Fast Facts | Springfield College

The Basics

Mission: Educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others (we call it our Humanics philosophy)

President: Mary-Beth A. Cooper, PhD, DM

Founded: 1885

Mary-beth Cooper with students after Humanics in Action Day

Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. The College serves undergraduate and graduate students at its main campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, and online. 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 College offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, education, business, social work, and the arts and sciences. 

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.

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.

  • William Morgan invented volleyball in 1894.
  • John Cena is a philanthropist, actor, and professional wrestler.
  • Marilyn Bevans was a champion marathon runner and the first Black American female to win the Maryland Marathon in 1977.
  • Harold Amos, who earned a master’s degree and a PhD in the Division of Medical Services at Harvard University, was the first Black person to earn a doctoral degree from that division. He later served as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School for almost 50 years.
  • Tom Waddell, an infectious disease specialist, competed in the decathlon in the 1968 Olympics and founded the Gay Games in 1982.
  • Sue Petersen Lubow '75 was the first and only female athletic director at a U.S. federal service academy (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy)
  • Erin Pac Blumert '03 won a bronze medal in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on the U.S. bobsled team.

Academics Facts

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Professor teaching student guitar
100% of new undergraduates students received aid.
2 students giving a thumbs up in a classroom
New students walking on campus
On average, our financial aid package is $30,500, which accounts for scholarships, grants, and loans.
2 graduate students laughing
98% of 2022-23 bachelor degree recipients were either employed or enrolled in graduate school.
Two students raking leaves during Humanics in Action Day 2016
Facts & Figures
  • 120,000+ hours of community service done by students annually
  • 60+ student organizations and clubs
  • 85% of students like us so much, they stay from their first to second year (compared to the national average, 81% at other private non-profit and public colleges)
  • 20 students is our average class size
  • 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 70% of our students graduate in four years (compared to the national average, 57% at other private colleges and 42% at public colleges)
Students enjoying lunch in the Student Union
  • 3,382 total undergraduate and graduate
  • 2,005 undergraduate (on campus)
  • 309 undergraduate (online)
  • 1,038 graduate
  • 27% of traditional undergraduate students self-identify as a student of color
  • 5% of our traditional undergraduate population are international students
  • 34 states represented
  • 23 countries represented
  • 83% of students live on campus (with 91% of first-year students living on campus)
  • 35% of our students are student athletes
Campus Union
Our Campus
  • 100 acres lakefront property on main campus
  • 57 acres of forest ecosystem and lakefront at East Campus
  • 10 residence halls (with guaranteed housing for all four years)

Athletics Facts

Tennis player
of student population are student-athletes
Springfield College women's gymnastics
NCAA Division III teams
club sports
of full-time coaches are teacher-coaches
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
  • All of our full-time head coaches also are professors and understand the academic rigors that our student-athletes face. In the fall of 2022, our 700-plus student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.43 during the fall semester, with 87 earning a perfect 4.0 GPA.
  • In 2022-23, Springfield College had 32 student-athletes earn All-America honors and 94 student-athletes were selected to All-Conference teams. 
    Springfield College finished 87th nationally in the final overall standings of the 2022-23 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, marking the 14th consecutive time the Pride has ranked in the top 100 of the 440 Division III athletic programs in the country. 
  • In 2023, for the seventh-consecutive year, a Springfield College student-athlete was chosen to participate in the NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program in conjunction with the NCAA Convention.

Successes and Initiatives

Health Sciences Center
The new state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center opened in fall 2023 and provides our students pursuing degrees/careers in health sciences with the latest in research and leadership opportunities. With a booming health care field, the time was right to provide a facility that is the setting for everything from a space to design and create new health and wellness technologies to a learning-centered human anatomy laboratory to an operating suite with remotely observable examination and treatment rooms.  

Diverse and Inclusive Campus
Springfield College is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful campus community. Many of those efforts are spearheaded by members of the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, who continue to move the mission of Springfield College through actions, conversations, and year-round programming. Our theme – Silence is Not an Option – is at the forefront as we bring important, engaging, and informative programming to campus. From the raising of a Black Lives Matter flag on Naismith Green to “Campus Conversations on Race,” featuring some of our students of color voicing their experiences at Springfield College, to a March for Action on Alden Street that supported anti-racist efforts, we continue to live our mission of leadership in service to others. 

The Arts and Humanities Speaker Series has become a cornerstone for bringing diverse perspectives covering a range of topics to campus since 2014. Made possible by the generosity of Carlton ’63 and Lucille Sedgeley, the series provides an opportunity for the Springfield College campus and extended community to listen and learn about important issues of the day. Previous distinguished speakers in this series include paleoanthropologist, political advisor, and environmentalist Richard Leakey; author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie; Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian Angelique Kidjo; best-selling author, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter Mitch Albom; New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi; infectious disease expert Celine Gounder; and famed playwright, actress, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Learn more about our past speakers.

College Mission and Humanics Philosophy

  • Each year, Springfield College community members give approximately 120,000 hours of service.
  • Springfield College students tutor and mentor 135 local youth each week on the College campus and in the local community through four different after-school programs facilitated by College student leaders. 
  • The Humanics in Action Club created and distributed 100 Birthday in a Box kits for the Gray House social service agency, 300 bag lunches for the Springfield Rescue Mission and Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, and 50 April break activity backpacks for first graders at the William N. DeBerry School, all based in Springfield.
  • Students recovered 1,665 pounds of food from Cheney Hall in 2023-24 as part of a club called the Food Recovery Network. This food, which would have been discarded, was repackaged and distributed on campus through the Pride Pantry and to local residents by Rachel’s Table, a community-based nonprofit to address food insecurity.
  • Fifteen students volunteered to help build homes through Habitat for Humanity during the 2023-24 academic year in North Carolina and in the local Springfield area community.