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'U.S. News' Ranks SC In New 2005 'America’s Best Colleges' Issue

August 20, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 20, 2004 -- Springfield College is ranked in the top tier in its category in the 2005 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from “U.S. News & World Report,” which will be on newsstands Monday, Aug. 23.

Reacting to advance notice of the ranking, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “We are very pleased that the latest ‘U.S. News’ rankings recognize the excellence of Springfield College. The “America’s Best Colleges” issue is a good starting point for students who are searching for the right college for them. For more than a century, Springfield College has been the right choice for students seeking a holistic education of spirit, mind and body and who aspire to become leaders in fields of service to other people. We’re committed to continuing that excellence.”

Springfield College is ranked in the “Best Universities – Master’s – North Region” category, which includes 212 institutions in 11 northeastern states and the District of Columbia. All offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, and some offer a few doctoral programs. Springfield College offers 50 undergraduate and 14 graduate major areas of study in the allied health sciences, human and social services, sports and movement activities, and the arts and sciences. Its doctoral programs are in physical education.

“U.S. News” annually ranks all accredited colleges and universities in the nation by 15 indicators of academic excellence. Institutions appear in categories according to their type and, in some cases, region. The “U.S. News” ranking formula gives its greatest weight of 25 percent to the opinions of college leaders in positions to judge other schools’ academic excellence. Other key measures include student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, per-student spending, graduation rate, and other factors.

According to Flynn, “As ‘U.S. News’ advises, its rankings provide useful information for students’ college searches, but other factors also figure into the decision. They include each college’s particular academic programs, mission, size, location, cost, and the feel of its campus life.”

Springfield College was founded in 1885 to educate YMCA leaders and has expanded its programs and developed an international reputation for educating leaders for the allied health sciences, human and social services, sports and movement activities, and the arts and sciences. The unique humanics philosophy guides all aspects of campus life: education of the spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Springfield College is world renowned as the birthplace of basketball, a game created by Professor James Naismith in 1891, and as the alma mater of William G. Morgan, inventor of the game of volleyball. It continues to be a premiere educator of YMCA leaders at its main campus in Springfield, Mass. and at its satellite campuses in Boston, Massachusetts; Inglewood/Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Wilmington, Delaware; Tampa, Florida; Manchester, New Hampshire; Charleston, South Carolina; St. Johnsbury, Vermont; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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