Your high school grades and test scores do not solely determine admission to Springfield College.
While they are important in determining eligibility for merit scholarships, your GPA and test scores are not the end-all, be-all of our admission decision. Admissions officers rely on all five of the elements of your application (essay, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and recommended interview) to paint a complete picture of you and your potential. Talk with your admissions counselor at the time of your application if you have concerns about your GPA or test scores.
High School GPA
Students admitted to Springfield College must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a general equivalency diploma (GED) by the time of their enrollment.
Springfield College will require you to submit your high school transcripts, which reflect your high school coursework and cumulative grade point average. Both are important factors in admission.
Springfield College recommends that you pursue the strongest college preparatory program available in your high school.
Your course distribution must include the following coursework for admission.
- Four years of English
- Three years of math (at least through Algebra 2)
- Two years of history or social science
- Three years of a lab science
- If your intended major requires extensive science preparation, you should take at least one additional laboratory science course.
- Two-consecutive years of foreign language.
Springfield College also looks for students who participate in a diverse set of cocurricular activities in high school, particularly in areas related to your intended field of study. Such activities might include athletic teams, cultural groups, or community service agencies.
SAT/ACT Test Scores
Springfield College will require you to submit your SAT/ACT test scores.
- The SAT examination of the College Board.
- The ACT examination of the American College Testing Program also is acceptable.
See your guidance counselor for test dates and locations close to you.
Many colleges currently are considering whether to adopt test-optional admissions practices. Springfield College has always placed more emphasis on a student’s achievements in the classroom and community than on standardized tests, and we are aware that recent studies have suggested that standardized test scores are not always valid predictors of a student’s potential for academic success during the first year of college. However, while we understand that the SAT and ACT are not perfect predictors of college preparedness, we also are aware of flaws in other aspects of a student’s application materials, such as the inconsistent grading systems across the nation’s high schools. We believe that standardized test scores represent a unique way for prospective students to demonstrate their academic ability, and so we have elected to continue considering these test scores in our admissions process.
Because we are aware of the fact that SAT and ACT scores may not accurately reflect a student’s ability to perform well academically in college, we encourage students with low test scores to reach out to your admissions counselor at Springfield to discuss your concern. If you do not believe that your test scores accurately reflect your academic potential, you will want to take very seriously the additional requirements including the application essay, recommendation letter(s), and interview.
Springfield College is a member of the Common Application, which requires a personal statement essay. It is very important that you be thoughtful with this essay since it is evaluated carefully. Take your time, write convincingly, spell correctly, use complete sentences, and check your grammar.
Your personal statement essay gives you a chance to show admission officers who you really are beyond grades and test scores (the academic requirements).This essay is important in evaluating your application for admission as it allows you to show your personality, intelligence, values, and your future aspirations.
As part of the Common Application, Springfield College requires at least one academic recommendation.
Certain academic programs at Springfield College will require more than one recommendation to complete your application. If you are applying to a program that requires additional recommendations, you will be notified on the Common Application.
While only one academic recommendation is required to complete your application, you are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendations.
Although it is optional, we encourage you to participate in an interview with a member of our admissions staff or alumni community. The interview will take place during your visit to campus or with an alumnus/a who lives close to you if you are unable to visit campus. If your GPA and test scores are not what you would like them to be, the interview is very important and can help our admission counselors better understand who you are as a student.