Elms College at a Glance

Type of Institution
Co-educational Catholic liberal arts college

Location
Chicopee, Massachusetts (population 56,296), two miles from downtown Springfield

Founded
1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph

Alumni
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.

Offerings
Undergraduate, graduate, certificates of advanced graduate studies, doctorate

Number of Degrees
50+

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 Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting, Healthcare Leadership, Management, Healthcare Innovation, Lean Entrepreneurship, and Financial Planning
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Science in Autism Spectrum Disorders (M.S. in ASD)
  • Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Planning
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Healthy Systems Innovation and Leadership (HSIL)
  • 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

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

Non-faculty Staff
143

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1

Average Class Size
12-18 students

2018-19 Students
1,151 undergraduates; 380 graduates

2019 Graduation Stats
17 associate of arts degrees, 187 bachelor of arts degrees, 206 bachelor of science degrees, 116 master’s degrees, 20 doctor of nursing practice degrees, and 6 certificates of advanced graduate study.

2019-2020 Undergraduate Tuition
Tuition* Room and Board** Comprehensive Fee*** Total
Resident $35,270 $13,600 $1,730 $50,600
Commuter $35,270 N/A $1,470 $36,740

* Tuition does not include books and supplies
** Residents are also required to submit a refundable $250 refundable security fee. Dorm rooms include bed, desk and bureau. Bedding and other personal items not included.
*** Certain majors, such as nursing, may require additional fees for labs or clinicals.

FY20 Financial Aid

More than 95% of all full-time undergraduates receive financial assistance; the average financial aid package for full-time undergraduate students is $34,000.

Graduate Program Tuition Rates

  • Graduate tuition for MAAT, ASD, CSD, and Education can be found here
  • Tuition for the MBA and MSN programs here
  • Tuition for the DNP program can be found here

Athletics
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.

Accreditations
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.

Elms College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for 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 Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Association of Governing Boards.