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Elmira College

Elmira, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

About Elmira College

Elmira College Overview

Elmira College is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Elmira, New York. Elmira College was founded in 1855 and currently enrolls around 715 students a year, including 715 undergraduates. Elmira College ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,237 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by November 15.

Student Involvement at Elmira College

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Elmira College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Elmira College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Elmira College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Elmira College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Elmira College on the Student Life page.

2022 Elmira College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 37.2%
Tuition $35,270
Percent of Need Met 75.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $28,266

Is Elmira College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better look at what Elmira College offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Elmira College

It is moderately difficult to get into Elmira College. Around 82% of applicants get into Elmira College each year. Out of 2,096 applications received in 2022, 1,722 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Elmira College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Elmira College, around 76% return for the next year. Elmira College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 60%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Elmira College Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Elmira College by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Elmira College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Elmira College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Elmira College's endowment was $38 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $10,095 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Elmira College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Elmira College meets 75.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $28,266 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $26,846 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Elmira College.

Based on this information, is Elmira College the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Elmira College a good school for you?

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Where is Elmira College?

Elmira College is located in the small town setting of Elmira, New York.

If you are interested in seeing Elmira College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 86 to Elmira, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Elmira-Corning Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Elmira College and Elmira are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One Park Place Elmira, NY 14901

Campus Setting: Small Town

Elmira College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Elmira College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Elmira College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Elmira College ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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25 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Elmira College is 23. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Elmira College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Elmira College SAT Scores


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Elmira College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Elmira College is like? There are approximately 715 students enrolled at Elmira College. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 62% percent are from NY and 38% percent of students are from other states.


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