Springfield College was originally founded in 1885 as the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) department of the School for Christian Worker. Located in the central Massachusetts city of Springfield, the school was initially designed to prepare young men for leadership roles within the YMCA. Two years after opening, the institution added a physical education department and in 1890 it became the independent International Young Men's Christian Association Training School. It wasn't until 1954 that the school assumed the name Springfield College. The college also bares the distinction of being "The Birthplace of Basketball," as the game was originally invented at the school by Professor James Naismith. As a result, the Basketball Hall of Fame is also located in Springfield.
According to its mission statement, Springfield College exists "to educate students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to humanity."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Springfield College have access to the school's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate level degrees through the School of Arts, Sciences & Professional Studies, the School of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, the School of Human Services, the School of Social Work, and the School of Health Sciences & Rehabilitation Studies.
Student living and university living at Springfield College revolve around a variety of traditional student campus activities and organizations. The Springfield Pride athletic programs compete in men's and women's sports such as basketball, wrestling, volleyball, field hockey and swimming and diving.
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