Elizabethtown College was our first stop on the Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College Tour for College Counseling Professionals. The sweet scent of chocolate filled the crisp November air, reminding us that we were in chocolate territory; Hershey and Dove factories are just a few miles away from the E-town campus.
Elizabethtown College is home to approximately 1,900 undergraduates. The pristine campus is compact, and the buildings are modern. The historic town by the same name is an easy walk from campus and has plenty of shops and eateries. The state capital of Harrisburg is less than thirty minutes away.
Vice President of Enrollment Paul Cramer welcomed us to campus. Cramer told us that E-town is proud of their Signature Learning Experiences Program. All students are required to take part in two of the five signature experiences: internships, research, capstone project, cross cultural experiences (i.e. study abroad) and service projects. The program’s goal is to enrich a liberal arts curriculum with real-world experiences. By doing so, the college believes students are prepared for future careers and graduate studies. And the numbers agree. Within one year of graduation, 90-percent of Elizabethtown graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school.
E-Town has standout programs in the health sciences. Direct admit OT and PT programs are competitive and students are required to take anatomy with a cadaver lab. The performing arts are strong; the music program is popular. We had the privilege of hearing the men’s a cappella group during our on-campus dinner.
Students at E-town are primarily from the Mid-Atlantic States, and girls outnumber boys nearly two to one. Students we met were laid back but focused on their schoolwork. There is no Greek life here. Campus traditions are cherished and upheld. The most anticipated athletic rivalry of the year is the Marshmallow Trophy Soccer game, when the E-town Blue Jays play the Messiah Falcons. Tradition dictates spectators to arm themselves with marshmallows and hurl them onto the field. Another beloved tradition is the annual campus Thanksgiving dinner. E-town faculty and staff serve the students a holiday feast with plenty of turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Students agree this event is not to be missed.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions is rolling for most programs and interviews are highly recommended for all students. Students applying to the 5-year OT program, 6-year DPT program, and honors program have earlier deadlines and interviews are required. Music majors must audition. Submitting ACT/SAT scores is optional for students who are in the top ten-percent of their high school class and have a 3.5 GPA. In lieu of test scores a graded paper is accepted. After all application materials are received, students can typically expect an admissions decision within three weeks. Ninety-three percent of all students receive need-based and/or merit aid. ACT/SAT scores are not required to be eligible for merit aid.
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