American International College

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American International College
American International College Seal.svg
Motto Post Tenebras Lux
Motto in English
"Light after Darkness"
Type Private
Established July 18, 1885 (1885-07-18)
President Vincent M. Maniaci
Undergraduates 1,723
Postgraduates 454
Location Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
42°06′45″N 72°33′28″W / 42.1126°N 72.5578°W / 42.1126; -72.5578Coordinates: 42°06′45″N 72°33′28″W / 42.1126°N 72.5578°W / 42.1126; -72.5578
Campus urban
Colors Black and Yellow[1]
Nickname Yellow Jackets
American International College.svg
Historical postcard depicting Daughters of the American Revolution Hall located on the main campus

American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational liberal arts college located in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts.


American International College was originally established on July 18, 1885, as the French Protestant College by Rev. Calvin E. Amaron, who sought to create an institution of higher learning that would provide the local French Protestant minority with access to higher education.[2] Over the years the college expanded its admissions program to include women, in 1892—the first New England college to do so—as well as minorities who were not of French origin and had immigrated to Western Massachusetts from other parts of Europe and Canada.


The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including master's and doctoral degrees and certificates of advanced graduate study (CAGS). There are three schools which focus on their respective academic areas: the School of Business, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Graduate and Adult Education.


The school competes in NCAA Division II, and is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference. The exception is the school's men's ice hockey team, which is a member of the Division I, Atlantic Hockey Association,

AIC also has a college rugby program that was founded in 2009 and began play in 2010.[3] The rugby program is part of the school's athletic department, has varsity status, with rugby scholarships available for students.[4] AIC plays in Division I in the East Coast Rugby Conference. AIC rugby is led by head coach Rob Guiry.

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  1. ^ "Logo Usage & Brand Standards Manual" (PDF). American International College. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 28, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "History | American International College". Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  3. ^ AIC Rugby, Fast Facts, Archived January 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ USA Rugby, American International College,

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