Elmira College: Narrative Description

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One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
Tel: (607)735-1800
Free: 800-935-6472
Admissions: (607)735-1724
Fax: (607)735-1718
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.elmira.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees (also offers master's degree in education primarily for local students). Founded 1855. Setting: 42-acre small town campus. Endowment: $37.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8101 per student. Total enrollment: 1,853. Faculty: 97 (86 full-time, 11 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,149 applied, 67% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 69% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 33 class presidents, 26 valedictorians, 206 student government officers. Full-time: 1,237 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 321 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 23 other countries, 48% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 19% 25 or older, 95% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the May Term Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 4/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: continuous until 4/30, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $35,360 includes full-time tuition ($26,130), mandatory fees ($900), and college room and board ($8330). Part-time tuition: $250 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: student radio station, Student Activities Board, Psychology Club, Ski Club, Pal Program. Major annual events: Octagon Fair, Holiday Banquet and Ball, Spring Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour locked residence hall entrances. 1,098 college housing spaces available; 1,076 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Gannett-Tripp Library with 391,038 books, 1.7 million microform titles, 859 serials, 4,428 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $553,431. 105 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Founded as a commercial and transportation center, Elmira, population 35,000, dominates south-central New York State and nearby Pennsylvania as the trade, industrial, financial, and transportation hub of the southern Finger Lakes region. Light industrial activity remains as the economic base for the county, though a large portion of Chemung County is still rural in activity and atmosphere. Transportation is available with the Elmira-Corning Airport, buses, and car via Routes 13, 14, and 17. There are two hospitals, approximately 60 churches, a public library, theatres, good shopping centers, and more than 200 fraternal, service, and social organizations. Recreational facilities include parks, playgrounds, golf, swimming, bowling, tennis, horseback riding, picnic areas, fishing, ice skating, and skiing nearby. Located within walking distance of the campus is the Samuel Clemens Performing Arts Center.

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