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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA



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

Address 300 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA  17325
United States
Contact Gail Sweezey
Dean of Admissions
Phone: 717-337-6100
Fax: 717-337-6145

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
African-american/black Studies Checkmark
American/united States Studies/civilization Checkmark
Area Studies, Other Checkmark
Chinese Studies Checkmark
East Asian Studies Checkmark
European Studies/civilization Checkmark
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, And Mexican-american/chicano Studies Checkmark
Italian Studies Checkmark
Japanese Studies Checkmark
Latin American Studies Checkmark
South Asian Studies Checkmark
Women's Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Exercise Physiology And Kinesiology Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Molecular Biology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business Administration, Management And Operations, Other Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Non-profit/public/organizational Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
Education, General Checkmark
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Physical Education Teaching And Coaching Checkmark
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Writing, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Ancient/classical Greek Language And Literature Checkmark
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Comparative Literature Checkmark
French Language And Literature Checkmark
German Language And Literature Checkmark
Italian Language And Literature Checkmark
Japanese Language And Literature Checkmark
Latin Language And Literature Checkmark
Modern Languages Checkmark
Romance Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences, Other Checkmark
Pre-dentistry Studies Checkmark
Pre-medicine/pre-medical Studies Checkmark
Pre-nursing Studies Checkmark
Pre-pharmacy Studies Checkmark
Pre-veterinary Studies Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
American History (united States) Checkmark
Asian History Checkmark
European History Checkmark
History, General Checkmark
Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
Pre-law Studies Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Biological And Physical Sciences Checkmark
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Peace Studies And Conflict Resolution Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Sports, Kinesiology, And Physical Education/fitness, General Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Jewish/judaic Studies Checkmark
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Public Policy Analysis, General Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
Econometrics And Quantitative Economics Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
International Economics Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Social Sciences, General Checkmark
Social Sciences, Other Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Art/art Studies, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Film/cinema/media Studies Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Music Performance, General Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts, General Checkmark


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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements may exist (see below)
Other requirements: Extracurricular activities

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th March 15th
Early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer April 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 640 720
SAT Math 640 710
ACT Composite 28 32

Tuition & Fees

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Room & board
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 11.25%
Black or African American 5.09%
White or Caucasian 70.82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.38%
Asian 3.63%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.04%
Two or more races 1.38%
Other 2.54%


Male (48.98%)
Female (51.02%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Women-only housing
International housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 94%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Family Weekend Programs, Thanksgiving Dinner and Snowball

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Community service, athletics, music and student government

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Indoor Track Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 3 No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball No No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey Checkmark Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No No No
Indoor Track Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 3 No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 223
Part-time - 64
Male - 157
Female - 130
Gettysburg College