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In its 2022 BEST COLLEGES rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Elmira College ninth among the Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast.  U.S. News and World Report places a lot of its emphasis on graduation and retention rates, inducating that students who attend Elmira College are likely to stay and successfully earn their degrees.

The 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Value Colleges list takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the previous year’s net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

The College was also ranked fourth on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Teaching list, which focuses on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.  Schools on this list received the most votes for putting a particular focus on undergraduate teaching from college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who participated in the annual U.S. News peer assessment survey.

Elmira College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles and recommends Elmira in the 2022 edition of its college guide, The Best 387 Colleges.

Elmira College ranks #14 on the list of the Top 387 Bachelor's Colleges according to the Washington Monthly's 2021 college rankings. The rankings focus on what colleges are doing for their students, but also for their contribution to the public good.

Elmira College has received national recognition for the integrity of its truly individualized and engaging education. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student growth and success, Elmira College confirms its honor as one of the 2021 Colleges of Distinction. In addition to the College of Distinction honor, Elmira College received specialized recognition in Business, Education, Nursing, and Career Development.

Elmira College was named to Money's 2022 list of "Best Colleges in America for Your Money."  Money's rankings only include U.S. colleges that have sufficient reliable data to analyze, and in order to make the list, a college's graduation rate must be at or above the median for its institutional category. The annual review also eliminates institutions that showed at least two signs of financial difficulty, such as having low bond ratings or being labeled by the U.S. Department of Education as having financial issues.