Elms College at a Glance

Type of Institution
Co-educational Catholic liberal arts college

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

1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph

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.

Undergraduate, graduate, certificates of advanced graduate studies, doctorate

Number of Degrees

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 Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting, Healthcare Leadership, Management, and Financial Planning
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Science
  • 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 Health 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
  • Pre-Health / Pre-Medical /Pre-Physician Assistant Program

61 full-time, 5 part-time

Non-faculty Staff

Student-Faculty Ratio

Average Class Size
12-18 students

2022-23 Students
980 undergraduates; 295 graduates

2022 Graduation Stats
2 associate of arts degrees, 137 bachelor of arts degrees, 152 bachelor of science degrees, 91 master’s degrees, 15 doctor of nursing practice degrees, and 4 certificates of advanced graduate study.

2023-2024 Undergraduate Tuition
Tuition*Room and Board**Comprehensive Fee***Total
Resident $40,095 $15,150 $1,966 $57,211
Commuter $40,095 N/A $1,671 $41,766

* 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.

2023-2024 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

Member of NCAA Division III and ECAC participating in the The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 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.

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. Phone: 202-887-6731.

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:

Bachelor of Arts with majors in:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management

Master of Business Administration with concentrations in:

  • Accounting
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Management

View our IACBE member status.

The Elms College division of Education received full approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary and Education (DESE) to continue endorsing candidates for licensure through August 31, 2029 for all of our teacher preparation programs.

The college is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Association of Governing Boards.