Elizabethtown College

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1 Alpha Drive

Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298

Phone: (717) 361-1000
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#4 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Elizabethtown College is a private institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,885, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Elizabethtown College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 4. Its tuition and fees are $38,200 (2013-14).

Elizabethtown College is situated in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Known as "E-town" to students, the college is located near Harrisburg, Lancaster and Philadelphia. Students admitted to the college have the opportunity to choose from a list of student groups and multiple intramural sports throughout the year. Every full-time student at Elizabethtown College is expected to live in a college-owned residential facility, but students can qualify for an exemption if they are classified as commuters. Known as the Blue Jays, Elizabethtown's sports teams mainly compete in the Commonwealth Conference in the NCAA Division III.

Elizabethtown College participates in the Brethren Colleges Abroad program, along with Bridgewater College, Juniata College, McPherson College, Manchester College and the University of La Verne. This program provides students the opportunity to study abroad at universities in Spain, China, Germany and many more countries. Notable alumni of Elizabethtown College include former Duke University men's basketball coach Bill Foster and Pennsylvania state Rep. David Hickernell.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Elizabethtown College is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. We offer more than four dozen degrees in liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education. Through personal attention, creative inspiration and academic challenge, Elizabethtown students are encouraged to expand their intellectual curiosity. They also are given an opportunity to be a bigger part of the world through experiential learning, collaborative research with caring faculty mentors, study-abroad and civic-engagement opportunities, and internships. Elizabethtown College is committed to educating the whole person within a relationship-centered learning community where common goals are achieved through engagement in a rigorous academic curriculum and thoughtful co-curricular experiences. Embedded in an ever-changing global context, Elizabethtown promotes the developmental, collaborative and complex nature of learning. In seeking to Educate for Service, we believe students perform no greater service than when they share their knowledge and creativity with others. Challenged to take responsibility for their education, our students embark on a journey of self-transformation that involves intellectual, social and personal growth. Students are encouraged to develop and challenge their own values, while seeking to understand and appreciate alternative perspectives. The impact of an Elizabethtown College education is long-lasting and far-reaching. Students acquire new habits of mind and heart some in the course of the undergraduate experience, others as students grow beyond college.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $54,756,286


When applying to Elizabethtown College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Elizabethtown College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Elizabethtown College is 12:1, and the school has 65.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Elizabethtown College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; Education; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 70%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12%
Social Sciences 11%
Education 7%
Health Professions and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

Elizabethtown College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,885, with a gender distribution of 35.3 percent male students and 64.7 percent female students. At this school, 88 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 12 percent of students live off campus. Elizabethtown College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,911
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Elizabethtown College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Elizabethtown College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Elizabethtown College, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Elizabethtown College.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Elizabethtown College, 76.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,942.

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Tuition and fees $38,200 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,400 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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