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American International College is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,492, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. American International College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $30,040 (2013-14).
Located in Springfield, Mass., American International College was founded in 1885 with the mission to educate international immigrants traveling to the United States through New York. Today, AIC is a small, private institution that offers more than 30 academic programs for undergraduate students and more than 10 master’s degree programs, including some in education and health. All academic offerings at AIC fall into the schools of arts, education, and sciences; business administration; health sciences; and continuing education. Classes at AIC are small, and there is campus-wide wireless Internet.
Students at American International College can get involved in more than 30 campus clubs, which includes about a dozen Greek organizations, student government, and The Yellow Jacket newspaper. Student athletes can play intramural sports or try out for the AIC Yellow Jackets varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I in men’s hockey, and in Division II in the more than 20 other sports. Notable American International College alumni include U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, who represents Massachusetts’s Second Congressional District.
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American International College was founded in 1885 with the specific mission of preparing the new immigrants flooding into New England to become productive citizens and leaders in their adopted country. This mission has broadened over the years to include students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including first generation students, those seeking a pre-professional experience, international students, and student athletes, as well as those seeking a broad grounding in the liberal arts. In all cases, the mission is to "transform lives" through a strong connection between the student and his or her instructors, a rich campus life, great diversity, and a wide choice of sports and co-curricular activities that build skills in leadership and team work. The undergraduate component of the College has remained intentionally small with just over 1400 students working toward one of over twenty majors in arts and sciences, social science, business, and health sciences. The rigorous General Education curriculum provides all students - regardless of their major field of study - with a solid grounding in writing, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, global and cultural awareness, and social responsibility.
In the past decade, graduate education has expanded considerably, and this trend continued in the academic year 2012-13, with graduate students now representing more than half of total enrollment. The large component of the graduate student body is engaged in studies of education across a wide range of specializations - including special needs, early childhood development, school administration and leadership. Other programs include business studies where AIC offered the first MBA (Masters of Business Administration) in Massachusetts outside of the Boston area and offers a master's degrees in accounting and taxation, as well. There are also masters level programs in clinical psychology, forensic psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, counseling and public administration, as well as doctorates in Educational Psychology, Education, and Physical Therapy.
The College is located on a 58 acre campus in Springfield, a mid sized city in the Connecticut River Valley with a rich history dating to the colonial period. The campus lies within less the two hours of Boston and three hours of New York City. A majority of AIC students experience internships that are directly tied to their field of study and serve as preparation for the job market. The Office of Career Services maintains strong ties with employers not only in Springfield but also in Connecticut and the Boston area. Students have interned at organizations such as Massachusetts Mutual Life, the Boston Red Sox, ESPN, Lego Systems, and the Springfield Museums.
During the academic year 2012-13 AIC students were engaged in many community activities as part of the College's efforts to be "Springfield's best neighbor." AIC competes athletically in many sports at the NCAA Division II level and at the Division I level in ice hockey. AIC faculty members presented papers at national and regional academic conferences and the honors program expanded its research emphasis for students. The College has entered the online learning space with expanded offerings via the Blackboard LMS platform, and continued its investment in technology for the classroom and systems upgrades to streamline administration with the goal of providing the best possible service to its core stakeholders - the students who attend AIC and the families that support them.
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When applying to American International College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at American International College is $50. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||74.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at American International College is 15:1, and the school has 58.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at American International College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||29%|
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American International College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,492, with a gender distribution of 43.8 percent male students and 56.2 percent female students. At this school, 48 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 52 percent of students live off campus. American International College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
American International College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. American International College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at American International College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at American International College.
|Students who have cars on campus||60%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At American International College, 89.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,873.
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|Tuition and fees||$30,040 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,150 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data