Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Registration in the Traditional College

1. How much will it cost?    

For undergraduate students , summer tuition fees are less than those charged during the regular academic year.  This makes a summer course with Elizabethtown College an excellent value.  For a complete list of tuition fees associated with summer enrollment, please refer to the Business Office - Annual Expenses page for more information.

For graduate students , for a complete list of tuition fees associated with summer enrollment please refer to the Business Office - Annual Expenses page for more information.

2. How can I apply for summer housing (May term only)?

Summer housing requests are due by Friday, April 12th .  Questions relating to summer on-campus housing should be directed to the Office of Residence Life at or call 717-361-1197.

3. What courses will be offered?

A variety of courses will be offered to meet the needs of students, including courses in several areas of core and courses in several majors. Please refer to the "May Term Courses" and the "Online Term Courses" links for the full lists of courses.

4. When will the courses begin and how long do they last?

The 3-week intensive May term begins May 13th and ends May 31st. The online summer term will begin on June 3rd, immediately following our May term. The courses will end before the start of Elizabethtown's fall semester. Within the 12 weeks allotted for the Online Term, begin and end dates for individual courses may vary. Check the Online Course Schedule for the specific begin and end dates of courses.

5. How many courses can I take?

Students are limited to one course or four credits for the May term, and two courses or eight credits for the online term. A petition for overload is required to exceed the maximum.

6. When is payment due?

Payment for summer courses will be due on the Friday prior to the start of classes. Thus, for May term, payment will be due on May 10th. For the Online term, payment is due June 1st for those courses beginning on May 31st. You may call the Business Office at 717-361-1417. The College does not accept payment by credit card over the phone. Students paying by an electronic check or credit card can pay online at Otherwise, students can mail a check to the Business Office at Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

7. How will the online courses be formatted and do I need any special computer hardware or software?

You don’t need any special hardware. The online courses will be offered using Canvas learning management system (no charge or extra fee). Please check with Information and Technology Services to confirm that your computer is up to the challenge of an online course. If issues with technology arise during the course, you can contact our Help Desk for support. In terms of course format, you can expect to be dynamically engaged on multiple levels in this learning experience. Specific course expectations will vary and will be clearly stated on each course syllabus by your instructor. For example, you may be asked to participate in a live discussion or make regular posts to a discussion board.

8. What kind of Internet connection do I need?

While you may be able to get by with a dial-up connection, you should ideally have a high-speed internet connection for the online courses. Some courses will be using screen casts, videos, and other technology and interactions methods that work best with a high-speed connection.  

9. Am I eligible for financial aid in the summer?

Because of the very steep tuition discount for summer courses (40 percent!), the College does not offer additional institutional aid. Students can apply for other forms of financial aid, but normally need to be at least half-time (6 credits) to be eligible for aid. Please read the information at this link provided by our Financial Aid Office about summer financial aid possibilities.

10. Do I need to purchase a textbook for the course?

This will vary with each course, just as it does during the regular academic year. Textbook requirements will be listed on the syllabus for each course. The textbook list can also be found on the Elizabethtown College Store website . You may purchase your textbooks from the Elizabethtown College Store. Students are encouraged to contact the Elizabethtown College Store at 717-361-1130 for alternative purchase methods that do not include a physical visit to campus.

11. If I complete my final graduation requirements in the May Term when will I receive my diploma? 

Any student completing their final degree requirements during the May Term will be conferred on June 9, 2018. All information relating to graduation should have been provided to Registration and Records in preparation for the graduation ceremony in May. If you have questions or concerns about a June conferral (graduation) rather than May, please contact the Registration and Records Office or call 717-361-1409 for assistance.

12. Do I need to be a current Elizabethtown student to take an E-town summer course?

Although we have selected courses that we believe will benefit Elizabethtown students, others are certainly welcome to join the E-town learning community. This includes advanced high school students, students in degree programs at other colleges or universities, and other visitors who desire a high-quality, interactive course experience. Elizabethtown College is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education.

13. How do I file a formal complaint about my Distance Learning Experience?

Elizabethtown College strives at all times to provide the highest quality of service and the best student experience possible. In the event that you have a serious complaint against the College, please review your options for filing a Distance Education Complaint.