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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 College, 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 120 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 College inspires students to be great. From the very first semester, when incoming 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
5,916
Acceptance Rate
48%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 710
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

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

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
316
with Terminal Degree
271

181
Men
135
Women
52
Minority
8
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
81%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research.

  • 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

Established in 1832, Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg College is a selective college of the liberal arts and sciences that focuses on interdisciplinary study and advanced scholarship. To facilitate this, the school often utilizes distinctive programs, such as its Civil War Institute (dedicated to academic research and historic preservation) and Center for Public Service. To “support intellectual curiosity” for the school’s 2,400 students, Gettysburg also provides an individualized major option. This is backed up by programs like the Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute that allow interested students to weave other interests into their academic schedule, and hundreds of students may receive funding for various research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. “There are a lot of research opportunities for us even though we are undergraduate students,” says one. There are also tons of “opportunities to present research, field trips, hands-on learning experiences, [and] immersion trips.”

Small class sizes—there’s a nine-to-one student-faculty ratio—provide students with further opportunities to “form close relationships with professors, which makes the education experience personalized and thorough.” Professors also take point in encouraging “leadership and involvement in academics through research and presentations,” and utilize “discussion-based classes [to] foster a greater sense of investment.” In turn, the inquisitive minds at Gettysburg “feel comfortable sharing their perspectives and opinions, which makes classes and discussions on campus much more interesting and eye-opening.” Experiential learning also keeps things fresh and active, like “community service, going to see movies pertinent to a course’s topic, field trips” or, for example, a German class that “used the rock wall in our gym as a trust exercise and to practice giving commands in German.” Whatever the situation, professors “are always willing to help and make time to meet outside of class.”


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
81%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

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)
$58,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$109,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$59,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$120,100

Percent High Job Meaning
24%

Percent STEM
42%


Students Say

The school’s Center for Career Engagement loops students into the Gettysburg alumni network. As one enrollee explains, “Many of the alumni have fabulous jobs and want to help [new] graduates get amazing jobs.” While they’re still in attendance, the school also helps them plan for the future through a series of Career Exploration programs, which include job shadowing, internships and externships, and three-day career immersion trips. Taking place during winter break or after May exams, these trips include site visits, case study presentations, and alumni networking receptions. Assessed together, there are more than eight thousand opportunities available as a result of these programs. To ensure a wide variety are available, the school has numerous employer-partners across a wide range of industries, and it taps into these partners to provide panels and information sessions, meet and greets, and on-campus interview sessions. Additionally, professors are always available to discuss career options with students, and they “also write recommendations for students seeking outside opportunities.”

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
Mar 18

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,235

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,404

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,809

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,630

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$43,235

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$56,390
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,460
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

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
2,371
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

2.36%
Asian
3.88%
African-American
8.82%
Hispanic
74.47%
Caucasian
2.11%
Unknown
5.57%
International

52% female
48% male
72% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Students describe their “very interconnected” community as “unmatched,” thanks largely to the smaller size and high levels of sociability. “Everybody knows most of the other students from a class taken together, or a club they both attend, or maybe they just go to the gym at the same time.” Diversity is important to both students and the school, and there’s a lot of appreciation voiced for how the community is “open to different opinions” and “able to have healthy conversations about hard topics.” Perhaps that’s because students are all “eager to learn about the world beyond their academic area” or because they’re “diligent with work and extracurriculars.” Whatever the case, “we all click very well.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
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

The work week is, in fact, a work week here. “Almost everyone is studying or doing work at their favorite study space,” says one student. But while there’s a lot of agreement that “Mondays to Fridays are rigorous,” there’s also consensus that “then the weekend rolls around.” With more than ninety percent of the student body living on campus, there are lots of ways to stay active, “whether it be in a Greek organization, clubs, athletics, or working on-campus.” Sports and Greek life may “dominate the social scene,” but there are plenty of other entertainment outlets, from “cool reenactment options” to “events the Campus Activities Board plans.” Gettysburg also boasts “all the advantages other more rural schools have, like plenty of space to run, bike, and walk, and a quaint town too.”

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
18

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
6

31% join a fraternity
33% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

51% participate in intramural sports
22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bullets)
12 Sports

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

Basketball
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

86/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
No

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
36%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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 225-acre campus
Musselman Library
College Union Building
Science Center
John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness

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
Not Available

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 and Baltimore train stations (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: https://www.gettysburg.edu/admissions-aid/visiting-campus/planning-your-visit/

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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