Elms College

Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States
Elms College is a modern part of a living tradition established over 300 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph — a bold group of devout, progressive changemakers. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous education animated by a community where all are welcome. Religious or non-religious, we’re all on a journey to understand and maneuver the bigger world.



Charism refers to any good gift that flows from God’s love to humans. Striving to be part of that gift, over 350 years ago, six women gathered on a daily basis to share their hearts and serve their neighbor’s needs. Rather than cloistered, or, away from the outside world, they were active agents of change. In 1650, they formally became the Sisters of St. Joseph.


With Elms organized into two schools and six divisions, the freedom to explore is supported by academic rigor.


  • School of Nursing
  • School of Graduate and Professional Studies


  • Business
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Education
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technology
  • Social Sciences


Wherever you are in your academic career–freshman through graduate–we are here to help you navigate and take an active role in discovering your career path. From exploring different career options to finding internships to looking for part-time and full-time employment to preparing for graduate school, our programs, and resources are available to you every step of the way.


Student services

A college is made up of more than classrooms. Our administrative offices manage our daily operations down to the tiniest detail, from managing financial transactions to making sure the campus-wide wifi is up and running.

  • Find information for the media
  • View employment opportunities at Elms College
  • Find out how to pay my semester bill
  • Submit an invoice for business conducted with the college
  • Find out how to send and receive mail on campus
  • Get help with my email or computer on campus
  • Have something printed
  • Design a poster, brochure, or ad

Housing services

Living on campus is an experience that enhances and enriches your college experience outside of the classroom. Your residence hall is more than just a place to sleep and study, but a place to build lifelong friendships with students who are different from yourself.

When you live on campus, our residence halls become your home, our dining hall is your dining room, and you’ll find dozens of new places to hang out with your friends.

Elms has no residency requirement for enrolled students, but we highly encourage students, even from the local area, to consider living on campus.

Library services

Alumnae Library is more than the portal for scholarly research. It houses the Alumnae Learning Commons, Student Accommodations and Support Servicesand The Student Success Center, which includes The Academic Resource Center(for tutoring), and the Advising Center.

ICT services

If it’s online or plugged in, chances are we made it work.  Our office oversees all technology related resources including computer labs, internet and wireless access, email accounts, classroom technology, and much more.  We provide technical support to students, faculty and staff through the Help Desk.

Medical services

Elms College’s health center assists students with health promotion activities and practices that contribute to life-long wellness. We are equipped to handle everything from seasonal illnesses and common health concerns to the management of significant episodic and chronic health issues.

Student Life

Campus life

Elms College is a modern part of this living tradition. Here, Universal Inclusion, Interfaith, Community, Excellence and Justice aren’t abstractions, they’re the cherished values we work to manifest in the world and our lives. All are welcome, all are supported in their individual journey.

Sports facilities

The Maguire Center includes an aerobics/weight room, a 25-meter handicapped-accessible six-lane pool, a wood-floored gymnasium that can host basketball or volleyball events, an elevated rubberized 100-meter track, a sports medicine facility, a laundry room, and four locker rooms. The aerobics/ weight room holds a full-line of Cybex weight training machines, free weights and other multi-purpose apparatus, top-quality Life stride treadmills and Life cycles, Stairmaster steppers, and a Precor climber.The Partyka Natatorium pool serves as both the home facility of the college's varsity swimming programs, as well as various other nautilus health classes.


Elms College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation by the NEASC indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States