Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

The triangle on the side of Locklin Hall.

Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophyeducating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

The College offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology.

With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities.

For the tenth year in a row, Springfield College moved up the ranks in its U.S. News & World Report category, ranking at 19. U.S. News & World Report  also ranked us no. 15 in a listing of Best Value Schools for Regional Universities—North, as well as a ranking in the “A-Plus Schools for B Students” category, which highlights colleges with strong academic ratings in the Best Colleges rankings that accept students with nonstratospheric transcripts. Springfield College is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. 

Known as the Birthplace of Basketball, Springfield College is where the sport of basketball was invented. Springfield College graduate student James Naismith invented the game in 1891. Speaking of notable alumni, we have quite a few. Alumnus William Morgan invented volleyball in 1894, and actor and professional wrestler John Cena is an alumnus.

Current Successes

  • The renovation of its library building into the Harold C. Smith Learning Commons was completed in September. The innovative Learning Commons brings together technology and library services to create a full-service learning, research, and project space for all students. This common-space approach reflects a pedagogical shift toward cooperative teamwork and collaborative media that benefits the entire learning community.
  • Springfield College obtained a spot in the top 20 colleges in its category for the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
  • The College partnered with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to jointly design and build a one-of-a-kind intercollegiate and adaptive baseball park on its main campus in Springfield, Mass. In addition to College use, the ability field will serve the greater Springfield community, including those with disabilities. The College strategically seeks partnerships with organizations that have similar values and mission.
  • NCAA President Mark Emmert, PhD, visited campus in fall 2017 to meet and talk with coaches and student-athletes on a number of issues facing Division III athletic programs.

College Mission and Humanics Philosophy

  • Springfield College is distinguished as a place where human service—making the world a better place—is part of the institutional mission and the institutional DNA.
  • The Humanics philosophy—to educate students, in spirit, mind, and body for service to others—is a consistent focus. It has been the mission since 1885.
  • The College community believes that a strong Humanics education is one that looks outward. It has a strong service component, one that includes work in the local community, as well as humanitarian service abroad.
Student to Faculty Ratio
100 percent of new undergraduates students received aid.
On average, our financial aid package is $33,000, which accounts for scholarships, grants, and loans.
97 percent of 2017-18 bachelor degree recipients were either employed or enrolled in graduate school.