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The world is waiting for you, and at Elmira College, we celebrate who you are while preparing you for wherever you’re going. With a heritage and culture that’s been forward-thinking from day one, as the first college for women with a course study equivalent to men’s, you’ll learn to be the leader you know you are. At Elmira, you’ll have opportunities that shape your future, raise your sights and equip you with targeted tools and skills to succeed in the professional world. Join a community that’s close-knit, fun-loving and just the right amount of quirky.

An Education Beyond Entry Level

At Elmira, we bring together a liberal arts education with professional programs that will shape your critical thinking and give you a broad view of the world while preparing you for professional success. Our First-Year Seminar will expand your horizons and invite you to explore the challenges and complexities in today’s world. You can also study abroad, dive into immersive studies or expand a special interest during Elmira’s Term III program.

Outside lecture at Elmira College located in Elmira, New York.

Students in an Elmira College classroom learn by working in groups and exploring ideas

Students ride a camel as they travel during Term III at Elmira College.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Elmira College makes a private education more affordable than you realize, with a number of ways to get the financial assistance you may need. Our financial aid office can guide you through options, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Use our EC Net Price Calculator to determine your financial assistance options before you apply.

Visit our Scholarships and Aid page to learn more about our various aid options, including our merit-based Elmira Scholars full-tuition scholarship award.

Scholarships & Aid

There's so much waiting for you at Elmira

Immerse yourself in everything Elmira has to offer as one of the top private colleges in the nation. You can enjoy a classic college setting that combines a liberal arts education with professional programs tailored for the students of today and that demand you be at your very best.

Life on Campus

Set in the beautiful southern Finger Lakes region of New York, Elmira’s campus offers a close-knit, fun-loving community that can become a place for you to explore who you are and enjoy college life. The Office of Campus Life serves as your information hub to get the latest on social activities or to find the ideal study spot.

Boat races at Elmira College campus are a way to have some fun and meet other students.
Two Elmira College students have fun while they participate in a club activity.

Clubs & Organizations

Choose from over 70 clubs and organizations, from preprofessional groups to an environmental adventure club. Don’t see a club that fits your interests? Work with the Office of Student Life to create your own.


Elmira is your place on the sports field, with organized men’s and women’s teams and co-ed cheerleading. You can also join friends and students in intramurals that range from dodgeball to yoga.

Baseball team members stand for the national anthem.