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Become a Soaring Eagle 

Elmira College offers a rich, vibrant community where students discover their true passion. With supportive peers and engaging faculty, you'll immediately feel at home. Applying to Elmira's undergraduate programs has never been easier. With rolling decisions and your own personalized portal, you'll get your acceptance decision in no time.

Undergraduate Admissions

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Students walk across campus with the Gannett-Tripp Library and Meier Hall in the background

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 instruction and guidance from faculty who are personally invested in your success and the out-of-classroom experience employers are looking for. A Transfer Admissions Counselor will help you with every step in transferring your credits and applying them to your degree from Elmira.

Transfer Admissions


If you're a College of Saint Rose student looking to transfer due to the school announcing its closure, we're here to help. See how Elmira College can become your place.

Saint Rose Students


Earn Your Master’s at Elmira

Elmira offers advanced degrees that deliver. Whether you're ready to launch into a full-time course load or keep a part-time schedule, we are here to take the next step with you and advance your career through a graduate degree. Earning your master's degree can deepen your knowledge and skills, widen your career options, increase your earning potential, and further your professional development. 

Graduate Admissions

James Blair '23

“When I was selecting a college, my number one goal was to find a place where I could continue to make a difference. After my first visit to EC, I was sold. It was large enough to reach my academic goals, while small enough to make a big impact. Since making the choice to attend Elmira College, I have never doubted my decision.”

James Blair '23


Admissions Events


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Your Elmira Experience

A campus tour is a great way to explore EC. Talk with current students, meet faculty, attend a class or campus event. Or you can visit campus anytime, from anywhere! Want a quick look around? Take a few minutes and treat yourself to a virtual tour of Elmira College. Schedule a virtual presentation hosted by admissions counselors and financial aid staff and get your questions answered. 

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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Now is your time to get to know us — a college unlike any other.  We’re ready to share advice about college admission and updates about all things Elmira!

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An Exceptional Education

Elmira brings together a liberal arts education and industry knowledge into the classroom to shape and equip you with the skills top employers are looking for. With more than 35 majors, minors, and concentrations, you'll have the foundation of a cross-discipline education and bring that knowledge into the workforce or graduate school.

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Create YOUR Elmira Experience with a viewbook customized just for you!

Create YOUR Elmira Experience with a viewbook customized just for you!

Life at Elmira

Purple and gold. A competitive athletic spirit. Singing the alma mater. Midnight Breakfast with friends. Whether it’s in a classroom or a club, in a scientific field or on a sports field, Elmira is your place to discover, grow, and find your place in the world. Form lifelong friendships, give back to our community, enjoy campus events, and see what else life on the Elmira College campus has to offer.

Campus Life

The college experience at Elmira means meeting students from around the world and participating in timeless traditions and community service projects. From arts and culture to game nights and DIY projects, Elmira's campus is a hub of activity for students to connect with each other or take a break and recharge. Students who live on campus have higher GPAs due to the proximity of classes, faculty, and facilities like the library, allowing students to be more engaged.

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A male and female student laugh during the Lawnsay games

Clubs & Organizations

Whatever your passion, from environmental activism to academic honors clubs, you’ll find a community to share it with at Elmira College. Our students' interests are as diverse as their studies. Get involved with something you love, or branch out with something new. Either way, you'll find a reason to call Elmira home.


There's nothing like the electrifying energy of a home basketball game and stands full of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends cheering on their Soaring Eagles. Elmira College has 16 varsity athletics teams, including seven men's, seven women's, and two co-ed teams. Starting fall 2024, men's and women's lacrosse will return to the field. The Soaring Eagles compete at the Division III level level and have captured six national championships, including three in women's ice hockey and three in cheerleading. 

Elmira, New York

The City of Elmira is a small, quaint town with big-city connections. Located in New York's picturesque Finger Lakes, it's a jumping-off point for skiing, golf, hiking, water sports, bike touring, museums, and restaurants. Throughout the year, Elmira Downtown Development hosts events such as outdoor concerts, a weekly farmers market, street painting festival, and outdoor movie nights.

A batter with the Elmira Pioneers stands ready for a pitch at home plate
Community members walk through Wisner Market

Photo credits: Finger Lakes Wine Country

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