Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Elizabethtown College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Elizabethtown College was awarded 84 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other health professions.

Overall Quality

Etown landed the #257 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Etown is also ranked #18 out of 134 schools in Pennsylvania.

See all of the rankings for Elizabethtown College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Etown?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Elizabethtown College is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 74%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 72% of students accepted to Etown submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elizabethtown College  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Elizabethtown College  ( 530 to 640 )
Etown received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Elizabethtown College  ( 22 to 27 )

Learn more about Elizabethtown College admissions.

Elizabethtown College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Etown is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Elizabethtown College is 65%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  65 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Elizabethtown College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Elizabethtown College has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Etown the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 72%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Elizabethtown College.

Elizabethtown College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,729 undergraduates at Etown with 1,503 being full-time and 226 being part-time.

How Much Does Elizabethtown College Cost?

The overall average net price of Etown is $26,937. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Etown

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$19,191 $20,837 $22,453 $25,667 $31,672

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Etown, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Etown, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $9,452 a year. That adds up to $37,808 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Etown is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Get more details about paying for Elizabethtown College.

How Much Money Do Etown Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Etown make about $51,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Etown students since it is 29% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Elizabethtown College make the most money.

Location of Elizabethtown College

Located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Elizabethtown College is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Elizabethtown makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

Get more details about the location of Elizabethtown College.


Contact details for Etown are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298
Phone: 717-361-1000
Website: www.etown.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/etowncollege
Twitter: http://twitter.com/etowncollege

Elizabethtown College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 54 majors graduated from Elizabethtown College. Of these students, 493 received undergraduate degrees and 83 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 80 $45,000
Other Health Professions 59 NA
General Biology 32 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 26 $39,800
General Engineering 24 $56,300
General Psychology 20 $22,600
Communication & Media Studies 17 $35,000
Information Science 17 NA
Accounting 15 $51,100
Political Science & Government 15 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Elizabethtown College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Etown

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 245 students took at least one online class at Elizabethtown College. This is an increase from the 88 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 245 217
2017-2018 88 8
2016-2017 21 13
2015-2016 1,784 7
2013-2014 6 6

Learn more about online learning at Elizabethtown College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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