Elms College at a Glance
Type of Institution
Co-educational Catholic liberal arts college
Chicopee, Massachusetts (population 56,296), 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, doctorate
Number of Majors
Associate of Arts (A.A.)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Master of Arts in Applied Theology (MAAT)
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Physician Assistant Program
63 full-time, 117 half-time;adjuncts
Average Class Size
1188 undergraduate; 416 graduates
2016 Graduation Stats
169 bachelor of arts degrees, 227 bachelor of science degrees, 16 associate degrees, 81 graduate degrees, 5 certificates of advanced study
- Undergraduate tuition is $32,960
- Part-time undergraduate tuition is $668 per credit
- Graduate tuition for MAAT, ASD, CSD and Education program is $434 per credit
- Tuition for the M.B.A. and M.S.N. program is $770 per credit
- Tuition for the D.N.P. program is $806 per credit
2017-18 Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee: $1,618* for residents, $1,374 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 baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and doctor of nursing practice degree in adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner at Elms College School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 665 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001.
The baccalaureate degree program is fully approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
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:
- Healthcare Leadership
Bachelor of Arts with majors in:
- Healthcare Management
- Sport Management
The college is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Association of Governing Boards.