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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 17 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1, everyone plays a role. At Gettysburg, learning often means doing— doing everything. Students engage in cutting edge research, study across the globe, and serve the community of Gettysburg and beyond. There are no bystanders here.

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 130 student clubs and campus organizations, "Gettysburgians" are mindful of their responsibilities as global citizens. Nearly 60 percent 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, discuss, debate, and present. They often collaborate and conduct research with the College's faculty, and they leave Gettysburg prepared to make discoveries, inspire others, and lead lives of impact.

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Overview

Applicants
6,384
Acceptance Rate
46%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
305
with Terminal Degree
255

173
Men
132
Women
54
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agriculture, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Caribbean Studies.
  • Chinese Studies.
  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies.
  • German Studies.
  • Italian Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Genetics, General.
  • Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Education, General.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Latin Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Nursing Studies.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • Asian History.
  • European History.
  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, Other.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.
  • Planetary Astronomy and Science.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • American Government and Politics (United States).
  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Students Say

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.”

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
84%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$111,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$113,000

Percent High Job Meaning
40%

Percent STEM
23%


Students Say

There is excellent financial support for students who “want to do really cool things with their education” such as study abroad, unpaid internships, or academic conferences. The study abroad program is “impressively large,” and the opportunities for gaining work experience both in the United States and abroad are “endless.” The Center for Career Development “does a great job of helping students find internships, externships and job shadowing opportunities” and “the support from the alumni helps with having lots of options for internships and jobs,” says a student. Aside from job fairs, resume reviews, and online resources, the center's Career Immersion Trips are three-day intensive career programs that offer students a chance to get firsthand insight into their possible career up close and in person. Of the Gettysburg graduates who visited PayScale.com 40 percent reported a feeling that their job had a meaningful impact on the world, and an average starting salary of $52,600.

As current students point out, the opportunities at Gettysburg—through student organizations and through the Garthwait Leadership Center, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Civil War Institute—are more than activities: "They are stepping stones to what students really want to continue in their professional career." Students have many opportunities for practical career development, whether through Gettysburg's distinctive program or through the Center for Career Development, which has offered students over 8,000 opportunities for career exploration and professional networking in the past six years alone. Moreover, the Entrepreneurial Fellowship has helped budding student-entrepreneurs launch seven businesses in the past three years, and the Siegfried Fellowship, with its professional development curriculum, helps students land and thrive in competitive internships with big-name employers. The Center for Career Development works with every student to help them convey how their campus experiences—whether conducting student-faculty research, studying abroad, holding a leadership position, or playing on an athletic team—advance their professional skills and contribute to their career plan. For instance, when describing the career trajectories of Gettysburg philosophy graduates, Prof. Steven Gimbel, chair of the philosophy department says, "What is fascinating is the wide range of paths they take. We have some who take traditional routes like graduate school or law school, but we have airline pilots, FBI agents tracking down fraud in war zones, acupuncturists, members of the clergy, Teach For America and Peace Corps members, archivists and librarians, people working to feed the hungry and helping abandoned animals." A recent alum notes that students choose Gettysburg "for the sense of community and individualized attention it offers as a small college; for its strong writing program with accomplished writers on faculty; and for the internship and externship experiences offered through its alumni network."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,718

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,153

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,702

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,323

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,718

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$54,480
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$500

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,010
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,409
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

2.21%
Asian
3.50%
African-American
7.58%
Hispanic
75.00%
Caucasian
2.00%
Unknown
6.92%
International

53% female
47% male
74% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

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.” 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.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

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.”

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
17

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
6

32% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

52% participate in intramural sports
27% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Dickinson College

Sustainability

80/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits 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
Easy Access to Washington, D.C.
Easy Access to Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Appalachian Trail

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Saturdays
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

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted students 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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