At a Glance

Elizabethtown College is a selective, independent, residential coeducational college located on an attractive 203-acre campus in south central Pennsylvania. Its approximately 1,800 undergraduates hail from nearly 30 states and 40 foreign countries.

Fast Facts


Elizabethtown College was chartered in 1899 by members of the Church of the Brethren who were interested in establishing an institution of higher education for their denomination in eastern Pennsylvania. Read more


Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is located in western Lancaster County. The College is also a short drive from the state capital, Harrisburg, and popular entertainment destination, Hershey.


  • 203-acre campus
  • Academic Buildings
  • Residential Halls
  • Performance Venues and Galleries


  • 17 academic departments offer 45 undergraduate majors, 100+ minors/concentrations, and 25 cooperative programs with other institutions
  • Core curriculum emphasizing the arts, humanities and sciences to develop interpersonal communication, writing, creative thinking and decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • 12:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 18 students in average undergraduate class
  • Offers Honors Program and several honor societies
  • More than 264,000 volumes in circulation at High Library
  • Four master's programs


  • 129 full-time faculty
  • 92 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorate or terminal degree in field

Student Life

  • Approximately 1,800 undergraduate students
  • 85 percent of students live on campus
  • 80+ clubs and organizations


  • 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams
  • Intramural and club sports


  • Named to Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • Ranked in U.S. News & World Report"s "Best Colleges" in the Northeast
    • First in commitment to teaching
    • The "best value" in the region
    • Fourth overall among baccalaureate colleges
  • Member of the Leadership Consortium for the Association of American Colleges and Universities" national initiative "Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility"
  • Recent graduates were awarded Fulbright, Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships