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| Elizabethtown College has some things going for it: the faculty on the whole seem very knowledgeable and have generally been helpful and friendly toward individual students, the dining services are usually above average and put in a lot of effort to keep the students satisfied, and it has quite a few decent extracurriculars such as academic clubs and athletics. Unfortunately, the attitudes of the students are this college's major detriment. The social life on campus is nearly nonexistent and parallels that of high school; it is basically centered around tightly-knit cliques and athletic groups. Quite a few of the male students (particularly the athletes) behave like a pack of jungle monkeys who have not matured mentally past the eighth grade all while conducting themselves as if they are God's gift to the college, while some of the girls act like spoiled drama queens and refrain from interacting with anyone outside of their immediate cliques. Consider yourself warned: if you are not into athletics or are not the type that constantly kisses up to other students, you will find the social life here even more pathetic than your average high school. |
|Feb 17 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| When in high school, I came to Etown a decent amount of the time to party and what not, as I had many friends that went to school here. That is probably why I came, because I had such a great time whenever I came to visit and thought the people were great. Upon coming here, I found that its only the right place for some people. I am not one of them. To me the campus is like a bubble removed from the world. The people are too immature for me, and there is nothing else to do on the weekends but party. Theres no public transportation into the cities, not that there is that much to do in Lancaster or Harrisburg, and you can only go to Hershey Park so many times. As a result, the weekends are filled with going to one of a few houses, getting drunk and high, and doing the same thing over again the next night. I enjoy it as much as the next person but it gets old after awhile. Nobody ever sees any of the real world. The administration treats students like children, especially the security dept. Security 'officers' use illegal means to intimidate and infringe on the rights of students, such as holding their ears up to doors to hear whats going on, and staring through the windows while girls are trying to get changed. Its similar to the corrupt administration that uses school funding for the president's weekly parties. Because Etown is in the middle of nowhere, its hard to find any internships in the area. If you feel like trying to take summer credits, good luck getting them to transfer over. Registration and Records is one of the more pathetic departments. I'm in the process of trying to transfer, and I didn't get in to the school i want because they never got my transcript, at least not in time, despite the fact that I requested the transcript over a month in advance. Overall, if you liked the atmosphere in high school, you're going to love it at Etown. If you want the real world, you'll hate it here. |
|Jan 04 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| E-town is a good school. Not great; but good. |
Some of the older residence halls are getting upgrades, and new facilities are being built which are pretty nice. Food is great for the first year but then after it all kinda gets boring. The student center and the library are pretty nice facilities.
Majors like OT, education (elementary ed. not secondary.), and business tend to be the "prized" majors of the school. The psychology department is pretty good (the faculty is really helpful). Engineering has a lot of required classes that don't actually have anything to do with their major. Communications is a joke unless you are one of the 5 students who actually take seriously. English majors don't have much of a selection of classes. If you're looking to go into fine arts, go to an art school. Max class sizes tend to be in the 35 student range.
There are 2 girls for every guy. Social life around here has gotten a lot worse between last year and this year. This also goes along with feeling safe on campus. Campus and security are becoming much more strict with parties and drinking to the point where they almost go overboard. People are afraid to go out anymore or have parties because of all of the recent events. Much of the student population actually goes home for the weekend. The administration doesn't deal with problems effectively and so the student body has to pay for it. The actual town isn't what most people think a college town would be. There is not much going on. You have to travel to find a good bar. The actual people who live in the town tend to not be so supportive of the actual college or the students. Joining or being recruited to a sport is really helpful when it comes to friends and actually having a social life on weekends. This also goes for a lot of the clubs on campus.
There is NO football team which is a bummer for those of you who come from a high school that thrived on it. Men's soccer becomes the main sport during the fall. Games against our rival (Messiah) tend to be great games to go to, mostly for pelting the other team and their fans with marshmallows. The women's soccer, volleyball, field hockey, cross country, track, and lacrosse teams tend to be really competitive within the conference.
There are some ups and downs that the brochures, website, and tours never tell you. If it wasn't for playing a sport and friends here and some of the faculty, I would probably transfer to another school just to have a better social life and do more with art/photography.
|Nov 03 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |