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Elms College at a Glance

Elms at a Glance

Type of Institution

Co-educational Catholic liberal arts college


Chicopee, Massachusetts (population 55,490), two miles from downtown Springfield


1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph


10,000 alumni; 7,000 in Massachusetts; 5,300 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


2013-14 Students

987 full-time; 341 part-time; 282 graduate

2013 Graduation Stats

295 Undergraduate Degrees, 75 Graduate Degrees

Most Popular Undergraduate Majors

1. Nursing
2. Social Work
3. Business

2014-15 Tuition

Undergraduate tuition is $29,728
Part-time undergraduate tuition is $604 per credit

Graduate tuition for MAAT, ASD, CSD,  and Education program is $376 per credit
Tuition for the M.B.A. and M.S.N. program is $672 per credit

2014-15 Room and Board


2013-14 Fees

Comprehensive Fee: $1460*

Technology Fee: $236 for commuter students/ $440 for resident students


*Please note, certain programs such as nursing have additional comprehensive and course fees

*Please note, this is for resident students


2014-15 Financial Aid

Eighty-eight percent 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.