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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.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, And Master&Apos;S
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studiesamerican Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business/Managerial Economics; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Marketing/Marketing Managementeducationart Teacher Education; Biology Teacher Education; Chemistry Teacher Education; Education; Elementary Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Foreign Language Teacher Education; French Language Teacher Education; History Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Middle School Education; Science Teacher Education; Secondary Education; Social Science Teacher Education; Social Studies Teacher Education; Spanish Language Teacher Education; Speech Teacher Educationenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsclassics And Classical Languages; Foreign Languages And Literatures; French; Romance Languages; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsaudiology And Speech-Language Pathology; Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Pre-Dentistry Studies; Pre-Medical Studies; Pre-Veterinary Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administrationlegal Professions And Studiespre-Law Studiesliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitieshumanities; Liberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesinterdisciplinary Studiesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Studiesphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophy; Religious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistrypsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionshuman Services; Social Worksocial Sciencesanthropology; Economics; International Relations And Affairs; Political Science And Government; Social Sciences; Sociologyvisual And Performing Artsart; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Fine/Studio Arts; Music


Admission: 2,056 applied; 1,828 admitted; 356 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.34

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early decision, deferred entrance
Application fee: $50
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, minimum 2 GPA, 1 letter of recommendation
Required for some: interview
Recommended: interview
Application deadline: rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous until 4/30 (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
1,386 Undergraduate Students, 71% Women, 29% Men, 3% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
3% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.8% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 3% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 9% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
6% Representing 31 Other Countries
Housing Info
94% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Senior Year
Coed, Women-Only, Cooperative, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio Station, Choral Group, Student Radio Station, Student Activities Board, College Republicans And Democrats, Ski Club, Habitat For Humanity
Most popular organizations
Student Radio Station, Student Activities Board, College Republicans And Democrats, Ski Club, Habitat For Humanity
Campus security
24-Hour Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, 24-Hour Locked Residence Hall Entrances
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (B), Air Force (C)School Calendar: 4-4-1


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division III


Total: 192Full-Time: 49% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 10 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$49,950 includes full-time tuition ($36,600), mandatory fees ($1550), and room and board ($11,800). Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level
Room and board:college room only: $6300. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility
Payment plans:tuition prepayment, installment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,1,048 applied for aid, 993 were judged to have need, 187 had their need fully met. 297 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $1075). 276 state and other part-time jobs (averaging $1000)
In 2013,181 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:78%
Average financial aid package:$29,925
Average need-based loan:$4416
Average need-based gift aid:$25,986
Average non-need-based aid:$23,713
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$27,426




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