Elmira, NY (09/12/2022) — Today, U.S. News & World Report announced its Best Colleges rankings and Elmira College continues to rank well based on factors such as access to professors, graduation and retention rates, impact on the community, and student success.

Some of the key highlights include:

    Ranked #8 in Regional Colleges North Subcategory rankings:
      #4 Undergraduate Teaching #5 Best Value #14 Social Mobility

While each publication tends to have its own ranking methodology, U.S. News & World Report emphasizes graduation and retention rates, which means that students who attend Elmira College are likely to stay and successfully earn their degrees.

"Elmira College is a place where students are supported and celebrated," said Dr. Charles Lindsay, president. "We recently created the Center for Academic and Professional Excellence, or CAPE, which combines our academic and career services under one banner. Support services like tutoring, writing, academic accommodations, and career support are available to all of our students. And this type of support continues even after our students graduate."

U.S. News & World Report also looks at the academic reputation of a college's undergraduate programs. This is based on a peer assessment survey sent to presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions who rate the academic quality of institutions they are familiar with. Another important metric is based on how much individual attention students can receive from their instructors. The publication specifically looks at class sizes, the student-faculty ratio, and the percentage of faculty who have the highest degree in their field. Elmira College boasts an average class size of 14 with a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and a strong emphasis on experiential learning and hands-on instruction.

The amount spent per student is also factored into the overall score and indicates that the college offers a wide variety of programs and services. The College continues to develop new programs, such as four new Art concentrations that develop professional skills; a new Media Studies, Communications, and Design major; and the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School program.

"This report recognizes the value we place on a student-centered education where students can immerse themselves and become members of a community," said Lindsay. "As ever, we will continue to strive for academic excellence and innovate new programs that support our students as they start to find their place in the world."

You can find the full set of Best Colleges on the U.S. News and World Report website and learn more about additional Elmira College accolades here.

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