Among the finest private colleges in the United States, Elmira College combines exceptional education in the liberal arts with quality pre-professional programs. 


Elmira, New York, is located at the southern tip of the Finger Lakes region of the state. Its location is ideally situated equidistantly from major hubs like New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elmira College is a national top-tier college that was ranked one of the best liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review. Mark Twain wrote many of his novels in a study that is located on our campus.   


Type of school: Private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college

Size of Campus: 80-acre campus

Number of Students: 1,200 undergraduate students

Number of Faculty: 71 full-time faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:

• Accounting
• American Studies
• Art
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business Administration
• Chemistry
• Classical Studies
• Clinical Laboratory Science
• Communications Sciences & Disorders
• Criminal Justice
• Economics
• Education
• Educational Studies
• English Literature
• Finance
• History
• Human Services
• Individualized Studies
• International Studies
• Mathematics
• Music
• Nursing
• Philosophy & Religion
• Political Science
• Pre-health
• Pre-law
• Psychology
• Social Studies
• Sociology & Anthropology
• Spanish & Hispanic Studies
• Theatre
• Women’s Studies

Pre-law, pre-medicine, and many other pre-professional tracks can be accomplished through several of our academic programs listed above.

Army and Air Force ROTC are available.

Geographic Diversity: Elmira College enrolls students from more than 35 states and 20 countries.

International Student Services: Multicultural Center; Principal Designated School Official

International Student Budget: (2017–2018)

Tuition $41,900

Room and Board $12,000

Total $53,900

Financial Aid: Merit-based scholarships available

Test Score Requirements: Non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum score on TOEFL is 80 or IELTS is 6.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Early Action: November 1; rolling admission; no application fee

The College’s Internship Program, ranked as one of the best in the nation, will connect you with some of the most prominent businesses and organizations in the country and beyond to gain the skills and experiences employers and graduate schools actively seek. One hundred percent of Elmira College students complete an internship prior to graduation. The broad-based learning at Elmira College prepares graduates for a lifetime of success as leaders in all academic capacities. 

Elmira College has received numerous accolades that highlight the outstanding education students receive here. The College has been named a Best College by The Princeton Review and a top-tier national college by U.S. News & World Report, and was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best colleges in the nation for student internships in 2015. Furthermore, fewer than 300 colleges and universities in the United States have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society—Elmira College is proud to have had a chapter since 1940 and has been recognized as an outstanding chapter in the nation. 

Elmira College’s academic program is based in the leadership core of humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, combined with communication and global citizenship to prepare students for career success. Elmira College’s 11:1 student-faculty ratio, combined with an average class size of 16, allows students and faculty to work closely in the classroom and on various research projects.

Each academic program at Elmira College is built upon a foundation of general education in the liberal arts. The broad-based core education program places special emphasis on developing the analytical and communication skills required for success in college and the professional world. Elmira College encourages off-campus study and offers numerous programs that extend beyond the classroom. 

The College’s full-time faculty have earned advanced degrees in their respective fields, and students can expect an exemplary learning experience when they enroll. Elmira College students refer to the faculty as respected teachers and friends; one of the main reasons relationships grow between students and professors is because our faculty are accessible. It is common to see faculty attending student plays, concerts, or athletic events and eating in the dining hall. 

Activities, arts, and athletics
More than 100 student clubs and organizations at Elmira College serve a wide range of student interests, from student governance to special interest, performing arts to academic honor societies. Each year the campus-wide Activities Fair provides new students with the opportunity to learn about and join different clubs. 

Elmira College offers a wide variety of performing arts opportunities for students, including theatre, concert ensemble, a cappella groups, dance troupes, and more. Gibson Theatre and Watson Arena are two unique venues where our students perform. 

The Soaring Eagles athletic teams are members of NCAA Division III and have won five national championships: three in women’s hockey and two in competitive cheerleading. Elmira College is an independent member of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference, United Volleyball Conference, and Empire Eight Conference. 

Men’s intercollegiate teams compete at the varsity level in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and volleyball; women’s teams include basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. 

After Elmira College
Over the past several years, more than 95% of Elmira College graduates have been admitted into the most venerable graduate or professional schools and have secured employment at some of the most well-respected companies and organizations. In recent years Elmira College graduates have pursued graduate education at Cornell University, Harvard University, College of William & Mary, Georgetown University, Syracuse University, University of Colorado Boulder, Vanderbilt University, and University of Rochester. Elmira College graduates are physicians, investment bankers, accountants, lawyers, teachers, nurses, speech therapists, and more.

Why Elmira?
With impressive success stories emanating from generations, Elmira College alumni have excelled in all areas of professional distinction, from public service, entrepreneurialism, and medicine to law, the sciences, and beyond. The essential facet of what Elmira College is all about stems from what our graduates become after they graduate. They go on to medical and graduate schools, as well as careers that lay the foundation for a lifetime of leadership. Our focus is ensuring every graduate is prepared to optimize their next chapter.

Global experiences
Elmira College enrolls students from more than 35 states and 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden. Additionally, Elmira’s Term III allows students to spend six weeks studying in Alaska, Australia, Bahamas, China, Nicaragua, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Italy.