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What Is Campus Life Like at Elmira College?

Form lifelong friendships, give back to our community, enjoy campus events, and see what else life on the Elmira College campus has to offer. The college experience at Elmira means meeting students from around the world participating in timeless traditions and community service projects.


A Thriving Campus Community

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. Each month, enjoy cultural celebrations in the dining hall with Culinary Cultures, featuring foods from different cultures. You can also win prizes at a game night while supporting your favorite club or organization, or take a yoga class. There is something for everyone!

Campus Life

Explore Your Interests

Art. Dragons. Student government. Volunteering. A capella. You can even try out our new men's hockey and competitive dance club sports. 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.

Clubs & Organizations

Living on Campus

Part of the college experience is getting to know students from around the world and from all walks of life. And one of the best ways to do that is by living on campus. 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.

A group of eight students hang out and laugh in a dorm room
Students talk and eat in the Dining Hall

Residence Halls

A true home away from home, residence halls are communities where you’ll reset, recharge, and have fun with friends. For first-year students, your roommate (and everyone else in your residence hall) is adjusting to living on campus for the first time. These shared experiences can lead to support systems and lifelong friendships.

Dining at Elmira

Dining is an essential part of the Elmira student experience — it's where you’ll refuel and reconnect with the campus community. With a focus on craftsmanship, our daily offerings are always fresh, creative, seasonal, and made from scratch.

David Lee '26

"As a student-athlete, moving to Elmira College was easy for me because I had a family waiting for me. My team was there and they made it very easy for me to adapt and move in."

David Lee '26

Academic Success

The Center for Academic and Professional Excellence is an integrated academic support unit committed to lifelong learning and educational exploration. From accessibility to the writing center to career development, CAPE has the tools and resources to assist and direct your journey to success as you prepare for life after graduation.

Academic Support


Health & Wellness

Elmira has a variety of support services to ensure that students are putting their best foot forward as they pursue their passions. Whether you’re looking to stay physically fit or need a listening ear as you face a personal challenge, our support teams are here to help. Students also have access to The Clarke Health Center, which provides accessible, quality healthcare services through basic medical care, allergy shots, specialist referrals, and prescription refills in addition to other services. Elmira is a smoke-free campus, which contributes not only to a healthier lifestyle, but also supports our goal of becoming more environmentally friendly and sustainable

Student Resources & Services


Journey Through 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 in the district such as outdoor concerts, a weekly farmers market, street painting festival, outdoor movie nights, and more.

Around Elmira

Cars travel through downtown Elmira

Photo credit: Finger Lakes Wine Country

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