Two students raking leaves during Humanics in Action Day 2016
Facts & Figures

120,000+ hours of community service done by students annually

Students enjoying lunch in the Student Union
Students
  • 2,163 undergraduate
  • 1,094 graduate
  • 1,600 non-traditional adult students at regional campuses in eight states
  • 51 percent male and 49 percent female
  • 3 percent international students
  • 30 states represented
  • 7 countries represented
  • 85 percent of students live on campus (with 90 percent of first-year students living on campus)
Campus Union
182 total acres
  • 100 acres lakefront property on main campus
  • 82 acres of forest ecosystem and and lakefront at East Campus

At a glance...

Retention

  • First to second year: 85 percent stay with us
    Compared to 71 percent at other private colleges and 70 percent at public colleges

Graduation Rates

68 percent of our students graduate in four years
compared to 39 percent at other private colleges and 23 percent for public colleges

Class Size

Average class size: 20 students

Academic profile of Class of 2020

Averages 3.3 GPA, 1033 2-Score SAT, and 22 ACT Composite

Tennis player
33%
of student population are student-athletes
Springfield College women's gymnastics
26
Division III teams
11
club sports
Springfield College women's volleyball team in a huddle
NEWMAC
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference
Men's soccer on the Irv Schmidt Sports Complex
Springfield College color scheme
School Colors: Maroon and White
Alumni Hall during a sunset
School Nickname: Pride
Springfield College mascot, Spirit the Majestic Lion
School Mascot: Spirit the Majestic Lion

Check Us Out

  • Springfield College is ranked 27—up two spots from last year, and 40 sports from 2011—in the first tier in the category of Best Regional Universities – North by U.S.News & World Report.
  • We’ve been noted as a Best Value institution by U.S.News & World Report.
  • For nine-consecutive years, 100 percent of the Springfield College physician assistant students have passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in their first attempt to become certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
  • Our post-graduation survey found that 96 percent of 2015-16 bachelor degree recipients were either employed or enrolled in graduate school. Our 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. We’re pretty excited about that, and we know our graduates are, too.
  • Springfield College athletics finished 44th nationally in the final overall standings of the 2015-16 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, which marked the the ninth-consecutive year that the Pride finished ranked in the top 10 percent of the 444 Division III athletic programs in the country.
  • We received the 2016 Presidential Award in the education category of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

James Naismith

James Naismith invented the game of basketball at Springfield College in 1891 when he was a graduate student and instructor at the College, which was then known as the International YMCA Training School.

William G. Morgan

William G. Morgan, an 1894 graduate of Springfield College, then known as the International YMCA Training School, invented the game of volleyball in 1896 in nearby Holyoke, Mass., when he was serving as the physical director of the Holyoke YMCA.

Robert Roberts

Robert Roberts, an employee of Springfield College in 1887 while it was still known as the School for Christian Workers, was the individual who coined the phrase “body building” while authoring books on weight lifting, exercise, and bodybuilding.

David Allen Reed

David Allen Reed founded Springfield College in 1885. A Congregationalist minister who assisted evangelist and publisher Dwight Moody in religious revivals, Reed founded the tuition-free School for Christian Workers, at Winchester Square in Springfield, Mass., in 1885. The young minister was elected president and led the institution from 1885 to 1891. The school was dedicated to the training of Sunday School teachers, and included a Young Men’s Christian Association Department. Reed raised the funds to launch the school with its own building and, according to YMCA historian Howard Hopkins, “maintained it against great odds through its pioneer years.” Reed chose Robert Ross McBurney, who had strong YMCA connections, as vice president, and appointed Moody to the board.