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Application Tips


Make your application soar above the rest! Here are some pieces of advice to assist you in the application process.


Become familiar with the application – Whether it be the Common Application or the Elmira College application, take some time to review what information is required. Trouble deciding which application to select? We have no preference and will treat your application with the same care whether you use our application or the Common Application.

Ask for letters of recommendation – Be sure to approach your College or School Counselor, teachers, coaches and extracurricular organization advisor that you would like to write your recommendations early in the school year. Ask whether they are comfortable writing your recommendation and can support your application. 

Start your essay early – At Elmira College, we read every essay that is submitted. What you write your essay about tells us a lot about who you are and the person you aspire to become. Make sure to write about something that is significant and meaningful to you. Visit our essay writing page for more information. 

Manage the components of your application – While we recommend that all parts of your application be submitted together in order to expedite the review process, we realize that it is often not possible. We invite you to call the Office of Admissions at 800-935-6472 if you want to check in with us to ensure that we received all of the materials needed to process your application in a timely manner. In addition, we will send you reminders if we are missing a part of your application. 

Showcase your academic strengths - One of the biggest fears students have when applying to college is “I don’t think my test scores are good enough”. Elmira College uses a “test optional” admission process; it does not require students to submit the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission into the college. If students believe that their results on the SAT or ACT will enhance their academic portfolio for admission, they should submit test scores. We put more stock in your course schedule and grades than we do in SAT and/or ACT scores. In terms of your course schedule, we like to see that all of our students have had at least four years of English and three years of Math, Lab Sciences and History; however, we will not disqualify you if this is not the case.

How Applicants are reviewed at EC

Each application is examined with a holistic approach, meaning that all components of the application are considered in the review process. In terms of your secondary school transcript, special attention is given to your academic coursework, as we value students challenging themselves in Honors, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, International Baccalaureate or other accelerated courses. The essay plays an important role in your Admissions Counselor getting to know you better and learning what you value. Be certain to secure a solid recommendation from a teacher or your College or School counselor. If you have interviewed with one of our Admissions Counselors, this will likely have a positive impact on your application.