The UMass Center at Springfield is a first-in-the-state partnership between the University of Massachusetts and other area institutes of public higher education, providing a central location accessible to each school's students. Through a combination of traditional in-classroom learning, advanced telecommunications, and other technology investments, the UMass Center provides college-course-specific opportunities not previously available in the area. Programming offered at the Center, which includes evening and weekend classes, enables students to pursue continued adult education, professional certification, and Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
The UMass Center at Springfield opened for business at the start of the Fall 2014 semester on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Construction of the facility took only 9 months and utilized local contractors to complete the build. The Center is located in the heart of downtown Springfield in Tower Square. With over 26,000 square feet of floor space and the ability to hold 900 students, faculty and staff, the Center is the first UMass campus of its kind in the state. The partnership is at that time was comprised of the full University of Massachusetts system, Springfield Technical Community College, and Holyoke Community College. Today, the UMass Center at Springfield is part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst portfolio and is its premiere urban Center in Western Massachusetts.