Elmira College and Notre Dame High School Forge Dual Enrollment Agreement

Notre Dame High School and Elmira College signed an agreement for dual enrollment that gives Notre Dame students opportunities to take college courses at EC. Beginning this fall, rising Notre Dame juniors and seniors with a 3.0 grade point average or higher can enroll in EC courses at a discounted tuition rate and earn college credits.

“This community partnership significantly benefits Notre Dame students and their families as well as Notre Dame High School and Elmira College,” said Patricia Ireland, Elmira College Provost. “Dual Enrollment programs are a cost-effective way for students to preview college and experience their benefits first-hand. Additionally, at EC, our small classes and supportive faculty provide an ideal entry for younger students as they explore fields of study that will help them choose a major later.”

Patricia Mack, Notre Dame High School Head of School commented, “Notre Dame is excited to offer the dual enrollment option to ND juniors and seniors. The program will allow students to select courses to enhance their learning and provide them additional opportunities to explore coursework not offered at ND. As such, this may ultimately help them identify a course of study post-graduation if they choose to pursue a higher education degree. Notre Dame is confident that Elmira College’s small class sizes will support the students’ transition, helping them manage the college workload expectations and facilitate their success. Moreover, it allows students to experience campus life and helps lessen the anxiety often associated with applying for and pursuing a college education.”

Elmira College and Notre Dame High School Forge Dual Enrollment Agreement

According to industry research, including reports by Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, students in dual enrollment programs earned higher college GPAs, accumulated more college credits, and persisted at higher rates than their peers.

The research also highlighted the benefits of dual enrollment programs in helping underrepresented students and students from lower-income families, especially first-generation students. These students gain a clearer understanding of what to expect from college and alleviate some of the initial stress of adjusting to college while carrying a full course load. It also has a potential impact on the affordability of college. Depending on how many credits students earn, they could save on their college tuition and even earn their college degree more quickly.

Elmira College and Notre Dame High School Forge Dual Enrollment Agreement

“With the ever-increasing cost of earning a college education, Notre Dame is pleased to partner with Elmira College and offer the students an affordable way to earn college credits. With 47% of our ND student body receiving financial aid, the savings will help ensure all of our students have the opportunity to enroll in the program,” added Mack.

Notre Dame students in the program are invited to apply to Elmira College. The credits they earn at EC will become part of the student’s permanent college transcript and, depending on the institution, transfer to other four-year colleges.

The courses offered to Notre Dame students will depend on seat availability and the EC Registrar will review available courses with Notre Dame’s guidance office prior to the beginning of each EC Term.


Notre Dame High School, Grades 7-12 is a Catholic junior and senior high school in Elmira, New York serving students of all faith traditions in the southern tier of New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The school is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy providing Mercy values, academic excellence, and robust extracurricular activities for young men and women since 1955.


Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, an NCAA Division III member with 18 intercollegiate teams. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira's undergraduate and graduate student population hails from more than 20 states and nine countries. Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships. The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the U.S., which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon. Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.

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