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.