Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
53%
47%
student ratio
2,384
total students
$50,860 | $50,860
in-state | out-of-state tuition
January 15
fall application deadline
42%
acceptance rate
Most Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
Not
Reported
act composite

Overview

Overview

At Gettysburg College, "Do great work" is more than a tagline. The college believes that learning means doing, and that a college education should prepare students to be great and do great work.

So often, what happens outside of the classroom is a vital extension of what happens inside. If students want to get involved--and most Gettysburg students do--the opportunities are almost endless.

Academic Excellence

A highly selective, nationally-recognized college of 2,600 students rooted in a rigorous liberal arts and science curriculum, classes at Gettysburg College augment academic excellence with community responsibility and global experiences, provide leadership opportunities and engage with public policy issues.

Classes in all of their 68 academic programs average 18 students and come in many forms--from conversational seminars that challenge students to be their intellectual best, to intensive studio and music classes with lots of experimentation and interaction, to hands-on labs where students undertake research and fieldwork, to small lectures peppered with lively debates. Their small class sizes encourage debate and ensure personal interactions between students and their professors.

All of their tenured faculty members have a PhD or terminal degree. In fact, Gettysburg College supports a first-class faculty that embraces innovation and cutting-edge developments. They are leading scholars in their fields, encouraging their students to be on the front lines of academic discovery and many students across all disciplines have engaged in highly personalized student-faculty research.

Incoming students have unique access to this passion for academics through their popular First-Year Seminar programs--creatively designed to hone writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills--all while sparking students' intellectual curiosity.

World Famous Town

Located steps away from the battlefields that altered the course of the nation's history and less than a mile from the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the college's historic location inspires their students towards responsible citizenship and leadership.

No tradition better highlights the significance of their historic location to their students than the annual First-Year Walk. In 1863, Gettysburg College students walked with President Abraham Lincoln to the Gettysburg National Cemetery where Lincoln delivered his iconic speech.

Every year, students recreate this walk with their class. They hear a recitation of the Gettysburg Address, an address from a faculty member, and are welcomed into the community by the mayor of the town.

Attracting over three million visitors each year, the town of Gettysburg has a lively local atmosphere and close proximity to several major metropolitan centers. The college's location--easily accessible from Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and the state capital, Harrisburg--offers internships, off-campus research, experiential learning, and service opportunities, enabling the college to balance their small-town charm with big-campus resources.

Vibrant Campus Life

Outside the classroom, "Gettysburgians" are actively involved in over 120 student organizations that run the gamut, from student government and campus publications to sports, the arts, community service, and outdoor adventure. All are run by students and create more than a thousand leadership opportunities each year.

Known as the "Bullets" on the field, Gettysburg offers 24 Division III intercollegiate sports for men and women. Strong recreational and intramural programs give everyone an opportunity to get involved. In fact, over 90% of students participate in one of the campus recreation programs.

During the weekends, students can choose from one of over 800 events planned by the Campus Activities Board each year--including concerts, comedians, and coffeehouses, cheering on the Bullets, going on outdoor expeditions, exploring DC museums, taking in a movie or lecture, playing inner tube water polo, competing in a ping pong tournament or trivia night, and so much more.

Despite their close proximity to several metropolitan centers, Gettysburg College is not a "suitcase" school--95% of students stay on campus during the weekends.

Distinctive Programs

Gettysburg College's distinctive programs and other unique facilities enable the college to balance their small-town feel with big campus resources. Whether their students want to learn about public policy and presidential leadership through the Eisenhower Institute, cultivate their personal leadership style through the Garthwait Leadership Center, engage in diverse perspectives and public interpretations of history through the Civil War Institute, or combine their love of music with their liberal arts education through the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, their students are challenged with programs that inspire them to greatness and push them to the next level every day.

Global Perspectives

Recognizing the value of preparing tomorrow's global leaders, Gettysburg College provides opportunities accessible for all students to take their learning out of the classroom and into the world. In fact, nearly 60% of Gettysburg students study abroad for at least one semester at prestigious colleges and universities worldwide, earning the college the distinction of being named 2nd in the nation--and 1st in Pennsylvania--for semester-long study abroad experiences by the Institute of International Education.

Through study abroad experiences, the integration of global perspectives into the classroom, and short immersion, research, and service-based trips--both across the country and around the world--students graduate ready and able to make a difference in an increasingly globalized world.

Connections and Career Opportunities

One of the things that distinguishes Gettysburg College is their commitment to help students develop a career plan and build their professional network. Their Center for Career Development works with every student, from their first year through their senior year and beyond, to help them learn about their strengths, hone their professional skill set, and articulate their value to potential employers and graduate schools. Over 80% of students complete at least one internship by the time that they graduate, and have over 6,000 opportunities for career exploration, from immersion trips to networking dinners and externships.

Another unique program offered by the Center for Career Development is the Entrepreneurial Fellowship, a platform that provides alumni mentorship and resources to help budding student-entrepreneurs kick-start their entrepreneurial journey.

With opportunities like these on their resumes, it is no surprise that 98% of their recent graduates have either found full-time employment or are enrolled in a graduate school program less than one year after their graduation.


Location & Contact

300 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1483
USA

Ms.Gail Sweezey

Director of Admissions

Phone: 717-337-6100
Fax: 717-337-6145
Email: admiss@gettysburg.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Area Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (South)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chinese Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nonprofit Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Ancient/Classical Greek
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Modern Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Nursing Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • American History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

42% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied6,816
    • Accepted2,906
    • Acceptance Rate42%
    • Enrolled2,384
    • Female Applicants3,689
    • Females Accepted1,588
    • Female Acceptance Rate43%
    • Male Applicants3,127
    • Males Accepted1,318
    • Male Acceptance Rate42%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$60
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan January 15th February 15th --
    • Transfer November 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 600 680
    • SAT Math 610 680
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$50,860
    • Out-of-state tuition *$50,860
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$12,140
    • Room only *$6,510
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,384
    • Male Student Percentage47%
    • Female Student Percentage53%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.84%
    • Black or African American3.28%
    • White or Caucasian76.46%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.17%
    • Asian2.35%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races3.07%
    • Unknown or International Student2.23%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.6% representing 39 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students75% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 94%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations community service, music, athletics, student government
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty305
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage41%
    • Male Percentage59%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 2,375 students to 250 faculty


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