Elmira College is a private, coeducational, Phi Beta Kappa college located in Elmira, New York. Founded in 1855, Elmira was the first college for women with a course of study equal in rigor to the best men's colleges. “Female seminaries” as they were called at the time, were essentially glorified high schools. In contrast, from its very inception, Elmira College offered rigorous academic programs. Becoming coeducational in 1969, today Elmira has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 800 full-time, mostly residential students. The College also offers advanced certificates, master degree programs, and non-credit courses for professional development. As the guardian of Quarry Farm, where Mark Twain summered for decades and wrote many of his most iconic novels, Elmira College is home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four nationally recognized Twain sites which serves as a research center for visiting Twain scholars.
The Elmira College Office of Counseling Services offers full-time students confidential mental health counseling to support personal development and academic success. Counselors help students accomplish personal, academic and career goals. Counseling enables students to overcome barriers to learning such as mental illness, challenging issues, confusion and indecision. Through counseling students acquire behavior, skills, attitudes and resources necessary for: 1) success during college and 2) a lifetime of productivity, personal growth and responsible citizenship.
At Elmira College, students are more than a number. Small class sizes with individual attention in and out of the classroom create a learning environment in which students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our distinctive academic calendar and first-year experience offer students the chance to learn and grow on campus and abroad in ways uncommon at other institutions.
Elmira College students are afforded wonderful extracurricular opportunities in athletics and student organizations. By the time students commence from Elmira College, they have an education that will serve them the rest of their lives.