Elizabethtown College ranks among the country’s highest value-added higher education institutions, according to a new study by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Its report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four-Year Schools,” assesses how well colleges affect student post-graduation economic success. Elizabethtown College graduates had mid-career earnings that were 27% higher than predicted. Elizabethtown graduate’s actual mid-career earning average of $86,500 was 27% higher than the predicted amount.

This value-added figure places Elizabethtown College at #6 out of Pennsylvania’s 153 other four-year institutions.

Elizabethtown College is ranked


of 153 other PA Colleges and Universities

on value added to mid-career earnings.

What Graduates Think


of our graduating seniors had at least one faculty member who made them excited about learning, compared to 63% nationally.


of our graduating seniors had a mentor who encouraged them to establish and pursue their goals, compared to 22% nationally.


of our graduates agree that their Elizabethtown College educational experiences prepared them with the skills to be successful in the workplace.

Graduation Rate

Elizabethtown College has a STRONG 4-year graduation rate. This saves families money and gets graduates out into the real world sooner than students who attend other PA schools where it may take 5 or 6 years to graduate.


Within the first-year after graduation the vast majority of students utilize their degree in either the workforce or in pursuit or a higher degree. Only about 1% of responses are still seeking employment. Our two-year survey shows that 98% agree they have the skills necessary to be successful in their career.


*Three year average of 2011, 2012, and 2013 graduates who were surveyed one year after graduation.



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