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Why Transfer to Elmira College?

At Elmira College we celebrate who you are while preparing you for success. Our small class sizes give you one-on-one interactions with faculty, ensuring that you'll receive instruction and guidance from faculty who are personally invested in your success. You will complete a career-related internship prior to graduation, signaling to employers and graduate schools that you've test driven your chosen career and are ready for new challenges. We've prepared for your future with graduate and medical school affiliations that create clear pathways beyond graduation.  Our graduates enjoy an exceptional success rate. And it all comes with one of the lowest undergraduate tuition prices of any four-year private college or university in the region, including affordable financial aid options available for transfer students.

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I am very happy I made the decision to transfer to EC from a SUNY institution because it has made my college experience much more personal for me. I no longer feel like just a number in a classroom…

- Rachel C., Major: Nursing


Credit Transfer Evaluation

Before you apply for admission, you’ll want to know if your college credits and courses will transfer. A Transfer Admissions Counselor will help you arrange a credit evaluation so you’ll know exactly what can be used toward your requirements for graduation.

Alt Text: Students at Elmira work together in class.
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Scholarships & Aid

There are many financial aid and scholarship options, including special transfer scholarships, available.

Guaranteed On-Campus Housing

Almost all Elmira College students live on campus so they can be part of our vibrant community. As a transfer student, you will be guaranteed housing in one of our residence halls so that you can meet classmates and find support.

The front entrance in Tompkins Hall, built in 1928.
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Orientation & Course Selection

We want you to succeed as a transfer to Elmira. Every transfer student is invited to attend the Summer Orientation Program to get to know classmates and our community. You’ll also be able to register for all of your classes online.


The transfer process was very easy due to the articulation program that Corning Community College has with Elmira College. Consider Elmira College as your next college to finish your Bachelor's Degree, to make friends, have excellent professors, and be ready for your professional career!

- Laura S., Major: Adolescent Education: Social Studies


Nestled in a gorgeous setting, Elmira is a picturesque college campus.

Elmira students enjoy the green spaces on campus.

Alt Text: Making lifelong friends at Elmira College


Frequently Asked Questions

What information do transfer students need to provide?

In addition to your completed Elmira College application, you will need to include the official transcript from each college or university you have attended. You will also need to complete a personal essay and have a letter of recommendation. See the checklist for details.


Who can I contact if I have questions about transferring?

Our Office of Admissions counselors can help transfer students find all the answers they need about coming to Elmira College.


Can I transfer from a community college?

Yes! Students who attend a two-year college and then want to move to Elmira to complete their last years of study toward a bachelor’s degree are a perfect fit.

Will I be part of Elmira traditions as a transfer student?

Of course. All students who are part of our community can take part in our traditions. These include Mountain Day, the Holiday Banquet and Ball, Octagon Fair and many more.