Admissions Requirements - Undergraduate

Are you ready to take the next step to earn your degree?

Are you ready to take the next step to earn your degree?

The accelerated adult degree program through Elizabethtown College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a rigorous academic setting and provides students with the tools to help them advance in their profession and to achieve their academic goals.

Program Requirements

To enter the program, you will need to:
  • have a minimum of three years of full-time work experience.
  • be at least age 23. Individuals interested in entering the program who are younger than age 23 will need to obtain permission from the dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
  • have graduated from high school or earned a GED. Successful completion of some college coursework is strongly suggested prior to entering an accelerated program, but not required.
  • have writing ability sufficient for success in an accelerated academic program. Writing is an essential component of this program. You will be asked to write an essay that demonstrates your ability to write clearly, use proper grammar and organize your writing into correct compositional expression.
  • have the time to devote to your coursework. Course requirements in a five-week accelerated class can be as high as 20 hours per week.

How to Apply to the Program

Step 1 - Meet with an admissions counselor.

Meeting with an admissions counselor is required for entry into the accelerated adult degree program. At the meeting your admissions counselor will explain the program, class formats, financial aid process and answer your questions. If you have credits to transfer to Elizabethtown from another institution, a preliminary evaluation of credits can also be done for you at the meeting. To schedule a time at your preferred location, contact the admissions counselor at your preferred campus or call our main office at 717-361-1411.

Step 2 - Complete the online application.

The online application asks you to provide contact information, prior education and work experience, and to select the specific program you intend to pursue. There is no application fee to apply to the undergraduate adult accelerated degree program.

Step 3 - Request official transcripts of all previous college work.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school(s) to the appropriate SCPS admissions counselor. If you have not attended college previously, please request your high school transcript instead.

Step 4 - Submit your current resume.

Resume Guidelines

  • Your resume should be in proper business form.
  • Email as an attachment to your admissions counselor, preferably in Microsoft Word or PDF. Do not paste into the body of an email.

Step 5 - Submit an essay.

Write and submit, via email to your admissions counselor, a two to three page essay. The accelerated program at Elizabethtown College places a strong emphasis on communication skills, particularly writing. We will evaluate your submissions with this in mind.

Essay guidelines:

  • Your essay should be double-spaced and should follow accepted English usage standards, including sentence and paragraph structure, appropriate punctuation and correct spelling.
  • The essay should address:
    • your understanding of a rigorous accelerated program
    • how you envision incorporating into your life the time necessary to meet the program's demands
    • your own story. What are your professional and academic goals? Tell us about yourself.
  • Email as an attachment to your admissions counselor, preferably in Microsoft Word or PDF. Do not paste into the body of an email. 

Next Steps

After reviewing all your application materials, we will make an admissions decision. If we have any questions or concerns, we will be in touch with you. Thank you for considering Elizabethtown College for your degree completion. We look forward to partnering with you to achieve your educational goals.