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Gettysburg College is committed to a liberal education that prepares students to be active...

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg College is committed to a liberal education that prepares students to be active leader and participants in a changing world. The college encourages a free and open marketplace of ideas to help students learn and grow.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,447 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
69% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
222 full-time faculty
86 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

92% of students living on campus.

School Location

The school is adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park, a national tourist destination. Students can enjoy dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Retention Fall 2015

91% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

83% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 3%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


NCAA Division III with 13 Varsity Sports for both men and women including basketball, football, lacrosse, and soccer.  Mascot: Bullet  Colors: Blue, Orange

Academic Programs

Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil War, Classics, Computer Science, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film, French, German, Globalization Studies, Greek, Health Sciences, History, Individualized Major, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Affairs, Italian, Japanese, Judaic Studies, Latin, Latin American, Caribbean, Latino, Spanish, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Music, Conservatory, Neuroscience, Nursing, Optometry, Management, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health Professions, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Policy, Religious Studies, ROTC, Sociology, Spanish, Theater Arts, Women, Gender, Sexuality, Writing

First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars (FYS) at Gettysburg are designed to engage students in valuable skills like reading, writing, and critical thinking. Courses are limited to 16 students in order to maintain a small-class atmosphere that encourages participation. All students enrolled in a seminar are housed in the same residence hall as their seminar peers. Below are a few examples of FYS courses:

  1. Women in Law
  2. The Fault in our Genomes
  3. Infernal Voyages
  4. Games and Computation
  5. Language in Multicultural America

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Undergraduate research is an incredible responsibility that involves creative inquiry and student discovery. Research pushes students to think critically and draw their own conclusions. Instead of professors leading the way, students are expected to take a role of leadership while professors oversee their work. There are several ways to get involved with research at Gettysburg, and the college offers a number of internal research opportunities.

Mellon Summer Scholars Program: Mellon Summer Scholars is one of the internal research programs available at Gettysburg. Students enrolled in the program engage in faculty-mentored research over the course of the summer. Projects must be in line with a student’s area of study, and priority is given to research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Study Abroad

Gettysburg offers several different study abroad opportunities, which allows students to choose a program that best suits their academic and personal needs. Gettysburg recognizes that there are incredible benefits to study abroad and therefore encourages all students to take advantage of the opportunity. Students can choose from year-long, semester, and summer programs. Some of the destinations include: Morocco, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Italy, Denmark, Bolivia, and Costa Rica.

Leadership Opportunities

Students are highly encouraged to practice their leadership and management skills while at Gettysburg. In order to prepare students for the demands of their future careers, Gettysburg has established a host of leadership opportunities that involve students with increased responsibility. The Garthwait Leadership Center is responsible for creating those intellectual experiences that give students and alumni the chance to act as leaders.

Leadership Mentor Program: Students of sophomore, junior, and senior status are invited to become Leadership Mentors. LMs are individuals dedicated to leadership opportunities and development. Each LM is expected to work an average of ten hours a week, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, attend weekly meetings, and engage in one-on-one appointments with professional staff. LMs have several different responsibilities across campus, and they work with everyone from students to alumni.

Summer Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program

Established in 2014, the Summer Entrepreneurial Fellowship supports students’ interest in business and entrepreneurship. The summer curriculum is administered through the Center for Career Development and involves activities that promote critical thinking, leadership, and problem solving skills. Ultimately, the program equips each student with the skills and tools they’ll need to engage in their own ventures.

The Residential College Program

The Residential College program connects academics to residential life. Students enrolled in the same seminar and writing courses are housed together. The residential component of the program is meant to extend class discussion into a more comfortable, less formal setting. By combining residence life with academics, students are given a support system in which they can openly exchange their ideas. The program serves as great practice for the kind of participation and class discussion that will be expected of each student throughout college. Aside from the academic benefits, students are also given social opportunities like field trips, community service projects, and themed dinners.

Community Service

Community service will always be an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Service is stepping back from the educational demands of college and addressing the needs of the community. Active and engaged graduates are more well-rounded individuals, and service develops valuable traits of humility and responsibility. Gettysburg is highly committed to the service of others and works to provide students with numerous ways to get involved.

Immersion Projects: Immersion projects are a great way for students to get involved over school breaks. During winter break, spring break and May, students can travel to domestic and international sites to perform acts of service. With social justice at the core of each mission, students collaborate with their host community to address the needs of the people. Immersion projects are highly educational, allowing students to apply their knowledge to a specific issues at hand. Some of the past sites have included: Washington D.C., Haiti, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania.  

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities: Scheduling conflicts can make it difficult for some students to participate in extended service opportunities like the immersion projects. For those students, there are weekly volunteer programs to choose from. Because these initiatives are a weekly occurrence, students always have a plethora of service options to choose from. Some of the programs include:

  1. Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  2. Migrant Education High School Program
  3. Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College

Siegfried Fellowships

Students selected to become Siegfried fellows have the incredible opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience. Through internships, students get an up-close and personal look at a select industry and get to practice applying their knowledge in the workplace. Aside from the practical experience, students also benefit from the relationships they foster with business experts. Often times, business leaders act as mentors, opening doors for fellows and leading the way toward opportunity. In some cases, fellows are even asked to become full-time employees after graduation.


Admissions Fall 2015

6,386 Total Applicants 
2,540 Total Admissions 
699 Total Freshman Enrollment

39.77% of applicants admitted




Tuition $49,140
Room and Board (on campus) $11,730
Room Only $6,290
Board Only $5,440
Estimated Total On Campus $60,870


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

83% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
57% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$28,594 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$4,754 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates