College of Our Lady of the Elms

Chicopee, MA 01013
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The College of Our Lady of the Elms is a private college in Chicopee, Massachusetts. This is a small college, with just over 500 students enrolled during the Fall 2016 semester. The student to faculty ratio is just 10:1. The college is also referred to as Elms College. It is a Catholic liberal arts college founded in 1928 and affiliated with the Sisters of St. Joseph. The college began as a preparatory school for girls and only began admitting male students during the 1998-1999 school year. The campus is about two miles from the Springfield metro area and includes 14 buildings, including the Center for Natural and Health Sciences. This center was the first academic building added to the campus in over 30 years.

The College of Our Lady of the Elms School of Nursing offers students three paths to earn a BSN, including traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. Students receive their clinical experience through partnerships with local healthcare centers and hospitals. The school also has their own simulation labs. These programs were accredited by the CCNE in 2000 and the accreditation remains current. There is also an ADN program. The school boasts excellent NCLEX-RN exam pass rates. In fact, the class of 2018 had a 100% pass rate and 95% employment rate after graduation.

Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4-year
TypePrivate
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 21 125
Master's degree 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 28
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 85.3%

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1942 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
CCNE
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
CCNE
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
CCNE
10/19/2009 - Current

Admission

79%

Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT930 to 1130
ACT17 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$668/credit
In State Students$668/credit
Out of State Students$668/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$770/credit
In State Students$770/credit
Out of State Students$770/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $30,060 $30,060 $30,060
ADN 70 $46,760 $46,760 $46,760
BSN 125 $83,500 $83,500 $83,500
FNP 50 $38,500 $38,500 $38,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of College of Our Lady of the Elms's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 50% $4,419
Other Federal Grant 13% $834
State Grant & Scholarships 35% $4,423
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $19,749
Federal Student Loans 91% $5,605
Private Loans 16% $11,104

$21,573

Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,465
$30,001 to $48,000$15,776
$48,001 to $75,000$17,969
$75,001 to $110,000$22,283
Over $110,000$28,057

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Student Population

1,174

Undergrads

406

Graduates

1,181

Women

399

Men

68%

Full-time

32%

Par-time

Ethnic Diversity
White
53%
Race/ethnicity unknown
23%
Hispanic
12%
Black/African American
8%
Asian
2%
Non-resident alien
1%
Two or more races
0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
0%

Relevant scholarships

MARILN Professional Scholarship Award

Applicants must be Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents and have lived in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for at least four years before having entered that practical nursing program. They must ...

Massachusetts Long Term Care Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must work in a nursing home or assisted living residence in Massachusetts and must have worked there for at least one year.

Elms College (College of Our Lady of the Elms) - One Family Scholarship Program

The program assists heads of households in achieving their academic goals. Recipients of this scholarship receive an integrated network of services through the non-profit organization, One ...

American Legion-Massachusetts Scholarship

Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Department of Massachusetts Legion member in good standing. One award is for nursing only.

Elms College (College of Our Lady of the Elms) - Part-Time Grant

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Part-Time Grant, an applicant must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year; be a U.S. ...


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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.

College of Our Lady of the Elms
291 Springfield St
Chicopee, MA 01013
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