Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
African American: 1%
Asian American: 9%
Native American: 0%
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.
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.
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.