Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,252 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
31% male — 69% female
44% of students are from out of state
2016-2017 Academic Year
67 full-time faculty
103 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio
96.5% of first year students live on campus
88.1% of all students live on campus
Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, Elmira College sits on an idyllic 55-acre campus in the City of Elmira, with an additional 20 acres in nearby Pine Valley, NY serving as home to the Murray Athletic Center. The College is 90 minutes south of Rochester and less than a four-hour drive from much of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including New York City and Philadelphia.
|First-Year Seminars and Experiences||X|
|Common Intellectual Experiences||X|
|Collaborative Assignments and Projects||X|
|Service Learning, Community-Based Learning|
|Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience||X|
RETENTION FALL 2016
79% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2016
63% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016
|Black or African American||4%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||2%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||4%|
20 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams, including Men’s Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, 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, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Cheerleading, Women’s Field Hockey, and Women’s Softball.
School colors: Purple and Gold
Mascot: Soaring Eagle
Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Elmira College’s mission is to provide a collaborative and supportive environment that enables students to become active learners, effective leaders, responsible community members, and globally engaged citizens. Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, personal empowerment, and individual growth.
The College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Chapter
Best Colleges in the Northeast - Princeton Review
#1 College in America for Student Internships - US News & World Report
One of the unique features of Elmira College is a 6-week Term III in April and May. The College offers many experiential learning opportunities in Term III, allowing students to do immersive and intensive work in a number of different fields and countries. This can include student teaching, clinical work, and research.
Throughout their years at Elmira College, students are actively engaged in undergraduate research alongside their classmates and professors. In business courses, students construct business plans for real clients, including product and marketing strategies. In science courses, students conduct undergraduate research with their professors and, many times, present at state, regional, and national conferences and are published in various academic journals.
Elmira College partners with Regent’s University London to offer a 12-week study abroad option in the heart of London, England. The Elmira College/Regent’s University partnership provides students the chance to spend a Term living and learning in one of the world’s preeminent capitals while exchanging ideas with students from around the world and earning academic credit toward their degrees at Elmira.
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|Student-run film society|
Elmira College’s First-Year Seminar (FYS) program is the foundational course in the liberal arts and sciences for all entering freshmen. The FYS introduces students to the wider world of learning beyond the professional training of their declared majors. The seminar focuses on sharpening students’ skills in critical thinking and reading, and students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of seminar topics, ranging from the natural sciences and the humanities to the fine arts and the social sciences.
Academic Writing Program
The Academic Writing Program at Elmira College is designed to help incoming students acclimate to college and learn to communicate clearly and effectively, skills they will continue to develop throughout all academic areas. Through classroom instruction, in-class writing workshops, and occasional one-on-one conferences with their instructors, students learn to become more independent writers and thinkers who are better prepared to take on any academic or professional challenge.
|English (including composition)||X|
|Sciences (biological or physical)||X|
Other: Community Service Component (60 hours required)
Class Size Breakdown
|Number of Classes||106||145||72||11||3||4||0||341|
Elmira College values its many traditions. Love for the College’s purple and gold colors, songs, shape (the Octagon), and flower (the Iris), combine into traditions that connect students and alumni throughout the decades. When individuals link arms and sing the “Alma Mater” or participate in the beloved Mountain Day or Holiday Banquet, they are connecting to the spirit of Elmira College—a spirit that spans generations of Elmira College alumni, family, and friends.
Major Elmira Landmarks
The City of Elmira was the summer home of American author, Mark Twain and his family. The Mark Twain Study, now located on the Elmira College campus, is the study in which the famous author penned Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and other iconic works. USA Today named the Mark Twain Study one of the nation’s top ten literary landmarks.
Quarry Farm, home to Twain’s in-laws and where Twain and his family spent more than 20 summers, was deeded to the College in 1983 by Twain’s great-great grandnephew, Jervis Langdon. The Farm now serves as a research center for faculty and international scholars studying Mark Twain’s life and works. The Farm was named one of New York State’s literary landmarks by United for Libraries and the Empire State Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
Julia Reinstein ‘28 Symposium
Each year the Women’s and Gender Studies Program organizes the weeklong Julia Reinstein ’28 Symposium, made possible by a bequest from college alumna Julia Reinstein ’28, a feminist, early lesbian activist, and strong supporter of women’s issues. In cooperation with Students Against Sexism and Stereotypes (SASS), the Symposium annually features a different theme and keynote speaker.
The Annual Student Research Conference features the work of more than 40 Elmira College students presenting course projects and independent research conducted with faculty. Work represents multiple disciplines and is presented by students at all levels.
Other annual events include: Arts Alive Term II and Term III celebration of the arts; Trouble Begins and Park Church Lecture Series hosted by the Center for Mark Twain Studies; Dr. Anita B. Ogden Symposium on health-related research and issues; Women’s History Month Lecture Series; PRIDE Symposium celebration of PRIDE week; and the Lecture Series in the Sciences.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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|Apartments for single students||X|
|Special housing for disabled students||X|
|Special housing for international students|
|Other housing options||X|
Other: Gender-Inclusive Housing
Community Service and Internships
Elmira College is committed to the ideals of community service, personal empowerment, and individual growth. To that end, each student completes a career-related internship and a minimum of 60 hours of community service. These programs provide students with hands-on experience and networking that many times results in postgraduate opportunities.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, more than 15,750 hours of community service were completed, altogether strengthening personal growth and connections between the College and the surrounding communities. The Office of Career Services annually hosts the Excellence in Community Service Luncheon, which highlights the importance of volunteerism and recognizes students and student clubs for exceptional service and impact.
Living Testaments to Success
Through several innovative story series developed by the Office of Career Services, students and alumni share their internship and community service experiences as well as advice for future students. These stories are posted to the College’s website and social media channels. The importance of community, getting involved, and taking advantage of the many opportunities Elmira College offers resonates throughout the articles.
Through these experiential programs, it is no surprise that more than 95 percent of students are employed or enrolled in graduate programs within one year of graduating.
A few notable alumni include:
- Former Deputy Mayor of New York City
- Chairman of Trident Media Group, LLC
- Arts Editor of The Associated Press (AP)
- Appellate Court Judge of State of Virginia
ADMISSIONS FALL 2016
2,387 Total Applicants
1,818 Total Admissions
258 Total Freshmen Enrollment
76.16% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission
Rolling admission? Yes
Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Level of applicant’s interest
Freshmen Profile Fall 2016
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||450||560|
Applying to Elmira
Elmira College offers two admission plans for freshman applicants: regular and Early Action. Early Action is designed for students whose top choice is Elmira College. A non-binding agreement, Early Action students will receive an offer of admission and scholarship notification sooner than regular admission students.
Elmira College is a test-optional college for first-year undergraduate applicants. The Office of Admissions will continue to accept standardized test scores from applicants who believe their results are indicative of their academic abilities to succeed in college. If, however, students do not believe their results are indicative of their success in college, they have the option to withhold their test scores.
TUITION AND COSTS
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017
|Room and Board (on campus)||$12,000|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$53,900|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 ESTIMATED
$31,202 First year students
$27,161 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 ESTIMATED
78.4% on average, the percentage of need that was met
21% of financial need students that had need fully met
$27,161 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,766 Average need-based loan
Scholarships and Finances
Students are automatically reviewed for merit- or academic-based scholarships at the time of admission. A thorough review of a student’s completed application file determines eligibility for any merit scholarship awarded by the college.
Elmira College offers an all-inclusive tuition rate, eliminating supplemental mandatory fees such as activity and technology fees.