Commencement May 19

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The announcement of Wells College’s closing has undoubtedly left you with many questions as you look to finish your academic degree. 

While we understand your disappointment in the circumstances that have brought us together, we hope to be able to help you continue your academic pursuits and meet your goals with as little disruption as possible. Elmira College has a long history of close, supportive relationships with its students, and we want you to know that our staff and administration stands ready to support you as you transfer to EC and finish your collegiate journey.

And, we're pleased to extend our Soaring Eagles Take Flight Initiative to Wells College students who qualify. Under this program, Elmira College will cover out-of-pocket costs for undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for eligible incoming undergraduate New York State students, with a family AGI of $50,000 per year or less.. That’s free tuition for New York State residents to attend a premier private college.

EC offers a transition process for you that is streamlined and simplified compared to the traditional transfer application. In fact, there is no formal application. Your enrollment and good standing at Wells College is sufficient to ensure your acceptance to Elmira College and our registrar’s office will expedite the review of your transcripts. All you need to do is follow the steps below and we’ll keep you notified of our progress on reviewing your transcripts and awarding your financial aid.

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Steps to Take

  • Complete our brief Wells College Transfer Form.
  • Upload your current Wells College transcripts (as well as those from any other institutions you’ve attended).
  • Upload a copy of your most recent current Wells College bill including any financial aid received from the institution.
  • We’ll provide a financial aid award based on your submission.  (To finalize your financial aid award, we’ll need to receive a copy of your 2024-25 FAFSA. The forms are available via
  • Receive your admissions and financial aid information within two weeks! 

Transfer Admissions Counselor Jenn Robinson is ready to answer your questions and provide personalized help as you make the transition to EC.

Contact her today!
(607) 735-1705

Jenn Robinson, Transfer Counselor

"I'm here to help you make a smooth transition from Wells College to Elmira. With our beloved EC traditions and supportive environment, I know you'll feel right at home."

Jenn Robinson, Transfer Counselor
Daniel Kjar
Your Credit Transfer

Dr. Dan Kjar, Director of Academic Advising, will reach out to you once we’ve received your materials and work one-on-one with you to make sure your credits transfer to the appropriate areas. He also will connect you with the appropriate faculty for your program and help you get started with your EC academic advisor. Should you have any questions along the way, his contact information is or (607) 735-1826 (office).


Academic Programs

Elmira College has many undergraduate programs that align with the programs offered at Wells College, helping you continue your desired academic journey:

Want to explore other academic options? We have more than 30 academic programs that give you the opportunity to create an academic experience that fits your career goals. Our focus on hands-on, experiential learning means you graduate ready for that next step, whether it’s grad school or a career. more opportunities for you:

  • Conduct research, both independently and with faculty, that is presented at national and international conferences
  • Get a jump-start on real world clinical experiences in the health sciences
  • Explore new learning opportunities around the world during Term III


If you want to pursue a graduate degree, we offer options in Education and Management.

Education Graduate Programs (all programs offered online):

Master of Science in General Management (hybrid format)


Explore EC

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Elmira College offers one of the lowest tuition prices of any four-year private college or university in the region. In addition, nearly 100% of our students receive some form of financial aid.


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A Close-Knit Community

It’s easy to connect on Elmira College’s small, scenic campus. Hang with your friends at MacKenzie’s, check out our Theatre department’s latest production in the Gibson Theatre, or try to crush a home run during Term III softball. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes region, there is plenty to do outside of campus as well.


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Competitive Athletics

Elmira College athletics have created a tradition of success, including six national championships. Sixteen Division III teams represent the Soaring Eagles on the field, ice, mats, and court. And with a new turf field project moving forward, we are excited to welcome back men’s and women’s lacrosse for the 2024-2025 season.




Why should I choose Elmira?

We celebrate every student for who they are. EC offers immersive experiences like Term III study abroad, participating in beloved Elmira College traditions like Mountain Day and Holiday Banquet, community engagement projects, getting involved in a student club, or hopping into a Term III softball game. In addition, Elmira’s faculty and staff are here to support you throughout your EC experience. From academic support through the Center for Academic & Professional Excellence to counseling services at the Clarke Health Center to personalized attention with your academic advisors, EC’s support services are designed to help you thrive.

What tuition and fees will I pay?

If you plan to transfer to EC as a full-time student, you will be eligible for transfer scholarships, talent awards, and additional need-based aid based on your qualifications. You could also be considered for the Take Flight program if you meet the eligibility requirements and enroll for the Fall 2024 term.

Will my financial aid package transfer?

Our Financial Aid team will work with you to determine your financial aid package. Wells students are eligible to receive scholarships and financial aid, including need-based grants. To apply for all aid available through Elmira College, incoming students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with institution code 002718. Students will receive notification of their 2024-25 financial aid awards from Elmira College. Students will also be eligible to apply for undergraduate level federal and state aid (e.g., Pell, TAP). Our Admission and Financial Aid teams will work in tandem with you throughout your transition process to ensure you are maximizing the amount of gift aid available to you.

When are my transfer materials due to Elmira?

There is no formal deadline. We understand that this is an important decision and invite you to take the time you need to work through the transfer process. We’ve simplified the process of applying to transition to Elmira and encourage you to provide your materials as soon as possible. Not only will you get your decision sooner, this will also allow our team to help you register for the courses that fulfill your degree requirements.

Will all of my Wells College credits transfer?

Students in good academic standing at Wells College are eligible for admission to a similar program at Elmira. Courses with a grade of C or better will transfer as credit to Elmira. You will work one-on-one with Dr. Dan Kjar to help with the transition.

I’m a student-athlete. Can I compete at Elmira?

EC offers 18 varsity athletics teams, including eight men's and eight women's teams and two co-ed teams. If you're interested in playing, you can fill out a recruit form, let us know on your Wells College Transition Form or contact a coach directly. Use the Athletics Quick Resources link below to explore Soaring Eagles Athletics.

When would I choose my courses for Fall 2024?

Registration for Fall 2024 has begun. We recommend submitting your transfer materials as soon as possible. Once your transfer materials have been submitted, Dr. Kjar will work with you to get registered and provide guidance for the Fall 2024 term and beyond.

Am I guaranteed housing at Elmira?

Yes. EC has five traditional residence halls plus apartment-style options in the Twin Towers and the Cottages. Use the Quick Resources link below to learn more about our on-campus housing, including special options like gender inclusive and pet-friendly residence halls.

I’m a senior. What if I can’t get into a course that I need to graduate on time in Spring 2025?

We give priority to seniors to complete their coursework on time.

What’s the easiest way to check out the campus?

Whether or not you’ve completed the transition form, campus visits can be arranged through our visitation page. During your visit you’ll be able to sit in on a class, meet with current students from your program of interest, and connect with available faculty within your major.

When is Commencement 2025?

Sunday, May 18, 2025


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