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Share in a Tradition That Transforms Lives


Academic Success Comes First

Your academic success is of the highest priority. Average class size at EC 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 life 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 contributors to your future communities. Encore will increase your cultural literacy and open new worlds through the performing arts. 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 gets you ready for a rewarding and meaningful life on a sustainable career path. Remember that through the general education coursework at Elmira College you will be prepared 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, leadership and collaboration opportunities, and 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. One-on-one instruction in the Freshman Writing Program, Core classes, and Encore 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.


Valuable and Accessible Education

We offer a range of financial aid opportunities and on-campus jobs to help make college affordable. Ninety-eight percent of our students receive student aid. For honor students, we offer generous honor scholarships based on academic credentials and leadership, making your hard work pay off.