See what students say:

Academics

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.

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
2,096
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.22

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
33%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — October 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
142
with Terminal Degree
81

90
Women
52
Men
17
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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 (GB)

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • 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

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

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

  • 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

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

  • 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
56%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,537

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,785

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,798

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
83%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,757

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,900
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,150
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,000
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,101
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

2.34%
Asian
4.59%
African-American
3.84%
Hispanic
77.88%
Caucasian
4.59%
Unknown
4.50%
International

70% female
30% male
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
88%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

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
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

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

29% 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

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

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
No

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
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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