Springfield College is a college located in Springfield, Massachusetts that is centered in “humanics”, a holistic philosophy that addresses the mind, body, and spirit in education. The college is notably the site where the first game of basketball was ever played, invented by James Naismith, an alumni. Springfield College is home to academic fervor, research, and innovative thinking.
Currently, distance learners cannot attend Springfield College, as the college has not yet launched an online platform for this purpose. Online courses will begin in the near future, as the college has announced a set of online courses set to begin over the summer. Beyond that, there is no continual distance learning program that has been established, but this will debut soon.
The idea of Humanics is based from the Ancient Greek philosophy of doing nothing in excess. Humanics intertwines one’s intellectual life, one’s emotional life, and one’s spiritual life together into a careful harmony. In this paradigm, a student must be educated as a whole person, with no aspect of humanity being overlooked. Students, then, learn about their chosen topics in addition to learning about the element of balance.
Tuition is somewhat expensive, which is to be expected of a private college of this caliber. An undergraduate student would have to pay $25,100 per year for their studies, assuming they take 12 to 18 credit hours per semester. Otherwise, they are considered part-time and will pay $761 per credit hour. Graduate students, per year, will pay $23,275 full-time. On a part-time basis, a grad student pays the same per credit hour cost as undergraduates, $761.
As for the quality of education, there is not much to question. The student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1, with class sizes kept carefully small. Over 80 percent of faculty at Springfield College hold terminal degrees in their field. At Springfield, one does not simply open a textbook, but rather receives their information from inspired, expert individuals.
The college features a wide array of liberal arts studies and some pre-professional studies. As an undergraduate alone, a student has over 40 programs to choose from for their studies. Graduate students can engage in the fields of Art Therapy/Counseling, Business Administration, Education, Exercise Science & Sport Studies, Human Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Psychology and Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Services, Social Work, and Sport Management & Recreation.
Financial aid is plentiful and mostly awarded by the college itself to its students. 92% of the student body receives financial aid in the form of grants directly from the college. The average amount received is $10,574 per year, with deviation varying the amount from student to student. Some students have received the equivalent of a full scholarship, while others have received a decent amount for their studies. This combined with contributions from federal, state, and local sources lower the average net amount paid to below $15,000 per year.