Springer/Franklin Residential College strives to promote a lively and engaged population of resident and commuter students as well as faculty members who enrich the intellectual and social ambience of the surrounding community. Through academics, cultural events, athletics, the arts, and outdoor activities, the college offers a variety of formal and informal programs that contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of the university experience and enable students to become informed and involved citizens.
Springer College was constructed in 1964 at a cost of $939,794.51. The hall was built to house 316 men. The building was named after Mr. O.B. Springer, a graduate of Murray State and presently a business man in Henderson, KY. Springer was a member on the Board of Regents from 1950-58 and 1960-70.
Franklin College was constructed in 1962-63 at a cost of $1,015,450.65. The hall was built to house 330 men. The building was named after Mr. Hollis C. Franklin, a banker from Marion, KY. He served on the Board of Regents from 1947-56.
In the fall of 1997, the two residence halls merged to form Springer-Franklin Residential College. These buildings are the hub of the college. The college consists of the residents of the buildings, commuter members, faculty and staff. The college has approximately 1700 members. The activities naturally center around the two buildings. Each building has a Residence Director and a Residence Assistant for each wing. The terrapin is the mascot of Springer-Franklin and the college's colors are green, white and yellow.