Elmira, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is little racial/ethnic diversity outside of international students (although there is a pretty large number of international students). The students are generally very open and accepting of others, but there have been some issues sexual orientation. The majority of students are non-practicing Christians. There is quite a bit of diversity in economic background. Because Elmira has really great scholarships, there are students of low-socioeconomic status, and there are also students from the upper class. There aren't a lot really rich students and those few do stand out a bit. Overall, the campus is a bit on the conservative side politically.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not much diversity on campus, most people seem to be the same and other than the few international students their isn't a lot of variety of people.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I have never experienced a situation that has shown me any negativity from this school regarding diversity of an individual or groups

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not a lot of diversity on campus and very few international students. There are a good number of people with different sexual orientations. Despite the limited diversity, everyone is accepted, and there is no tolerance for hateful comments and actions. Economic background does not play a role whatsoever in the social scene.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not very diverse except for international students.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sarah Burr
Appleton, Maine
Political Science, Philosophy & Religious Studies
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For being a very small, upstate New York liberal arts college, Elmira has a growing, diverse population. Students from more than 20 countries annually attend EC, bringing lots of different ideas to campus. The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is very popular, and the presence of international students is obvious. Most students are predominantly white and primarily Christian, Jewish, or agnostic. Elmira College events begin with an invocation and a prayer, but they are pretty broad and inclusive of different religions. Students are not really focused on religious aspects of life, but those involved with religious organizations, such as Christian Fellowship and Hillel, try to include as many students as they can at their events.

There is a surprisingly large gay/lesbian population for such a small college, and there are hardly ever any acts of intolerance. Students at Elmira College are proud of who they are, but they are also accepting and tolerant of other beliefs. When there are students who step over the line, the campus responds immediately. Most students seem to enjoy a liberal view on politics and society, but EC is not really a politically active campus. Students are generally more concerned with societal problems than political ones. EC has the College Democrats and the College Republicans, and these groups focus on helping local candidates campaign during election season.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 50%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 5%
25+: 4%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 90%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a growing interest in the women's studies department, as well as many clubs on campus that promote GLBT. PRIDE usually hosts a week of activities and events that many students attend, whatever their sexual orientation. There is a significant gay/lesbian scene at EC, and it is totally accepted and respected.
Political Activity
The College Democrats and College Republicans have hosted debates during election week, and they canvas for local candidates, as well. Elmira College does have conservative students that are active on campus, but most students associate themselves with a liberal political view. However, political activity is not seen a whole lot on campus, except during elections.
Economic Status
Elmira College gives out some type of scholarship to basically everyone who attends. That's one of the big admissions promotions; scholarships are virtually guaranteed. With that being said, the economic status for most students is between middle and upper-middle class. Lots of students take out loans to pay for college; it's actually out of the ordinary to have a parent or guardian pay all of a student's tuition. Wealth isn't that big of a deal for students socially. If you're poor or rich, as long as you are outgoing, fun, or a decent human being, you'll be fine.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the dominant religion on campus, but the Jewish organization Hillel is extremely involved during campus events and will often read a Hebrew prayer before a banquet or celebration. Christian Fellowship does a lot of community outreach, especially during the Christmas season. Operation Christmas Child gets lots of students involved with collecting donations and wrapping gifts for needy families. These are the two of the most visibly active religions on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The International Student Organization (ISO) brings together a lot of foreign students. They often showcase their cultures for the student body by creating and selling ethnic food from their countries. PRIDE is one of the more active clubs on campus and hosts a yearly visit to New York City to see a Broadway show, an event that is very popular with the student body.
Did You Know?
Guild of Alternative Spiritual Paths (GASP), a relatively new club on campus, has weekly debates on different spiritual and religious views, exploring new religions that students may not be aware of.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 39% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 35% Not sure
  • 15% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 59% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 32% Very accepting.
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