Elmira College is where the common good is a required course. We expect Elmira College graduates to be thrust into leadership roles in their future communities. Community Service is an important part of fulfilling that role.
All Elmira College students participate in a community service activity for a minimum of 60 hours. This service is an academic course required for graduation. Students’ service activity is to be completed during the first two years through a recognized non-profit service organization, and without remuneration.
Many find the experience so rewarding that they continue volunteering to help others all four years.
Elmira is the ONLY college in the nation to require and give credit for both an internship and community service.
"Elmira College students ... don't just care about the bottom line; they care about those at the end of the line, too." - Senator Elizabeth Dole, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Class of 1995