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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy

An Elmira College education based in the leadership core of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, combines with communication and global citizenship to prepare you for a lifetime of success. Elmira is one of only 268 colleges and universities nationwide found worthy of a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Charter. In fact, Elmira College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter has been lauded as the best chapter at a liberal arts college in the nation.

Learning leadership through an engaging academic program

Our students, empowered by an engaging academic program and real-world experiential learning, become successful contributors to our global society.

An education is not just about acquiring information and preparing to enter the workforce. Leaders in any profession need motivational skills (learned in psychology and the social sciences) and analytical skills (learned in the natural sciences and economics). Leaders need historic perspective. As George Santayana declared, "those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them." Leaders need to be effective communicators, learned in literature, and the fine and performing arts. 

Elmira College's academic core features this wide range of critical learning skills, thereby encouraging students to become lifelong learners in a broad base of fields of interest and study. The most successful college alumni invariably refine their career directions throughout college and beyond. 

Leadership opportunities abound in and out of the classroom.

Experiential learning, challenging study of substantial breadth, and faculty who invest in their students enable you to take your place as a leader in your future community.