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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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



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At a Glance

Elizabethtown College, with 1,671 undergraduates from 28 states and 23 foreign countries, is an independent, residential, coeducational college in historic Lancaster County, in south-central Pennsylvania. The College, established by the Church of the Brethren in 1899, maintains 18 academic departments, offering 45 majors and 108 minors and concentrations. The core curriculum emphasizes the arts, humanities and sciences.


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.


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


  • 18 academic departments offer 58 undergraduate majors, 108 minors/concentrations, and 29 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
  • 13:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 20 students in average undergraduate class
  • Offers Honors Program and several honor societies
  • 243,909 volumes in circulation at High Library
  • Four master's programs


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

Student Life

  • Approximately 1,671 undergraduate students
  • 84 percent of students live on campus
  • 80+ clubs and organizations


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


  • Named to Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • Ranked 14th in Pennsylvania and 117th nationally in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Liberal Arts 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