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Elmira College was originally chartered as the Elmira Collegiate Seminary in October, 1853. The name was later changed to Elmira Female College. It was officially established in 1855. In 1969, it became a coeducational institute and was eventually named Elmira College. This private liberal arts institute is located on a 55-acre campus in Elmira, New York. Elmira College s recent enrolments have been more than 1,000 students from over 35 states and 30 countries every year.

Students of Elmira College can choose from more than 35 majors that lead to bachelorís degrees in science and arts. The academic divisions of the college include:

  • Business & Economics Division
  • Creative Arts Division
  • Humanities Division
  • Mathematics & Natural Sciences Division
  • Professional Programs Division
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Division
The sports teams of Elmira College are known as the Soaring Eagles. They are members of the NCAA, ECAA, New York State Women s Collegiate Athletic Association, and Empire 8. The teams participate in volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf, field and ice hockey, lacrosse, softball, and basketball.

Profile of Elmira College

Elmira College is in a small city, in Elmira, NY. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Elmira College earn degrees up to the Master s degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at the school than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at Elmira College include fine arts and education and teaching.

Elmira College Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 510 to 630 for students at Elmira College. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 500 and 620.


Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members.

Student enrolment

Elmira College, in 2007, had 1,624 students (1,372 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Many students at the school are part-timers. Elmira College is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Athletic teams at Elmira College belong to the Empire Eight for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"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. Achieving this mission depends on accomplishing the following College objectives: Students at Elmira College will: I. Develop and employ skills in communication and critical thinking; II. Apply their skills in mathematics, and use information technology; III. Achieve intellectual breadth while laying the foundation for life-long learning, by successfully completing one or more courses in the following areas: A. the cultures of the United States, Europe, and the Non-Western world; B. the arts; C. the natural sciences, including laboratory experiences; and D. the social-behavioral sciences; IV. Give evidence of their ability to focus on specific topics of inquiry for a sustained period, by successfully completing intensive, sometimes cross-disciplinary and innovative studies during the Spring Term; V. Exhibit their ability to interact effectively with others, by engaging in such activities as group participation (including participation in collaborative coursework, athletics, clubs and organizations, or committees) and leadership (including leadership in honor societies, teams, classes, student media or student government): VI. Demonstrate their ability to contribute to the life of a community, by successfully completing experiences beyond the classroom such as community service, internships, and participation in residential living and in meaningful ceremonies traditions; VII. Confirm their readiness for post-graduate study or professional careers, by completing a major of their choice from a range of the liberal arts and sciences and professionally oriented disciplines. "

Elmira College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching205education, elementary school teaching, reading teaching, education of speech impaired, adult education, education courses, social studies teaching, math teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts88liberal arts and sciences, English, history, social studies, foreign language and literature, social services, political science, international relations, . . .
Business and Management63business management, accounting
Therapy and Counseling29 psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine 21registered nursing
Science 17biology, biological and physical sciences, geological and earth sciences, chemistry
Fine Arts 16fine arts studies
Security and Law Enforcement15criminal justice and administration
Family and Social Work 14community organization, social service professions
Medical Support and Technology3audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy and religious studies

Contact: Elmira College

Elmira College

One Park Place

Elmira, NY 14901

General Phone: (607) 735-1800


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