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Undergrad 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 values centered and progressive. 

We are proud of our heritage. 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.

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 and research and technology laboratories, as well as 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, and art gallery; the Elms Starbucks Café; NCAA-compliant athletic fields; and the Maguire Center arena with suspended running track, 25-meter swimming pool, an aerobic center, weight-training area, and health and counseling center.

Whether you live in one of our comfortable residence halls or commute, you’ll be part of a friendly, energetic community. Each semester Elms’s calendar is filled with cultural and social events. You can get involved with one of our many student-run organizations or start a new club. Meet friends for coffee in the Student Center, use an elliptical at
the fitness center, play air hockey in the game room—there’s always something to do.

Our beautiful campus is home to students from throughout the United States, as well as numerous other countries. At Elms College you’ll meet new people who expand your ideas and find lasting friendships.

Success is more affordable than you think
Elms wants to make this private college experience affordable for you. In fact, coming here often costs less than attending a public institution. The cost to attend Elms College is about $3,000 less than the average for independent colleges in the state. Through a variety of financial aid options, we will help place a college degree within your reach. Eighty-eight percent of our students get financial assistance, and the average award for first-year full-time students is more than $28,000. 

Because of Elms
Everything changes—starting with you. We will challenge you, cheer you on, and connect you with opportunities that open doors. You’ll find small class sizes and high expectations in all fields. You’ll get a real-world education customized for your interests and goals. Elms offers career-oriented majors, dedicated faculty, and first-rate facilities. Students can choose from more than 40 undergraduate programs.

We’re a community that takes action to make the world a better place. 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. In addition to local partnerships, the College organizes service trips to destinations in the United States and abroad. 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. It’s an education—and experience—for life.




Type: Coeducational Catholic liberal arts college

National Rankings: Ranked in the top 25 Best Regional Colleges in the North in U.S.News & World Report’s 2016 edition; one of the top 50 colleges that add the most value and help students exceed expectations in Money magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” rankings

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

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Campus: 26 acres

Enrollment: 1,005 full-time undergradu
ates; 712 part-time and graduate students; over 80% freshman retention rate

Incoming Class of 2019:
dents, 34% commuters

2015–2016 Costs:
Tuition: $30,768
Room and Board: $11,708
Comprehensive Fees: $1,512

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 $29,240.

11,000+ Alumni Strong: Elms alumni live in 48 states and 23 countries around the world.

Elms College
Blazers Athletics

Our scholar-athletes participate in 15 competitive varsity programs in the NCAA Division III and the New
England Collegiate Conference. Maintaining a focus on academic achievement, students play for love of the sport, enjoying balance on the playing field and in the classroom. It’s a winning combination.

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

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

’15 NCAA bid, Men’s Soccer
’15 NECC Softball
’15 NCAA bid, 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 NCAA bid, Men’s Volleyball
’12 NECC Women’s Basketball
’12 NCAA bid, Women’s Basketball
’11 NECC Women’s Soccer
’11 NCAA bid, Women’s Soccer

Since 1980, Elms has won 15 league championships.

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
• 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
• Professional Studies
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Social Services/Paralegal
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Spanish/Legal Studies
• Speech and Language Pathology Assistant
• Sport Management

Bachelor of Science Degree
• Nursing
• R.N.–B.S. degree completion
• Social Work

Minors, Concentrations, and Certificate Programs
• Asian Studies
• Bioethics
• Coaching
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
• Irish Studies
• Music
• Paralegal Studies
• Philosophy
• Theater
• Writing