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The best way to get to know Elms is to visit. Come take in the beautiful rolling hills of Western Massachusetts, walk through the halls of our charming buildings, and say hi to the friendly faces around campus. You’ll find our community welcoming. Register for a visit at elms.edu/visit.

 

Elms College is a Catholic liberal arts college founded over 85 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph—a group of women dedicated to providing an education rooted in a commitment to neighbor and justice, and open to those of all faiths. Today, in the spirit of the Sisters, Elms College continues its mission to provide a learning community committed to unity and social justice. We embrace and respect all people and cultures, and the planet, so that together we may effect positive change in our world. 

A distinctive experience
At Elms, we educate with a purpose: to instill in our students the passion and drive to leave this world better than they found it. To help our students find what impels them to make a positive difference and to take action. We encourage our students to become the best versions of themselves. An Elms education is about more than just career preparation. It’s about developing our students’ character, intellect, and spirit. We’re a close-knit community, guided by the College’s values of faith and excellence.

Beautiful campus setting
Located in the heart of New England on 25 acres in the historic district of Chicopee, Massachusetts, our scenic campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, learning centers, and student-life facilities. These include a 22,000-sq. ft. Center for Natural and Health Sciences, the Alumnae Library Learning Commons and Student Success Center, historic and modern residential spaces, college center with Elms Starbucks Café, NCAA-compliant athletics fields, and the Maguire Center arena, with suspended running track, 25-meter swimming pool, aerobic center, weight-training area, and health and counseling center.

Positive outcomes: Our graduates get hired
We offer undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in an environment that is value-centered and progressive. In all fields you’ll find career-oriented majors, small class sizes (10:1 student-faculty ratio), and challenging curricula. The level of personal attention our students receive from faculty and staff gives them the support and confidence to succeed, and they do succeed: 100% of our Education graduates get hired, and 100% of BA/MBA Accounting majors from the Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 are employed in their field.

Outside the classroom
Opportunities at Elms reach far beyond the classroom walls. Through study abroad, internships, and extracurricular activities, our students gain a wide view of the world and valuable skills for whatever career path they choose. Our students also lend a helping hand through service projects and mission trips—in our local community and around the world.

An affordable private education
A private college education may feel out of reach for some due to cost. At Elms, we offer competitive merit scholarships to keep tuition affordable. Ninety-nine percent of students receive grant or scholarship aid, and the average award for full-time first-year students is more than $32,000.

 


AT A GLANCE

Coeducational Catholic liberal arts college

Only Catholic college in Western Massachusetts

1,188 undergraduate students

11,000+ alumni

Ranked as one of Money magazine’s 2017 “best colleges for your money”

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

17 varsity sports teams

90% of 2016 graduates employed or continuing education

#1 New England Collegiate Conference All-Conference Student-Athletes

Named one of 10 colleges where you can turn your visit into a vacation by U.S. News & World Report

Associate Programs

• Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Bachelor’s Programs

• Business
- Accounting
- Entrepreneurship
- Healthcare Management
- Management
- Marketing
- Sport Management

• Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

• Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Education/Moderate Disabilities (Grades K-8)
- Education/Moderate Disabilities (Grades 5-12)
- Education Studies
- Elementary Education
- English as a Second Language
- Secondary Education

• Humanities and Fine Arts
- English
- History
- Liberal Arts
- Religious Studies

• Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Computer Information Technology
- Graphic Design
- Mathematical Science
- Social Media

• Professional Studies

• School of Nursing
- Nursing

• Social Sciences
- Criminal Justice
- Psychology
- Social Work
- Sociology

Minors of Study
• Asian Studies (China)
• Asian Studies (Japan)
• Bioethics and Medical Humanities
• Business and Law
• Coaching
• Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
• Fine Art
• Irish Studies
• Legal Studies
• Music
• Philosophy
• Spanish

Pre-professional Tracks and Concentrations
• Pre-anesthesiology Assistant
• Pre-chiropractic
• Pre-dental
• Pre-law
• Pre-medical
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pathology Assistant
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physician Assistant
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-podiatry
• Pre-veterinary
• Writing

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