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Admissions Policies and Requirements

Admission to Elmira College is offered on a selective basis.  In selecting students for admission, the College looks for evidence in an applicant’s academic record, extracurricular activities, and performance on standardized tests (optional) that demonstrate his or her potential for succeeding at Elmira College.  The College’s entrance policy is free of discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin. 

To be considered for admission, applicants are required to submit an application for admission, official high school or college transcript, personal statement/essay, and letter of recommendation from an academic source.  As a test-optional college, Elmira College does not require the SAT or ACT for admission, but applicants are encouraged to submit scores if they represent academic capability.  Applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment for an interview with an Admissions Counselor. 

It is recommended that applicants minimally have 15 units of college preparatory secondary school work distributed as: (4) units of English; (4) units of Social Science; (3) units of Mathematics; (2) units of Science – one with lab; and (2) units of foreign language.  Other courses in art and music will be reviewed on a separate basis. 

The middle 50 percent of the 2015 freshman class enrolled with a 3.4 high school GPA and 1070 SAT (math + critical reading).