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Elms College Ranked in Three Categories of U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 College and University Listings

CHICOPEE, Mass. — College of Our Lady of the Elms improved its ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 list of Best Regional Universities (North). The college moved to number 85 out of 171 other northern regional colleges and universities, up from number 93 in 2021.

“I am delighted that Elms College is now ranked on three lists from U.S. News & World Report — Best Regional Universities (North), Undergraduate Nursing Programs, and Top Performers on Social Mobility (North),” said Elms College President Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA. “This strong showing is a testament to our dedicated faculty and the top-notch education we provide to our students.”

U.S. News & World Report created a new list for 2022, Undergraduate Nursing Programs, and the Elms College School of Nursing ranked in the top 41 percent of nursing schools across the country, ranking number 288 out of 694 schools. Elms was the second top-ranked nursing school from western Massachusetts on the list, and overall, it was the tenth nursing school from Massachusetts.

Elms College continued its strong presence on the list of 2022 Top Performers on Social Mobility (North), ranking number 11 of 86 northern regional colleges and universities. This category ranks schools for enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who have received federal Pell Grants.

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 & World Report 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 prepares students holistically for a purposeful life in a diverse and interconnected world. 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.