Quick Facts

Classroom 2016

Elms College 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

Post-baccalaureate Premedical Studies Program

Post-baccalaureate Pre-Physician Assistant Program


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

Non-faculty Staff


Student-Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size

13-16 students

2015-16 Students

1257 full-time; 455 part-time and graduate students

2016 Graduation Stats

169 bachelor of arts degrees, 227 bachelor of science degrees, 16 associate degrees, 81 graduate degrees, 5 certificates of advanced study

Most Popular Undergraduate Majors

1. Nursing
2. Social Work
3. Business

2016-17 Tuition

Undergraduate tuition is $31,846
Part-time undergraduate tuition is $646 per credit

Graduate tuition for MAAT, ASD, CSD and Education program is $418 per credit
Tuition for the M.B.A. and M.S.N. program is $744 per credit

2016-17 Room and Board


2016-17 Fees

Comprehensive Fee: $1,564* for residents, $1,328 for commuters*


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


2015-16 Financial Aid

98% of all full-time undergraduates received financial assistance; average financial aid package for first-time full-time students was $31,170.


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 track and field, and 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 programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Master of Business Administration with concentrations in:

  • Accounting
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Management

Bachelor of Arts, in with majors in:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management

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.