This Catholic liberal arts college in western Massachusetts was founded as a women’s school, and while men have been admitted for almost 20 years, the student body still skews heavily female. Nursing is by far the most popular undergraduate major, followed by social work, education, and business. Sixty-six percent of students graduate within six years, 41% higher than schools that serve a similar study body. Elms graduates’ average early career earnings of $49,700 is slightly below those for MONEY’s top-ranked schools but well ahead of their peers from similar schools. The majority of undergraduates receive financial awards from the college to help offset the cost of attendance, with the average award coming in at about $15,200 a year. Elms is a small and relatively young school, with about 1,000 undergraduates and just 33,000 alumni, most of whom remain in the region after graduation. The campus is a couple of miles outside of the state capital of Springfield, and the college organizes discounted day trips to places like the Bronx Zoo, Boston, ski slopes, and amusement parks.
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