Elms, founded in 1928, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college originally for women; it became coeducational in 1997.

Website: www.elms.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,174
Undergraduate
Students
(73.9%) 867 Women
(26.1%) 307 Men
406
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
79% of 868 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.29
SAT Math
516 average
SAT EBRW
517 average
ACT Composite
21 average
19-23 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$52,444
Tuition and Fees
$35,788
Room and Board
$13,106
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Freshman Award
$28,556
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$38,539
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
66
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 30% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Chicopee Population
55,717
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
33% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
56.8% White
18.0% Unknown
International Students
0.5% from 21 countries
First-Year Students Returning
84.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
52.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 2 4
Science 2 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 1 2
History 2  
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required September 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
291 Springfield Street
City, State, Zip
Chicopee, MA 01013-2839
Phone
(413) 592-3189
Fax
(413) 594-2781
E-mail
admissions@elms.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
79% of 868 applicants were admitted
Women
78% of 631 applicants were admitted
Men
82% of 237 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
180 (26%) of 690 admitted students enrolled
Women
124 (25%) of 495 admitted students enrolled
Men
56 (29%) of 195 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.29
3.75 and Above
27%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49
7%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
516 average
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
11%
Score of 500 - 600
55%
Score of 400 - 500
27%
Score of 300 - 400
7%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
517 average
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
12%
Score of 500 - 600
51%
Score of 400 - 500
34%
Score of 300 - 400
3%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21 average
19-23 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
13%
Score of 24 - 29
13%
Score of 18 - 23
40%
Score of 12 - 17
33%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$52,444
Tuition and Fees
$35,788
Room and Board
$13,106
Books and Supplies
$1,150
Other Expenses
$2,400
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002140
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
165 (95.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
161 (97.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
161 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
15 (9.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$28,556
Need-Based Gift
Received by 161 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $25,199
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 151 (93.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,579
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 8 (5.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
8 (4.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,562

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
911 (93.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
876 (96.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
875 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
63 (7.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$22,746
Need-Based Gift
Received by 836 (95.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $18,925
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 837 (95.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,824
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 34 (3.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
71 (7.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,622

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$38,539
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
738
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Religious Affiliation, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
47
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,206
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Public administration and social services
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
66
Part-Time Faculty
121
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
24%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 30% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
175
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Applied Theology, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication Disorders
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Reading Education
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General

Location and Setting


Chicopee Population
55,717
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
32 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
128 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Springfield
Nearest Train Station
4 mile(s) from campus in Springfield

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
33% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
68%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
School Colors
Green and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Golf     x  
Lacrosse x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x  
Lacrosse    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Volleyball x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, cross-country running, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, volleyball, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,174
Women
867 (73.9%)
Men
307 (26.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
973
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
56.8% White
18.0% Unknown
International Students.
0.5% from 21 countries
Average Age
26
All Graduate Students
406

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
84.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
52.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
56.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
57.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 1%
Education 2%

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