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Elizabethtown College

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This is a typical college typical of our

Oct 24 2004Engineering Department
This is a typical college typical of our terrible system that is applied to most colleges of our time. CLASSES: I found the class size to be very managable. Not too big but not too small. Professors in my department grade very hard but usually give a slight curve. Engineering is still a very hard major. By the second year almost half of the class is out of the major. The professors are nice people but they choose favorites, if you are getting good grades they like you but if not they treat you like crap. POLICIES: This college is very poorly run from the administrative department. Parking is a mess. Don't be surprised when you get your first ticket. Everyone gets one. Campus security and RA's are a bunch of assholes on weekends. SOCIAL LIFE: Some people at this college are very friendly and others are annoying as hell. The parties here are so boring most of the time and its so small of a campus you are always watching for security. All though it is fun to sometimes just chill with people and have a few beers. TOWN: You dont need a car to go into town. It helps but unless youre a really lazy person you could walk into town in about 10 minutes. Not much there though. OVERALL: I have had a bad experience here but that doesn't mean you will. A lot of kids here are usually pretty well off but they are still mostly nice kids. There is definately a lot of stupid shit that they don't tell you about on any tour or orientation.
1st Year Male -- Class 2007
Useful Schoolwork: A, Surrounding City: F

Etown is a great place to study if

Oct 21 2004Political Science
Etown is a great place to study if you are not an out-going type of person. The campus is in Elizabethtown, where you can only find a hotel, a church, barber, pizza places so generally speaking it's a (very) small town, the nearest bar is 10 mins by driving. So it means if you would like to do sg else than staying on campus you definately need a car. Professors at the Political Science Dep. are streching you, giving you lot of assignments and they really welcome different views that of their own. Campus is nice, during the week you have to study a lot, on weekends you can go to one of those parties in one's dorm/apartment room, friendly people, lots of fun, if you are a laid back person who loves to chill, watch Shrek 2 on a laptop, drink a couple of beers this could sound perfect for you. There are some 80 international students, and their community (and the whole college) is fascinating. My experience was that professors are paying specific attention to you, you are not like a product in a huge factory (cf. state univs). Lancester and Harrisburg is in 20 mins and there's a lot to do if you are not satisfied with the the social life on campus. Because of the near Hershey Foods factory (M&M), the campus often smells like chocolate...
1st Year Male -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: F

Etown is an alright place

Oct 03 2004Undecided
Etown is an alright place. It's definitely not for everone, though. As a whole it's a little superficial. For example, the people are generally pretty nice, but it's very cliquey. There's virtually no social life here--most people either watch movies in their dorms or binge drink on cheap beer on a Sat. night and a large portion of the school goes home. A vast majority of the students are from the central Pa region so it there isn't much diversity except for international students. This leads to a homogenous outlook and not much orignality.

In general the profs alright--nothing to pay 30k+ a year over. A lot of them are unispired from teaching the same classes repeatedly or are adjuncts of varying quality. The truly horrible profs can usually be found teaching the core classes. Core here is absurd because there are so many requirements and not enough classes offered each semester. Also, the classes are too large, especially for a small school that claims to have small class sizes.

Basically there are too many freshmen that are admitted every year, so the individual, small school benefits and quality are going down. There's a big push to make the school more well known, yet what's already on campus is being neglected. This is evident in the dorms particularly. They're crowded, antiquated and filthy with surplus freshmen living in 'trasitional housing' which consists of the lounges.If you don't mind not being very challenged and living in a bubble then this school is probably great. Though if you're active and want to grow personally and scholastically there are better ways to spend your money and time.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2007
Campus Aesthetics: B, Education Quality: F

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