Application Options

Early Action

If Elmira College is your top choice college, Early Action may be for you. If you want to receive an early admission decision from us, you apply via our Early Action plan. The Early Action deadline is November 15 and you will receive a decision by December 1.

Regular (Rolling) Admission

Elmira offers rolling admission, meaning applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once past Early Action decisions, applicants for regular admission start receiving notifications in early December. From then on, we are usually able to notify you of our decision regarding your application within four weeks of the date your application file becomes complete.


Application Requirements

It's easy to apply using the Elmira College Application. 

Elmira College Application

Here's what you need to do:

  • Have your high school guidance counselor send your official transcript, including senior year courses and grades to date.
  • Have your official SAT and/or ACT scores sent to Elmira College (if applicable). As a test-optional institution, we do not require the SAT or ACT for admission.
  • Submit one academic letter of recommendation completed by a teacher or school counselor (optional).

We also accept the online Common Application. Transfer students wishing to use the Common Application should use the Common App for Transfer.

While not required, we strongly suggest you sit down with an Elmira College admissions counselor for an interview. You can schedule your interview by calling the Office of Admissions at (800) 935-6472 or by contacting your counselor directly.

Find Your Counselor


International Students

Elmira College welcomes students from all over the world. Find out how we can help you make EC your place as an international student.

International Admissions

Transfer Students

Looking to continue your academic journey at EC? Learn how Elmira can make the transfer process easy. 

Transfer Admissions



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Accepted Students

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Application Deadlines

Admissions Plan


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Early Action Fall Semester OnlyStudents who want to receive an admission decision early*Nov 15Dec 1May 1
Regular DecisionStudents who are applying to multiple of colleges**Rolling admissionsMay 1May 1
Transfer Admission 12 or More CreditsStudents who will have completed four or more transferable college-level courses before entering ElmiraRolling admissionsJuly 1July 15
International Student AdmissionStudents who are not U. S. citizens and not a permanent resident of the United StatesJune 1July 1July 15
January Admission First Time and TransferStudents who plan to matriculate in the semester beginning in January instead of SeptemberDec 1Dec 30Jan 3

*This is not a binding admission plan

**Elmira College operates on rolling admissions. If you have questions regarding whether we are still accepting applications, please call us at (800) 935-6472

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