Elizabethtown College is a selective, independent, residential coeducational college located on an attractive 200-acre campus in south central Pennsylvania. Its approximately 1,900 undergraduates hail from nearly 30 states and 40 foreign countries.

Elizabethtown University


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.


Elizabethtown College is also a short drive from the state capital, Harrisburg, and popular entertainment destinations, including Hershey.


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


  • 19 academic departments offer 53 major and 90+ minors/concentrations
  • 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
  • 16 students in average class
  • Offers Honors Program and several honor societies
  • More than 256,000 volumes in circulation at High Library


  • 132 full-time faculty
  • 90 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorate or terminal degree in field

Student Life

  • Approximately 1,900 undergraduate students
  • 88 percent of students live on campus
  • 80+ clubs and organizations


  • 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams
  • Intramural and club sports


  • Named to Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • Ranked in U.S. News & World Report”s “Best Colleges” in the Northeast
    • First in commitment to teaching
    • The “best value” in the region
    • Fourth overall among baccalaureate colleges
  • Member of the Leadership Consortium for the Association of American Colleges and Universities” national initiative “Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility”
  • Recent graduates were awarded Fulbright, Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships


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Molded by a commitment to educate for service, 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. As a comprehensive institution, the College offers academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies. Combining classroom instruction with experiential learning, these programs advance independent thought, personal integrity and social responsibility as the foundations for a life of learning. Founded by members of the Church of the Brethren, the College believes that learning is most noble when used to benefit others and affirms the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity and social justice.

A Transformative Educational Experience

The impact of an Elizabethtown College education is long-lasting and far-reaching because it is deeply transformative. Students acquire new habits of mind and heart—some in the course of the undergraduate experience, others as students grow beyond college.

The Qualities of Our Education

Our educational experience blends a high standard of scholarship with four signature attributes, which include commitments to educate our students in a relationship-centered learning community, to foster in our students international and cross-cultural perspectives, to complement classroom instruction with experiential-learning opportunities, and to prepare our students for purposeful lives and meaningful work.

Relationship-Centered Learning

Our educational programs engage students in ways that capture their most profound attention, confront them with learning experiences that are compelling, and call out from them responses that reach beyond what even they thought possible. In this learning community, our faculty members and other employees demonstrate their passion for their subjects and for continued learning so that our students see how compelling deep engagement is. Students receive personal attention, as all employees commit to expressing sincere and genuine interest in the educational success of our students. Our College’s classes deliberately are kept small to support our students’ individual needs and challenge them to grow.

International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Elizabethtown offers a globalized curriculum and co-curriculum. Programs of study and development help students understand and effectively engage with other cultures and the globalization of life and work. Our staff includes faculty members and other employees who are citizens of countries from around the world, who speak a multitude of languages, and who have had myriad study and residential experiences on other continents. Students study alongside students from other cultures. Additionally, they encounter our international world when they visit, study in or live in cities as diverse as Harrisburg, Philadelphia, London, Beijing and Quito.

Experiential Learning

Elizabethtown seeks to broaden the contexts for student learning by fostering educational experiences through which students learn by doing. Through this experiential learning, students develop the aptitude to link theory and experience, and they are better prepared to continue learning throughout their lifetime. These opportunities are available through internships and externships, field placement assignments, independent and collaborative research projects, service-learning and civic engagement, leadership development and campus enjoyment.

Purposeful Life Work

In both the curriculum and cocurriculum, the College’s educational program fosters an understanding of education for a life of purpose based on a holistic model of student development that integrates career development; reflection on vocation, meaning and life; and a commitment to civic engagement. As a result, graduates of Elizabethtown are prepared to make the world a better place. They do so, in part, by living in ways that reflect their individual commitments, respond to the needs of others, and value personal and ethical integrity.