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|College of Our Lady of the Elms|
|Latin: Collegium Dominae Nostrae In Ulmis|
|Motto||Viam Veritatis Elegi|
|Motto in English||“I have chosen the way of truth"|
|Religious affiliation||Sisters of St. Joseph|
|Endowment||US $12 million|
|President||Sister Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D.|
|Location||Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States
|Colors||Green, Gold, White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III|
Elms was founded as a girls' preparatory academy in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Academy of Our Lady of the Elms, in 1897. In 1899, Rev. John McCoy and Bishop Thomas Beaven of the Springfield diocese purchased property in Chicopee and it became St. Joseph's Normal College.
In 1927, the Sisters of Saint Joseph petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to charter the school as a women's liberal arts college, the charter was approved in 1928, and the name was changed to the College of Our Lady of the Elms with Rev. Thomas Mary O'Leary as the first president.
The Elms College board of trustees voted 23-5 to begin admitting men, starting with the 1998-1999 school year, on October 7, 1997.
Traditions include Elms Night, an event in the beginning of the fall semester to welcome incoming first-year students. The event starts with an outdoor dinner where all Elms students and staff are invited. Freshmen are encouraged by seniors to sing a few lyrics from a song of choice during dinner. Following dinner, everyone meets in the Berchman's Hall Rotunda. Each class is assigned a pop song and sings for the other classes. At this point in the evening, seniors toss items from the second floor balcony to the freshmen on the first floor. Traditionally, the items were beanie caps. Now they vary from towels to wallets or other items. Often an Elms College student will keep this item at least until they graduate and, in many cases, long after that.
The Elms College Blazers got their nickname from an old tradition when sophomore students would receive 'blazers' to wear as a seniority right. Although this tradition has long since been discontinued, the team name has stuck.
The Elms College Blazers team colors are a green, gold, and white. Elms competes at the Division III level as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, and swimming. The athletics at Elms are based out of The Maguire Center.
- Thomas Michael O'Leary, co-founder and first president of Elms College
- Christopher Joseph Weldon, president of Elms College from 1958 to 1977
- Paul Jenkins, professor of poetry
- John Elder Robison, adjunct professor, autistic author of two books, brother of Augusten Burroughs
- Joan Hartley, state senator from Connecticut
- Tracy Butler, creator of the award-winning comic Lackadaisy