a vibrant and collaborative learning and living environment. These include a new Medical Simulation Lab –opened in 2012 – which allows students in the health sciences and rehabilitation studies programs to experience realistic, hands-on training.
- The College received recognition from a state-wide construction magazine for its speedy and professional restoration of three of its residence halls damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado. The Professional Contractor magazine, a publication of the Associated Subcontractor’s of Massachusetts, Inc., recognized Springfield College as its Project of the Year-West.
- Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary community service programs—the highest federal recognition a college can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement five years in a row.
- Recognized as a premier institution of higher education for YMCA leaders by the YMCA of the USA; signed a five-year renewed partnership agreement on June 19, 2009.
- Opened a new Center for Wellness Education and Research to serve as a resource for information on health, exercise, nutrition, and wellness.
- Received the Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts, which recognizes Massachusetts colleges, universities, and preparatory schools that have utilized and embraced preservation in their educational identity for the benefit of future generations of students, for renovations to Judd Gymnasia. The landmark building also received a 2011 Preservation Award by the Springfield Preservation Trust. The Springfield Preservation Trust is the only non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to historic preservation in Springfield.
- Named annually to the “Colleges of Distinction” Guide, a national publication recognizing colleges that strongly focus on innovative learning experiences.
- Springfield College graduate Erin Pac '03 received a bronze medal in bobsledding at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. She joins many other Springfield College alums who have participated in the Olympics as athletes, coaches, sports psychologists, athletic trainers, administrators, judges, officials, and volunteers.
- Frequent recipient of the Jostens/NADIIIAA (NCAA) Community Service Award of Merit for student-athlete participation in community projects.
- Named to the “Saviors of Our Cities” list of the 25 “best neighbor urban colleges in the nation,” as a college that has dramatically strengthened the economy and quality of life in its community by careful strategic planning and thoughtful use of resources.
- Recipient of multiple Super 60 Awards from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc., recognizing the College’s significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy.
- Presented with a proclamation from Springfield City Council for “making the City of Springfield a better place to live” and helping to “improve the neighborhood to make it a better place to live, work, and learn.”
- Received the 2009 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association for its Wellness & Recreation Complex.
- The Richard B. Flynn Campus Union was cited for design excellence in the 2010 Architectural Portfolio of American School & University magazine.
- Students annually provide more than 120,000 hours of community service work in neighboring communities and organizations.
- Many faculty are recognized nationally and internationally as experts in their area of study; Approximately 85 percent of all faculty have earned terminal degrees in their fields.
- Selected by more than 3/4 of our first-year students as their first-choice college—a figure that is well above the national average for peer institutions.
- Ranked in the top tier of Best Regional Universities—North Region, in the 2014 edition of U.S.News & World Report. The College is ranked 37 out of nearly 200 schools in this category.
- Nearly 45,000 alumni currently work within their own communities throughout the United States and across the globe as leaders in their fields.
In addition to classroom buildings and laboratories, the 100-acre main campus has 10 residence halls, new recreational and fitness facilities, a renovated main dining facility, expanded and renovated science and academic facilities, a renovated performing arts center, and the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, which is complete with a food court, activity and lounge space, the College bookstore, and more. In 2010, the 116-year-old Judd Gymnasia, the College’s oldest building, underwent a major renovation to serve new purposes critical to the College’s mission. Judd Gymnasia is home to the Springfield College Museum, as well as the Stitzer YMCA Center, which includes the YMCA Hall of Fame, the Association of YMCA Professionals, and more. The building received a 2011 Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts, which recognizes Massachusetts colleges, universities, and preparatory schools that have utilized and embraced preservation in their educational identity for the benefit of future generations of students.
On June 1, 2011, a tornado struck Western Massachusetts with a direct impact on the campus. Under the leadership of President Richard B. Flynn, facility restorations were swift. The College received recognition from a state-wide construction magazine for its speedy and professional restoration of three of its residence halls that were damaged. The Professional Contractor magazine, a publication of the Associated Subcontractor’s of Massachusetts, Inc., recognized Springfield College as its Project of the Year-West. Landscaping beautification efforts, as well as tree-planting initiatives for future generations of Springfield College students to enjoy, are ongoing.
East Campus encompasses 82 acres of forest ecosystem located about one mile from the main campus. It provides rustic facilities for conferences and meetings, and space for outdoor research and recreation. East Campus is also home to the Springfield College Child Development Center (CDC), which provides quality early education services for children of members of the faculty and staff, students, and families in the community. The CDC is linked to a number of academic programs and serves as a laboratory for Springfield College students with an interest in early childhood education.
Technology plays a key role in educating students. As such, the College has made significant commitments in advancing and upgrading its technology infra-structure. Today, Springfield College is completely enabled with both wired and wireless networks to include each of the regional campuses across the United States. Additionally, the College maintains computer labs in numerous locations at the Springfield campus to include Babson Library, Brennan Center (School of Social Work), Schoo-Bemis Science Center, and a new Apple digital media lab in Weiser Hall. Smart labs are located in the Allied Health Science Center, Babson Library, Herbert P. Blake Hall, Brennan Center, Fuller Arts Center, Hickory Hall, Judd Gymnasium, Locklin Hall, Physical Education Complex, and the Wellness and Recreation Complex. Herbert P. Blake Hall is also the home of our newly installed state-of-the-art Simulation Lab supporting the department of Health Science and Rehabilitation Studies. The main campus and all regional campuses are linked via a wide-area network which supports both data and interactive video teleconferencing.
The academic experience encompasses coursework, research, laboratory experience, and targeted fieldwork, enhanced by co-curricular and voluntary service activities on campus and in the community. Academic and co-curricular programs are integrated and include traditional coursework enhanced by applied internships, fieldwork experiences, and experiential learning activities.
Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are offered for a full range of disciplines in the arts and sciences, health sciences and rehabilitation studies, education, business administration, human services, social work, and physical education, sport, and movement studies. Doctoral programs are offered in physical education; physical therapy; and counseling psychology.
Top Undergraduate Majors on the Main Campus, in Rank Order by Enrollment (School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies; School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies; School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, fall 2012):
- Movement and Sport Studies
- Applied Exercise Science
- Sport Management
- Physical Therapy
- Business Management
- Physician Assistant
- Athletic Training
- Criminal Justice
- Sports Biology
Fall 2012 Incoming Class (School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation):
New first-year students: 545
Transfer students: 80
Degrees Awarded (Aug. ’11-May ’12):
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
There are five schools at Springfield College:The School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies offers a broad and engaging curriculum, including mathematics, physics, computer science, biology/chemistry, psychology, management and economics, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and the visual and performing arts. A doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program in counseling psychology, one of only three Psy.D. programs in counseling psychology in the United States, was launched in 2012. In addition, the Premedical Scholars Program serves as a dedicated office for academic advising and counseling for students intending to pursue advanced education in medicine and the sciences.
The School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies provides an academic and clinical foundation for careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication disorders, rehabilitation and disability, emergency medical services management, and physician assistant. A doctoral program in physical therapy is also offered. In March 2012, a state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Lab was opened, allowing students to experience realistic, hands-on training right on campus.
The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation focuses on the study of physical and health education, including applied exercise science, physical education, outdoor leadership, recreation management, and sport management, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, a doctoral program in physical education is also offered.
The School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs designed to build the leadership skills of human service professionals while they are serving in their communities, through weekend class schedules. Campuses are located nationwide at Springfield and Boston, Mass.; Manchester, N.H.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Wilmington, Del.; Charleston, S.C.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Houston, Texas; and southern Calif.
The School of Social Work prepares social work professionals through the advanced generalist practice approach. Master's, post-master's certificates, and a joint master's/juris doctorate degree program are offered. The School of Social Work also offers master’s-degree-level education in social work at Saint Vincent Hospital, in Worcester, Mass.
Springfield College’s competitive Division III athletic program includes 26 varsity sports for men and women. The College is consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of Division III; many teams have competed in NCAA tournaments, been nationally and regionally ranked, and achieved conference champion recognition. A majority of coaches are also members of the faculty, which creates an enriched experience for their players and enables them to interact with the community as a whole. In addition, a large number of the College’s student-athletes and coaches are national statistical leaders.
- School colors: Maroon and White
- School nickname: Pride
- Symbol: Majestic Lion
- Mascot: Spirit
Students enrolled in Springfield College’s undergraduate traditional programs (including those majors within Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies; Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies; and Health, Physical Education and Recreation) are typically traditional in age (18-21 year-olds); come from across the country and include international students, but hail primarily from the Northeast corridor of the USA; include a fairly even mix of males (54 percent) and females (46 percent); are comprised of approximately 79 percent White/non-Hispanic students, 12 percent under-represented populations, with the remaining 9 percent undesignated/unknown; and reside predominantly in the residence halls and college-owned properties. Students enrolled in the School of Social Work and School of Human Services are more typically working adults, three-fourths of whom are from under-represented populations.
Student Success (Retention / Graduation)
Springfield College boasts above national average rates of student retention (85 percent of all first year students on the main campus return) and degree completion (about two-thirds of all first year students complete their degree requirements within five years).
Approximately 44 percent of males and 30 percent of females enrolled in the traditional undergraduate programs on the Springfield College campus participate in intercollegiate athletics.
Springfield College students are actively engaged in volunteerism and service to the community. They contribute over 120,000 hours annually, benefitting youth, families, and older citizens through their generosity of spirit and commitment to serving others.
Residence Information (main campus, traditional programs; Academic Year 2012-13):
Full-time undergraduate students living on campus: 1,970
Full-time graduate students living on campus: 136