Known as the "mother of women's colleges," Elmira College was founded in 1855 as Elmira Female College, which was the first institution in the world to offer a baccalaureate degree to women that was equal to those earned by men. The college became co-educational in 1969 and continues to be a leader in liberal arts education.
A total of 1,200 students from 35 states and 31 countries attend Elmira College, which has a 55 acre campus that's brimming with history. Eight of the college's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but all of the resources and amenities are state-of-the-art.
Located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira is a small, safe city of 35,000 people with plenty of things to do. There are a number of great restaurants in the area as well as excellent coffee shops and eateries - all convenient places to grab a drink while studying. Whether you're living in student housing or in an off campus apartment, you'll never run out of things to do.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to go hiking, skiing, golfing and biking. A variety of water sports are also available for those who enjoy a good swim. The Finger Lakes Region has plenty of museums, restaurants and wineries for students who have more refined tastes. If you want to get away for the weekend, New York City, Syracuse, Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester and Binghamton are all nearby.
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