College of Our Lady of the Elms greatly improved its ranking on two listings in the U.S. News & World Report (USN) 2024 Best Colleges Rankings and was listed as a Best Value School in the North Region for the first time. 

Elms Campus, Elms College Surged Up U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges Rankings 

The college jumped 33 places to number 60 on the list of Best Regional Universities (North) and rose 22 slots to number 12 in the Top Performers on Social Mobility – Regional Universities (North) category. This list ranks schools for enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who have received federal Pell Grants.

New this year, Elms College was ranked number 33 on the Best Value Schools – Regional Universities (North) list. This category examines a school’s academic quality and the cost of its programs. The higher the quality of programs and the lower the cost, the better the value a school provides.

“It gives all of us at Elms College immense pride and satisfaction that the Elms value is recognized in rankings such as the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings. We are pleased that Elms improved its ranking on two lists this year and entered the list of Best Value Schools (North),” said Elms College President Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA. “In addition to the high quality education we provide, I thank the Elms community for their efforts that empower our students to make a difference in the lives of the people around them.”

USN ranks Elms College as a university because of changes to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s basic classification system and the number of graduate programs Elms offers. The Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in U.S. higher education.

The USN Best Colleges rankings are designed to help students and their families find colleges that offer the best academic value for their money. The list provides at-a-glance breakdowns of each institution and ranks them based on such indicators of excellence, value, and first-year student retention rate.

The full rankings are viewable at