Elmira College offers its students, in a supportive and collaborative environment, both liberal and professional education of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to become more responsible and productive in society. Steeped in tradition, Elmira College is a private, residential, coeducational liberal arts college with a historical association with Mark Twain. Each academic program is built upon strong general education in the liberal arts and sciences, with special attention given to the development of communication skills and the exploration of world cultures. Ninety percent of students are traditional college age and live on campus in dormitories, apartments, and cottages. EC has two twelve-week terms followed by a unique six-week spring term that runs from mid-April through the end of May called Term III. During Term III, students have the opportunity to study abroad, complete the community service requirement, or focus on one course from a variety of offerings. Forty percent of students study abroad during Term III. Numerous student traditions such as Mountain Day, Octagon Fair, and May Days bring students and faculty together. All first-year students participate in a freshman seminar along with enrollment in a writing program. The College provides a Learning Commons located in the Gannett-Tripp Library that consists of the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Office of Retention and Advocacy, Career Services and Information Technology. Elmira offers a diverse slate of student clubs and activities, including 21 athletic teams. As part of the Elmira experience, all students must complete a 60-hour community service requirement as well as a career-related or pre-graduate school internship. The College takes pride in the intangible but equally important human dimensions of our people-their spirit of caring, empathy, openness and sensitivity. We believe these qualities are crucial in helping students develop their own paths of exploration and self-discovery.