Elizabethtown College: Narrative Description

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1 Alpha Dr.
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298
Tel: (717)361-1000
Admissions: (717)361-1400
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.etown.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of the Brethren. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 185-acre small town campus with easy access to Baltimore and Philadelphia. Endowment: $39.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $72,381. Educational spending 2003-04: $8719 per student. Total enrollment: 2,136. Faculty: 215 (126 full-time, 89 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,923 applied, 64% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 86 class presidents, 12 valedictorians, 50 student government officers. Full-time: 1,859 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 33 other countries, 31% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 1% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $30,310 includes full-time tuition ($23,710) and college room and board ($6600). College room only: $3300. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $600 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 85 open to all. Most popular organizations: Activities Planning Board, Student Senate, Residence Hall Association, student newspaper, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: Into the Streets Service Weekend, Thank God It's Spring Weekend, New Student Induction and Progressive Hike. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, self-defense workshops, crime prevention program. 1,495 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. High Library plus 1 other with 190,261 books, 17,763 microform titles, 1,055 serials, 31,523 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $955,725. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 18,000. Located in Lancaster County, Elizabethtown enjoys the advantages of the neighboring communities' facilities. This suburb has a library, several churches, and major fraternal and civic organizations within the immediate locale. Some part-time employment is available.

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