Academic excellence is a core value of the College and is a hallmark of the Elizabethtown College Honors Program.  The Honors Program’s mission is to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students who have excellent academic records, superior academic abilities, intellectual promise, and demonstrated initiative. The Honors Program promotes high standards of scholarship, leadership, and service among those students selected for the program.


  • To offer a challenging and enriched four-year experience that contains an ongoing co-curricular component and that encourages scholarship, sustained academic activity, service, and leadership at the highest level. Ideally, students participate in at least one honors class each semester in the first two years and one each year in the last two years.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary work. The Honors Program offers common experiences for the participants in general education core courses, an interdisciplinary capstone course, and opportunities for “handcrafting” throughout the student’s four-year experience.
  • To enable students to work closely with faculty scholars beginning early in their academic careers at Elizabethtown College through to the completion of a thesis in their majors, and to provide opportunities for access to campus leaders, prominent guest speakers, and visiting scholars.
  • To provide additional advising and support for honors students applying for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, graduate and professional school, and post-graduate service opportunities such as Peace Corps, Brethren Volunteer Service, and Teach for America.

History and Membership

Established in 1999, the Elizabethtown College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. The Honors Program was founded with an endowment gift from The Hershey Company and is supported in part through this endowment. 

Honors Program student membership averages approximately 175 students per year across all four classes.