Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College


Since 1899, Elizabethtown College has been focused on educating first-generation students. With a mission to provide higher education for first-generation students who would return to the community as civic leaders focused on community service, College founders adopted “Educate for Service” as its motto. Early in its history, most College administrators and faculty members were first-generation and the majority of students were first-generation. Presently, about 40 percent of students are first-generation and represent a range of racial, ethnic, religious, socio/economic and LBGTQA diversity. Curricular and cocurricular programming reflect this diversity and support students in their academic and personal development. With history rooted in peace, social justice and community service, commitment to inclusive excellence is evident in recruitment and retention of administrators, faculty, staff and students. E-town’s curriculum, academic advising, mentoring philosophy and student life programming is consistently tailored to first-generation students.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Momentum

The Momentum program introduces students to the liberal arts curriculum and prepares them for their college experience. Through an examination of a wide variety of academic disciplines, students learn how to navigate the curriculum requirements, think critically, develop research and writing skills, engage in creative expression, and find a balance between curricular and co-curricular involvement. This is an opportunity for students to consider their gifts, talents, strengths and what they can contribute to campus life. Learn more about Momentum

Summer Bridge & Orientation First Year Experience

During the First-Year Experience program students embark on a common learning experience with others in the incoming class. The First-Year Experience has three components: first year seminar, first-year advising and first-year honor society. Check out "The Rudder" on the website. The Rudder is the first-year student's handbook and answers many of the frequently asked questions on how to navigate the first-year of college. Learn more about First Year Experience

Scholars & Leadership Called to Lead

The Called to Lead program allows students to develop in leadership while exploring the meaning of life, what the world needs most, ethics, spirituality, vocation, and life choices. Students increase their leadership potential by exploring leadership within the context of the meaning of life, and the many things that really matter to the student. Check out the student reflections on the website. Learn more about Called to Lead

Scholars & Leadership Global Scholars Program

The Global Scholars Program provides an enriched learning opportunity designed to go beyond the traditional college experience and prepare its participants to work in an increasingly global world. Over the course of their career, this select group of Elizabethtown students engage in a directed study of international and peace related issues under the supervision of a faculty mentor. In additional to formal courses, they also participate in relevant co-curricular opportunities. Learn more about Global Scholars Program

Scholars & Leadership Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects Program

The Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects Program (SCARP) was created to support independent student research under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor. The program is a non-credit experiential learning program designed to enhance professional skills and provide a competitive advantage to participating students in the pursuit of career opportunities and graduate studies. Check out some of our current research projects on the website. Learn more about Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects Program

Academic Courses & Service Learning Social Enterprise Institute

The Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) at Elizabethtown College brings together faculty members, industry fellows of the Institute and students, to collaborate on social enterprise development initiatives that create sustainable social and economic value both domestically and internationally. These social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a mission to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. Learn more about Social Enterprise Institute

Academic Courses & Service Learning Sophomore Year Experience

The Sophomore Experience program is designed to help each student determine his or her distinct path in terms of career goals, life aspirations, and the practical steps (such as engaging in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad) that will render those objectives achievable. Check out the Sophomore experience events and the Compass to the Sophomore Year Handbook on the website. Learn more about Sophomore Year Experience

Mentoring Eight Mentoring Programs

We offer eight mentoring programs: (1) First Year Seminar Student Peer Mentors for acclimation to college life (2) Momentum Student Peer Academic Advisors for academic support (3) Sophomore student mentors for vocational discernment (4) Student mentors for first generation students in the Honors program (5) Student athlete mentors for first generation student athletes (6) Student mentors for international students (7) Faculty/Staff mentors for purposeful life work (8) Alumni mentors for first generation students from diverse backgrounds. Learn more about Eight Mentoring Programs

Student Diversity

  • 1,713
  • 39/61
  • 39%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 85%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 87%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation
  • 65%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 96%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 85%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 129
    Full-time faculty
  • 14
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Occupational Therapy Business Administration Biology Engineering Education

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    NOiR, Allies, Queer Student Union, CRU, Hillel, Neumann Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. In addition, the Democrats club also has a lot of diversity-related programming.


Cost of Attendance

  • $43,490
  • $43,490
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $10,560
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $38,734,696
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,084
    Average aid package
  • $27,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 24%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 75%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 23%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 2,902
    # of applicants
  • 73%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 500—610
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 490—550
    SAT Math
  • 480—590
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date