At Elmira College, we believe in celebrating every student for who they are.

The college experience includes meeting students from around the world, participating in Elmira College traditions, completing community engagement projects, and even hopping into a Term III softball game. Whether it’s in a classroom or a conference room, in a scientific field or on a sports field, on a stage, in a lab, or part of a club, Elmira is your place to discover, grow, and find your place in the world.

Students hang out in a dorm room

Living on Campus

Part of the college experience is getting to know students from around the world. And one of the best ways to do that is by living in one of Elmira College’s residence halls. All undergraduate students must live on campus with certain exceptions. Every room comes with furniture, and every hall has Wi-Fi, free laundry, pantries for cooking, and a Residence Life Community Coordinator.

Students enjoy a meal in the dining hall


From comfort food to global cuisine, Elmira students will have a selection of fresh meals to choose from. Food is fuel to college students, so you’ll have lots of options throughout the day and around campus.

A member of the Dungeons and Dragons Club greets attendees at the Engagement Fair

Student Activities

With over 50 clubs and organizations to choose from, there is plenty for you to do and lots of ways for you to learn. You can meet others who are as interested in board games, dancing, music, golf, community engagement, or pre-professional groups as you are. And if you don't see your particular passion represented, you can start your own group.

Students take part in the Candlelight tradition

Join in a Tradition

Joining Elmira College is joining a tradition that stretches back 150 years. Students learn the College songs and share in the pride that connects them to the generations that came before. At the same time, each new class is a symbol of the future that the college looks toward with present-day traditions such as the President's Welcome, Mountain Day, the Holiday Banquet, May Day, and Midnight Breakfast.

Students are pictured along a path at the Robert Treman State Park

Life Beyond Our Campus

Elmira College is located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, known for its natural beauty, museums, restaurants, and wineries. The town of Elmira is a jumping-off point for golf, skiing, hiking, and bike touring, so if you’re into the outdoors, it’s a perfect location. We’re also not far from many urban areas, including New York City and Philadelphia, each of which is about a four-hour drive away. Just think of Elmira as a small, quaint town with lots of big-city connections

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