Elmira at a Glance
A Wonderful Place to Learn & Grow
History: Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college.
Location: Elmira, a city of 35,000, is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.
Campus: 55 historic acres; 7 classroom buildings, 11 dormitories, 2 administrative office buildings, library, computer lab facilities, 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. Our students are creative, strong academically, and engaged in a wide range of activities and endeavors.
Faculty: 98% have earned the Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field required for undergraduate instruction; 11:1 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.
Library Facilities: Our library houses over 250,000 books, a state-of-the-art computer lab facility, more than 25,000 print and e-journals, as well as comprehensive collection of cds and DVDs.
National Honor Societies: 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.
Financial aid: Based on need and merit. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and Financial Aid PROFILE is accepted.
Scholarships: Grants and distinctive Honor Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement, leadership activity, and financial need. Awards start at $13,000 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.
Athletics: NCAA Division III in men's and women's intercollegiate sports. Member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, United Volleyball Conference, and the Empire 8 Conference.
Admission: Individual selection based upon school record, rank in class, SAT I or ACT scores, essay, recommendations and activities. An admissions interview is highly recommended. Two Early Decision Programs are available for superior students.