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Join in on the Fun

At Elmira College, we believe in celebrating every student for who they are. The college experience includes meeting students from around the world, participating in Elmira traditions, completing community service projects and hopping into a pickup kickball game. Whether it’s in a classroom or a conference room, in a scientific field or on a sports field, on a stage, in a lab or part of a club, Elmira is your place to discover, grow and find your place in the world.


Explore Elmira

Living on Campus

Part of the college experience is to getting to know students from around the world. And one of the best ways to do that is by living in one of Elmira’s residence halls. All undergraduate students must live on campus with certain exceptions. Every room comes with furniture, and every hall has Wi-Fi, free laundry, pantries for cooking and a Resident Life Coordinator.


From comfort food to global cuisine, Elmira students will have a selection of fresh meals to choose from. Food is fuel to college students, so you’ll have lots of options throughout the day and around campus. A variety of meal plans are available.


Student Activities

With over 70 clubs and organizations to choose from, there is plenty for you to do and lots of ways for you to learn. You can meet others who are as interested in board games, horses, ROTC, chamber music, community service or pre-professional groups as you are. And if you don't see your particular passion represented, you can start your own group.

Join in a Tradition

Joining Elmira College is joining a tradition that stretches back 150 years. Students learn the college songs and share in the pride that connects them to the generations that came before. At the same time, each new class is a symbol of the future that the college looks toward with present-day traditions such as the President's Welcome, the holiday banquet, the charity dance marathon and Spirit Day.

Elmira College students participate in a community service project.


Life Beyond Our Campus

lmira College is located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, known for its natural beauty, museums, restaurants and wineries. The town of Elmira is a jumping-off point for golf, skiing, hiking and bike touring, so if you’re into the outdoors, it’s a perfect location. We’re also not far from many urban areas, including New York City and Philadelphia, each of which is about a four-hour drive away. Just think of Elmira as a small, quaint town with lots of big-city connections.


Campus Life Learning Outcomes and Pillars

The Office of Campus Life wants Elmira students to develop an understanding of themselves and each other as they enjoy their time at college. Health and well-being, ethics, values and leadership are all nurtured and encouraged.

Through participation in Campus Life cocurricular programs, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of themselves and others, along with the ability to make individual choices that promote health and well-being
  • Make effective decisions grounded in careful, objective analysis of information, experiences and ideas
  • Show a framework of consistent ethics and values that guide their daily lives and demonstrate ethical, informed and reflective leadership as problem solvers and champions of change
  • Develop skills to establish and sustain healthy, meaningful interpersonal relationships
  • Recognize, respect and value diverse experiences, ideas, backgrounds and identities

Campus Life serves our students through the pillars listed below to create programs that maximize student safety, promote academic success and focus on holistic development of our students.

  • Safety
  • Inclusivity
  • Critical Reasoning/Thinking
  • Personal Health/Well-Being
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Social/Community