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SDLCs were established at Elizabethtown College in 1992 in accordance with the College’s commitment to “Educate for Service.” Elizabethtown College is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically, and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. Admittance into the SDLC program is awarded to third- and fourth-year students who are committed to exemplifying the College motto through specific service projects in the local and global community.


SDLCs offer:

  • Independent Living in College-Owned Houses
  • Community Partnerships
  • Faculty Engagement
  • Opportunities to Create Positive Change through Service
  • Opportunities for Learning and Personal Growth

Please read the SDLC Handbook for more information about the SDLC program. 


*Traditional residence halls offer similar  Living Learning Communities  for students of any level.


Applying for an SDLC

The 2016-2017 SDLC APPLICATION is now CLOSED

  • Applications are due by February 26 at 5:00 PM.

  • Applicants must read the  2016-2017 SDLC Handbook before completing an application.

  • Only rising Juniors and Seniors may apply
  • Applicants must hold and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Students must apply in groups of 3-5 students (most houses hold 4 students)
  • Only ONE application should be submitted per group
  • All applicants must register for a lottery number
  • All applicants must have an alternate housing plan as spaces are limited
  • SDLCs are independent living units (ILUs) and considered premium housing; Please visit the  Business Office Website  for more information regarding housing costs.


2016-2017 SDLC Application Timeline

  • November 11, 2015: Information Session at 7:00pm in Hoover 212
  • February 1, 2016: Applications available online
  • February 26, 2016: Applications due by 5:00 PM
  • March 7-16, 2016: Interviews
  • March 21, 2016: Results Announced 
Please Note: All students must have business office accounts paid in full by March 1 to register for a lottery number and participate in the housing selection process. All SDLC applicants MUST register for a lottery number.



 2015-2016 SDLCs


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