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.
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
Elizabethtown College believes that students can perform no greater service than sharing knowledge and creativity with others. Our Educational Philosophy
Explore the deep history of Elizabethtown College. Delve into our History
At a Glance
Elizabethtown College, with 1,688 undergraduates from 21 states and 10 foreign countries, is an independent, residential, coeducational college in south central Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The College, established by the Church of the Brethren in 1899, maintains 7 schools and 19 academic departments, offering a variety of programs at numerous award levels. 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
- Fitness and Well-being Center
- 7 Schools
- 19 Academic Departments
- 4 Undergraduate Certificates
- 5 Associate’s Majors
- 69 Bachelor’s Majors
- 8 Master’s Majors
- 7 Post-Baccalaureate Certificates
- 1 Doctorate Major
- 13 FTE Student/Faculty ratio
- 18 (for 2020-21 school year) Average Class Size
- 73.1% 2016 Cohort 4-Year Graduation Rate
- 153,932 Volumes in Circulation in High Library
- 106 full-time faculty (traditional college)
- 90.6% of full-time faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field
- 86 Part-time faculty (traditional college & School of Continuing and Professional Studies)
- 1,664 traditional students
- 65% of traditional undergraduate students live on campus
- 76 clubs and organizations
- 185 Number of Service Projects per year (including academic service-learning, clubs, groups, into the streets, MLK, service trip)
- 950 students participate in service-related projects (many students do more than one type of service per year)
- 24 NCAA Division III athletic teams
- 8 Intramural sports
- Among all Colleges & Universities ranked in the US News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, Elizabethtown College ranks 42 out of 108 in Pennsylvania schools only.
- 113 (out of 223) among National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 "National Liberal Arts Colleges" rankings.
- Elizabethtown College ranks 303 out of 797 national entries in the Wall Street Journal 2021 College Rankings.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education
- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTE)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- National Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- PA Department of Education
- American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACS)
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)