The Elmira College Honors Program builds on our liberal arts commitment through an immersion in the “practical liberal arts.” It is for those with a high degree of motivation and wide-ranging intellectual and cultural curiosity.

You'll join a community of faculty, staff, and peers in an integrated program of specially designed courses and co-curricular learning experiences. As part of the program, you'll explore the liberal arts and sciences in a way that nurtures civic engagement while shaping you to be a scholar and professional.


The Honors Program experience begins in the first term of your freshman year with special sections of Freshman Writing and First-Year Seminar that explore 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.

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:

  • High school GPA (3.70 or higher)
  • Honors Program application

Application Deadline: March 15

If you are interested in this program, you will need to be accepted for admission to the College and submit an Honors Program application. Admission to the program is highly competitive.

Next Steps

You will be notified of your acceptance into the program on a rolling basis.

For additional information about the Honors Program, contact:

Mark Pitner

Dr. Mark Pitner
Assistant Professor of Asian History, Honors Program Director
(607) 735-1181

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