Fast Facts

The College

Founded in 1855, Elmira was the first college founded to offer women a course of study equal in rigor to the best men’s colleges of the time. The College became co-educational in 1969.

Elmira College sits on 55 acres in the City of Elmira, and 20 acres at the Murray Athletic Center in Pine Valley. It is located in the Southern Finger Lakes and is 90 minutes south of Rochester, and about 4 hours from Philadelphia, New York City and Toronto.

Uniquely Elmira

Home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, which encompasses the Mark Twain Study, Mark Twain Archives, and Quarry Farm. The Center attracts Twain scholars from around the world and is one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the U.S.

Twain’s wife and College alumna, Olivia Langdon Clemens, was an Elmira, N.Y. native and member of the Class of 1864.

The Mark Twain Study, now located on campus, is the study in which the famous author penned The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry 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 recently 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. 


Phi Beta Kappa: Elmira College, home to the Pi of New York Chapter since 1940, is one of 286 chapters in the country. The chapter won the Triennial Award for the Outstanding Chapter in the Nation.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Education

More than 40 academic majors and pre-professional programs. 90% of full-time faculty have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field, with no classes taught by teaching or graduate assistants.

Average class size is 16 with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.

40% of students study abroad at some point during their college career. 

Army and Air Force ROTC programs offered in partnership with Cornell University.

More than 15,750 community service hours were completed in the 2015-2016 academic year.

100% of students complete a career-related internship before graduation. Post-graduation, 97% of students are employed or enrolled in graduate programs within nine months after graduation.


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Elmira College is test-optional, but the middle 50% testing ranges for enrolled students are:

SAT Critical Reading - 470-570
SAT Math - 490-580
SAT Writing – 450-540

Elmira College offers an all-inclusive tuition rate, eliminating supplemental mandatory fees such as activity and technology fees.

Campus Life

Enrollment: 1,100 undergraduate students; 90 graduate students. Students come from 35 states and more than 20 countries.

Choose from more than 80 student clubs and organizations.

88% of students live on campus.


Home to five NCAA & NCA National Championships. 

33% of students participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Elmira College has 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams and is part of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference, United Volleyball Conference, and the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.