About Elizabethtown College

Our commitment is to Educate for Service. We believe that learning is most noble when used to benefit others, regardless of chosen career path. We prepare our students to lead rich lives of purpose and meaning, while advancing independent thought, personal integrity and social responsibility. These are the foundations for a life of learning. We foster the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity and social justice.

Quick Facts

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Traditions

Traditions

There are numerous official (and unofficial) traditions to help you connect to campus and your fellow students, alumni, staff and faculty. More about our Traditions

Educational Philosophy

Educate for Service

Elizabethtown College believes that students can perform no greater service than sharing knowledge and creativity with others. Our Educational Philosophy

History

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Explore the deep history of Elizabethtown College. Delve into our History

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 students hail from nearly 30 states and 40 foreign countries.

History

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

Location

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.

Campus

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

Academics

  • 18 academic departments offer 49 undergraduate majors, 82 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

Faculty

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

Student Life

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

Athletics

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

Recognition

  • 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

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