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After Graduation - Outcomes

Elizabethtown’s history majors have gone onto careers in government, law, teaching, archives, museums, libraries, college administration, and business.

Obtaining an undergraduate degree in the humanities can help prepare you for a  variety of career opportunities. The article below lists just a few of the nation's most prominent public figures and how they used their degrees in the humanities.

Irrefutable Evidence of the Value of a       Liberal Arts Education


Before entering the workforce, many of our alumni have completed graduate degrees in law, history, public history, and library science at prestigious institutions such as

  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Drexel University
  • Georgia State University
  • Simmons College
  • Kings College, London
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Wisconsin
  • The University at Albany
  • West Virginia University 

For more information on recent alumni, please visit our alumni page.

After Elizabethtown: Outcomes


Elizabethtown College is ranked


of 153 other PA Colleges and Universities

on value added to mid-career earnings.

Elizabethtown College ranks among the country’s highest value-added higher education institutions, according to a new study by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Its report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four-Year Schools,” assesses how well colleges affect student post-graduation economic success. Elizabethtown College graduates had mid-career earnings that were 27% higher than predicted. Elizabethtown graduate’s actual mid-career earning average of $86,500 was 27% higher than the predicted amount.

This value-added figure places Elizabethtown College at #6 out of Pennsylvania’s 153 other four-year institutions.

What Graduates Think...


of our graduating seniors had at least one faculty member who made them excited about learning, compared to 63% nationally.


of our graduating seniors had a mentor who encouraged them to establish and pursue their goals, compared to 22% nationally.


of our graduates agree that their Elizabethtown College educational experiences prepared them with the skills to be successful in the workplace.

Graduation Rate

Elizabethtown College has a STRONG 4-year graduation rate. This saves families money and gets graduates out into the real world sooner than students who attend other PA schools where it may take 5 or 6 years to graduate.


Within the first-year after graduation the vast majority of students utilize their degree in either the workforce or in pursuit or a higher degree. Only about 1% of responses are still seeking employment. Our two-year survey shows that 98% agree they have the skills necessary to be successful in their career.

One-Year-Out Survey1:


1Three year average of 2011, 2012, and 2013 graduates who were surveyed one year after graduation.

Five-Year Follow-Up Survey



Important Career/Graduate School Skills:

Elizabethtown College education impact on important career/graduate school skills:

  •   Significant
  •   Not Significant

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