Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus
Gettysburg College campus

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 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 120 student clubs and campus organizations, "Gettysburgians" are mindful of their responsibilities as global citizens. Nearly 60% 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.


From The School

If Gettysburg is your first choice, you are strongly encouraged to apply for Early Decision (ED) admission. Gettysburg offers two Early Decision deadline dates; the ED I application deadline is November 15 and the ED II deadline is January 15. Early Decision admissions decisions are mailed within one month of the deadline date. Regular Decision applications are due by January 15.

The admissions process at Gettysburg is highly selective and the admissions staff gives careful consideration to each application. We expect students to make the most of the academic offerings of their high school. Participation in a solid college preparatory program with enriched, accelerated, and advanced placement courses is expected. Grades in academic courses, quality and distribution of subjects, and rank in class (when applicable) are highly significant parts of the applicant's credentials.

The College is also very interested in individuals of character who will make positive contributions to the campus community and beyond. In estimating such qualities, we rely on what students say about themselves through essays, along with the recommendations from secondary school counselors and teachers. In-depth involvement in extracurricular and community service activities both inside and outside of school is favorably considered in the admissions process.

An admissions interview is strongly recommended, but not required. Interviews are available from April 1 of the junior year through early February of the senior year. Students applying to the Sunderman Conservatory of Music are required to audition.

Standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT exams are reviewed in the overall context of a student's application and academic record. If a student has taken the SAT or ACT more than once, only their highest section scores across all test dates will be considered as part of the final admissions decision. SAT II exams are not required. Strong students who believe that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect the strength of their academic achievements can choose to be considered as test optional in the admissions process.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 680
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


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Gettysburg's strong academic tradition is rooted in a rigorous liberal arts and science curriculum. The College augments academic excellence with community responsibility and global experiences, provides leadership opportunities and engages with public policy issues. Some of Gettysburg’s key distinctive features include:

The Eisenhower Institute for Public Policy and Leadership – Become a master of global and public policy issues by taking a front row seat to political leaders, the press, and policy expertsboth on campus and in Washington D.C.

Sunderman Conservatory of Music – Undertake a rigorous music curriculum, or get involved in a multitude of performance groups open to everyone, all within the context of a liberal arts and sciences education.

Garthwait Leadership Center – Sharpen your skills through our intellectual and experiential hub for leadership development; take advantage of workshops, retreats, one-on-one mentoring, or even pursue a Leadership Certificate!

Civil War Institute – Immerse yourself in Civil War dialogue through one of the institute’s special programs, or pursue the nation’s only minor in Civil War Era Studies.

First-Year Seminar Program – Dive into one of over 40 unique seminar courses and share a residential experience with your classmatestopics range everything from “Reading on the Brain” to “Why Do People Dance?”

Center for Global Education –Take advantage of one of Gettysburg’s renowned study abroad programs across the globe, ranked 2nd in the country by the Institute of International Educationnearly 60% of students study abroad for a semester or more.

Undergraduate Research – Work side-by-side with distinguished professors to investigate cutting edge developments, and even publish in journals and present at professional conferenceswork often reserved for graduate students.

Majors and Degrees Offered

There are 68 majors and special programs from which to choose a major, a double major, a self-designed major or a major/minor combination. Every student has a senior capstone experience and nearly 60% of the students will study abroad before they graduate. There has been an Honor Code in effect since 1957.

More than 95 percent of the faculty has a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. They have earned Fulbright and Luce Fellowships, won NSF grants, and many have gained national and international reputations for their work. However, excellent teaching is central to the College's mission and it is the strong relationship between students and faculty as learners that is the hallmark of a Gettysburg education. At Gettysburg, there is a 9:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 18 students.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agriculture, General

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • German Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Regional Studies (U
  • 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, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • 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
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • 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 Clinical Sciences

  • 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
  • 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, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

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

  • 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

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • 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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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 41 percent reported a feeling that their job had a meaningful impact on the world, and an average starting salary of $47,600.

Colleges that Create Futures

Leadership Opportunities

A biology major notes, “Life at Gettysburg is focused on the community as a whole. We’re really into diversity, equity, and inclusion, and further exploring what those words actually mean.” These thoughts tend to echo throughout the student body, one that is “active in the community, interested in many different things, willing to share their passions, and supportive of their peers.” With a strong alumni network, and many networking opportunities through the Garthwait Leadership Center, Gettysburg does its best to show you that graduation does not mean that this community will leave you behind. As a new department within the college’s College Life Division, the GLC has enhanced a tradition of leadership at Gettysburg, helping students and alumni recognize their potential as leaders and their responsibility to serve. It offers an individualized leadership certificate program that serves as a strong connection to integrating and articulating one’s leadership experience within the context of a career plan, and, through collaborative partnerships across the institution, creates intellectual and experiential opportunities for students and alumni to develop leadership skills.
To begin with, the Emerging Leaders Retreat is an annual leadership experience designed for first-year and sophomore students who are interested in developing their leadership knowledge and skills. The program, which is delivered off campus, is designed to provide a rich learning experience regardless of whether or not you hold a formal leadership position. Then there’s the Leadership Institute: a semester-long, seminar-style leadership experience which explores leadership through social justice issues and culminates with a week-long immersion project at the end of the spring semester at an off campus site. The intent of the program is to illustrate the potential that individuals have to create and attain positive and sustainable social change in the world today.
And, for those concerned with their future, the Alumni Mentor Retreat is an annual leadership experience for seniors who are interested in learning from alumni about how to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned at Gettysburg after graduation. The retreat helps participants reflect on their Gettysburg leadership experience through meaningful conversation with several successful alumni. Participants identify ways to apply the skills learned in college that will empower them to achieve success in the workplace, graduate study, their family, and their community. Emphasizing its commitment to a strong sense of community, the GLC offers recent graduates the Young Alumni Leadership Program. A mentoring experience for individuals interested in developing their leadership ability, young alumni who apply for the program are assigned a mentor who supports and challenges them to develop and implement a personal leadership plan, designed to broaden their leadership ability, and demonstrating that the Gettysburg experience does not end after graduation.
Additionally, this year Gettysburg has excitedly announced the Women’s Leadership Track of the Leadership Certificate program, offering participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and explore issues related to women.
Faculty Mentors

Gettysburg’s more than 190 faculty members boast an impressive record of achievement as teachers and as scholars. Nearly 100 percent have a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. The faculty is the living embodiment of the Gettysburg experience of a devotion to leadership within the community at large. A prime example is English professor Chris Fee, who stepped up when the state cut funding for a crucial after-school elementary program. He worked with other administrators on campus and the local community to provide limited financial support to transport student volunteers to and from the elementary school, in addition to providing a healthy after-school snack for the children. (The program has continued as a part of Dr. Fee’s class on rural poverty, offered each spring semester.) And of the nearly 600 sections of courses offered, just over 70 of them consist of classes allowing 30 or more students. In fact, nearly 400 sections contain fewer than 20 students.
Dr. Stephenson, professor and chair of physics, notes, “Faculty come to Gettysburg College because we believe in the mission of liberal arts education. We believe that the intellectual life creates better citizens and also that the intellectual life extends beyond the classroom. We spend LARGE amounts of time outside of class with our students.” Dr. Stephen Gimbel, chair of the philosophy department, says, “The students who do well at Gettysburg are those who keep from trapping themselves in a narrow band of intellectual experience. We take the notion of liberal arts seriously. Einstein played his violin daily, kept active in politics, and read philosophy. We see education not as a narrow set of training exercises, but as a set of interconnected experiences—curricular and co-curricular—that allow students to shape themselves into broad and well-rounded people who can bring multiple lenses to see the world around them.”
Special Facilities

The college’s close distance to Washington, D.C. provides students with an all-access-pass to leading policy makers through the college’s Eisenhower Institute. Honoring the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Institute is a distinguished center for leadership and public policy that prepares successive generations to perfect the promise of the nation. A distinctive program of Gettysburg College, the Institute has offices in the heart of the nation’s capital and in the historic Gettysburg home once occupied by Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, and combines top-level dialogue among policy-makers with a premier learning experience for undergraduates, and is home to both resident and non-resident fellows that have expertise in a variety of fields, including energy, nuclear nonproliferation, foreign relations, Middle East affairs, U.S. politics, the U.S. presidency, economics, international security, and environmental sustainability. Students may participate in semester-long programs through the Institute, ranging from Inside Politics with EI’s Expert-in-Residence Kasey Pipes, Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times with Susan Eisenhower, and Women in Leadership with Jennifer Donahue, the Public Information Officer for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, to their year-long Undergraduate Fellowship program. Each of these experiences offers unparalleled access to Washington insiders and lessons in leadership with an eye to politics, advocacy, and public policy.
Being just a mile from the historic battlefield where Lincoln delivered his unforgettable address, Gettysburg’s Civil War Institute uses an interdisciplinary approach to engage diverse audiences in a dialogue about the Civil War. It offers an undergraduate minor in Civil War Era Studies, the Gettysburg Semester (an entire immersion semester in Civil War studies at Gettysburg), and provides numerous educational opportunities for Gettysburg College students such as the Civil War Institute fellows program and the Brian C. Pohanka Fellowships, as well as assisting students with internships and other professional opportunities in the National Parks, preservation agencies, heritage tourism associations, and the museum community at large. Gettysburg even offers a unique minor in Civil War era studies, which is enhanced by the CWI’s hands-on programs.
And look no further than The Sunderman Conservatory of Music as evidence of Gettysburg’s strong offerings in the arts. A conservatory embedded in a rich intellectual community, Sunderman is, according the college, “a place of synergy and energy, of concertos and calculus, symphonies and science, history and harmonies, gamelan and German.” An exceptional faculty of artists and scholars, and opportunities that range from residencies with internationally-renowned guest artists and lecturers each semester to musical experiences abroad for a semester or a summer make Sunderman one of the most distinctive undergraduate music options available. Gettysburg College offers a Bachelor of Music in Performance, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music with the option for a double major. Additionally, the Conservatory benefits from the college’s proximity to major metropolitan areas like D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore with expert faculty and a robust artist-in-residence program.


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

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: $50,860
Room (regular dorm room): $6,510
Meal Plan (unlimited access): $5,630
Total charges: $63,000

Financial Aid

Gettysburg continues to uphold a long-standing commitment to place the College within reach of each accepted student. Recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as a "Best Value" among private colleges based upon academic quality and affordability, a Gettysburg education is an investment worth making. Need-based financial aid, academic merit scholarships, and music talent scholarships are available. Over $51 million in scholarships and grants were awarded from Gettysburg College resources for the 2016-17 academic year.

Approximately 66% of the student body will benefit from these funds. The average financial aid award for enrolled students in the 2015-2016 academic year was nearly $38,146. Academic merit scholarships are also available.

Applicants who are applying for financial aid should submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE by the appropriate deadline dates (November 15 for Early Decision I; January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision). The Gettysburg College Code Number for the PROFILE is 2275 and the Gettysburg College federal school code for the FAFSA is 003268.


Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

At Gettysburg College, tuition and fees cost about $50,860 per year. Room and board on campus costs about $12,140. Prospective students should also factor in the annual cost of books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Overall, about 60 percent of Gettysburg students receive some sort of funding from their "irresistible . . . and generous financial aid program."

Bang For Your Buck

Gettysburg College awards about $47 million in scholarships and grants each year. Both need-based and merit-based awards are available. Merit-based scholarships range from $7,000 to $25,000 per year. A separate application is not required; decisions on merit scholarship recipients are made as part of the admissions process. Talent scholarships are also available. Gettysburg College grants vary from $500 to $38,690, based on financial need. The average freshman grant is $28,000.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

At Gettysburg, students are "all in" - they engage in a broad range of activities that complement their academics both during the week and on the weekends. With more than 120 student-led clubs and organizations and 24 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? Start your own organization!

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
75% are out of state
99% are full time
1% 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." 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."


From The School


Two things make Gettysburg College's location extraordinary--what's here and what happened here. Less than a mile from the sites of the Battle of Gettysburg and the famous Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, 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 Majestic Theater, art galleries sponsoring First Friday openings each month, and many other attractions. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the area's kayaking, 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).

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The 55,000 square foot John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness is a sleek facility with an array of athletic and fitness areas including a fitness center, a bouldering area and a rock climbing wall, and a natatorium with eight competition lanes and a four-lane warm-up pool. There are more than 35 fitness classes (some are student-led) each week-from aerobics to Pilates to spinning to yoga to Zumba. Nearly all students take advantage of the opportunities for recreation and fitness at Gettysburg.

The Majestic Theater, a renovated and restored 1926 vaudeville theater, seats 830 and features two cinema theatres. The Majestic hosts world-class performances by visiting artists and a stage for College music and theatre performances.

The Science Center, McCreary Hall, and Masters Hall are at the heart of scientific research on campus. The Science Center is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility and houses a greenhouse, a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, and a Geographical Information System lab. McCreary is home to the latest equipment for biology, and there is space for cognitive neuroscience, an infant research lab, and a vivarium. Masters Hall houses the Physics department. Inside are atomic and nuclear physics labs, a planetarium, an accelerator research lab, and a plasma research lab.

Off-Campus Opportunities

At Gettysburg everyone has the option of off-campus study and we encourage every student to consider it. Studying off campus offers many obvious benefits-a more global perspective, fluency in another language and a deeper firsthand knowledge of critical issues. There are a rich and diverse range of off-campus study options all over the world: in any given semester, Gettysburg students are on six continents, representing all majors and disciplines. In addition to taking course work toward their major, students abroad may be conducting field research, working as interns, living with local people, and studying languages ranging from Arabic to Zulu. By the time they graduate, nearly 60% of Gettysburg students have spent at least a semester abroad. In fact, the Institute of International Education has ranked Gettysburg College 2nd in the country for semester-long study abroad experiences.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

31% join a fraternity
33% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bullets)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bullets)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Office of Intercultural Advancement, Black Student Union, International Student Club, Latin American Students' Association (L.A.S.A.)

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Dickinson College


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Gettysburg College

Admissions Office
300 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325



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; select Saturdays
9pm-5pm; 9am-noon

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Accepted students only


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:

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

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