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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 solutions that make a difference in the lives of others.


Redefining excellence
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.


Opening doors to amazing possibilities
Elms offers career-oriented majors,small classes, and first-rate facilities. The level of personal attention our students receive from faculty and staff is what gives them support and confidence to succeed.

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.


Making college affordable
The cost to attend Elms College is about $3,000 less than average for independent colleges in the state. More than 90% of our students get financial assistance, and the average award for full-time first-year
students is more than $32,000.


Type of School: 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

Enrollment: 1,005 full-time undergraduates; 712 part-time and graduate students; 61% residents, 39% commuters
(incoming Class of 2019)

2016–2017 Tuition: $31,846 (undergraduate)

2016–2017 Room and Board: $12,236 

2016–2017 Comprehensive Fees: $1,564

2016–2017 Financial Aid: 98% of all full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. The average financial aid award (including grants, scholarships, and loans) for first-time full-time students is $31,170.

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

• Accelerated BA/MBA

• Accounting

• Biology

• Business Management

• Chemistry

• Communication Sciences and

• Computer Information Technology

• Criminal Justice

• Digital Communications

• Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Teacher of English Language
- Teacher of Students with Moderate

• English

• Fine Art

• Graphic Design

• Health Care Management

• History

• International Studies/Business

• Legal Studies (Pre-law)

• Legal Studies/Spanish

• Liberal Arts

• Management

• Marketing

• Mathematics

• Natural Sciences

• Paralegal Studies

• Pre-medical

• Pre-physician Assistant

• Professional Studies

• Psychology

• Religious Studies

• Social Media

• Social Services/Paralegal

• Sociology

• Spanish

• Spanish/Legal Studies

• Speech and Language Pathology

• Sport Management


Bachelor of Science Degree

• Accelerated Second Degree in

• Nursing 

• RN–BS Degree Completion

• Social Work


Minors, Concentrations, and Certificate Programs

• Asian Studies (China or Japan)

• 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 

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blazers athletics

Our student-athletes participate in 17 competitive varsity programs in NCAA Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference:



• Basketball • Baseball 

• Cross-Country • Basketball 

• Field hockey • Cross-Country 

• Lacrosse • Golf 

• Soccer • Soccer 

• Softball • Swimming 

• Swimming • Volleyball 

• Track • Track

• 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