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Academic Success Comes First

Your personal academic success is of the highest priority. Average class size at Elmira College is 16 students. You are never an anonymous face in a lecture hall led by a teaching assistant. Professors teach and work to support you reaching your goals both in their particular course and throughout your academic career. Professors provide their email addresses to students so that they can be contacted with questions and they expect students to use them. The academic experience at EC leads to a lifetime of rewarding career and personal opportunities.

Work, Travel, Service, and the Arts Bring Value

Internships provide experiential learning and a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom. Term III classes offer travel abroad experiences and engaging on-campus courses. Community service prepares you to be a responsible contributor to your future communities. You will have an edge in your career and in life.

Success After Graduation

Whether it is a great job in your field or attending one of the best graduate schools in the country, Elmira College's faculty and administration get you ready for a rewarding and meaningful life on a sustainable career path. The general education coursework at Elmira College prepares you for a lifetime of success.

A Community That You Help Create

With more than 100 clubs and organizations, a competitive, participatory Division III athletics program, dynamic residence life, and a vast array of leadership and collaboration opportunities, you will make friendships that last a lifetime. Seven percent of the EC student population are international students journeying to EC from 20 countries. Leadership opportunities will shape your future, raise your sights, and prove valuable in your future work and community life.

Getting a Wonderful Start

Our nationally recognized first-year experience launches you into life at EC. Instruction in the Freshman Writing Program and Core classes will help you transition to college life. Professors and administrators will provide personal help and guidance along the way. Our Office of Retention and Advocacy helps students navigate the first-year experience and beyond for success at EC.

Traditional Collegiate Setting

Founded in 1855 and coeducational since 1969, EC was the first women's college to offer degrees with requirements equal to those of the best men's colleges. Our academic innovation and long-lived traditions rank EC as one of the top private colleges in the nation. Our traditions link current students with generations of alumni.

Education Not Just Training

Elmira College aims to prepare you for a lifetime of careers and a meaningful life, not just an entry-level job. After all, 74 percent of employers in a recent American Association of Colleges and Universities survey recommend an education rich in breadth in the humanities and social and natural sciences as the best way to prepare for today's global economy.