Mission: The current mission statement provides the framework and purpose for the very existence of elizabethtown college. "molded by a commitment to 'educate for service', elizabethtown college is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. As a comprehensive institution, the college offers academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies. Combining classroom instruction with experiential learning, these programs advance independent thought, personal integrity and social responsibility as the foundations for a life of learning. Founded by members of the church of the brethren, the college believes that learning is most noble when used to benefit others and to affirm the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity and social justice. "
Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania
Programs: Elizabethtown college, offers its 2,300 students over 50 majors and more than 80 minors and concentrations in the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies. The college provides undergraduate education, continuing education, graduate education and occupational therapy education. A 13:1 fte student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 25 provides students with meaningful interactions with professors, 90% of whom hold a ph. D. Or terminal degree in their field. Founded in 1899, the institution originally operated as an academy, offering a limited curriculum. In 1921, the pennsylvania department of public instruction accredited the college and authorized it to grant bachelor's degrees in the arts and sciences. In may 1948, elizabethtown was accredited by the middle states association of college and schools. Since the late 1940's, elizabethtown has grown significantly - in student and faculty population, in academic and co-curricular offerings and in the number and quality of campus facilities. To provide the superior classrooms and cutting-edge technology necessary to prepare students for their future, the college has enhanced its facilities significantly over the past several years. Today, the 200-acre suburban campus is a beautiful marriage of stately 1900s architecture - symbolic of the college's century-old heritage - and state-of-the-art academic and co-curricular buildings. Since 1990, the college has added several new buildings that greatly enrich the elizabethtown experience, including the high library, leffler chapel and performance center, student residence facilities and athletic facilities. During this period, zug memorial hall also was transformed into a performing and fine arts teaching center, complete with an art gallery, a recital hall and an on-campus music therapy clinic. The brossman commons - a $12-million expansion of student facilities that conjoined the baugher student center and the annenberg center - also was constructed. The james b. Hoover center for business opened as the home for the college's perennially strong business program in fall 2006. Its modern facilities provide our students with a learning environment in which they can gain the experience needed to handle real-world business issues with expertise and integrity. This building also houses the edward r. Murphy center for continuing education and distance learning, which provides a variety of learning programs for adult learners, and the s. Dale high center for family business, which provides support to central pennsylvania's family businesses. In fall 2008, the college completed the final phase of the masters center for science, mathematics and engineering. This facility - which includes the new lyet wing for biological sciences - provides the classrooms, modern laboratories and research facilities essential for a 21st-century science education.
the college provides library services including on-line searches, physical visits/attendance, and research instruction. The high library partners with elizabethtown college students, faculty, and staff to promote learning and discovery as it educates. It is committed to connecting people with ideas and to creating an intellectual and cultural commons-both physical and virtual-where individuals can experience the power of sharing information. The library stimulates, inspires and engages its community by offering resources and support for creative and critical inquiry. Goal 1: provide reliable access to information resources to educate the college community for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. Goal 2: provide professional expertise: help students discover the resources needed to enhance classroom success and to navigate diverse cultural perspectives; provide direction and vision for the college with regard to intellectual property, information technology and digital initiatives. Goal 3: create the commons: support spaces that allow students to work singly and in groups to acquire new habits of mind. Goal 4: partner with students, faculty, staff and other offices at the college to fuel motivation, catalyze curiosity and foster purposeful life work. Goal 5: deepen campus engagement with the community and the world to expand intellectual horizons and help our scholars apply and integrate their learning. Pursue supplementary capital to support this goal and other special projects.