Elms College: Narrative Description

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291 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013-2839
Tel: (413)594-2761
Free: 800-255-ELMS
Admissions: (413)592-3189
Fax: (413)594-2781
Web Site: http://www.elms.edu/


Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1928. Setting: 32-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $6.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $53,003. Educational spending 2003-04: $8729 per student. Total enrollment: 932. Faculty: 110 (59 full-time, 51 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 454 applied, 88% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 605 students, 78% women, 22% men. Part-time: 187 students, 89% women, 11% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 1 other country, 15% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 40% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield, Sisters of Saint Joseph Colleges Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $28,015 includes full-time tuition ($19,250), mandatory fees ($1015), and college room and board ($7750). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $420 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $20.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Zonta, Elmscript, Umoja, Social Work Club. Major annual events: Midnight Madness, Semi-Formal, Soph Show. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 313 college housing spaces available; 229 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Alumnae Library with 111,379 books, 3,334 microform titles, 529 serials, 2,948 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $466,344. 70 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Elms is located in western Massachusetts, two and one half miles from Springfield, near the junction of I-91 and I-90 (Mass. Turnpike). The climate is temperate. The community has several churches, museums, a library, theatre, sports center, cultural and social events at many of the nearby colleges, shopping, and major civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Part-time employment is available.

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