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2004-2005 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2004-2005 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions Information

Springfield College attracts students motivated to serve others. Applicants need to be sensitive to this and supportive of the educational philosophy and focus of the College.

The Springfield College student is selected on the basis of leadership potential, character, and intellectual ability. The Office of Admissions seeks those who possess personal qualities required in the human-helping professions. Reasonable accommodations are provided for students with disabilities on the basis of need if the disabilities are documented with appropriate evaluations administered by qualified professionals such as psychologists, medical doctors, or agencies specializing in the diagnosis of such disabilities.

Read more about the Guidelines for Learning Disability Documentation .

Time For Applying

In an effort to be responsive to students who are sincerely interested in Springfield College, the Office of Admissions welcomes applications and supporting credentials from students upon completion of the junior year in high school. For those highly qualified students who indicate Springfield College as their first choice, there is an early decision program. For all other candidates, the Office of Admissions will attempt to make a decision as soon as sufficient evidence has been provided to indicate a candidates appropriateness for the College.

Because Springfield College is one of the many institutions subscribing to the Candidates Reply Date Agreement, it is necessary to have decisions made on all first-year candidates for September admission by the third week in April. In accordance with this agreement, accepted students must indicate their intention of enrollment with the payment of a nonrefundable acceptance fee of $200 by May 1. No accepted first-year candidate (except those applying for early decision) is required to make such a commitment before this date. At this time, all accepted candidates who have not yet paid this fee will be withdrawn. It should be understood, however, that the acceptance fee cannot be waived nor can it be credited from any financial aid awarded. It must be a check or money-order payment. If necessary to complete the class, other offers of admission will be made to candidates in a group held for deferred action.

Read more about Admissions Deadlines .

First-Year Student Admissions Policy

Selection is based on the total preparation of the student. The final selection of an applicant is an individual decision. Many factors are considered, and among those given serious consideration are: secondary school achievement record; recommendation of secondary school authorities; motivation toward a career in the youth, community, and international service fields; capacity for leadership as evidenced by responsibilities successfully undertaken in school, church, and/or community; performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Testing Program (ACT); and personal references.


  1. An application on the form provided by the Office of Admissions, submitted within dates indicated above.
  2. A record indicating satisfactory achievement in a college preparatory program in an accredited secondary school. The course distribution should show competence in English, social studies, science, and mathematics. Due to the professional nature of many of Springfield Colleges programs, the evaluation of a candidates high school record will be favorably affected by an emphasis on courses that relate to the students intended major. For instance, candidates planning to major in applied exercise science, athletic training, biology, health studies, physical education, physical therapy, or physician assistant should include additional sciences in their high school curriculum.
  3. Evidence of involvement in extracurricular activities. Since Springfield College seeks to educate those interested in human service careers, involvement in out-of-class experience is not only desired but also necessary for all candidates. This is viewed as evidence of motivation for the major chosen. School activities (clubs and teams), community activities (churches, public or private agencies), summer or weekend activities, or any experience that manifests the candidates desire for involvement with people are considered. For those anticipating employment in the teaching field, experience as a teacher, informal though it may be and even though called by some other name (counselor, aide, leader, etc.), is appropriate. Those planning on careers in physical education should demonstrate experience in sport activities as well. Other career programs at Springfield College should be preceded by appropriate relevant experience.
  4. A physical examination and immunization record is required after acceptance. The medical form must be returned prior to enrollment.
  5. The results of the SAT (these will be received directly from the College Entrance Examination Board) or the ACT (these will be received directly from the American College Testing Program).
  6. For applicants to the art curriculum, a portfolio of artwork. This should be sent to the chairperson of the Visual and Performing Arts Department by April 1.

See also the following information:

Changes in Admission

The College reserves the right to make whatever changes in admission requirements, fees, charges, tuition, instructors, regulations, and academic programs in its sole discretion prior to the start of any class, term, semester, trimester, or session. The College also reserves the right to divide, cancel, or reschedule classes or programs if enrollment or other factors so require.