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Reviews 461 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Elmira College is a great fit for me. I'm on a sports team playing the sport that I love, I have amazing friends, and I am learning things that will help me when I graduate and finding out what I want to be. There are negatives, the food here is poor and we do have a very small class size which can be a good and a bad thing; small classes but everyone knows everything about everyone. Overall, I am so glad I chose this college and it's a great fit for me.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Poor accommodation of student ideas, desires, and needs and long distance from my home.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Elmira College is a wonderful academic school. The classes are amazing and that is why I am in college, to be prepared for a masters program in Counseling. Like any college it has its downfalls. A class size at elmira is about 300 students. This is small therefore there are minimal extra curricular activities. However, due to this a core class contains an average of 20 people in it. This is wonderful for one on one aid.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is so amazing. People on campus, both staff and other students make sure you feel welcomed. I have met so many nice and unique people. It is easy to be yourself and express yourself in whatever way you want.

5 College Freshman


2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: awful administration, bad food, bad area, too expensive for what you get

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the atmosphere at EC! It is so warm and welcoming that I always feel at home. I am close with several professors and have met so many wonderful people that I know that I could turn to for help if needed. The small class sizes and campus are great, but it's not so small that I feel like I know everyone because I don't.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: We don't have the option to live off campus unless you are 25 or married.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not many places in Elmira, but it gets the job done.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Our school isn't strict on much, they have some type of 3 strike policy so it's pretty easy going

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The campus is really small but people still want to party, there isn't a big enough place to have people in the dorms

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The tuition is very expensive and I received very little financial aid.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food makes so many people sick, the workers aren't sanitary, the workers make me feel uncomfortable eating the food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm sizes are really small and the bathrooms are pretty dirty.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is more that could be done by the college to reduce sexual assault.

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1 College Junior

Party Scene: Nothing goes on because so many people have been written up fro noise complaints and alcohol.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The struggle with Elmira College is that the tuition is very high and because of this they offer a lot of aid. This in turn leads people to believe they are getting a lot from the school and will not have to pay much.

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3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is strict when it comes to alcohol and parties but it allows freshmen to have cars on campus and does not enforce limited visitation very much.

5 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Very friendly, helpful, and welcoming. They become your family and friends.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are over 35 majors and programs to choose from - students usually double major with minors or even triple major to make themselves as marketable as possible for the same "cost" as one program. 100% of our students complete an internship before graduating. Typically 8-200 or more hours. I did 1 term of field work, two terms of student teaching, and 1 term of small and large group tutoring for experience while at EC.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: When you apply to Elmira, you are automatically reviewed for the program in which you wish to enter. Therefore, you egin with that program your freshmen year.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The process was so easy - When you apply to Elmira College, you are automatically reviewed for a scholarship. They tell you your acceptance and scholarship at the same time. Come Jan 1. You complete the FAFSA and then you receive your award letter with additional need-based and gift aid by February 1st. At this point, I had all the information I needed to make a decision (which wasn't even due until May 1st).


Apply early!

Ask about other options!

Apply for private scholarships!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: We do not have greek-life.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is provided to students all four years and therefore is required to be lived in (unless you live within 50 miles of campus). Campus housing is safe, comfortable, and a great environment to live in, so no complaints.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As a student, I worked in Campus Security as both an assistant and an escort. I know Lt and the security officers very well and I know how seriously they take their positions. Security is available 24/7 with 1-3 officers on at a time, with additional officers for big events. They are actively patrolling campus on foot or in their security cart!


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Elmira College really allows students to flourish. You can most likely attain every one of your college goals while attending Elmira. If you want to be a leader in government, you can start by getting involved with the student government. If you want to become a sports star, there are plenty of opportunities to train. If you want to become a great writer, you can work alongside the Octagon newspaper and The Sibyl literary magazine. If you have the motivation, you can basically do anything at Elmira. Ambitious individuals are rewarded and recognized for their efforts. More importantly, the type of person that attends Elmira is a decent, caring, fun-loving, and spirited individual. The friendships that are forged add so much to the experience, and meeting others who have the same drive is incredibly rewarding. The faculty, administrators, and staff make sure you are having the kind of experience that you wanted to have. The president of the College goes out of his way to get to know a majority of the students, which is rare at other colleges.

Elmira College offers programs that are unique to this campus. The Freshman Writing Program really teaches students how to write an amazing essay and gives you the ability to succeed in all of your other classes. The Encore program broadens students' cultural experiences through music, dance, and performing arts. Freshmen and sophomores attend eight performances a term to gain appreciation for classical and contemporary art. Overall, Elmira College wants to make its four years with students the best years of their lives, so the College is very thoughtful in its planning. Senior Week is especially designed to bring the graduating class together and make memories that last a lifetime.

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