American International College
|Motto||Post Tenebras Lux|
Motto in English
|"Light after Darkness"|
|Established||July 18, 1885|
|President||Vincent M. Maniaci|
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.|
42°06′45″N 72°33′28″W / 42.1126°N 72.5578°WCoordinates: 42°06′45″N 72°33′28″W / 42.1126°N 72.5578°W
Black and Yellow|
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. 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. The rugby program is part of the school's athletic department, has varsity status, with rugby scholarships available for students. AIC plays in Division I in the East Coast Rugby Conference. AIC rugby is led by head coach Rob Guiry.
- Jim Calhoun, a Hall of Fame basketball coach
- Dave Forbes, NHL hockey player
- Mario Elie, NBA guard
- Bruce Laird, NFL safety for the Baltimore Colts
- Tom Rychlec, NFL and AFL tight end for several teams
- Asnage Castelly, Olympic Games 1st Haitian wrestler in Summer Olympics in the 74 kg freestyle competition also the flag bearer of the Haitian delegation for the Olympics opening.
- "Logo Usage & Brand Standards Manual" (PDF). American International College. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 28, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
- "History | American International College". www.aic.edu. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
- AIC Rugby, Fast Facts, http://aicrugby.com/about-us/fast-facts/
- USA Rugby, American International College, http://usarugby.org/college-directory/item/american-international-college
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