In 1885, Reverend Mr. Calvin E. Amaron, of French Canadian descent, encouraged the founding of American International College in order to educate immigrants like himself. Then, in 1892, Amaron also broke barriers when he allowed the entrance of females into the school.
Through the years, AIC continued to promote the education of immigrants, teaching English, U.S. history, along with math and science. At the end of World War II, summer and evening programs were introduced, and by the 1950s, the Executive Development Program provided an evening graduate program focusing on management. AIC again expanded during the latter half of the twentieth century adding programs and facilities, such as the School of Psychology and Education and the Curtis Blake Child Development Center. A library, theater, and campus center were erected, and curriculums added, including nursing, criminal justice studies, physical therapy studies and more. Then, in 2005, AIC established a Doctorate program in physical therapy.
Today, the private, not-for-profit coeducational institution, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, enrolls approximately 3,400 students on its 52-acre campus. AIC retains a diverse student demographic, including approximately 44 percent white, 26 percent African-American, and 11 percent other ethnic minority students, in addition to international students from approximately 40 different countries.
The College is comprised of four academic schools:
- School of Arts, Education, and Sciences
- School of Business Administration
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Continuing and Extended Studies.
American International College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. individual programs also retain programmatic accreditation, by specific agencies, including:
- National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- American Physical Therapy Association
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
- Business Accreditation with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Campus activities provide students with a well-rounded education. AIC competes in NCAA division II sports, with the exception of division I men’s ice hockey. Intercollegiate sports include basketball, indoor track, lacrosse, track, cross country, soccer, men’s baseball and women’s softball teams, and more. Furthermore, student-led activities and organizations, include fraternities, sororities, community service and religious clubs, and others. Students can also participate in the Student Government Association.
The James J. Shea Sr. Memorial Library houses thousands of volumes of work and periodicals, in addition to online databases and media resources. The campus is also equipped with the latest technology, including a virtual campus, along with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone management system that networks voice messages via email.
More than 36 undergraduate majors are offered at American International College and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Programs range from majors in accounting, healthcare management, and international business to criminal justice, nursing, and education. Students can also pursue degrees in liberal arts and pre-professional programs, including studies in law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine.
In addition to undergraduate programs, AIC supports more than ten graduate programs, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1. Students can enroll in the Master’s in Clinical Psychology or complete the Accounting & Taxation, MSAT degree. The Doctorate in Physical Therapy is a 3 + 3 program, allowing students to complete three years of undergraduate work, followed by three years of graduate programs. Additionally, Extended Campus Programs accommodate graduate work for professionals by offering classes at both the Springfield campus and other locations.
Tuition for undergraduate students is $29,158 annually, not including fees. Graduate tuition is program-specific.
American International College assists eligible students with merit-based and need-based aid, including scholarships, loans, and grant programs. In addition, students may access alternative private loans, and AIC recognizes Veterans Administration benefits. Institutional aid includes academic scholarships, the American International College Grant, and student employment. Federal and state aid programs, include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- State scholarships and grants
- Federal Perkins Loan
- William D. Ford, Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
- PLUS Loan
- Federal Work Study
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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