College of Our Lady of the Elms

Chicopee, MA 01013

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.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. ADN
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 175
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 8
Nursing Science Master's degree 2
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 0

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from College of Our Lady of the Elms

American International College
2.98 miles away
University of Hartford
24.54 miles away
University of Saint Joseph
25.64 miles away
Goodwin College
27.53 miles away
Anna Maria College
37.25 miles away
Becker College
41.33 miles away
Quinnipiac University
52.12 miles away
Franklin Pierce University
52.18 miles away
Southern Vermont College
59.11 miles away
Yale University
59.75 miles away


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
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/19/2009 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading420 to 535
SAT: Math420 to 520
SAT: Writing430 to 530
ACT Composite19 to 23
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$18,530
30k to 48k$22,945
48k to 75k$20,038
75k to 110k$26,337
Over 110k$26,706
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $646.00 $646.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $744.00 $744.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Two or more races

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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 [...]

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: (2015-2016 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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