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Elizabethtown College Application Essay

At E-town, you are more than just a GPA or an SAT score. As a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, we value a well rounded and interdisciplinary curriculum. We embrace diverse backgrounds, abilities, experiences and interests. We are a community of athletes, artists, musicians, volunteers, scholars and advocates. Our Blue Jay family members are committed to helping each other succeed and improving the world around them.

Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

Our four-year graduation rate already exceeds the national average which helps to keep your costs down and allows you to enter the job market sooner. If you meet the requirements and don’t graduate in four years, we will pay for the remaining credits—up to 16 in one year—needed to complete your degree.

More Details About Our 4-year Guarantee

President’s Promise of Affordability

Our Presidential Scholarship program rewards academic achievement. For all Presidential Scholarship recipients, we will make the net cost at Elizabethtown lower than or comparable to the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board charged to in-state residents at the largest public Pennsylvania universities.

More Details About Our Promise of Affordability

Deadlines

Admissions Application DeadlineFinancial Aid Application DeadlineAdmissions NotificationFinancial Aid NotificationStudent Response Deadline
Fall First-Year Application

November 1 (Priority*)

April 1 (Rolling)

April 1RollingRolling as of OctoberMay 1
Fall Transfer ApplicationAugust 1March 15RollingTwo weeks after acceptanceMay 1
Spring First-Year ApplicationDecember 1December 1Rolling as of November 1Two weeks after acceptanceDecember 15
Spring Transfer ApplicationDecember 1December 1Rolling as of November 1Two weeks after acceptanceDecember 15

* Students who file by November 1 will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships. You are guaranteed an admission decision by November 30.

Special Programs Deadlines and Requirements

Affordability

A quality education should be affordable. We're so committed to making sure an E-town education is affordable that each students (current and prospective) is assigned a financial aid counselor to help guide them through the financial aid process from the very beginning. Our counselors are here to answer individualized questions and ensure their students’ financial needs are addressed.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Support

We know that adjusting to college life can be a challenging transition. That's why we select passionate and caring faculty and staff members who are here to support and guide our students, both academically and personally. This support system enables you to achieve the goals that you set out to conquer when you decided to enroll at E-town College.

First-Year Experience

Signature Learning Experiences - GUARANTEED

Signature Learning Experiences are real-world educational opportunities that challenge you to think beyond the books, go behind the scenes and travel across borders. We call them "signature" experiences because, from student to student, they are as unique as you, and they are what make the Elizabethtown experience different from other colleges.

Need to contact us?

You can reach us at admissions@etown.edu or
717-361-1400
Mailing Address: 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA, 17022

Visit us on campus!
GPS Address: 348 College Avenue, Elizabethtown PA, 17022

Apply

Our typical student has performed successfully in a challenging college preparatory curriculum and on standardized tests, ranking in the top quarter of their high school class. We consider letters of recommendation, high school activities, special talents, interests and community service involvement. These activities help us determine if you will benefit from and enhance our college community.

Application Process for:

Deadlines

Admissions Application DeadlineFinancial Aid Application DeadlineAdmissions NotificationFinancial Aid NotificationStudent Response Deadline
Fall First-Year Application

November 1 (Priority*)

April 1 (Rolling)

April 1RollingRolling as of OctoberMay 1
Fall Transfer ApplicationAugust 1March 15RollingTwo weeks after acceptanceMay 1
Spring First-Year ApplicationDecember 1December 1Rolling as of November 1Two weeks after acceptanceDecember 15
Spring Transfer ApplicationDecember 1December 1Rolling as of November 1Two weeks after acceptanceDecember 15

* Students who file by November 1 will receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships. You are guaranteed an admission decision by November 30.

Special Programs Deadlines and Requirements:

Because of their limited and/or selective enrollment, a number of specialized programs have their own set of deadlines and/or requirements.

3+3 Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

with Thomas Jefferson University, College of Health Professions

  • Application Deadline - December 15
  • Selected students will be invited to interview
    NOTE: Students do not need to apply to Thomas Jefferson.

Elizabethtown College Honors Program

  • Preferred Application Deadline - January 15
  • Preferred Interview Deadline (required) - January 15
  • Final Application Deadline - March 15
  • Final Interview Deadline (required) - March 15

Law Early Admissions Program (LEAP)

with Drexel University's Thomas Kline School of Law and Widener University's School of Law

  • Application Deadline - December 15
  • Interview Deadline (required) - December 1

Masters (4+1): Molecular Medicine

with Drexel University

  • A completed undergraduate E-town admissions application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official record of SAT totaling 1200 or higher (ACT accepted at 27 or higher)
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 (on 4.0) scale or higher

Pre-Medical Primary Care Program

with The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine

  • Application Deadline - December 15
  • Selected students will be invited to interview

Standardized Test Waiver

Elizabethtown College values a strong high school record, complete with a challenging curriculum and consistently strong grades relative to your peers. For students who have demonstrated excellence during their four years of high school, Elizabethtown offers the opportunity to waive standardized testing from the application and scholarships review process. To qualify for the waiver option, students must rank in the top 10% of their class or, if the school does not rank, must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 

Students who waive their scores, particularly if the scores do not reflect the same level of achievement or aptitude as the rest of their application, generally help their chances for both admissions and for scholarship. When a score is waived for a student's application, admissions and scholarship reviews place greater emphasis on the relative strength of the student's curriculum, their submitted writing samples and teacher recommendations (as they relate to preparedness and communication skills).

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