Explore Elms College


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, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and continuing education programs are offered in an environment that is value-centered and progressive. In all fields, you’ll find small class sizes and high expectations.

Elms is a close-knit community, guided by the College’s values of faith and excellence preparing students for professional success and to help create solutions that make a difference in the lives of others.

Committed to Your Success

Elms is a small college with BIG resources. The College integrates the latest technology into its teaching and research. The curriculum, taught by accomplished scholars, scientists, artists and innovators, 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. Elms offers career-oriented majors, small classes, dedicated faculty and first-rate facilities. You will be challenged, cheered on, and connected with opportunities that open doors. You’ll get a real-world education customized for your interests and goals. From first-year seminars to independent fieldwork, you’ll have distinct opportunities to excel.

In addition to strong academics, students have access to study-abroad, internship and extracurricular opportunities and engage in community and mission-service learning through the offices of Campus Ministry, Division of Athletics and academic schools and divisions.

Beautiful Campus Setting

Centrally located in the heart of New England on 25 acres in the historic district of Chicopee, Massachusetts, the scenic campus features state-of-the-art classroom and learning centers along with enhanced facilities for student life. These include: a 22,000-square-foot Center for Natural and Health Sciences housing tech classrooms, nursing skills labs, faculty and student research facilities, the Alumnae Library Learning Commons, several historic and modern residential spaces, the College Center dining room, game room, bookstore, art gallery, and Elms Starbucks Café and NCAA-compliant athletics fields and Maguire Center arena with suspended running track, 25-meter swimming pool, aerobic center, weight-training area, and health and counseling center.

Play, Compete, Win

The College has 17 varsity sports teams: women’s basketball, softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, cross country, track & field, swimming and volleyball; and men’s basketball, soccer, baseball, cross country, track & field, swimming, golf, and volleyball.

Elms College belongs to the New England Collegiate Conference, NCAA Division III, and its teams continue a tradition of winning conference championships in golf, softball, basketball, soccer, and cross country. Intramural sports are also available.

Success Is More Affordable Than You Think

A private college education can be more affordable than public universities. More than ninety percent of Elms students get financial assistance, and the average award for first-year full-time students last year was more than $31,000.

Visit Elms

The best way to get to know Elms is to visit. Come see the campus, meet students and see what it’s like to talk with a professor, eat in the dining hall, or sit in on a class. If Elms is the right fit, you will feel it right away. Elms College can’t wait to meet you.

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