The role served by the college administration is that of stewardship. We are stewards of our students’ futures and campus resources. The college’s operations and major decisions are guided by the president and her administrative cabinet, comprised of senior college staff. The office of the president is in turn overseen by the board of trustees, which serves a crucial function in carrying out the college’s vision and mission in a strategic manner.

A Message from the President of Elms College

Welcome to College of Our Lady of the Elms, a distinguished provider of Catholic higher education in western New England.

For more than 85 years, Elms has provided an education combining academic excellence, a strong sense of community, and a commitment to justice, all within the framework of Catholic social teaching. Our students often begin their Elms careers with a passion for positive change, and leave with the tools necessary to make change happen.

At Elms, we treat you as an individual. The personal attention you receive from our faculty and staff will give you the support and confidence you need to succeed after Elms, whether it is to further your education or begin your career. Everyone here is committed to your success, every step of the journey.

Our academic programs are organized in six divisions and two schools:

  • Business
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Education
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • The School of Nursing
  • School of Graduate and Professional Studies

In addition to our undergraduate programs, we have a strong complement of graduate, doctoral and continuing education opportunities as well, especially in the areas of education and healthcare.

Our goal is not simply to prepare you for a career, but to help you develop as a whole person, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, as well as intellectually. Elms graduates are known for being principled, responsible, and effectual learners who care about the welfare of others.

Please take the time to get to know us by visiting campus and exploring this website.

Being a part of Elms will change your life, and help you create positive change in others.



Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., president of Elms College