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Elms College Jumps to #7 on US News & World Report’s List of “Top Performers on Social Mobility” in the Northern Region

CHICOPEE, Mass. — College of Our Lady of the Elms improved its ranking by 30 spots on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of Top Performers on Social Mobility among Regional Universities (North).

The list of Top Performers on Social Mobility ranks schools for enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who have received federal Pell Grants. Elms College improved its ranking dramatically, moving to number 7 among 89 regional universities in the northern U.S. region, up from number 37 in 2020.

“This tremendous jump in the social mobility rankings is an exceptional affirmation of our efforts to make a Catholic liberal arts education accessible to students from all backgrounds,” said Elms College President Harry Dumay, Ph.D., MBA. “It further demonstrates Elms’ commitment to support our students from their first-year seminar all the way to Commencement.”

On U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of Best Regional Universities (North), Elms College retains its ranking in the top 55% among 176 other colleges and universities in the northern U.S. region.

U.S. News ranks Elms College as a university because of changes to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s basic classification system and the number of graduate programs Elms offers. The Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in U.S. higher education.

The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings are designed to help students and their families find colleges that offer the best academic value for their money. The list provides at-a-glance breakdowns of each institution, and ranks them based on such indicators of excellence including value and first-year student retention rate.

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About Elms College

Elms College is a co-educational Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.