Elms College is a coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts college located at 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts. It was originally founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Diocese of Springfield as the College of Our Lady of the Elms to educate women. It evolved into a normal school sometime in 1908 and became a baccalaureate-granting institution with a specialization in education in 1928. The institution’s presence not only facilitated the preparation of quality teachers but also provided a place where women can have career opportunities in spite of financial limitations.
The 25-acre campus houses 12 campus buildings arranged around a spacious quadrangle typically used by students to study and relax and occasionally serves as an outdoor classroom. The classic and contemporary merge in the various structure found on campus such as the Spalding House, the Gaylord House and the Maguire Center for Health, Fitness and Athletics. Chicopee is located at the Pioneer Valley Region which is in itself famous for its beauty, rich history and as a place of learning and culture.
The academic programs of Elms College are organized into seven divisions including the Division of Business and Law; the Division of Communication Science and Disorders; Division of Education; Division of Humanities and Fine Arts; Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technology; Division of Nursing; Division of Social Science; and Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. Graduate Programs in Applied Theology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education and Nursing are likewise offered. Also providing more educational options to students are the various pre-professional programs offered.
Annual full-time undergraduate tuition is $ 24,788.00 while part-time tuition costs $ 504.00 per credit. Graduate tuition costs $ 588.00 per credit. Room and board fees amount to $ 9,446.00 per academic year while comprehensive fees total $ 828.00 also per academic year.