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Apply as a First-Year Student

The feel of a “good fit” is often a strong contributor to why a student chooses the college they ultimately attend. That same fit also guides our decision, too. Your application is your chance to tell us more about yourself so that we can learn about your potential success at Etown. Be sure to identify your defining characteristics and experiences that set you apart from other applicants. We can’t wait to help you soar beyond your potential!

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Four Steps to Apply to Etown:

1 Complete either the Etown Application or Common Application to begin the application process at Etown. Please note, one is not preferred over the other. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions to set up your personal admissions portal. By checking your portal regularly, you can stay up to date on the progress of your application. This is also where decisions are posted.

2 Request to have one letter of recommendation* submitted by a teacher or guidance counselor.

3 Request to have your official high school transcript* submitted showing work completed at least through your junior year. High school students taking college coursework can request to have their transcripts submitted directly to us from the credit-granting institutions.* Please see our website for additional details.

4 Standardized Test Scores - Applications will be reviewed with or without standardized tests with the exception of the Physician Assistant Program. Please see our website for our Test Optional Policy.

*To fulfill this requirement, official documents must come directly to us from the high school guidance office, recommender or credit granting institution. Generally speaking, official credentials can be submitted via secure electronic services, emailed to, or mailed to: Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Office of Admissions, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Check with your Guidance Office on their specific policies.

Deadlines and Additional Requirements

Below are some additional steps to consider as a first-year student applying to Elizabethtown College.


Interviews are not required (see exceptions below), but are strongly recommended for all candidates.

Special Program Requirements

The following programs and majors have specific deadlines and additional requirements:

Credit Transfer

Check on the College's transfer credit policy for the following programs:


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All forms and questions can be directed to:

Office of Admissions

Elizabethtown College

One Alpha Drive

Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298


Phone - (717) 361-1400

FAX - (717) 361-1365

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Elizabethtown College