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Excel Elmira AFTER

Elmira College graduates take the world by storm! FACT: The average of the top five

starting salaries in a recent year for Elmira College graduates was

$60,000 Elmira College

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Complete your bachelor’s degree in four years at Elmira College Elmira College Alumni Were More Likely to Have Graduated in Four Years 100 80 60 40 20

FACT: At public universities, only 52 percent of graduates can complete degrees in four years. (At SUNY schools, only 54.8 percent complete degrees in five years!)*

90% Elmira College

FACT: More than 90 percent of our graduates completed their degree in four years.


State Universities

0 *SOURCE: Hartwick Day, January 2004, “What Matters in College After College: A comparative Alumni Research Study”

You can get the classes you need in four years at Elmira College to enter the job market and to enroll at the best graduate schools, adding one or two years of professional earnings and experience often leaving public university graduates behind.

Jereme Bivins ’07 Major: Political Science Graduate School: University of Pennsylvania Program of Study: Bioethics Goal: Health Law & Policy Analyst


Jereme’s EC Resume: - Judicial Board Chief Justice - Red Cross Club Vice President - Extreme Croquet Club - Octagon Fair Media Services Chair - College Democrats - Tri-Beta (Biology Honor Society)

- Circle K - Student Alumni Council - Relay For Life - Resident Assistant - IT Computer Consultant - Orientation Leader

y major improved my skills in writing and critical analysis— two essential components to policy and law. Every class, every professor, encourages you to participate by asking questions or by debating the day’s question. The professor, not a TA, read and commented on every paper I wrote, which really helped my writing to improve. Working closely with faculty and administrators in student organizations taught me many valuable skills. As the Chief Justice of Judicial Board, I worked closely with College administrators to resolve many issues that required an open mind and a professional bearing. The skills I gained from actively participating in Elmira College’s student organizations made me a more competitive candidate for graduate school and in the pursuit of a career. The small class sizes and regular contact with faculty gave me an opportunity to form lasting bonds and friendships with my professors.

Jereme’s Advice:

“Visit Elmira College for yourself!”

Ivan Zahariev ’07 Major: Business Administration Employed by: Schweizer Aircraft Corporation A Subsidary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Job Title: Commodities Management Analyst


y experience at Elmira College prepared me for success working with a company competing in the global economy. Every day I apply the concepts I learned in my classes at Elmira College. The lessons I learned about teamwork and relationship building through my participation in intercollegiate athletics and involvement with our nationally-recognized Students In Free Enterprise team have been exceedingly valuable in my career. My internship at Schweizer (Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation) presented the opportunity for me to demonstrate to senior members of management that I could make a positive contribution to their organization. My internship turned into a job offer before Commencement. Elmira College was the right choice for me. It was a place where I grew personally, intellectually, and professionally.

Ivan’s EC Resume:

Fun Fact:

Ivan began at Schweizer Aircraft in 2007 as an Elmira College intern.

- JV Hockey - Intramural Athlete - Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Excelling After Elmira: What’s next for you?

FACT: Elmira College graduates attend top graduate schools Yale University New York University Bucknell University Syracuse University Pennsylvania State University Lehigh University Loyola University University of California, San Diego Bowling Green University University of Washington Cornell University Elmira College

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Harvard University Columbia University Northeastern University University of Pennsylvania Texas Tech University University of California, Berkeley Wake Forest College University of Hawaii Arizona State University Johns Hopkins University Stanford University Elmira, New York 14901


Dr. John Groopman ’74 Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and Associate Director of the Oncology Center, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Medicine


ohn earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1974. He was elected to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Distinguished Student Award from the American Chemical Society. He is a former member of the Elmira College Board of Trustees. John completed the Ph.D. in toxicology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1992, he became Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and has served as the Anna M. Baetuer Professor and Associate Director of the Oncology Center and Association Director of Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center since 1993.

He is involved in research on liver, colon, and prostate cancer. He and his associates have been developing new molecular geneticbased methods for the early detection of liver and colon cancer. He and a team of researchers have identified the two major causative agents of liver cancer and have clinical trials underway for liver cancer prevention in China, Thailand, and Nepal. John was awarded the Research Career Development Award by the National Cancer Institute. He is a member of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health. He has co-authored more than 220 articles and scholarly works and has consulted with CBS on the subject of breast cancer.

“It has been thirty years since Commencement and life has unfolded with a richness and diversity that I could not have imagined those many years ago.”

Eric MacMaster ’07 “The activities I participated in while at Elmira have shaped me into the person I am today.”

Eric’s EC Resume: - Co-President of Work for a Cure - Co-Exec Chair for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund - Octagon Fair Executive Committee - Orientation Executive Committee - Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honor Society)

- Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honor Society) - Student Alumni Council - Orientation Leader - Treasurer of Amnesty International - Vice President of Pre-Health Club

Major: Biology Graduate School: SUNY Upstate University Program of Study: Medicine Goal: Otolaryngolist (Ears, Nose, and Throat Specialist)


oming to Elmira College was probably the single wisest decision I have ever made. I was initially interested in the Early Assurance Program between the College and SUNY Upstate when I came for my first Open House. Although it seemed like a distant possibility, during my sophomore year, I was accepted to Upstate University Medical School. I am most thankful because it allowed me to get into a great school without the typical stress an applicant would encounter. Completing my major in Biology at Elmira has definitely helped me in my Medical School classes. I feel as though the instruction, concepts, and coursework presented helped me prepare for these more advanced courses. The activities I participated in while at Elmira have shaped me into the person I am today. My work in Pre-Health Club, Work for a Cure, and JDRF gave me the opportunity to work with those in the healthcare field. Holding executive positions on the Orientation and Octagon Fair Committees taught me to work with a diverse group of people toward a common goal.

Aradhna Taneja ’08 Major: Accounting, Economics, and International Business Employed by: KPMG Job Title: Audit Associate - Financial Services


fter Commencement, I moved to New York City to begin work as an auditor of financial services with KPMG. Working with a multinational firm allows me the opportunity to complete international rotations, and simultaneously allows me to expand my understanding of international practices as I audit firms with offices around the world. Elmira College played an important role as a stepping stone for me to develop into a strong leader in the real world. Balancing extracurricular activities and school work is very similar to achieving work-life balance. Elmira College’s small size allowed me to interact and build relationships with many students and faculty. The support structure at Elmira College allowed me to explore areas of interest and gain support of mentors who I can still turn to for advice. The faculty at Elmira College encouraged me to join organizations that would give me an insight to career options. Working in a field where my client and work team changes every few months, I have to be prepared to work with different personalities and be able to adapt to different working styles. Elmira College’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was a great platform for me to broaden my understanding of classroom content and apply what I had learned, as well as gain specialized skills, such as becoming an IRS certified tax assistor.

“The support structure at Elmira College allowed me to explore areas of interest and gain support of mentors who I can still turn to for advice.”

Aradhna’s EC Resume: - Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) - Finance Board - Tennis - Resident Assistant - Concert Ensemble flautist - Freshman Portfolio Prize - Mozer Prize

- Phi Eta Sigma - Omicron Delta Kappa - Sigma Beta Delta - Omicron Delta Epsilon - SIFE Service Leadership Award - Julian Allen Prize

Katrina Schaffhouser ’07 “I greatly appreciate the emphasis placed on writing at Elmira College.”

Katrina’s EC Resume: - Legal Eagles (Pre-Law Club) - International Relations Tutor - International Relations Teaching Fellow

Major: Political Science and International Studies Graduate School: Wake Forest University School of Law Program of Study: Juris Doctor, Law Goal: Attorney


believe that my four years at Elmira College have made me a well-rounded individual. Aside from my majors, the liberal arts curriculum enhanced the depth and breadth of my education. The liberal arts education that I received at Elmira College opened my eyes to many issues and topics. Additionally, I believe that the opportunity to be a tutor and a teaching fellow helped me as well. In whatever one does after college, it is important to be able to stand up in front of a group of people and communicate effectively. From the opportunities I was given at Elmira College, I gained experience and confidence in public

speaking. The same can be said about being president of the Legal Eagles. This leadership position, aside from building on my confidence in public speaking, also helped me become a more responsible and organized individual. I would argue that the most significant tool I acquired during my four years was the ability to write effectively, informatively, and persuasively. Looking back, I greatly appreciate the emphasis placed on writing at Elmira College. The majority of the legal profession truly centers on one’s writing abilities and I can already see the benefits of what I learned at Elmira College.

Four-Year Guide to Career Planning Five Categories of Living and Learning that are Important to Develop

Freshman Year

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Locate a Community Service agency Start your resume Choose a major Finish Community Service Begin building a network of contacts Obtain a summer job or internship

You will enjoy a rewarding future by building a healthy lifestyle and effective work habits now.

Time Management:

Sophomore Year

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Explore career choices Practice interviewing Update your resume Continue building contacts Secure a summer job or internship

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• Be honest, develop trust • Build effective relationships with faculty


• Set realistic goals • Be flexible with your expectations • Get involved

• Ask for help when you need it • Do your work

• Be active in student clubs and organizations • Participate in athletics • Consider becoming an Orientation Leader


Apply to graduate schools Attend workshops on job search Begin your job search Practice interviewing for jobs Use your network of contacts Obtain your job or graduate school admission of choice

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Begin creating a placement file Update your resume Locate an internship Research graduate programs and schools Take the GRE or other graduate entrance exam Define career options Decide to which graduate schools you will apply

Senior Year

• Avoid procrastination • Stay focused • Schedule time for work and play


Junior Year

Leadership Skills:

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Office of Admissions Elmira College One Park Place Elmira, New York 14901 800-935-6472

Quick Facts

LOCATION: Elmira, in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York City of 35,000

ENROLLMENT: 1,200 students Thirty-five states and thirty-one foreign countries represented

CAMPUS: Fifty-five historic acres Eight College buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Mark Twain Study

FACULTY: 98% have earned the Ph.D. or highest degree required to teach at the undergraduate level 12:1 student-faculty ratio No classes taught by graduate teaching assistants

ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Two twelve-week terms Unique six-week Term III

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETIES: 20 societies, including Phi Beta Kappa

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 16 students per class 90% have twenty-five or fewer students 35% have fewer than twelve students

ATHLETICS: NCAA Division III Eastern College Athletic Conference Empire 8 Conference

ADMISSION: Based upon school record, rank in class, SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores, essay, recommendations, and activities An Interview is highly recommended Early Decision is available HONOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Based upon academic credentials at time of admission Start at $10,000 per year and range to full tuition for Valedictorians and Salutatorians FINANCIAL AID: Based upon need and merit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and Financial Aid PROFILE is accepted X


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