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Academics

Situated in upstate New York, Elmira College was established in 1855 and has long brought its nearly 1,000 undergraduates a solid liberal arts education grounded in critical thinking and reading. Class sizes are low, “so you are guaranteed a shot at success and a connection with your professors.” Terms are also shorter, with the academic year broken up into two twelve-week terms, followed by a third six-week term of special, immersive classes. Not only does this structure give students the opportunity to study abroad—about 40 percent of students choose to do so—but it keeps courses “rigorous and challenging because … the shortened amount of time requires each class to be fast-paced and stimulating.” Those challenges are easily faced, as Elmira professors “are dead-set on providing their students with quality information” and are “engaged and willing to help any student with anything.” And thanks to the faculty’s different perspectives and backgrounds, “students really do experience a wide span of different people with different ideas and passions.” This occurs in the classroom as well: though most classes are in lecture format, professors “make an effort to provide us with interactive activities, videos, and hands-on activities.” Many also “use alternative assessments, such as a radio broadcast, creative writing, a debate, or a project of choice for a final,” and are often “willing to offer independent and directed study courses if students are looking for different classes to take that are not offered.”

Student Body

Here you’ll find a “generous and welcoming” group that “makes the college community a comfortable place to be.” Elmira “is its own little bubble” and the “mostly white” student body is “similar to that of a small town high school” in terms of a social breakdown, with athletes, “NARPs (non-athletic regular people),” and “thought-leader” students all involved in many extracurricular activities. A big part of that comes in the form of intercollegiate athletics, with around one-third of the student body devoting “a huge part of [their] days” to practice and games. That’s met with school spirit that pervades even outside of sports: “Elmira College may be small, but we are very proud of our college.” One student says, “Just walking through campus you can sense the traditions and how the college values its students.”

Campus Life

Elmira is truly a “picturesque college campus” where “the ground is cobblestone with octagon-shaped bricks” and “the buildings are beautiful … and in a Gothic revival style.” As one student describes, “It has an air of elegance and beauty founded on tradition while being fun and quirky as well.” That fun is evident since students at Elmira “always find something to do, whether on campus or off,” and despite the small size of the campus, “everyone is encouraged to cultivate their interests and be as involved and outgoing as possible.” This means that while most students eat in the dining halls, some “may drive to nearby Horseheads to go shopping at local stores and eat at name-brand restaurants” or visit nearby Corning and Ithaca on weekends. On this communal campus, students can often be found “in the lounges of the dorms by the fire [telling] stories” and “campus events are brought in regularly” by the college. There is “a good variety in the social scene, so students can partake in what they like best,” and “some students hang out and watch movies [while] some students party.”

Overview

Applicants
2,110
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.28

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
117
with Terminal Degree
71

73
Women
44
Men
11
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth).

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Optometry Studies.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Human Services, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Alair Townsend '62
Former Deputy Mayor of New York City

Susan Douglas '72
Author and Educator

Robert Gottlieb '76
Owner, Trident Media

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,508

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,638

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,194

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,084

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,556

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,900
Required Fees
$1,500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,500
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
819
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

1.78%
Asian
4.57%
African-American
5.34%
Hispanic
75.73%
Caucasian
4.96%
Unknown
4.19%
International

68% female
32% male
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning and Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Steve Tedone

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

39% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Soaring Eagles)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Soaring Eagles)
11 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: PRIDE — Providing Rights for Individuality and Diversity at Elmira Promotes a supportive and safe environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people and their allies at Elmira College. Provides education about issues affecting G/L/B/T people.

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

Sustainability


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brenda Guild
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
Starbucks at the 1855 Room
Cowles Hall
Gibson Theater
Learning Commons at the Gannett-Tripp Library
The Puddle

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Corning (Market St/Museum of Glass)
Watkins Glen
First Arena
Harris Hill
Soaring Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 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
kajohnson@elmira.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only available during special events (open house/admitted student days)

Transportation

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

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit 52B from I-86/NY 17 East or West. Head South on NY 14 until it becomes College Avenue. Stay straight on College Avenue directly to campus (Do not follow NY when it turns left at Woodlawn Avenue).

Local Accommodations
All listed below are within 10 miles of campus: Holiday Inn Express-Elmira Horseheads Holiday Inn Riverview Econo Lodge Hilton Garden Inn Hampton Inn-Elmira/Horseheads Country Inn & Suites Candlewood Suites Horseheads-Elmira Fairfield Inn & Suites-Elmira Corning Courtyard Marriott Elmira Horseheads


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