Elizabethtown College - Comments and Student Experiences|
As a business student I was surprised by how much I learned after four years. I learned the business knowledge while also unknowingly developing my soft skills needed for a successful career. Professors challenge students to develop strong communication skills and student groups help students develop leadership skills. I am definitely more prepared for my first job than students from other schools.
As far as the non-educational stuff Etown has its pros and cons. It is a small school in a rural area so there is not much going on in the town, and most stuff is a drive away. The social scene is not that large and focuses around small groups based on student groups and sports teams. The party scene is not huge so if you are looking to go out and meet new people every weekend don't come here. If you were like me at 18 and not ready to take on a big school, Etown is a great place for personal growth.
The downside is there is very little diversity in the student body. Mostly white students from the surrounding states. The majority of guys came to the school to play sports and mostly consist of the jock type who wants to get wasted every weekend. The girls outnumber the guys and many are a bit idealistic and immature. That being said there are just as many solid interesting students who are active on campus. If you like to hang out with small groups of close friends on the weekends this will be a school for you.
I found some great friendships that will last a lifetime. I admit I got sick of the school after a two years so I went abroad experienced something different and was glad to be back on campus when I returned. So if you are the type of person who is highly motivated and have a smaller tight knit group of friends Etown is the right place for you. If you want a larger school with a larger social scene it is not for you.
Overall, elizabethtown is a good school; granted it is not for everyone.
Benefits include: Very nice library, good food, friendly professors who know your name and are very approachable and willing to help, good small class sizes, nice students, many opportunities for volunteer work or studying abroad, small enough to walk to class easily, and safe.
Drawbacks: Not much going on in the town itself, you need a car so you can go to Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, mt. joy, etc., on the weekends. Also, it doesn't have the "best" reputation academically for programs other than the ones I listed above. That doesn't necessarily mean those programs aren't good, but the reputation just isn't there yet.
They are really trying to bring up the quality of the school. They bring in good guest lectures, they've redone a lot of the dorm areas and other buildings. They have improved the number of activities available for the weekends. Every year the school gets better.
My advice: If you want a small school where you will know almost everyone, have small campus, live on a pretty campus, you're interested in serving the community, and aren't a huge partier...this is a good school.If you're mostly concerned with having a city-like atmosphere with lots to do in the town and on campus, if you want larger classes/more people, or if you're a huge partier who wants to drink and go clubbing all the time, this isn't the school for you.