Elizabethtown College is a quaint, private, all-encompassing institute of higher education located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Often called “E-town,” Elizabethtown College was founded in 1899 by a Christian denomination known as the Church of the Brethren. The school is well-known for its competitive admissions process and offers degrees in liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education. Elizabethtown College also holds to high academic standards as well as expanding its graduates’ global outlook. Some events and programs that foster growth and enlightenment include the Center for Global Citizenship, the Ware Series on Peacemaking and Social Justice and the popular Study Abroad program. Notable alumni include the former Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods, Richard L. Bond as well as the former head coach of the Duke Men’s Basketball Team, Bill Foster.
The borough of Elizabethtown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is a small community with a few landmark features such as the Town Square at High and Market Streets as well as being home to a Mars, Incorporated chocolate factory. Other areas of interest include Otter Creek Park, the famed Fort Knox, and Knobs State Forest. Lastly, Elizabethtown is only 21 miles southeast of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania.
The campus of Elizabethtown College consists of 195 landscaped acres of trees and green fields and 23 acres of athletic fields. The school’s High Library consists of more than 180,000 volumes and 1,100 periodical subscriptions. Internet is available in the library as well as all residences and classrooms. More than 200 microcomputers and 24-hour access to many computer labs is also available. The facilities include 26 major buildings with nearly 20 residence options and senior townhouses. Popular events at Elizabethtown include dance performances by the Emotion dance student group. Their winter showcase features dance styles from hip-hop to modern, jazz to tap, and Irish to contemporary.
Academics at Elizabethtown are broad and in-depth with 56 majors, 92 minors/concentrations, a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, and the average class size is around 25. Some academic programs include Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Cardiovascular Invasive Specialty, Environmental Science Resource Management, Industrial Engineering Management, as well as Political Philosophy and Legal Studies. The Elizabethtown College Honors Program gives top achievers the opportunity to work with faculty on some of their scholarly endeavors. These students receive an academic and professional development stipend for field trips, research, professional affiliations or information technology.
The Edward R. Murphy Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning is the online education arm of Elizabethtown College. Current programs offered are Accounting, Business Administration, Corporate Communication, Criminal Justice, Information Systems, and Human Services. The Center employs the popular Blackboard software for distance education. Learning modules, facilitator contact information, textbook information, class discussion boards, assignments, exams, and any other information provided by the facilitator will frequently appear on their Blackboard site. Many adult professionals in the surrounding area rely upon the distance education program to obtain a degree while balancing work and family life.