Elmira College Welcomes the Legendary Class of 2016

August 30 2012
Category: Campus Life

Elmira College’s President, Dr. Ronald Champagne, welcomed 376 freshmen to the College today on the portico of historic Cowles Hall during the College’s nationally recognized Orientation program. On Friday, 44 transfer students will join the program, bringing in a total of 420 new students for the academic year.

These students moved in with the help of 315 Orientation Leaders, who decorated the campus for their arrival and will continue to guide them through the next four days of Fall Orientation. During the program, the new students will take their first classes and bond over EC traditions for the first time. On Sunday, the rest of the upperclassmen will arrive on campus to start the 2012-2013 academic year.

Eighty-four percent of the members of the Class of 2016 are academic honor scholars, including fifty-two who were valedictorians or salutatorians of their secondary school class. Thirty-three are winners of the prestigious Elmira College Key Award, presented for more than seventy years to exemplary secondary school students at the end of their junior year.

As one of the great small colleges in the nation, Elmira College has earned a reputation for high academic quality, intense student involvement in campus life, and extraordinary success in graduate schools and careers.

Dean of Admissions Brett Moore ’00 added, “We had a wonderfully talented applicant pool. Once again, we had to be highly selective in admitting the Class of 2016. We know that families have many tough choices to make about where to attend college. We are honored that our families have entrusted us with the education of their students. We look forward to another outstanding year here at Elmira College.”

Geographically-Diverse Student Body

The newest members of the Elmira College Community hail from twenty-six different states, including Wyoming, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Washington State, Utah, Illinois, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

Twenty-six new International Students come to the College from 11 countries including Ethiopia, Sweden, Japan, Bangladesh, Republic of Georgia, Vietnam, France, and Rwanda to name a few. This brings the total number of states represented in the Elmira College student body to 35 and the total number of countries represented to 31.

“Elmira College’s superior programs and tradition of excellence attract students at both the international and national levels,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Julie Baumann.

“This mix of customs and backgrounds enhances the Elmira College experience and prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace.”

The large number of honor scholars in the Class of 2016 is no surprise. Ranked seventh among Regional Colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, Elmira College continues to be the choice of many academically talented students, allowing the College to become increasingly selective in its admissions process.

Forty-five new students join or follow family members at Elmira College this year.