Elmira College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Elmira College
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Elmira College Admissions Overview:

Elmira College has an acceptance rate of 82%--while admission isn't guaranteed, students with high grades and a strong application have a good chance of being admitted. Students can apply to the school using Elmira's application, or with the Common Application. Additional materials include high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation. The school is test-optional, meaning that SAT and ACT scores are encouraged, but not required. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Elmira College Description:

Founded in 1855 as a women's college, Elmira College has been coeducational since 1969. The school's hometown in Upstate New York is not far from the picturesque Finger Lakes wine country. The college prides itself in the interaction between professors and students, and the school has an impressive 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. The academic calendar features short 12-week semesters followed by a 6-week term devoted to travel, research, and innovative courses. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Elmira was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Elmira has a long list of student-run group and clubs on campus. These groups range in subject from service projects, academic fields, sports and recreation, arts, dance, and music, and religion. On the athletic front, the Elmira College Soaring Eagles compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Athletic Conference. The college fields seven men's and ten women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,187 (1,101 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 30% Male / 70% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,900
  • Books: $600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,000
  • Other Expenses: $550
  • Total Cost: $55,050

Elmira College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 77%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,556
    • Loans: $5,925

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Nursing, Psychology, Social Sciences.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 33%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 56%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 60%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Baseball, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Cross Country, Tennis, Softball, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Elmira and the Common Application

Elmira College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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