Frequently Asked Questions

How do accelerated classes work?
Most accelerated, 3-credit courses meet once a week for five or eight weeks, or are offered online. Evening class time is 6-10 pm. Courses that are more quantitative in nature meet twice weekly (usually from 6-9pm). A significant amount of self-directed learning outside the classroom is expected (average time is 15-20 hours per week). Many accelerated courses are web-assisted to aid in this process.

My schedule is hectic and I need to plan my time. How do I know what to expect in my classes?
Our small, seminar-style classes are based upon detailed syllabi that clearly identify course learning outcomes. All syllabi are available for review by students prior to the start of class. Course information outlines required books, assignments and due dates, and activities that will happen throughout the course. Reviewing the syllabus is an excellent way of planning your time to fit school into your life.

Does Elizabethtown offer online classes and programs?
Elizabethtown College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers many online, accelerated courses and programs. Course learning outcomes are achieved completely online. Online classes require that the student remains active throughout the course through participation in discussion boards and submission of assignments. Students can access the course site at times most convenient to them (asynchronous learning). Some online classes include live chat sessions (synchronous). If you are unable to attend, a recording of the session will be available to you. At times, a brief additional assignment may be required after viewing the recorded session.

What majors are available?

Graduate Programs:

Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree Programs:

Undergraduate Associate Degree Programs are also available in Business Administration, Accounting, Information Systems, Corporate Communication, Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, and Human Services.

How long will it take to get my degree?
The time it takes will vary depending on several factors, including prior coursework and whether or not you elect to go through an entire program without taking time off between courses. The more credits you transfer in, the faster you'll complete your degree. In the undergraduate programs:

  • There are eight five-week sessions available each year for students to take.
  • The school offers a four-week online session between the fall and spring semesters.
  • In addition, there are three weekend seminar courses available at specific times throughout the year.

This provides the possibility of earning 36 credits in a year. Our admissions counselors can meet with you and give you an estimate of completion based on your individual situation. In a traditional 15-week program, it could take more than twice as long to complete your degree. And the program is flexible— if you need to skip a session, it's okay. You are not out of sequence with your program. You take your courses in the order you want and at the pace you set.

In the graduate programs, there are six eight-week sessions available each year for students to take. This provides the possibility of earning 18 credits in a year.

How much will it cost?
UNDERGRADUATE TUITION $555/credit (effective May 14, 2018)

GRADUATE TUITION $695/credit (effective April 30, 2018)

Am I eligible for Financial Aid?
Matriculated adult students enrolled in an accelerated program are eligible to receive financial aid. Students in the accelerated program must take a minimum of six credits within a semester in order to qualify for federal financial aid. This does not mean you have to double up on classes. Taking two of the three sessions available in an undergraduate semester satisfies this requirement.

In order to determine a student's specific financial aid eligibility, the following forms must be completed:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply on the web at
  • Employer Educational Assistance Verification Form (This is different than the tuition deferment form completed by students with reimbursement through their employer.)

The Elizabethtown forms are available from the Elizabethtown College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Our admissions counselors can help you through the process of completing the necessary paperwork. If you have questions or wish to apply for Financial Aid, you may contact an admissions counselor at 717-361-1411.

Can I get a scholarship to continue my education?
Edward and Carol Murphy/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women Students The Edward and Carol Murphy/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women Students is open to students ages 25 and older, on basis of financial need, academic record and professional/career aspirations. In August, an email is sent to all matriculated SCPS students who meet the criteria, inviting them to apply for the endowed scholarship.

James L. Fritz/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women and Men Students The James L. Fritz/Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women and Men Students is open to male and female students ages 25 and older, on the basis of financial need, academic record and professional/career aspirations. In August, an email is sent to all matriculated SCPS students who meet the criteria, inviting them to apply for the endowed scholarship.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities There are numerous external scholarships available to nontraditional students. We've compiled a list for both graduate and undergraduate students. Please know that these links take you off our website; we do not monitor or control the information provided on these websites. This information is provided for your convenience only.

Is Elizabethtown's adult degree program accredited?
Elizabethtown College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This accreditation requires compliance with rigorous academic standards. The School also relies on its own quality assurance processes such as faculty assessment and student and employer satisfaction surveys. Students can review documents of accreditation by contacting the Registration and Records Office at 717-361-1409.

How do I apply to a degree program?
We've designed our admissions policies to be inclusive and simple.

Undergraduate Degree Application Process

Graduate Degree Application Process

Graduate Certificate Application Process

Will my previous college credits transfer?
Our staff will work with you to maximize the number of credits from previous college work that you can transfer into your Elizabethtown Program. Transfer credits must carry a grade of C- or better and not include remedial courses.

Elizabethtown College has an articulation agreement with Harrisburg Area Community College to ensure a seamless transfer of credits from HACC into Elizabethtown's Adult Degree Program. Students at HACC can work with an academic advisor to maximize their course selection for transfer to Elizabethtown. HACC students have successfully entered Elizabethtown's accelerated program.

Can I take a class without applying to a program?
Yes, students may take individual classes without applying to a degree program. Students should be aware of any prerequisite requirements for courses to ensure they are capable of completing the course. Our staff is happy to help in this registration process. Contact our office at 717-361-1411.

Can I get college credit for what I already know?
We recognize that learning takes place outside the classroom as well as inside. If you are a working adult, you are bringing a wide variety of valid learning experiences with you when you enter the classroom. Your advisor will assess where your outside-the-classroom learning translates into college credit.

The following are some ways previous work/life experience can be translated into credits:

  • Corporate Training, (with American Council on Education ACE credit recommendations>
  • Military Credit (Military education and experience can be awarded credit upon receipt of documentation such as Joint Services or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript.
  • CLEP and DANTES Examinations (Learners must achieve ACE recommended passing scores for credit to transfer.)
  • Portfolio Process (Course Equivalencies) A Course Equivalency Proposal (CEP) argues and documents that the student has already achieved the learning outcomes of a specific Elizabethtown College course. Adult students are guided by SCPS staff, but work independently to create the CEP in the proper format. The CEP is then assessed by a faculty member.

What is the average class size?
Our average class size is 10-12 learners. Classes are generally capped at 20. Certain classes have lower maximums due to student presentation requirements.

What kind of advising services are available?
You will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you in selecting courses to complete your degree program. Your advisor will assist and advise you on course selection, syllabus access, course transfer issues, course equivalency proposals, internships, etc. The School of Continuing and Professional Studies places significant importance on our advising services to ensure our adult students feel connected to the College, plan well, and understand graduation requirements.

What are the highlights of the program?

  • The curriculum is designed specifically for adult students.
  • Accelerated classes allow you to speed up the process of getting your degree. You control how long it takes!
  • ranked Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies online programs #15 overall and #9 in affordability in Pennsylvania.
  • Elizabethtown College's MBA is ranked in the top three regional MBA programs by Central Penn Business Journal.
  • Undergraduate classes one to two night a week for five weeks - earn three credits.
  • Graduate classes one night a week for eight weeks - earn three credits
  • Online classes available every session.
  • Flexibility offered by step-in, step-out program.
  • Specially assessed faculty made up of working practitioners.
  • Adults can convert experiential learning into college credits.
  • Four convenient undergraduate locations: Elizabethtown Campus, Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Lancaster Theological Seminary and online.
  • Four convenient graduate locations: Elizabethtown Campus, Dixon University Center, IU13 Conference and Training Center in Lancaster and online.
  • Personalized one-on-one advising. Emphasis on providing services to the adult student.
  • Free preliminary evaluation of transcripts.
  • No age restrictions on transfer credits.
  • No technology, computer or parking fees.
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