Elmira College Honors Program

Honors Program

The Elmira College Honors Program builds upon our liberal arts commitment through an immersion in the “practical liberal arts,” in which exploration of the liberal arts and sciences is geared toward nurturing civically engaged scholars and professionals. Students who display a high degree of motivation and wide-ranging intellectual and cultural curiosity join a community of faculty, staff, and peers in an integrated program of specially designed courses and co-curricular learning experiences.

The Honors Program experience begins in the first term of the freshman year with special sections of Freshman Writing and First Year Seminar devoted to exploring a common theme.  Lectures, field trips, movies, and other co-curricular experiences related to the theme accompany regular class work, allowing students to expand their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Other benefits of the Honors Program include priority status for course registration and the opportunity to live in honors housing.

Honors students are expected to complete at least 30 credits of coursework each academic year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. 

Admission to the Program
Incoming students are evaluated on:

Application Deadline: March 15 

Interested students must be accepted for admission to the College and must submit an Honors Program application. Admission to the program is highly competitive. 

*By submitting this application, you are authorizing the Elmira College Office of Admissions to release your academic information to the Honors Program.

Next Steps
Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program on a rolling basis.

Additional information about the Honors Program can be obtained from:

Dr. Mark Pitner
Assistant Professor of Asian History, Honors Program Director 

(607) 735-1181
mpitner@elmira.edu