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Elmira College

  • Elmira, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 72%28%
    student ratio
  • 1,408
    total students
  • $36,600 | $36,600
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 31
    fall application deadline
  • 79%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 523
    sat math
  • 527
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Co-ed Liberal Arts College Holds Many Distinctions

Elmira College is a private liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Founded in 1855, Elmira holds an important place in history as the first college in the world established to offer women the same level of education and university degrees as men. In 1969, this women's college became a co-educational institution. Today its enrollment stands at about 1,200 students.

Elmira is the only college in the nation to require, and give credit for, both community service and a career-related internship. It is known for a curriculum that combines liberal arts with a professional education component, and a humanities core that blends community service, internship, and technology literacy with an appreciation of the arts.

Phi Beta Kappa School Recognized as One of the Nation's Best

In 2010, "U.S. News and World Report" ranked Elmira College as one of the best baccalaureate colleges in the North.

Elmira is one of only 268 colleges and universities in the nation to have a Phi Beta Kappa charter from the prestigious honor society. It is also one of only 2 centers for Mark Twain studies in the world.

Notable alumni include author, screenwriter, and producer Fay Kanin, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; poet and novelist Ellen S. Tifft; psychic and parapsychologist Chip Coffey; and controversial anthropologist and behaviorist John Baker.

Academic Calendar Combines Study with Experience

Elmira requires, and guarantees, a community service experience, a career-related internship, and attendance at a series of performing arts events. This is reflected in a distinctive 3-term calendar that sets it apart from other liberal arts colleges.

Students attend 2 full, 12-week terms in the fall and winter and then enroll in a special 6-week, intensive spring term ("Term III"). This gives them an opportunity to study abroad, intern, do research or independent study, or take classes not related to their majors to enrich their educational experience.

Some specialized courses are taken during this term, such as lower-level student teaching courses for education majors. Several courses are taught in foreign countries as part of the college's study abroad program.

Variety of Undergraduate Degree Programs

Elmira offers majors in 35 areas of study, each leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree upon a successful completion of undergraduate studies.

Popular majors at Elmira include business and commerce, , and psychology. The college furnishes degrees in many standard subjects in the sciences, the arts, languages, and the social sciences, such as biology, sociology, and Spanish. At the same time, Elmira also offers more specific profession-oriented majors, such as clinical lab science, nursing, accounting, speech and language disabilities, criminal justice, and human services.

Minors are offered in more than 20 subjects.

Specialty Degree Programs and Pre-Professional Studies

Elmira College and the schools of business at a number of colleges and universities have cooperated in establishing 4-plus-1 programs which permit qualified students to earn a bachelor's degree at Elmira College and then, approximately 1 year later, either an M.S. degree in accounting or an M.B.A. degree in general business. Elmira also offers courses that prepare students for admission to a professional school of medicine, osteopathy, or dentistry. Students taking this path generally elect majors in biology, biology-chemistry, or chemistry, although majors in other fields are possible. There is a long-standing agreement between EC and Upstate Medical School in Syracuse, New York for students seeking advanced degrees in various medical arenas.

Army and Air Force R.O.T.C. Programs

Elmira College offers an Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program on campus for eligible students. An Air Force R.O.T.C. program is offered with Cornell University through a cross-enrollment agreement.

Dedicated Faculty at Elmira

Members of the faculty are chosen for their ability in and dedication to teaching. All full-time faculty members serve as academic advisers, and the faculty approves all academic programs. Average class size is 16, with a 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Current faculty totals about 120. 98% faculty members hold the Ph.D. or highest degree necessary for undergraduate instruction.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Each year, Elmira College offers a wide range of exciting off-campus learning opportunities. During the spring Term III period, students have traveled with faculty to areas such as San Salvador in the Bahamas, Spain, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, Ecuador, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Peru, Egypt, Belgium, Greece, Australia, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Quintessential College Campus in Finger Lakes

Elmira College is located in Elmira, New York, a city of 35,000 in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The campus is a 10-minute walk from downtown Elmira, and the Chemung County Transit System stops near campus. The city of Elmira offers a variety of community activities and facilities open to students, including a performing arts center, Elmira Symphony, museums, movies, eateries, and outdoor recreational facilities. The lush, 55-acre campus is frequently described as "picture-postcard perfect" and is widely considered to be a quintessential American college campus, characterized by acres of brick walkways, fountains, iris gardens, and collegiate Gothic buildings. Some of the college's buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Location & Contact

One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
USA

Mr.Brett Moore

Dean of Admissions

Phone: 607-735-1724
Fax: 607-735-1718
Email: admissions@elmira.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,302
    • Accepted1,836
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled1,408
    • Female Applicants1,614
    • Females Accepted1,304
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants688
    • Males Accepted532
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.24
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 31st April 30th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 15th January 31st --
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 527 470 580
    • SAT Math 523 470 580
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 24 20 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$36,600
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,600
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,550.00
    • Room and board *$11,800.00
    • Room only *$6,300.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,408
    • Male Student Percentage28%
    • Female Student Percentage72%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.35%
    • Black or African American3.5%
    • White or Caucasian70.27%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.53%
    • Asian.76%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.28%
    • Unknown16.12%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.19% representing 22 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students45% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 94%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations student radio station, Student Activities Board, College Republicans and Democrats, Ski Club, Habitat for Humanity
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour locked residence hall entrances

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty185
    • Full-time Percentage54%
    • Part-time Percentage46%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 1,328 students to 128 faculty


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