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Elmira College at a Glance

Mission: Elmira College offers its students, in a supportive and collaborative environment, both liberal and professional education of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to become more responsible and productive in society.

Steeped in tradition, Elmira College is a private, residential, co-educational liberal arts college that emphasizes both general and professional education.  The College blends academic rigor, distinctive programs, theory and practice beyond the classroom to graduate responsible global citizens and leaders prepared for a lifetime of careers and personal growth.

Academic programs are built upon strong general education in the liberal arts and sciences, with special attention given to the development of communication skills and the exploration of world cultures.  Student also participate in field experiences or projects related to career goals, and the College provides a wide range of other off-campus learning options, including a community service requirement.

Founded: 1855

Location: Elmira, NY 14901 (pop. 29,000)

Institution type: Private, coeducational

Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Science Focus

Calendar: (2) 12-week terms, followed by a 6-week short term

Undergraduate Degrees Awarded: AA, AS, BA, BS

Majors available: Accounting, Adolescence Education, American Studies, Art, Biology, Biochemistry, Business (AS only), Business Administration (specializations in Finance, International Business, Management, Management Accounting, and Marketing), Chemistry, Childhood Education, Childhood Special Education, Classical Studies, Clinical Laboratory Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Educational Studies, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Finance, Foreign Languages (specialization in French or Spanish), General Studies (AA), History, Human Services (specialization in Correctional Services or Early Childhood Services) (AS), Individualized Studies, International Studies, Mathematics, Music (specializations in Music History/Theory of Performance and Voice or Piano), Nursing, Philosophy & Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, Speech and Hearing, Speech and Language Disabilities, and Theatre

Graduate Degrees Awarded: MS (General Management and Health Services Management), MSEd (Corporate & Community Education, General Education, and Literacy (Birth through Grade 12))

Enrollment (Fall 2016)

            FT Undergrad:  974

            PT Undergrad:  127

            Graduate:  86

            Total enrollment:  1,187

Faculty: 71 FT

Student/Faculty Ratio: 11/1

Undergraduate Applications: 2,103

Accept rate: 82%

Average SAT (Critical Reading and Math): 1053

            SAT CR Middle 50%:  470 – 570

            SAT M Middle 50%:  490 – 580

Freshman Retention Rate: 76% (Fall 2015 Cohort)

Graduation Rate: 60% (Fall 2010 Cohort)

Athletics:  NCAA Division III. Men’s sports are Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball. Women’s sports are Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball. Cheerleading is also available (game and competition teams) through the National Cheerleading Association. 

Clubs & Activities: More than 80 ranging from political to social to community service.  Some popular clubs include SAB (Student Activities Board), ENACTUS, Colleges Against Cancer (Relay for Life), A1 and the Sauce (male a capella group), Chiclettes (female a capella group), and the Women and Gender Studies Group to name a few.