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 50% live in the Pioneer Valley. Elms alumni can be found making a difference around the world in 49 states and 20 countries.

Undergraduate, graduate, certificates of advanced graduate studies, doctorate

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 (MAAT)
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master of Science in Autism Spectrum Disorders (M.S. in ASD)
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP in FNP)
Doctor of Nursing Practice in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP in AGACNP)
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies Program
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Physician Assistant Program

63 full-time, 6 part-time, 158 adjuncts

Non-faculty Staff

Student-Faculty Ratio

Average Class Size
12-18 students

2016-17 Students
1188 undergraduate; 416 graduates

2018 Graduation Stats
189 bachelor of arts degrees, 149 bachelor of science degrees, 114 master’s degrees, 18 doctor of nursing practice degrees, and 3 certificates of advanced study

2017-18 Tuition

  • Undergraduate tuition is $34, 578
  • Part-time undergraduate tuition is $668 per credit
  • Graduate tuition for MAAT, A.S.D., 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 $830 per credit

2017-18 Room and Board

2017-18 Fees
Comprehensive Fee: $1,674* for residents, $1,422 for commuters*

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

2017-18 Financial Aid
90% of all full-time undergraduates received financial assistance; the average financial aid package for full-time undergraduate students was more than $32,000.

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 Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by the NECHE 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:

  • Accounting
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Management

Bachelor of Arts with majors in:

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

View our IACBE member status.

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.