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Share in a Tradition that

Transforms Lives

The Elmira Tradition

Transforming lives since 1855 Located in the heart of New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region, Elmira has all the traditions that you’d expect at an excellent private college — strong career-focused and liberal arts majors taught by dedicated professors and energized by hands-on learning. The Elmira tradition: It is personal, student-centered, collaborative, and focused on your future success. It transforms your college experience — and your life.

Transforms Lives

Elmira was the first women’s college with a program of study equal in rigor to the best men’s colleges in the country. Elmira has been coeducational since 1969. 2


Hundreds of upperclass students collaborate as volunteers to help first-year students during Orientation. There is nothing they won’t do to help you get oriented. It’s like having a team of personal coaches.

Welcome to Elmira

Our College traditions

Student-centered from day one

We set you on the “write” path

It’s certainly not our tradition to hand you a schedule of classes and a room key and let you find your own way.

Employers and graduate schools are looking for candidates who can express themselves clearly and compellingly. Our Freshman Writing Program develops critically important written communication skills, in class and in one-on-one weekly tutorials.

On the contrary, our distinctive, nationally recognized First-Year Experience ensures that you are completely clued in to every aspect of Elmira’s academic and campus life.

Encore, encore (you’ll want more!) Awareness and understanding of your own and other cultures is key to success in today’s global society. Elmira’s unique Encore program exposes you to an amazing variety of outstanding performers — You will become a citizen of the world without ever leaving campus! A few examples from the 26 annual performances:

Elmira by Candlelight Elmira is all about tradition, and one of the oldest and most impressive is the Candlelight Ceremony that welcomes freshmen to campus. You will really feel how special you are at that moment.

• Kiran Ahluwalia Ensemble, Ghazal and Punjabi music • Galaxavra Music of the Greek Aegean • Vivo Flamenco Carlota Santana Flamenco and Spanish dance • Akwesasne Women Singers Society Traditional Mohawk chant and dance

Mark Twain: A personal Elmira tradition Married to an Elmira alumna, Mark Twain lived and wrote his greatest masterpieces at Quarry Farm in Elmira. His octagonal study is on our campus, and Elmira College operates the internationally renowned Center for Mark Twain Studies.


New major programs coming soon! Elmira currently is planning to offer new majors in Finance and Special Education starting in 2014-15.


“ We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that have arisen and flourished and vanished from it. Mathematics alone would occupy me eight million years.” Mark Twain, Mark Twain’s Notebook


The Elmira tradition

Focused on your future Elmira’s majors, minors, and preprofessional programs put you on your way to future post-graduate success. Every year, our graduates are accepted by top graduate and professional schools, while others enter rewarding careers right away.

Personal Personal attention and guidance from your professors is a traditional component of every Elmira academic program.

Solid to the core The titles may sound like summer blockbuster movies, but “When Worlds Collide” and “Order and Chaos” are the titles of the twocourse EC Core sequence. You will be exposed to a wide variety of worldviews, ideas, and cultures — drawing from literature, the arts, the sciences, and social sciences. The EC Core also builds solid written and oral communication skills.


Number of students in an average class 35% have fewer than 12 students.

Honors program Students selected for Elmira’s challenging, stimulating, and supportive Honors Program benefit from seminar-style courses taught by some of the College’s leading professors, priority access to special events, and other advantages.

The Term III advantage We predict that EC’s unique Term III will be the tradition that you’ll love most! A 6-week term during which you take just two courses, it’s the perfect time to explore different subjects, step outside your comfort zone, and have an academic adventure. Learn to design furniture, find out how math has influenced American history, develop your negotiating skills — anything can happen in a Term III course! 5

Sophisticated facilities All Elmira classrooms incorporate the newest educational technologies.

“ My involvement in pre-professional clubs enabled me to secure a position before graduation! I had an offer with KPMG in New York City by my senior year because of the networking through EC’s SIFE* team.” Aradhna Taneja ’08, who triple majored in Economics, Accounting, and International Business, is now a financial advisor with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. *Students in Free Enterprise, now Enactus



Elmira’s Studentto-Faculty Ratio

Spotlighting academic excellence Students who qualify for membership in Elmira’s honor societies add weight to their academic resumes. Elmira is one of fewer than 300 U.S. colleges to host a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most selective national honor society in the country.

Pre-professional clubs Academic clubs Criminal Justice Club LISP — League of Intern Speech Pathologists Nursing Club Pre-Health Club Pre-Law Club Sports Medicine Club TEACH — Taking Education a Cut Higher

Active Minds (psychology) Classics Society Enactus (formerly SIFE) EC Math Club French Club M & M: Marketing and Management Club Political Science Club Silent Voices (sign language) Spanish Club

Beta Beta Beta (biology) Psi Chi (psychology) Phi Alpha Theta (history) Alpha Sigma Lambda (continuing education) Alpha Psi Omega (theatre) Kappa Delta Pi (education) Phi Eta Sigma (freshmen honors) Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice) Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership) Sigma Beta Delta (business) Sigma Theta Tau (nursing) Pi Sigma Alpha (political science) Iota Iota Iota (women’s studies) Lambda Alpha (anthropology) Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences) Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics)

ROTC Programs Elmira students are eligible to participate in the Air Force and Army ROTC Programs at Cornell University through cross-enrollment agreements. 7

Hands-on learning

A tradition that transforms Guaranteed practical experience Elmira sets the standard for providing students with hands-on experiences that are critically important to prospective employers and graduate programs.



Percentage of EC graduates who complete internships and community service work

“ Elmira’s internship opportunities and community service requirement help us be proactive, engage with others through selfless community service, and help us get moving with our career paths.” Michael Berger ’16, a Speech and Language Disabilities major from Laurel, Maryland, says he chose Elmira because “I was looking for a small school with a good student-to-teacher ratio. I prefer the hands-on learning approach to build one-on-one relationships and to be able to get to know professors personally.”

Internships designed to impress It’s our tradition: All Elmira students complete internships with real substance. Elmira internships often involve up to 240 hours of professional work in a field of choice at an off-campus agency or corporation. Elmira’s Office of Career Services maintains a comprehensive internship database and provides you with individualized assistance in finding the opportunity that suits you best. A few recent examples: • American Red Cross, marketing and sales supervisor • Elite Therapy, physical therapy assistant • YWCA, youth theatre assistant • Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, social media marketing • WELM 94 Rock, radio broadcast journalism • Chemung County Historical Society, curatorial assistant • Grand Rapids Police Department, forensic services assistant • Chemung River Friends, project associate • Unilever, marketing management

Speech and Hearing majors benefit from supervised practicum experience in our on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic that provides community clients with a full array of clinical speechlanguage pathology and audiology services.

Significant community service Every Elmira graduate also completes attention-getting community service, so substantive it’s almost like another internship. Some recent examples: • Chemung County Humane Society, animal caretaker • Elmira Community Kitchen, assistant dining room host • Arnot Ogden Medical Center, hospital volunteer • Salvation Army Safe House, domestic violence shelter volunteer • Canton Elementary School, tutor and aid • Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways, event coordinator • Southport Recreation Association, coach

“ The internship opportunity at EC helped me pursue my love of writing about hockey and land my job as the Director of Communications for the New York Islanders!” Kimber Auerbach ’05 (Individualized Studies: Communications) Director of Communications New York Islanders

Term III in depth Elmira’s 6-week Term III is tailor-made to fit your hands-on experience plans, no matter what you’ve got in mind. It’s exactly the right length for study abroad, internships, student teaching, nursing practicums, independent studies, and research projects.


Global awareness

An Elmira tradition

Learning with an “I wanted to become a part of an exceptionally international accent ranked college that places tremendous At Elmira, global awareness begins emphasis on scholastic achievement the minute you set foot on campus, and success.” where 7% of our students are international.

Alicia Burns ’15, a major in Accounting and Business


Management with a minor in Economics, from Nassau, Bahamas, has found that EC’s “caring, dedicated, and expert faculty and staff” team up to provide students with a quality education and high standards. She’s proud of being named to the Dean’s List for her achievements in her rigorous academic program.

Number of countries represented by EC students The Term III advantage Elmira’s unique 6-week spring “A Term III trip to Term III is ideal for special courses South Africa and my that incorporate study abroad and transform your life. In the past, EC Elmira internship students have traveled with faculty influenced my to places such as: decision to study • Greece • Australia community health.” • Bahamas • Ireland Laura Bolan ’11 (Political Science) earned her master’s in public health at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and is now a graduate research assistant with the NYS Department of Health.


• Belgium • Brazil • China • Czech Republic • Ecuador • Egypt • England • France • Germany

• Italy • Japan • Nepal • Peru • Scotland • South Africa • Spain • Turkey

2013 Term III courses abroad included: • “Marine and Island Ecology” in San Salvador, Bahamas • “The Archaeology of Greece and Turkey” in mainland Greece, the Aegean Islands, and Western Turkey • “The People and Institutions of Great Britain” in England and Ireland • “China East to West – Past to Present,” including extensive travel from Beijing to the westernmost provinces • “The Natural History and Social History of Australia,” including trips to major cities, Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and more • Language immersion in Segovia, Spain


Percentage of Elmira students who study abroad at least once



55 acres of shared traditions! All Elmira students have guaranteed housing for four years on our beautiful historic campus. All residences are located within easy walking distance of the Campus Center Dining Hall, MacKenzie’s (for casual dining in British pub ambiance), and the 1855 Room coffeehouse, as well as Mrs. Sweeney’s Shoppe and the Café@Harris for goods to go!



“ EC is great about giving back to the students by providing numerous activities and events for us. The best part is that everything is free! There’s always something going on to make sure we are never bored!”

Number of EC student clubs and organizations

Megan Thull ’15, a Psychology and Human Services double major from Victor, New York, says, “I love being a student here. I am already dreading graduating because I never want to leave!” She enjoys living and learning with friends on campus and appreciates how hard the Student Activities Board works “to make sure we have fun.”

Student life Elmira tradition Linked by tradition We love our traditions at Elmira. Through traditions, our students form instant bonds that also connect them to EC alumni (who are a great networking resource, by the way!).

Elmira traditions and icons When you visit campus, your Gold Key tour guide will clue you in on: • The Iris • The Octagon • The Puddle • Radical Raft Races • PURPLE!! and gold • Candlelight ceremonies • May Days • Mark Twain • Octagon Fair • Arts Alive


Big fun EC students know what EC students like best. The student-run Big Events Committee brings big name acts to campus. Past events include performances by Lupe Fiasco,

the Roots, O.A.R., Dashboard Confessional, and Stephen Lynch. The Student Activities Board keeps the campus jumping on a weekly basis with comedians, musicians, novelty acts, and films.

Guaranteed campus residency! When you live on campus, you’re always just minutes away from the action. And there is a lot of action! Such as: • Tug of war across the Puddle • EC Idol competition • Hoops Hysteria • Mini golf at Harris Hill • Barbecues in the quad • Laser Light and Video Dance Party • Pub Trivia at MacKenzie’s • TONS more!


Clubs and Organizations

Good morning, Elmira! WECW, the college radio station, broadcasts live throughout the day.


Media savvy. Aspiring journalists,

Making a difference. Members

DJs, writers, and photographers can showcase their talents in one of Elmira’s many media outlets.

of Elmira’s service clubs have special opportunities to connect with community service internships.

• The Iris yearbook • The Octagon campus newspaper • Sibyl, the longest continually published, student-sponsored literary magazine in the U.S. • Callisophia, (gender issues/women’s studies journal) • WECW, the college radio station

• Circle K • Compeer • EC Lions Club • Red Cross Club • Colleges Against Cancer (Relay for Life) • Rotaract Club • SCOPE – Student Coalition of Peer Educators

Radical Raft Races Ya-Gotta Regatta! All you need is some cardboard, some duct tape, a little imagination, and voila! — you’re ready to race across the Puddle!

Elmira’s got talent! And our

Something for everyone.

students have plenty of opportunities to show it.

From hobbies to sports to social issues, there’s an EC club for you! And it’s easy to start new clubs for new interests!

• A1 and the Sauce (men’s a cappella) • Café Society (art club) • Chamber Singers • Chiclettes (women’s a cappella) • Concert Ensemble (wind ensemble) • Danceline (spirit) • EC Naturals (coed a cappella) • Orchesis (dance) • Tap Ensemble

• Cigar Aficionados Club • Comic Book Club • Culture Club • EC Tennis Club • Extreme Eagles • Equestrian Club • Game Show Club • Gender Issues Group • Gold Key Society • International Student Organization

• Martial Arts Club • Muggles for Magic • Outdoor Adventure Club • Paintball Club • PRIDE — Providing Rights for Individuality and Diversity at Elmira • Resident Assistants (RAs) • ROTC • Silent Voices (sign language) • Ski Club • Ultimate Frisbee Club • VOX: Voices of Planned Parenthood • Voices United of Elmira for Diversity (VUE’D) 17

“When I finally arrived at ‘the Domes,’ it was a great feeling.” Taylor Love ’16 is an International Marketing major from Newport Beach, California, and member of the Soaring Eagles ice hockey team. Taylor is passionate about his sport and focused on playing professional hockey after he graduates from Elmira. However as a student-athlete, his international marketing major is preparing him for a career in a world defined by global commerce. His program includes language study; proficiency in a second language is mission-critical for international business success.


In 2014-15, Elmira will welcome baseball and women’s cross country to its lineup of intercollegiate sports. Both teams will compete in the Empire 8 conference. The Soaring Eagles now sponsor a total of 20 varsity programs for women and men.


Elmira tradition

Percentage of students who participate in intercollegiate athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics

Only at Elmira: The Domes

Elmira’s Soaring Eagles compete in the NCAA Division III, ECAC, United Volleyball Conference, and the Empire 8 Conference.

The world’s first geodesic dome athletic complex, the off-campus Murray Athletic Center includes a 3,200-seat hockey arena, a 2,000-seat gymnasium, and a field house with four indoor tennis courts, video film room, fitness and weight area, golf facility, and two playing fields.

• Baseball (men); premier season 2014-2015 • Basketball (men and women); JV (men and women) • Cheerleading (game and competition women’s teams) • Cross Country (women); premier season 2014-2015 • Field Hockey (women) • Golf (men and women) • Ice Hockey (men and women); JV (men and women) • Lacrosse (men and women) • Soccer (men and women); JV (men and women) • Softball (women) • Tennis (men and women) • Volleyball (men and women); JV (women)


EC athletics news flash!

Intramural and recreational sports • Aerobics • Badminton • Basketball • Billiards • Bowling • Flag Football • Ice Hockey • Ice Skating • Ping Pong • Racquetball • Softball • Swimming • Tennis • Volleyball

NCAA Division III Champions! The women’s hockey team won their third national championship in 2013. The Soaring Eagles are now tied with Middlebury for the most women’s ice hockey NCAA Division III National Championships of any institution.


An EC education has nationally-recognized value Elmira is included in Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges and in the 2012 Washington Monthly college rankings, which rates schools for their success in fostering social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s, and encouraging students to give something back to their country. 20

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“ I double-majored in Biology and Psychology, and now I use my skills as a surgical resident at the Duke University Health System.”

U.S. News & World Report rank among the top northern regional colleges

Russel Kahmke ’06 (Biology and Psychology, M.D., SUNY Upstate Medical School) is now a Head and Neck Surgery Resident at Duke University.

Admissions Elmira tradition How to apply Complete and submit the paper application included with this viewbook. Or download and submit a PDF application on our website. We also accept the Common Application.

When to apply Centered on the individual Every element of the EC admissions process is highly personalized, designed to suit your style. Admissions and financial aid counselors know you and your family personally — and you will know them!

Early Decision: Early Decision offers of admission are binding, and you agree to withdraw your applications to all other colleges if you are accepted. We will provide you with an estimate of your financial aid with your Early Decision acceptance. Early Decision I Deadline: November 15 Notification: By December 15 Early Decision II Deadline: January 15 Notification: By January 31

Rolling admission: There is no deadline for non-Early Decision applications. However, if you apply after May 1, you run a higher risk of being placed on the wait list. As soon as we have your completed application in hand, we will inform you of our decision as promptly as possible, beginning in October.


For more information: Office of Financial Aid Elmira College One Park Place Elmira, NY 14901 (607) 735-1728





Percentage of students with demonstrated need who receive need-based financial assistance

Amount of institutional aid Elmira awards annually

Financial aid Elmira tradition We are on your side If Elmira College is right for you, we’ll do all we can to make it an affordable choice for your family. Our experienced Financial Aid counselors will make sure you apply for all the need-based programs for which you are eligible. Your application for admission serves as the application for our merit-based scholarships.


Percentage of entering students who were valedictorians or salutatorians of their secondary school classes

Generous scholarship programs Elmira College rewards hard work and leadership. Barron’s Best Buys, Money Magazine, U. S. News & World Report, and USA Today have consistently recognized Elmira for our scholarship programs. EC awards institutional aid ranging from $13,000 per year to full tuition for qualified first-year and transfer students. All merit- and achievement-based scholarships are renewable for up to a total of four years of full-time enrollment at Elmira, provided that recipients maintain certain minimum GPAs.


Elmira College Campus Map

1. Hamilton Hall* Office of Admissions 2. Fassett Commons* 3. Cowles Hall* 4. Mark Twain Study* 5. Gillett Hall* 6. Alumni Hall 7. Carnegie Hall* 8. Kolker Hall 9. Watson Fine Arts 10. Harris Hall 11. McGraw Hall 12. McGraw Bookstore 13. College Post Office 14. College Cottages 15. Anderson Hall 16. Columbia Hall 17. Meier Hall 18. Gannett-Tripp Library 19. Clarke Health Center 20. Twin Towers 21. Campus Center 22. Speidel Gymnasium 23. Gibson Theatre 24. Tompkins Hall* 25. Perry Hall 26. The President’s Home 27. Campus Field

Get a sneak preview of Elmira’s campus through our virtual tour:

*Listed on the National Register of Historical Places

Campus visits Elmira tradition An experience second to none!

It pays to visit If you are a U.S. resident who does not live in New York State, it’s worth your while to visit Elmira. If you visit campus before January 31st of your senior year and enroll at EC, you will receive an additional financial aid award of $3,000 per year.**

Your visit to campus will give you a personal introduction to Elmira, in all its purple and gold splendor. You’ll feel like royalty (some of our Gothic-style campus buildings even look a bit like castles!). From the Gold Key student ambassador who conducts your campus tour to students, faculty, coaches, and staff you meet, everyone on campus Everything you need to know about makes sure you feel welcomed visiting campus is on our website: and valued. Questions? Call 1-800-935-6472 or e-mail

For more information on campus visits

**Recipients must live on campus


and participate in a meal plan.

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By air: Delta Airlines and US Airways offer daily flights from several major cities. The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport is six miles north of campus.

Academic programs Majors American Studies+ Anthropology and Sociology+ Art+ Biology+ Biology - Chemistry Business Administration+ With specializations in General Business, Management, Marketing, International Business, Economics, or Management Accounting (non-CPA) Chemistry+ Classical Studies+ Clinical Laboratory Science Criminal Justice+ Economics+ Education Educational Studies English Literature+ Environmental Studies Foreign Languages History+ Human Services+ Individualized Studies

International Studies Mathematics+ Music+ Nursing Philosophy+ & Religion Political Science+ Psychology Social Studies Sociology and Anthropology+ Speech & Hearing+ Speech and Language Disabilities Theatre+

Minors All programs marked with a plus sign (+)are also offered as minors. French and Women’s Studies are offered only as minors.

Pre-professional programs Pre-Law Pre-Medical

Graduate degree programs M.S. in Management M.B.A. 4+1 program Elmira graduates with a degree in Business Administration are eligible for one-year M.B.A. programs at either Alfred University, Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, or Union College M.B.A. (accounting specialization) M.S. in Accounting 4+1 programs Elmira graduates with a degree in Accounting are eligible for one-year master’s degree accounting programs at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University at Buffalo.

Special academic programs United States Army ROTC Program (offered on Elmira campus for the first two years) United States Air Force ROTC Program (offered at Cornell University through a cross-enrollment agreement)

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other state, federal, and local laws, Elmira College does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability in any phase of its employment process, and of its admission or financial aid programs, or any aspects of its educational programs or activities. Dr. Robert Ruble, Vice President of Finance and Administration, is the individual designated by the College to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, the Age Discrimination Act, and other applicable equal opportunity regulations and laws. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Elmira College prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability. Questions or concerns regarding the College’s obligations under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Draht, Assistant Registrar and Director of Disability Services. Vice President Julianne Baumann ’75, Vice President of Enrollment Management, is the individual designated by the College to coordinate its efforts to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Essential Elmira: Facts you should know Recognition: Ranked 7th by U.S. News & World Report. Ranked in the Top Five colleges in the 11 Northern states for small class size. History: A private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1855. Location: Elmira, New York (pop.: 35,000) in upstate New York’s scenic Finger Lakes Region. Campus: 55 acres include 8 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Mark Twain Study. Resources include: 7 classroom buildings, 11 residence halls, library, computer lab facilities, health center, campus center, and a major athletic facility. Academic Calendar: Two 12-week terms plus a unique 6-week Term III devoted to travel, field experience, research, independent study, and innovative courses. Enrollment: 1,200 students from 35 states and 31 countries; 12% are secondary school valedictorians or salutatorians. Faculty: 98% have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field required for undergraduate instruction. Student to faculty ratio: 11:1. Average Class Size: 16 students; 90% have 25 or fewer; 35% have fewer than 12 Athletics: NCAA Division III men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. Member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, United Volleyball Conference, and the Empire 8 Conference. Admission: Based upon school record, rank in class, SAT I or ACT scores, essay, recommendations, and activities. Interview is recommended. Two Early Decision Programs are available. Financial Aid: Merit-based and need-based federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. 100% of students with demonstrated need receive need-based assistance. Elmira annually awards $24+ million in institutional financial aid. Scholarships: Grants and scholarships based on academic achievement, leadership activity, and financial need. Awards range from $13,000 per year up to full tuition for valedictorians and salutatorians.

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