Springfield College: Narrative Description

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263 Alden St.
Springfield, MA 01109-3797
Tel: (413)748-3000
Free: 800-343-1257
Admissions: (413)748-3136
Fax: (413)748-3764
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.spfldcol.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 167-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 3,119. Faculty: 346 (210 full-time, 136 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,110 applied, 74% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Full-time: 2,141 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 97 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 85% live on campus, 0.2% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; parks and recreation; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 4 members of the Private Colleges of Greater Springfield, 7 members of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 4/15, 2/1 for early decision. Preference given to children of alumni.

Costs Per Year:

Comprehensive fee: $28,710 includes full-time tuition ($21,160), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($7350). College room only: $4000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $611 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Babson Library with 125,000 books and 850 serials. 95 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus.

Community Environment:

Established as a trading post in 1636, Springfield is located on the Connecticut River in Southwestern part of the state. City is noted today for its diversified industries including the manufacture of firearms, plastics, chemicals, radio equipment, tires, paper, and electrical equipment. Ample part-time job opportunities available. Several movie theatres, municipal auditorium, drive-ins, summer theatre, two municipal golf courses, 150 parks, civic center, and playgrounds, swimming, skating, quadrangle of museums, public libraries, provide excellent recreational and cultural opportunities. Easy access to commercial, bus and rail service.

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