Elmira College

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1 Park Place

Elmira, NY 14901

Phone: (607) 735-1800
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#9 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Elmira College is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,386, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 55 acres. Elmira College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 9. Its tuition and fees are $38,150 (2013-14).

Elmira College is located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Students admitted to the college have the opportunity to join more than 100 clubs or organizations, but there is no Greek system on campus. Elmira students voted out Greek life and, instead, host collegewide dances and social events. Students at Elmira College are required to live on campus throughout their college careers, and the college believes this helps cultivate close relationships. Students interested in exploring the city can walk to nearby downtown shops and restaurants or visit the Clemens Center, which hosts music performances, Broadway shows and national entertainers. Known as the Soaring Eagles, Elmira College's sports teams compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, United Volleyball Conference and the Empire 8 Conference in the NCAA Division III.

Founded in 1855, Elmira College was the first women's college to offer degree requirements equal to those of men's colleges. The college has been coeducational, admitting both men and women, since 1969. Elmira College houses the Center for Mark Twain Studies, which was established in 1983. Every four years, the college honors the famed author's legacy through an international conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies. Notable alumni of the college include Alice Mary Robertson, the second woman to serve in Congress, and Fay Kanin, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Elmira College is a traditional, fully residential liberal arts college with a historical association with Mark Twain. In all majors, even several pre-professional programs, students complete a foundation in liberal arts and sciences. Ninety percent of students are traditional college age and live on campus in dormitories, apartments, and houses. Forty Percent of students study abroad. Intensive study in required six-week spring term in April and May. Numerous student traditions bring students and faculty together. In coursework, emphasis on writing; on campus, strong emphasis on activities, including 25 athletic teams. All students attend performing arts events, and complete community service and internships.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Elmira College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Elmira College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.9 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Elmira College is 11:1, and the school has 64.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Elmira College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 13%
Psychology, General 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%

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Student Life

Elmira College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,386, with a gender distribution of 29.2 percent male students and 70.8 percent female students. At this school, 93 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 7 percent of students live off campus. Elmira College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,533
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Elmira College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Elmira College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Elmira College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Elmira College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Elmira College, 81.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,512.

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Tuition and fees $38,150 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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