Springfield College is once again ranked in the Top Tier in the category of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” in the 2021 U.S.News Best Colleges report. The College is ranked 26 in the category, marking the sixth-consecutive year Springfield College is ranked in the top 30 in the “Best Regional Universities – North Region.”
“The consistent top tier ranking demonstrates that the value proposition of a Springfield College education, grounded in the Humanics philosophy, is well regarded,” said Springfield College President Mary-Beth A. Cooper. “I am extremely proud of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our faculty, staff, and students to advance the Springfield College mission, especially in their preparations for on-campus and remote learning for this fall. We have accomplished a great deal over the years, but what occurred over the summer to bring in a talented and near-record class is extraordinary."
The constant ranking in the top tier is spurred by improved graduation rates and improved retention of first-year students. The ratings are based on such variables as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, class size, alumni giving, and student-faculty ratio.
Springfield College welcomed more than 1,200 new incoming students to its campus community for the 2020-21 academic year. For the third time in four years, more than 600 incoming undergraduate students enrolled at the main campus at the start of the academic year. The incoming first-year class represents one of the strongest academic profiles in the history of the College.
“Our enrollment will continue to grow because we have a vision and strategic plan for how to educate and serve our students in exceptional ways,” said Cooper. “We have a strategic plan that puts students first, and prospective students recognize we are a college on the ‘go’ and on the ‘grow.’ We have a campus master plan that will provide exceptional learning and recreation facilities that prepare students for all aspects of personal and professional success. We are innovatively reinvigorating our academic programs and creating new ones along with ways to deliver those classes and degrees that meet the needs of 21st century learners.”
Springfield College also ranked a top college for best value
Springfield College also was ranked 18th in its category of the U.S.News & World Report Best Value rankings that showcase colleges with high quality and a lower cost. This is the fifth consecutive year that Springfield College has been listed in the Best Value category, and third consecutive year in the Top 20. The Best Value category considers the academic quality and net cost of attending a college. According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the value.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 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.