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Honors Program

The Elmira College Honors Program builds upon our liberal arts commitment through an immersion in the “practical liberal arts,” in which exploration of the liberal arts and sciences is geared toward nurturing civically engaged scholars and professionals. Students who display a high degree of motivation and wide-ranging intellectual and cultural curiosity join a community of faculty, staff, and peers in an integrated program of specially designed courses and co-curricular learning experiences.

The Honors Program experience begins in the first term of the freshman year with special sections of Freshman Writing and First Year Seminar devoted to exploring a common theme. Lectures, field trips, movies, and other co-curricular experiences related to the theme accompany regular class work, allowing students to expand their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Honors students are expected to complete at least 30 credits of coursework each academic year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. 

Admission to the Program
Incoming students are evaluated on:

  • High school GPA (3.70 or higher)
  • Honors Program application

Application Deadline: March 15 

Interested students must be accepted for admission to the College and must submit an Honors Program application. Admission to the program is highly competitive. 

Next Steps
Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program on a rolling basis.

Additional information about the Honors Program can be obtained from:

Dr. Mark Pitner
Assistant Professor of Asian History, Honors Program Director
(607) 735-1181