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| 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... |
|Oct 21 2004|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2007 |
| 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.
|Oct 03 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| Although this school is labeled "religiously affiliated" don't be fooled. The college has many problems with excessive drinking, drug abuse and general immorality. I find most of the students hard to connect with because most are the progeny of rich parents, are spoiled, and are vain and arrogant. Many students are also violent acting. Last year several people in my dorm hall broke windows and mirrors througout the building. Social life for me has been hell compared to what I experienced in high school. |
Some people are nice, but they are few. I must say, however, that the professors are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Most are extremely intelligent and most are more interested in teaching than in private studies of their own. I am especially grateful to them for making my college experience worthwhile.
If you are physically active and like to explore, travel through cities, etc. then this is not the place for you. The town of Elizabethtown is very small and offers few enjoyments. The cities of Harrisburg and Lancaster are both 20 minutes away, however, so one still can go there on the weekends.
One thing I should note about the school is its intellectual diversification. Many students are extrememly intelligent and took AP courses in high school. I swear some are Harvard material. In fact, about a dozen students on campus are valedictorians. However, others are morons who, according to some professors of mine, brag that they have never read a book in its entirety. I've heard that some 1st year students didn't even know what a noun and verb were.
Overall, I do not think that Elizabethtown College is necessarily a bad school; I just feel that I am less happy with my experience than others who attend or have attended elizabethtown. The school is just more secular than I had hoped. I am glad, however, that the college supports divers religious clubs and groups. One of my sister's friends who graduated from here a few years back said that Elizabethtown College was the best experience of his life. So I recommend you investigate the school thoroughly before making a decision.
|Jan 15 2004|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2005 |