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Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, United States
Elizabethtown College is a selective, independent, residential coeducational college located on an attractive 203-acre campus in south central Pennsylvania. Its approximately 1,800 students hail from nearly 30 states and 40 foreign countries.

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Elizabethtown College was chartered in 1899 by members of the Church of the Brethren who were interested in establishing an institution of higher education for their denomination in eastern Pennsylvania.


  • 18 academic departments offer 49 undergraduate majors, 82 minors/concentrations, and 25 cooperative programs with other institutions
  • Core curriculum emphasizing the arts, humanities and sciences to develop interpersonal communication, writing, creative thinking and decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • 12:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 18 students in average undergraduate class
  • Offers Honors Program and several honor societies
  • More than 264,000 volumes in circulation at High Library
  • Four master's programs


Institutional Research is an integral part of successful planning and decision-making by the institution. Through collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating relevant and accurate information, Institutional Research seeks to promote institutional effectiveness.


Career planning can be a stressful and confusing process.  It may seem like everyone else has a career direction or knows what major to select except you.  It can be intimidating to think that you have to pick a career for the rest of your life.  The good news is that you don't have to select one career for life. According to David Birch in the Journal of Career Planning & Employment, students can expect to have 3-5 different careers, and 10-12 different jobs during their work lives.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

Over 70 Etown Jays are employed by or volunteer with the Office of Student Activities as programmers, event staff, artists, graphic designers, Body Shop assistants, refs, scorekeepers, and more.  

Library services

Mission Statement: The High Library partners with Elizabethtown College students, faculty, and staff to promote learning and discovery as we educate for service. We are committed to connecting people with ideas and to creating an intellectual and cultural commons—both physical and virtual—where individuals can experience the power of sharing information. 

Medical services

Student Health, a Division of Student Wellness, provides medical care and resources to Elizabethtown College students. Elizabethtown College, in collaboration with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, provides comprehensive clinical health services for our students.

Student Life

Campus life

  • 203-acre campus
  • Academic Buildings
  • Residential Halls
  • Performance Venues and Galleries

Student clubs

  • 85 percent of students live on campus
  • 80+ clubs and organizations


  • Middle States Commission for Higher Education
  • American Chemical Society for Clinical Lab Services
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, United States