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Reviews 526 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Even though it is expensive, I have enjoyed my continuing education that I have received through Elizabethtown College. I have enjoyed learning to write in APA format. One unique characteristic is that you can attend class online or in the classroom or attend both ways. I would definitely choose Elizabethtown College again because of the flexibility and the communication between the professor and the students. I also like the willingness of the professors to help you in whatever way they can.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of people do sports which is good for them. There is a gym on campus which is good fro keeping the freshman 15 off.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus houses are the party houses and they are gross.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Lancaster is where it's at. Just a short 20 minute ride from Campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party houses run out of beer and alcohol easily. Also, they are usually crowded and hot.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Campo sucks. They will get you with whatever they can. They treat you as a criminal and don't give you any options.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: As long as you are able to keep the scholarship they help a lot since this school is so expensive

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Bird Feeder is open Thursday- Saturday nights. It's great after a night of drinking and partying to grab some greasy food to help you sober up before bed!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on such a small campus has a lot of great perks. First, the dorms are close to any education building. The farthest dorm, Royer, is only a five minute walk to the farthest building, the masters center. Second, there are lots of fun things to do on the weekends. The school organizes lots of games and activities for students to do. Third, everyone is super friendly and everyone knows each other. The cost of this school is a little out of hand, but it's worth going to.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've had my fair share of both good and bad experiences while at Elizabethtown. It's a closed-off college community that sometimes emulates the high school age of drama and parties but at the same time gives you lots of room for growth - you can do an internship, study abroad, and even make changes to the school by volunteering in student government. My biggest disappointment at this school was the lack of investment the college makes in your future - it only serves to make you well-rounded academically and doesn't have a very tangible alumni base to help you transition into a professional career like a larger university might be able to. Also, some of the administrators seem to worry more about their daily office work than helping students succeed, which leads to a lot of distrust between students and college staff.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The transition to college at Elizabethtown was well-thought out and I had plenty of support from the first day I arrived. My only complaint was that there were too many activities and not enough free time to just get to know people and hang out.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are four places to eat with your student meal plan at Elizabethtown: the Marketplace, Jay's Nest, the Birdfeeder, and the Blue Bean. While there isn't much edible health food in the main cafeteria, they have some favorites among students like the carrot cake, a token treat for visiting prospective students. Don't miss out on wing night in the Jay's Nest once a semester

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Almost every student at etown receives some sort of scholarship, which makes it a little more affordable. However, the price of tuition continues to rise while the scholarship money stays the same every year.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not sure... But by word of mouth only seems okay

3 College Freshman

Administration: Same as any other school

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Received a great scholarship but still need more aid with the tuition increase

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is enjoyable and satsifactory

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: Internship opportunities really depend on your major - the business department was pretty good at placing their students fairly quickly. However, if you are interested in the liberal arts, you're on your own. Career services has a few interesting workshops to attend but there is no placement service whatsoever, just resume editing and advice on how to interview well.

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2 College Senior

Local Area: I could never picture myself living at Elizabethtown after graduation. Don't get me wrong, it's a cute town in its own charming way, but there is nothing to do there.

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3 College Senior

Academics: The academics probably aren't as great as a higher ranked school but for a small liberal arts college I definitely learned a lot. Most of the professors are devoted to helping their students so you will receive a lot of attention if you need it.

1 College Senior

Administration: I could go on and on about all the problems that campus security has caused me during my college years...they are very condescending towards students, even when they are not doing anything wrong. One time when I lost my phone the campus security officer I asked to help me pretended that they hadn't found a phone and then acted very suspicious of my ID when she confirmed that she had it in her office, as if I was trying to steal the phone, despite having described the phone to her accurately. They take themselves to seriously and treat students like criminals especially when it comes to alcohol and parties.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The college is located in Elizabethtown, PA, which generally doesn't have too many safety concerns. Our campus security take their job way too seriously sometimes and come down really hard on students with alcohol, even those aged 21+.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Parties tend to be overcrowded with drunk freshmen, loud music, and messy athletic team members who act like they are the sh*t. Don't expect to have fun without being drunk.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I didn't mind the lack of athleticism at Elizabethtown College, mostly because I'm not particularly interested in sports. People are more active in intramural sports, which actually get pretty competitive, and there are a lot of facilities devoted to working out and classes such as Zumba and Pound to encourage fitness.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I actually enjoyed most of the dorm rooms that I stayed at during my undergraduate career. The only problem is applying for any special kind of housing - residence life is very disorganized and has problems bending any kind of rules to appease students - I know many other students and I have had countless complaints that have gone ignored by residence life employees. That being said, most dorms are two to a bedroom, with a community bathroom in the hallway. You can request to live in a single or in upperclassman dorms such as the apartments or quads once you become a junior.

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Elizabethtown College is quite a wonderful school if one can appreciate a smaller and more personal atmosphere. The faculty and staff at Etown really care and make great efforts to ensure students’ comfort and success. Most everyone is friendly, and the college just feels safe. Students don’t have to think twice about leaving a purse or expensive phone on the table in the cafeteria; they know that everyone will respect that property. That’s the type of community feeling that embodies what it’s like to live and learn at Elizabethtown College. It’s not 100 percent safe or nice, as every place has its problems with crime and drama, but the people at Etown put a lot of effort into making it the greatest college experience.

There is always something happening, some event or occasion that the College supports and funds in order to make the area not quite so dull. Etown realizes it’s not a party school, so it makes an effort to provide entertainment that the students will really enjoy—popular comedians, musicians, movie showings (with free popcorn), concerts, game nights, and more.

Most students would definitely come to Etown again if they had a second chance. They may get bored with the area at times, but a little boredom is a small price to pay for the level of care and commitment that the college is willing to put into their educations and future career successes. The smaller class sizes and qualified professors just make it easier to get the most out of your education. It’s pretty easy to have a sit-down talk with a professor or career counselor, and they are more than willing to provide links or phone numbers or connect students with some of their contacts. As long as you put effort into your education, they are more than willing to put effort into helping you.

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