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Catholic Profile

Elms College is a Catholic liberal arts college dedicated to educating the whole person. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts, we offer undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in an environment that is value centered and progressive. 

In all fields you’ll find small class sizes and high expectations.

Ours is a close-knit community, guided by the College’s values of faith and excellence. Elms students develop character as well as intellect. We’ll prepare you not only for professional success but also to help create solutionsthat make a difference in the lives of others.

Standing apart
Elms is a small college with big resources. We continually integrate the latest technology into teaching and research. Our curriculum promotes effective communication, critical thinking, an ability to utilize technology, an understanding of faith, and a willingness to respond to global concerns of justice and peace.

Located on 25 acres in the Pioneer Valley and the heart of New England, our scenic campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, research and technology laboratories, and enhanced facilities for student life. These include a new 22,000-sq. ft. Center for Natural and Health Sciences, Alumnae Library Learning Commons, modern residential spaces, the College Center dining room, game room, bookstore, art gallery, the Elms Starbucks Café, NCAA-compliant athletic fields, and the Maguire Center arena with a suspended running track, 25-meter swimming pool, aerobic center, weight-training area, and health and counseling center.

Because of Elms
Everything changes—starting with you. Elms offers career-oriented majors, small classes, dedicated faculty, and first-rate facilities. We will challenge you, cheer you on, and connect you with opportunities that open doors. You’ll get a real-world education customized for your interests and goals.

In addition to strong academics, students have access to study abroad, internships, and extracurricular opportunities and engage in community service learning through the Offices of Campus Ministry, Division of Athletics, and academic schools and divisions. Our students distinguish themselves as scholars, leaders, and athletes. 

Wherever you’re headed, Elms College has a program of study to get you there. Our liberal arts core provides a foundation for innovative and interdisciplinary explorations. From first-year seminars to independent field work, you’ll have distinct opportunities to excel.

Success is more affordable than you think
The cost to attend Elms College is about $3,000 less than average for independent colleges in the state. Eighty-eight percent of our students get financial assistance, and the average award for full-time first-year students is more than $24,000.




Type of University: Coeducational Catholic liberal arts college

Location: Chicopee, Massachusetts, two miles from downtown Springfield, 25 minutes from Bradley International Airport, 90 minutes to Boston, two and a half hours from New York City

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Campus: 26 acres

987 full-time undergraduates
623 part-time and graduate students
66% residents, 34% commuters
(incoming Class of 2018)

2015–2016 Tuition: $30,768 (undergraduate)

2015–2016 Room and Board: $11,708

2015–2016 Comprehensive Fees: $1,512

2015–2016 Financial Aid: 88% of all full-time undergraduates receive financial aid. The average financial aid award (including grants, scholarships, and loans) for first-time full-time students is $24,970.

Elms College Blazers Athletics
Our student-athletes participate in 15 competitive varsity programs in NCAA Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference:

• Basketball
• Cross-country 
• Field hockey 
• Lacrosse 
• Soccer  
• Softball 
• Swimming 
• Volleyball

• Baseball  
• Basketball  
• Cross-country 
• Soccer
• Swimming 
• Volleyball 

’15 NECC Softball
’14 NECC Golf
’14 NCAA bid, Golf
’13 NECC Men’s Basketball
’13 NCAA bid, Men’s Basketball
’12 NECC Men’s Soccer
’12 NCAA bid, Men’s Soccer
’12 NECC Men’s Volleyball
’12 NECC Women’s Basketball
’12 NCAA bid, Men’s Volleyball
’12 NCAA bid, Women’s Basketball
’11 NECC Women’s Soccer
’11 NCAA bid, Women’s Soccer
’10 NECC Men’s Basketball
’10 ECAC Men’s Basketball
’09 NECC Men’s Volleyball
’09 NECC Men’s Basketball
’08 NECC Women’s Soccer
’05–’09 NCAA bid, Men’s Basketball
’03, ’05, ’06 NCAA Regionals Softball

Academic Programs
Elms College awards the following degrees in these majors:

Associate of Arts Degree
• Paralegal Studies
• Speech and Language Pathology Assistant

Bachelor of Arts Degree
• Accounting
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Communication Sciences and Disorders
• Computer Information Technology
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Communications
• Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Teacher of English Language Learners
- Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
• English
• Fine Art
• Health Care Management
• History
• International Studies/Business
• Legal Studies (Pre-law)
• Legal Studies/Spanish
• Liberal Arts
• Management
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Natural Sciences
• Paralegal Studies
• Professional Studies
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Social Services/Paralegal
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Spanish/Legal Studies
• Speech and Language Pathology Assistant
• Sport Management

Bachelor of Science Degree
• Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing
• Nursing
• R.N.–B.S. Degree Completion
• Social Work

Minors, Concentrations, and Certificate Programs

• Asian Studies
• Bioethics
• Business and Law
• Coaching
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
• Irish Studies
• Legal Nurse Consulting
• Music
• Paralegal Studies
• Philosophy
• Pre-health, Pre-medical Professional
• Theater