Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley’s Educational Utopia

World-Class Education, Natural Beauty, and Culture in One Compact Region

Thanks to stunning natural beauty, world-class cultural institutions and popular attractions, Pioneer Valley has long been known as a popular tourist destination. However, it’s also gaining long-overdue recognition as a center for education and innovation. Since the region has long labored in the shadow of Greater Boston, this is a welcome development for the thousands of students, knowledge workers and academics who make the Pioneer Valley what it is.

Colleges and Universities Galore

Centered on the legendary “Five College Area,” the Pioneer Valley has seven individual colleges and two major research universities. Whether your youngster is applying to undergrad or you’re looking to go back to school for an advanced degree or continuing-education/enrichment certificate, you can choose from:

•    The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass-Amherst)
•    Westfield State University
•    Western New England University
•    Springfield College
•    Springfield Community Technical College
•    Amherst College
•    Hampshire College
•    Smith College
•    and more!

What Program Works for You?

These schools offer opportunities for first-rate technical education, advanced degrees, mind-expanding liberal arts learning and lifelong enrichment. Some of the most noteworthy programs and courses of study include:

•    Tourism and hospitality management at UMass-Amherst
•    Information technology at UMass-Amherst and Westfield State College
•    American studies at Hampshire College
•    Biology at Amherst College

Times They Are A-Changin’

It hardly sounds possible, but the Pioneer Valley’s educational assets look poised to become even more attractive than they are at the moment. UMass-Amherst recently put the finishing touches on a state-of-the-art laboratory sciences building that has already attracted hundreds of millions in investment and will serve as an innovative engine for the greater New England region. Meanwhile, Westfield State recently completed a massive new dormitory complex and is in the process of erecting an impressive science building that could push it into the next echelon of research institutions. All in all, it’s a great time to be involved in higher education in the Pioneer Valley!

Take Advantage of the Pioneer Valley’s World-Class Educational Assets

If you’re not yet sold on the world-beating educational assets available right here in the Pioneer Valley, there’s only one way to find out for sure: Come visit at your convenience! Whether you’re passing through to drop your kid off at UMass-Amherst or simply want to experience the incredible cultural variety of our valley, we’re happy to give you pointers on what to see, when to visit and how to stretch your dollar furthest. Visit us online to learn more.

Pioneer Valley’s Historic College Culture

Four great campuses in one beautiful valley

Visitors can always find wonderful things to do in Springfield, MA, because this scenic setting on the Connecticut River offers it all. Whether you’re here for exciting nights on the town or rugged camping outside the city limits, take the time to visit one of our great historic college campuses. Put these four sites at the top of your must-explore list.

Springfield College: History and Hoops

If you love basketball, picture strolling across the quad and imagining how it all began back in 1885. That was the year the college was established, but the game came along six years later thanks to alumni James Naismith. If you’d rather recline, drop a fishing line in languid Lake Massasoit while taking in acres of stunning architectural campus gems ranging from Neo-Gothic to Renaissance Revival.

American International College: Yellow Jackets on Ice

Reverend Calvin E. Amaron established this Massachusetts institution in 1885 for the community’s French Protestant minority, and it proudly grew to become one of the most all-inclusive colleges of its time. Even women were welcome, and those prestigious beginnings now support schools of business, arts, science, education, and medicine. Team spirit roars when the fierce Yellow Jackets hit the ice, so grab your tickets, and cheer on this winning NCAA hockey team.

Western New England University: Cats in Hats

Adults looking for extended education in 1919 found it here studying accounting, law, and business. Those who stayed on in Springfield watched their kids graduate with full degrees starting in 1951. Today, the university boasts 26 buildings of higher education and more than 40 programs in undergraduate studies. Five nearby museums beckon with opportunities to explore, but don’t miss the famous cats in hats at the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Springfield Technical Community College: One of a Kind

Established in 1967, Springfield Tech is the youngest kid on the campus block, but it stands tall as the only polytechnic community college in Massachusetts. Its original buildings sprang up on the site of Springfield Armory National Park which was founded by a certain Mr. George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Every semester kicks off a two-day campus fair featuring musical entertainment accompanied by delicious local dishes, and you’re cordially invited.

You’ll always find a shady spot for relaxing in the City in a Forest where our historic districts weave a beautiful urban tapestry accented with lovely college campuses. If you need directions, just contact us here at the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. We’re always happy to show you around our favorite town in Pioneer Valley.