From the School

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college. Elmira, a city of 35,000, is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.

Campus: 42 historic acres which include 7 classroom buildings, 12 dormitories, 2 administrative office buildings, library, health center, campus center, President's Home and Mark Twain Study. A major athletic facility completes the total campus. Eight college buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Academic calendar: Two twelve-week terms followed in April and May by a unique six-week Term III devoted to travel, field experience, research, independent study, and innovative courses.

Enrollment: 1,200 students, thirteen percent of whom are valedictorians or salutatorians of their high schools or prep schools, from 35 states and 31 foreign countries.

Faculty: All have earned the Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field required for undergraduate instruction; 12:1 student faculty ratio. No classes are taught by teaching assistants.

Average Class Size: 16 students per class; 90% of all offerings have 25 or fewer students; 35% have fewer than 12 students. Elmira ranks in the Top Five colleges in the eleven Northern states for small class size.

Athletics: NCAA Division III in men's and women's intercollegiate sports. Member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Empire 8 Conference.

Overall

From The School

We offer two admissions plans for freshmen applicants. Early Decision and Regular Admission.

International students may apply only under the Regular Admission program.

Regular Admission
If you are applying to several colleges, here is what you do for Elmira College:
1. Submit a completed application to Elmira College. You can fill out an application online, or print an application that you can send in. We also accept the Common Application and Universal Application.
2. Have your counselor send your official transcript, including senior year courses and grades to date. Have your official SAT I or ACT scores sent to Elmira College.
3. Have at least one letter of recommendation sent to the college.
4. Write a great essay.
5. While not required, we strongly suggest you sit down with an Elmira College admissions counselor for an interview. You can schedule your interview by calling the Office of Admissions at 800-935-6472.

Early Decision
If Elmira College is your first choice college, Early Decision is the program for you. We'll make a decision on your application as soon as it is complete, but you do have to meet the deadlines. There are two Early Decision programs; the first deadline is November 15, and the second is January 15. We promise to notify you of our decision by December 15 for Early Decision I applicants and by January 31 for Early Decision II applicants.

Overview

Applicants
2,302
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.24

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 580
SAT Math
470 - 580
ACT Composite
20 - 27

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
March 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

With a faculty-student ratio of 12:1, you will have the chance to express your ideas in class. Debate the nature of the universe with fellow students and professors. And learn from each other: well over half our students are from beyond New York State, representing 35 states, six Canadian provinces and 31 foreign countries. You will end up discussing your future one-on-one with people, who are committed to your success.

The requirements for baccalaureate degrees granted by Elmira College have been established by members of the faculty so that each graduate receives a broad general education, explores different fields of knowledge, examines one or more of those fields intensively, and applies the knowledge acquired in the classroom to realistic and appropriate work experiences.

Special Academic Programs:
Interested in becoming a doctor or lawyer? Elmira College offers a variety of academic programs that will prepare students for a range of career choices. Special Academic Programs include: Chemical Engineering, Army & Air Force ROTC, Pre-Law, Pre-Professional Programs, English as a Second Language, a 4+1 MBA Program, and Athletic Coaching Certificate.

Our Distinctive Academic Programs make the Elmira College experience unique. Required community service and internships allow students to grow and gain practical experience in a workplace dynamic. Encore, the College's performing arts appreciation requirement, and off-campus opportunities, such as, the Junior Year Abroad program expose students to a diversity of experiences not always found in a traditional classroom. The six-week Term III provides students with an exceptional opportunity to immerse themselves into one or two subjects intensely. Additionally (as you probably know by now), Elmira College is one of the best places in the world to study the work and life of Mark Twain.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Elmira College offers majors in more than 35 academic areas, but our range of program options is even greater. In ten of these subjects you may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. While the B.S. degree encourages specialization in a specific area, the B.A. degree offers a broader education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Students must earn a stipulated number of credits in the major--with a passing grade--as well as complete the General Degree Requirements.

Academic Majors Include: Accounting American Studies Anthropology and Sociology Art Biology Biology Chemistry Business Administration Chemistry Classical Studies Criminal Justice Economics Education Educational Studies Engineering-Chemical English Literature Environmental Studies Foreign Languages History Human Services Individualized Studies International Studies Mathematics Medical Technology Music Nursing Philosophy & Religion Political Science Pre-Medical Psychology Public Affairs Social Studies Sociology and Anthropology Speech & Hearing Speech and Language Disabilities Theatre

Students Say

Elmira College is all about school spirit, students agree, pointing to the ubiquitous octagons (the official school shape) and purple everything ("Our school color is everywhere: the rugs, the walkways, the soap in the bathrooms, the rock salt in winter...the punch for special occasions"). The ever-present school spirit is something a fact that many here find appealing, and a few feel is "a little ridiculous." Undoubtedly the school is best suited to those who long to immerse themselves in community-building traditions. It also helps if they enjoy co-curricular requirements like the Encore Program (students must attend eight performing arts productions each term during freshman and sophomore years) and community service (60 hours during freshman year). Other unique curricular features here include a required Saturday morning writing class for freshmen (generally resented, although some appreciate how it keeps freshmen from going home on weekends) and a six-week short term in April and May called Term III, it's "devoted to travel, field experience, research, independent study, and innovative courses." Students call it "the best thing ever." Elmira "is best known for its nursing and education programs." Business and the sciences are also popular.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
185
with Terminal Degree

105
Women
80
Men
11
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Alair Townsend '62
Former Deputy Mayor of New York City

Susan Douglas '72
Author and Educator

Robert Gottlieb '76
Owner, Trident Media

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

2010-2011 Full-time Student Charges

Dorm Students*
Tuition: $34,500
Room & Board: $11,150
Required Fees: $1,400

* Elmira College is a residential campus. All Undergraduate students, except those who live with parents locally, are required to live on campus.

Town Students
Tuition: $34,500
Required Fees: $1,400

Financial Aid

Elmira College Financial Aid is based on need and merit. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and Financial Aid PROFILE is accepted. Grants and distinctive Honor Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement, leadership activity, and financial need. Awards start at $10,000 per year and range up to full tuition for Valedictorians and Salutatorians. Students may also be eligible for federal and state grants, loans, and work on campus.
-No student has ever paid the full cost of an Elmira College education since its founding in 1855.

-Elmira College awards more than $11 million each year in academic scholarships and awards.

-100% of students demonstrating need receive financial assistance.

-Elmira College administers more than $38 million each year in scholarships and awards, grants, loans and work study programs.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,776

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,986

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,416

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,426

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,776

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,600
Required Fees
$1,550
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Students are welcome to join one of more than 100 clubs or organizations any time during the academic year. During Summer Registration, new students can browse our Club and Organization Guide and sign up to receive more information from club officers. Two Activities Fairs, one during Fall Orientation and another in mid-September, offer the opportunity to meet current club members, ask questions, and see photos of past events and projects.

Some of our clubs and organizations include: Classics Society, Equestrian Club, French Club, Political Science Club, Silent Voices, Spanish Club, College Republicans, Circle K, Compeer, College Democrats, EC Ambassadors, Orientation Leaders, Red Cross Club, Work for a Cure, Relay for Life, Christian Fellowship, Hillel Jewish Student Association, and the Ski Club.

National Honor Societies include: Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Phi Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, Sigma Beta Delta, Lambda Iota Tau, National Residence Hall Honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, and Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Elmira is an NCAA Division III college, as well as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association, United Volleyball Conference, and the Empire 8 Conference. We field varsity teams in men's and women's basketball, cheerleading, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's volleyball. National rankings and post-season tournaments have become annual traditions for the Soaring Eagles.

Elmira College offers its students the chance to compete in collegiate athletics at many levels. The goal of the Junior Varsity and Intramural program is to offer students a chance to participate in athletics without the focus on skill level. Intramural sports range anywhere from flag football to ultimate frisbee. The success of our intramural program can be seen every Term III as our students softball teams compete daily.

Students Say

There are a lot more females than males at Elmira College, but students tell us "that is slowly changing" as the school pursues diversity more aggressively. Similarly, "the black community is on the rise" here although it still remains quite small. Minority representation arrives mostly in the form of "a rather large international student population." Elmira "loves collecting valedictorians and salutatorians, giving them huge financial aid so they can brag about the ridiculous percentages," thus many here were high achievers in high school. "About half of the population participates in sports of some kind at some level, be it varsity, junior varsity, or intramural." There is also "a large gay community" on campus, and students report the environment is "GLBT friendly."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,408
Out of State
53%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

72% female
28% male
53% are out of state
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Elmira, a city of 35,000, is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Nestled in the lush, rolling hills of the southern Finger Lakes region, Elmira is a thriving, forward-thinking American community, with fresh air and wide-open spaces in harmony with the modern amenities of a larger city. Nearby, you can attend superb, live entertainment; soar back into American aviation's lofty past; tour historic neighborhoods; investigate Mark Twain's imagination or visit the beautiful lakes that give this region its name.

Within a ten-block radius of the Elmira College campus, there are many restaurants, a performing arts center, a fine arts museum, and shopping. There are about 60 churches, serving most denominations, within walking distance of campus.

Elmira is the place that many scholars say Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) did his best work, penning the American literary classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and many other works in his study. In 1870, Clemens married Elmira College alumna Olivia Langdon of the Class of 1864. In 1983, the Langdon family gave the study and the historic Quarry Farm to Elmira College. Now Quarry Farm is used as a residence for visiting Twain scholars from all over the world. The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Quarry Farm offers year-round educational programs.

Students Say

The city of Elmira "does not give too much to the students. Sure, there are places to eat, mini-malls, and bigger malls, but that can get old. How many times can a college student go out to eat? We're not made of money and can't afford that every week, never mind every night!" Worse still, some here feel the city is "sketchy and unsafe." Others counter "the idea that Elmira is 'sketchy' depends on where your hometown is "says one student." My hometown is a big city, so this area seems really tame to me." Fortunately, "Elmira College knows this" about its hometown and compensates. "Every weekend they set up some comedian or band to come and play." In addition, campus life provides "athletic events all week and movies every weekend, usually ones that were in theaters and are very popular! All in all, there's a lot to do for a small college." Although EC "does not have any fraternities or sororities, people still find lots of ways to get connected. Partying on weekends is common, but it's not rampant. You can choose not to take part in it and avoid it easily."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
62
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
95
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

30% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Soaring Eagles)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Soaring Eagles)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Cornell University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University

Sustainability

Green Rating
67

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
32

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
33

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Cassandra Steadman
Admissions Receptionist

Address
Office of Admissions
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901

Phone
607-735-1724

Email
admissions@elmira.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Mark Twain Study
Meier Hall
Campus Center (Mackenize's, 1855 Room)
George Waters Art Gallery
Emerson Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Murray Athletic Center
The Clemens Center
The Corning Museum of Glass
The Arnot Mall
The First Arena

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday, Saturday
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - Noon
607-735-1724

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 9:30am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm; Sat 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.elmira.edu/admissions-aid/Vis

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sun through Thur nights; not available during finals or student breaks

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, buses, and the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit 56 from I-86/NY RT 17 East or West. Follow signs to Elmira College

Local Accommodations
All listed below are within 10 miles of campus: Holiday Inn Express Econo Lodge Hilton Garden Inn Hampton Inn Country Inn & Suites