Elizabethtown College is a selective, independent, residential, coeducational college located on 203-acres in south central Pennsylvania. Its approximately 1,800 undergraduates hail from 28 states and 23 countries.
The Elizabethtown College educational experience blends a high standard of scholarship with the commitment to educate its students in a relationship-centered learning community, foster international and cross-cultural perspectives, complement classroom instruction with experiential-learning opportunities, and prepare its students for purposeful lives and meaningful work. These ideals are blended in the College’s four Signature Learning Experiences—real-world educational opportunities; field placement, supervised research, or portfolio development; cross-cultural experiences; and community-based learning. The Signature Learning Experiences challenge students to think beyond the classroom, traveling across borders and going behind the scenes.
As Elizabethtown College students are challenged to take responsibility for the direction of their education and embark on a journey of self-transformation, the specific Signature Learning Experiences are unique from one student to the next, helping to make the Elizabethtown experience distinctive from other colleges.
Get to know Elizabethtown College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
Elizabethtown College offers the Momentum experience to first-generation college students whose families are unfamiliar with the transition to college. Momentum students arrive on campus a week prior to fall orientation, easing into the college lifestyle with plenty of time to adjust. Throughout this early week, the students attend workshops for academic and personal development and go on field trips that build camaraderie with their new peers.
THE SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP, CREATIVE ARTS, AND RESEARCH PROJECTS
All Elizabethtown College students are invited to take part in The Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Projects (SCARP) program, which supports independent student research under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor. For participating students, the program is designed to enhance professional skills and provide a competitive advantage in the pursuit of career opportunities and graduate studies.
SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ARTS DAYS
Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD) is an annual conference in which select students present academic research in their respective disciplines; some showcase talents through recitals and a juried art exhibit. All Elizabethtown College students are encouraged to share their ideas and show their creativity during SCAD. Those interested in participating in SCAD find a faculty mentor who will sponsor the project and who will review a 250-word proposal that describes the student’s research and summarize his or her conclusions. Otherwise, performance and exhibit proposals list the musical pieces to be performed, the styles of dance, or the media used. Faculty approval and submission of the abstract constitutes the acceptance into SCAD.
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
The Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) brings together faculty members, community members, industry fellows, and students to collaborate on initiatives that create sustainable social and economic value domestically and internationally. SEI presents an opportunity for the College to make a significant social impact. Many social enterprises look, feel, and operate like traditional businesses; however, their missions are the drivers for the organization, with income generation playing an important supporting role. Often a social enterprise is owned, at least in part, by a non-profit organization that is using entrepreneurial methods to accomplish social goals and which provides its profits to its owner(s) for use in continuing their core mission.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 85 | 10-19: 191 | 20-29: 78
30-39: 49 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 41
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 49
White, non-Hispanic: 1,400
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 2
Asian, non-Hispanic: 53
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 36
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 7
Total Enrollment: 1,647
First-Year Seminars are topical in nature. Each has a unique focus that allows students to broaden their understanding of the world and what it means to learn. Seminars are especially helpful for developing skills in critical thinking and writing. No seminar is grounded in a particular major, as Elizabethtown College wants its students to become well-rounded scholars. Each seminar includes out-of-class learning experiences, including plays, lectures, art exhibits, film screenings, and field trips to museums in Philadelphia and Washington or hiking destinations along the Appalachian Trail.
Elizabethtown College created the Sophomore-Year Experience (SYE) to tackle the sense of drift—or “sophomore slump”—that is reported by sophomores nationwide. The SYE is designed to ease the transition from the structured programs of the first year to the more independent programs, such as internships and research experiences, associated with the junior and senior years. During the Sophomore-Year Experience, students explore traditional and communal experiences while integrating the College’s CORE majors and minors. With this in mind, they look more closely at vocation and life purpose while attending retreats, social events specific to sophomores, and a majors and minors fair.
The structure of the Core Program supports the academic goals expressed in Elizabethtown College’s mission statement. Core is fluid, with courses moving in and out of the Core Program each year.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
A TRADITION OF COMMUNITY
As a liberal arts college, Elizabethtown College is committed to educating the whole student within a relationship-centered learning community. Common goals are achieved through engagement in a rigorous academic curriculum and through thoughtful co-curricular experiences. Elizabethtown College students are encouraged to develop and challenge their own values while seeking to understand and appreciate alternative perspectives.
Elizabethtown promotes the developmental, collaborative, and complex nature of learning within an ever-changing global context. It thrives on a sense of community by offering warm traditions such as the first-year Pledge of Integrity; the candle lighting ceremony that officially opens the academic year; the formal Thanksgiving Dinner served family style by faculty and staff members, alumni, and community volunteers; and a holiday tree lighting, complete with a story read by the College president.
WARE LECTURE ON PEACEMAKING
The Ware Lecture on Peacemaking, which takes place in the spring, has brought Nobel Peace Prize recipients, influential journalists, and political leaders from around the world to Elizabethtown College. Past speakers include Kim Phuc, the Vietnam War “Napalm Girl”; Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and chair of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Global Initiative; and Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and founder of the Association for Support of Children’s Rights in Iran. The fall Leffler Lecture also features speakers of national and international renown including Michele Norris, former NPR host of All Things Considered and founder of the Race Card Project, and John Hunter, educator and inventor of the World Peace Game.
LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The College offers Living Learning Communities (LLC), which mix the curricular, co-curricular, and residential components of a student’s college life. The LLCs focus on academics and activities that related to specific courses, programs of study, or themes. Past LLCs have centered on eating disorder awareness, service and mentorship through jazz, developing activities for older citizens, simple living, and hunger and homelessness awareness. LLCs have a positive impact on academic performance and intellectual development, as they offer a sense of belonging and civic engagement. Service work is a requirement of all LLCs.
GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Elizabethtown College offers groups and organizations that bring students together in areas of interest such as Melica – a Capella Group, Stamps Scholars Society, Young Americans For Liberty, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Secular Student Alliance of Elizabethtown College, Sketch Comedy Club, Queer Student Union, Social Enterprise Club, and Ice Hockey Club.
COMMUNITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
E-town offers the Community and Civic Engagement Certificate Program to students interested in integrating curricular and co-curricular learning that is focused on social justice in local, national and international communities. The program is designed as an experiential, community-based service learning opportunity as students investigate social inequities such as poverty and homelessness throughout their academic program of study. Service and community-based learning is considered a high-impact educational practice which includes civic knowledge, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning and action, and foundations and skills for lifelong learning.
Elizabethtown College, located on the East Coast in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, is a short drive from Hershey, Lancaster, and the
Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg. Day trippers can enjoy the vibrant offerings of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City, or they may go on outdoor adventures along the Susquehanna River, Appalachian Trail, Poconos, Chesapeake Bay, and Delaware Water Gap.
Building on a tradition of excellence that dates to 1928, the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays compete in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports, many as members of the Landmark Conference. Women’s golf joins Elizabethtown’s growing list of varsity sport offerings in the fall of 2017, while recently introduced men’s volleyball will give the Blue Jays 24 sports when it begins play in the spring of 2019.
On the strength of seven conference championships, Elizabethtown won the Landmark Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in 2016-17. The Blue Jays also captured an 83rd-place finish in the nationally-renowned Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, cementing their spot in the upper echelon of more than 400 Division III athletic programs.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Landmark Championships for the third time in as many seasons as members of the league. The women have won 10 consecutive conference crowns going back to 2007, while the men won their 16th conference title overall. Women’s tennis has achieved three straight Landmark titles and an eighth consecutive conference championship overall. The trio of repeat champions were joined by first time Landmark champions baseball, field hockey, men’s lacrosse and women’s indoor track & field. E-town’s traditionally strong men’s soccer program advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament and its two-time national championship-winning women’s basketball program owns more than 1,000 all-time victories –an NCAA Division III first.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 96%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
SIGNATURE LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Each Elizabethtown College student is guaranteed to complete at least two of five Signature Learning Experiences (SLEs)—real-world educational opportunities; internship, practicum, or field placement; supervised research; capstone course, project of development of a portfolio; cross-cultural experience; or community-based learning. Signature Learning Experiences are real-world educational opportunities that challenge students to think beyond their textbooks. The SLEs encourage students to peek behind the scenes and to travel across borders, physical and cultural, to expand their base of knowledge. The College calls them “signature” experiences because, from student to student, they are as unique. SLEs are what truly make the Elizabethtown experience unique from other colleges.
Elizabethtown College ranks among the country’s highest value-added higher education institutions, according to a study by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.
Notable alumni include:
- William Edwin Foster ’54 was head men’s basketball coach at Bloomsburg State (now Bloomsburg University), Rutgers University, University of Utah, Duke University, University of South Carolina and Northwestern University. He is best known for guiding Duke to the NCAA championship game in 1978. He also was named 1978 Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
- Dale High ’63 H’93 an industrialist and chair emeritus of Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based High Industries Inc.
- Eugene (Gene) Garber ’69 was a major league baseball pitcher for 19 year for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.
- Jeffrey B. Miller ’95 H’13 is the former commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, known for his handling of the Nickel Mines (Pennsylvania) School shooting, and former senior vice president of security for the National Football League. He is senior vice president of MSA Security where he plays a key role in the company’s strategic growth and business development within the areas sports and entertainment. He previously served on Gov. Edward Rendell’s cabinet
- Martina White ’10 is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 170th District, elected in 2015.
- Wesley R. Bricker is Chief Accountant for U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee.
- Richard L. Bond is former President and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc.
- Mark Heckler is President of Valparaiso University.
Elizabethtown has a 11:1 student to faculty ratio in 50-plus majors and minors. Application is accepted via the Common App or the Elizabethtown College online application. Campus visits and overnight stays can be scheduled through the Admissions Office. Open House and Department Days events offer more focused experiences.
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview
Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence | State residency | Religious affiliation/commitment | Racial/ethnic status | Volunteer work
Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $11,370
Room Only: $5,630
Board Only: $5,740
At Elizabethtown College, 97 percent of students receive financial aid directly from the College. The College offered $11 million in grants and scholarships to the first-year students, alone. About 65% of all aid comes from endowed scholarships, need-based aid or merit-based aid.