Elms College, also known as the College of Our Lady of the Elms, is a Catholic liberal arts school founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificates of advanced graduate studies in 33 majors. There are 63 full-time faculty and the student-faculty ratio is 15:1. The most popular undergraduate majors are Nursing, Business, and Social Work. The undergraduate tuition during the 2010 – 2011 school year was $25,780 and graduate tuition was $612 per credit. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges which indicates that Elms College has been heavily evaluated and determined to meet standards of excellence according to experienced academic professionals.
The campus is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts which is a city residing along the Connecticut River and is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. It uses the nickname “Crossroads of New England” to reflect its convenient location between a handful of larger cities enhanced by its highway system. Landmarks include the Westover Joint Air Reserve Base, the Chicopee Memorial State Park, the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, as well as The Cabotville Historic Sycamore Trees. Notable residents include the author, Edward Bellamy and the Duryea brothers who were the first to build an automobile in the United States.
Catholic spirituality is very much a hallmark of Elms College. To aid in students’ spiritual development, the school offers a selection of programs, resources, and interesting opportunities to challenge and encourage. The Office of Campus Ministry is the center of spiritual life on campus and it manages such programs as the domestic and international service trips, local community service, and the Dorothy Day Program for freshmen. Students are also encouraged to volunteer at soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and literacy programs in the surrounding community. Athletics is also is a fundamental asset at Elms College with the Blazers as their mascot. Both men and women can take part in such activities as basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.
The academic programs at Elms College include career preparation as well as liberal learning. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in many areas. Undergraduate programs include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Information and Technology, International Studies/Business, as well as Speech and Language Pathology Assistant. Graduate programs include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Applied Theology, and Master of Business Administration.
The Elms College Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers a distance learning course series which give students the ability to work toward earning a certificate that can lead to a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Associate’s Degree. An important aspect of this program is the clinical practices which gives students 100 hours of supervised treatment and can be associated with a paid position. The program is very flexible and can be tailored to meet the schedule of busy professional students.