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Online Student Services

The resources on this page offer comprehensive support services for online learners at Elizabethtown College, catering to a variety of needs from academic advising and career development to disability services. Students can benefit from personalized academic guidance, career planning, textbook management, and research assistance, as well as specialized support to enhance their educational and personal development throughout their college journey.

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Supporting You on Your Educational Journey

Elizabethtown College's School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) offers a wide array of resources specifically designed to support our online learners. Our commitment to your success goes beyond the classroom, ensuring you have access to all the tools and support you need for a fulfilling and successful educational journey. Whether it's through personalized academic advising, accessible career services, or our comprehensive online library resources, Elizabethtown College is dedicated to enhancing your learning experience. We encourage you to explore these resources, from the convenience of online textbook purchasing to the invaluable support offered by the Learning Zone. Each service is tailored to meet your unique needs as an online student, reaffirming our commitment to your academic and personal growth. Dive in and discover how these resources can make a significant difference in your educational journey!

Academic Advising

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a nurturing environment that empowers adult learners to achieve their educational, career, and personal aspirations. Aligned with the College's mission, our academic advisors equip students with essential tools tailored to their unique needs and goals. Our academic advisors are seasoned professionals with relevant academic backgrounds and practical experience, providing comprehensive support throughout the student's educational journey.

Our Academic Advising Team:

  • Christina Garten - Graduate Students (MBA, M.S. in Strategic Leadership, Graduate Certificates)
  • Deb Rebman - Graduate Students (Education Programs, OTD, Master of Music Education, Graduate Certificates)
  • Stephanie Hughes - Undergraduate Students (Accounting, Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Human Services, Human Services - Behavioral & Addictions Counseling, BSN - Core Program & General Electives)

Upon acceptance into SGPS, students are assigned an academic advisor who guides them through college transition, major/minor declaration, course selection, registration, and understanding academic support services, institutional policies, and academic integrity. Advisors also help students develop educational plans aligned with their personal and career goals. The SGPS Student Handbook and the college’s student portal, JayWeb, complement the advisor's role, encouraging students' active engagement in academic decision-making.

Where to Get Your Textbooks

The College Store at Elizabethtown College provides textbooks, with the option for students to source books from alternative vendors, ensuring they get the correct editions. Customized books may be exclusive to The College Store. Direct textbook payment over using financial aid is encouraged. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from a course, federal regulations specify a Title IV Refund Formula be used in calculating the refund amount. That amount will then be returned to the aid source, not the student, and students may then owe money for the cost of the books. If students instead pay for the books up-front and later have excess aid funds left on account, those monies will be refunded to the student. Additionally, The College Store offers a buy-back program during finals week of the full-semester day program. For specific buy-back week hours, students should contact the bookstore.

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The High Library

The High Library at Elizabethtown College offers extensive resources, including over 80 searchable databases with full-text articles and e-books. Its homepage features tools like QuickSearch, Databases & Articles, and Journal Finder for easy research. Off-campus users can access online resources by logging in with their Etown credentials, while physical materials require a college ID from Campus Safety. The library facilitates interlibrary loans and has reciprocal agreements with institutions like ACLCP and PALCI. Study spaces and group study rooms are reservable online, and the library's hours, including variations, are posted at etown.libcal.com. For personalized assistance, email SGPS Librarian Ms. Jennifer Strain or call  (717) 361-1480.

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My advisors were very supportive of me during this journey. They answered all my questions in a timely manner and were there every step of the way.

Career Development Center

Students are invited to attend career and networking events hosted by Career Development Center throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to utilize resources on the Career Development Center website for job search resources, advice, and resume samples. Students may also meet with staff for assistance with their job search planning as well. Potential jobs can be found on the posting platform Handshake.

Please contact Maureen Brown, Director of Career Development Center by email, or at (717) 361-1206 for more information.

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The Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services is dedicated to upholding the college's values of peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice by ensuring equal access for all students. This office, a part of the Center for Student Success, provides vital resources and support to help students with disabilities become effective self-advocates and succeed academically and professionally. Committed to creating an inclusive educational environment, the Office offers assistance with academic, housing, dining, and campus job accommodations under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. Recognizing that conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, and chronic illnesses can impact students' college experience, the Office, led by Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services, is ready to offer tailored support. Students can contact her at 717-361-1227 or daviesl@etown.edu for more information and personalized assistance.

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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging at Etown College actively fosters an inclusive campus community by educating students, celebrating diverse identities, and addressing structural inequities, ensuring every individual feels acknowledged, empowered, and that they truly belong.

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services at Etown offers a wide range of free mental health support, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric services in a confidential, identity-affirming setting. Committed to diversity and opposing hatred and violence, the team is ready to assist students with various mental health and developmental challenges. Services are available at the Baugher Student Center, Suite 216, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, with urgent care and emergency support also accessible.

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Tutor.com

Tutor.com is a free online tool that offers students a personal tutor 24 hours a day in over 250 subject areas as well as ‘drop off’ writing support. In addition, tutor.com can assist learners with academic study skills like note-taking, study techniques, scholarly resources, and more. It can also provide life skills like finding balance, motivation, time management, and building a support system. There is a link in the main navigation of each course in Canvas that takes students directly to tutor.com. The course link is tied specifically to each course. (We encourage students to access tutor.com through your Canvas courses rather than a general link to the service.)

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