Quick Facts

Elms College at a Glance

Elms at a Glance

Type of Institution

Co-educational Catholic liberal arts college


Chicopee, Massachusetts (population 55,717), two miles from downtown Springfield


1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph


11,000+ alumni; more than half are in the Pioneer Valley


Undergraduate, graduate, certificates of advanced graduate studies

Number of Majors


Degrees Offered

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Master of Arts in Applied Theology (M.A.A.T.)

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Master of Science in Autism Spectrum Disorders (M.S in A.S.D.)

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P. in F.N.P.)

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P. in A.G.A.C.N.P.)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies program


67 full-time, 10 half-time; 90 adjuncts

Non-faculty Staff


Student-Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size

13-16 students

2014-15 Students

1005 full-time; 712 part-time and graduate students

2014 Graduation Stats

172 bachelor of arts degrees, 203 bachelor of science degrees, 14 associate degrees, 91 graduate degrees, 6 certificates of advanced study

Most Popular Undergraduate Majors

1. Nursing
2. Social Work
3. Business

2015-16 Tuition

Undergraduate tuition is $30,768
Part-time undergraduate tuition is $624 per credit

Graduate tuition for MAAT, ASD, CSD and Education program is $404 per credit
Tuition for the M.B.A. and M.S.N. program is $720 per credit

2015-16 Room and Board


2015-16 Fees

Comprehensive Fee: $1,512* for residents, $1,284 for commuters*


*Please note: Certain programs such as nursing have additional comprehensive and course fees.

*Please note: This is for resident students.


2014-15 Financial Aid

88% received financial assistance; average financial aid package for full-time undergraduate students was $29,240.


Member of NCAA Division III and ECAC participating in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in the following sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's volleyball.


Elms College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation by the NEASC indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Nursing programs are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.  The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at Elms College School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

The paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association.

Elms College has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Olathe, Kansas. The following degree programs are accredited by the IACBE:

  • accounting and information systems
  • health care management
  • international studies and business
  • management
  • management with a concentration in sport management
  • marketing

The college is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges, theAssociation of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Association of Governing Boards.