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Elmira College

Elmira, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%

Elmira College Admissions

Elmira College is moderately difficult to get into. Around 82% of applicants get into Elmira College each year. Out of 2,096 applications received in 2023, 1,722 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Elmira College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Elmira College for fall semester should hear back from Elmira College by November 15.

Elmira College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Elmira College's admissions stats.

Elmira College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 22%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37.2%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19.3%
Waitlist Yes

Elmira College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Elmira College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15

Applying Early to Elmira College?

Elmira College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Elmira College will release EA admissions decisions no later than November 15.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Elmira College Admissions

Transferring to Elmira College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Elmira College

Elmira College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Elmira College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Elmira College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Elmira College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Interview Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Elmira College for more information on admission factors.

Elmira College Application Requirements

To apply to Elmira College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Elmira College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Elmira College?

Students admitted to Elmira College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Elmira College 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 32% were in the top 25% and 51% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Elmira College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 11%
3.25 and 3.49 13%
3.00 and 3.24 16%
2.50 and 2.9 16%
2.00 and 2.49 10%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Elmira College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Elmira College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 37.2% of Elmira College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19.3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Elmira College, you should strive to earn between 22 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Elmira College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Elmira College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Elmira College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Elmira College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Elmira College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Elmira College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Elmira College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Elmira College.

Does Elmira College accept transfer credits?

✅ Elmira College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Elmira College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Excelsior College Examinations

Does Elmira College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Elmira College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Elmira College?

❌ No, Elmira College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Elmira College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Elmira College is 82%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Elmira College?

❌ Elmira College does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Elmira College?

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Elmira College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Elmira College? Elmira College is a somewhat selective institution. The Elmira College acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


Elmira College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

Not available

Elmira College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Elmira College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.3. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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