From the School

Gettysburg is a national college of liberal arts and sciences located in the world-famous town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Our 2,600 students are actively involved in an academically rigorous and personally challenging educational experience. With an average class size of 18 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, there are no bystanders here. At Gettysburg, learning often means doing-doing everything. Gettysburg expects students to try new things that will spark imagination, push limits, change minds, and hone skills. The students work to make a difference in the College's campus community and beyond.

Gettysburg is a place of variety and diversity, a community where every student has the chance to stand out, take responsibility, and lead. In addition to leading more than 140 student clubs and campus organizations, "Gettysburgians" are mindful of their responsibilities as global citizens. More than half of the student body pursues at least one of the College's extensive study abroad programs, and many become involved with Gettysburg's Center for Public Service.

Gettysburg inspires students to be great. From the very first semester, when almost all new Gettysburg students take an intensive First-Year Seminar, students analyze, investigate research, discuss, debate, and present. They often collaborate and conduct research with the College's faculty, and they leave Gettysburg prepared to lead change, make discoveries, and inspire others.

Overview

Applicants
4,810
Acceptance Rate
54%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 680
SAT Math
610 - 680
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Personal and intellectual growth is at the heart of the Gettysburg College experience. Students eagerly praise the school’s “friendly, community-oriented atmosphere,” and competent, caring professors. “The faculty takes a developed interest in the students’ academics and successes, [and] the campus offers countless opportunities for leadership, self-discovery, and the like.” In fact, first-year students are surprised to find that “by the first day, the professor knows each student by name and why they’re taking the class.” With uniformly small class sizes and an emphasis on discussion in the classroom, “Professors at Gettysburg make sure that students understand why they are learning the things that they are, and there is a lot of emphasis put on putting ’theory into practice’ outside of the classroom.” “Many professors go above and beyond, making themselves available to aid students.” A current student shares, “My Intro to Chemistry professor would be at the Science Center until 11:00 p.m. before an exam, helping everyone study.” Academic opportunities—such as the “amazing study abroad program”—are ample at Gettysburg. Plus, as an exclusively undergraduate institution, Gettysburg “allows for opportunities (i.e., research, publications) that many do not get” at larger universities. In this “nurturing environment,” the “administration knows students by name” and even the “registrar, transportation services, off-campus studies, and library staff are lovely and do everything they can to help you.” In particular, “President Riggs (a Gettysburg alum and former faculty member) is a phenomenal community leader and makes a sincere effort to connect with students, faculty, and staff.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
293
with Terminal Degree
250

170
Men
123
Women
41
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Michael Bishop
Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1989

Bruce Gordon
Former President, NAACP

Carol Bellamy
Former Executive Director, UNICEF

Jerry Spinelli
Author, Newberry Award Winner

Fred Fielding
Attorney and Member of the 9/11 Commission

Carson Kressley
TV Personality

Mary Carskadon
Professor and Scientist, Sleep Research

Overview

Comprehensive Fee
The cost of attendance at Gettysburg College includes charges for tuition, room and board. Allowances for books and supplies, transportation, and other personal expenses are factored into a student's budget for the purpose of determining aid eligibility. Typical fees are listed below. Various room and board options are available after the first year.

Tuition: $44,210
Room (regular dorm room): $5,660
Meal Plan (unlimited access): $4,900
Total charges: $54,770

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
93
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 18

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,185

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,458

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,019

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,714

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,197

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,480
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

At Gettysburg, students like to get involved and there are no bystanders here. Whether you prefer to pack your schedule or concentrate on a few activities, you should have little difficulty tapping your interests to the fullest. With more than 140 student-led clubs and organizations and 22 intercollegiate (NCAA division III) athletic programs, it's not uncommon for students to be involved in as many as three or more organizations. From student government and campus publications, to sports, the fine and performing arts, community service, and outdoor adventure, all clubs and organizations are run by students, creating more than a thousand leadership opportunities on campus. Don't see something you're interested in? It's easy to start a new organization; about five new clubs are started every year.
Academics come first at Gettysburg, where “The student body is extremely intelligent and motivated and serious about their work.” When they’re not studying, “Gettysburg’s student body is very involved” in the school and local community, and “volunteering is very popular.” “Each student—in one way or another—takes part in community service during their time at Gettysburg.” Demographically, “most of the student body is…middle-class, white, and from the Northeast.” And, lest we forget, the Gettysburg student body is also well known for its uniform “tendency to wear preppy clothes.” A current student elaborates, “Open up a J. Crew magazine and find the most attractive models in it and you have a typical Gettysburg College student.” While some say the student body has a “cookie-cutter” feel to it, others remind us that “while Gettysburg has a reputation for being mostly white, upper-class students, there is diversity all around if you are willing to open up your eyes and see it.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,451
Out of State
73%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

1.92%
Asian
3.71%
African-American
4.82%
Hispanic
83.06%
Caucasian
3.41%
Unknown
3.93%
International

52% female
48% male
73% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Two things make Gettysburg College's location extraordinary--what's here and what happened here. Our 200-acre campus connects to a famous and engaging town that offers a variety of options when you decide it's time to head off campus. Downtown you'll find an eclectic array of stores, restaurants, and cultural offerings, including the Blue Parrot Bistro and the Ragged Edge Coffee House, the newly-restored Majestic Theater, art galleries sponsoring First Friday openings each month, and many other attractions. Farther afield, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the area's challenging whitewater, great rock climbing and mountain biking, three nearby ski and snowboard resorts, and outstanding hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail. And the College offers easy access to three major metropolitan areas: Harrisburg (45 minutes), Baltimore (60 minutes), and Washington, D.C. (80 minutes). The campus also sits less than a mile from the site of what many consider to be the single most important moment in American history. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War, and its outcome defined the future of the United States. A few months after that event, Gettysburg students walked through town and heard President Lincoln deliver a two-minute speech that stands today as one of the most moving expressions of the ideals of freedom and equality ever spoken. Today, by educating students to become engaged and contributing citizens, the College contributes to shaping a world in which those ideals can flourish.
Enthusiastic and overcommitted, most students at Gettysburg are pursuing “a major and a minor or a double-major, and a majority are involved in at least several college organizations (whether it’s a community service group, sports team, or Greek organization).” With so much on their plate, it is no surprise that “the students at Gettysburg buckle down and work hard” during the week. Socially, “Life at Gettysburg is very Greek-oriented,” and, come the weekend, “frat hopping” is “popular on this campus.” Not your style? No worries: Greek life may be “huge” on campus; “However, that does not mean that that is the only thing to do.” For students looking for alternate activities, the school hosts “movie nights, plays, and musical performances.” Many students also “love going to our theme parties and Happy Hours at the Attic, our on-campus nightclub,” while others “get together with friends and watch movies or go out for coffee.” For a relaxing respite, “The surrounding area and town is beautiful, so one of my favorite things to do is just walk around out on the battlefields or through town.” In addition, “people also like to get off campus traveling to bigger city areas like Baltimore, Harrisburg, D.C., and even Philly and New York City.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
120
Number of Honor Societies
29

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
7

31% join a fraternity
31% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bullets)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bullets)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Allies/SOAR

Minority Support Groups: Intercultural Resource Center, Black Student Union, International Student Club, Latin American Students' Association (L.A.S.A.)

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Dickinson College

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Gettysburg College

Address
Admissions Office
300 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone
717-337-6100

Email
admiss@gettysburg.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Beautiful 200-acre campus
Musselman Library
Science Center
John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness
College Union Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Gettysburg National Park
Boutique shopping and dining in downtown Gettysburg
Appalachian Trail
Easy Access to Washington, D.C.
Easy Access to Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9pm-5pm; 9am-noon
717-337-6100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: available on the hour
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
summer-weekdays; school year-most Sat. and some weekdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admiss@gettysburg.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High school seniors only; one night stays offered Sunday and Thursday only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
A number of airports are within easy driving distance of Gettysburg, including Harrisburg International Airport (40 miles), Baltimore/Washington International Airport (55 miles), and Dulles International (70 miles). Gettysburg sponsors a low cost transportation service to and from area airports and the Harrisburg train station (Amtrak). Call admissions (800-431-0803 or 717-337-6100) for more details.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please see the visiting section of Gettysburg's website for detailed driving directions to campus: http://www.gettysburg.edu

Local Accommodations
There are 35 hotels/motels in the Gettysburg area. The Gettysburg Hotel (1 Lincoln Square; 717-337-2000) is an elegant choice half a mile from campus. For more information on area accommodations, please see the visiting section of the Gettysburg website www.gettysburg.edu.
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Key Stats

4,810
Applicants
2,451
Size
54%
Acceptance Rate
1280
SAT Scores

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