Initially founded in 1885 in Springfield, Massachusetts, American International College (AIC) was created with a charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The school's original name was the French Protestant College and directed by founder Rev. Calvin E. Amaron who sought to advance the education of the region's small French Protestant population. Over time, the college expanded its goals to provide education to the vast immigrant population arriving in American from Europe, Canada and around the world. Today, the school has evolved into a major academic institution in the heart of New England.
According to its mission statement, AIC exists "to prepare students for personal fulfillment, professional achievement and civic engagement through educational experiences that transform lives. Academic programs founded on the knowledge, skills and values of the liberal arts engage students in theory and emphasize applied learning, while preparing them for the challenges and opportunities presented in the global environment."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at AIC have access to the college's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees through the School of Arts, Education & Sciences, Business Administration, Continuing Education, Health Sciences and Extended Campus Programs.
Student living and university living at AIC revolve around a diverse range of traditional student campus activities and organizations. The AIC Yellow Jackets athletic programs compete in the NCAA Division II with the exception of the ice hockey team, which plays in Division I.
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