Gettysburg, PA
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Reviews 493 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: From what I have seen they are pretty good, but I don't know enough to give a definitive opinion.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you need to go somewhere specific the college transportation is okay, but the shuttle service to major transportation hubs is pretty bad because pick-up times are three hours apart from each other.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I wish the campus could be more strict with some things, but they are not, for the most part, overly strict or overly lenient.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think we have too much Greek Life. Also, being someone who is anti-Greek Life to begin with I could care less about Greek Life.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer, so I don't have to worry about the labs, but the wireless network is extremely unreliable.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are challenging and the educational facilities are up-to-date and the faculty is willing to help with any problem a student might have.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing really depends on where you live, who you live with, and how you decide to live within your community.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There could be a little more racial diversity, but like I have said not every member of the same race is exactly the same, so I do not really mind the lack of racial diversity.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I do not have any complaints.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of frat parties and there is a lot of nightlife and my school, but I do not like or participate in the kind of activities that occur.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Gettysburg, since it is a tourist destination, has a lot of mom and pop shop restaurants right in the center of town and all of the food I have had there is great. There is also a handful of chain restaurants more on the outskirts of town.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everything is okay for the most part. I personally have not had any problems with safety and security, but some people drink more than they should.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Even though the requirements are a little lengthy and complicated, they are easy to fulfill because a lot of cross-registration can occur.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone, for the most part, is nice and helpful and the food is great.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Several people use marijuana and the frats are opened almost every weekend and college law says that the Department of Public Safety cannot break up a frat party, so.......

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not familiar enough with off-campus housing to give it a fair rating.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity of ethnicity could be improved. Many of the students are upper class, rich white kids.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus only allows you to miss three classes (there is no such thing as an excused absence) before your grade either drops or you have to withdraw from the course. They take academics very seriously.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have no interest in Greek life, and do not know anything about it.

4 College Junior

Computers: For the most part, printing on campus is easy and quick, unless it is during midterms or finals. The wifi is exceptional and can be accessed everywhere on campus, however, bringing your own computer is advised.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The Department of Public Safety responds quickly, calmly, and efficiently to incidents that are reported and take their job very seriously. Blue light phones are located every block around campus, and escorts are available 24/7.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They do not take extenuating circumstances into account, and therefore I only received one scholarship which is dependent on my GPA.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: My friends and I personally love Ernie's. LD's is always a good option for something at any hour of the night. There are delicious restaurants once you get further into town. We also have a Kilwin's which is heaven on earth even though you wouldn't walk to it for fun. Other than that there isn't much. You really have to drive to go anywhere that's fast food.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I don't have a lot of personal experience with computer labs but printing on campus is relatively easy, I would suggest bringing your own printer if you can afford it merely due to convenience. There are hours where the printers get backed up and you can't get your papers on time. The network isn't high-speed but it definitely works well. You can stream TV shows and download whatever you might need to.


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Steven Moxley
Bakersfield, CA
Computer Science
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Four years may seem like a long time to spend at one place, particularly a place as geographically and numerically small as Gettysburg College. And while it may at first seem simultaneously overwhelming and underwhelming, Gettysburg has a way of growing on you. The key to getting the most out of Gettysburg is to understand what it is and what it isn't, and to embrace the former and accept the latter. Gettysburg will never be a UNC or Ohio State in terms of diversity, class offerings, or athletics. Then again, you'll never be in a class of 350 people, and you will never feel lost and or ostracized. The faculty is, for the most part, awesome. You have the chance to get to know your professors, as well as your classmates. The academics are challenging and rewarding. The more you put in, the more you get out. The study abroad, career development, and alumni services are incredibly useful, and they make what can normally be complicated and difficult processes exceedingly straightforward.

In the end, the two most important things you will take with you are your degree and your friends. Your degree is from a highly selective and challenging liberal arts college. It is not easy to earn, but it is not impossible either. It will get you a good job or into a good graduate school, and the education it represents will serve you well for the rest of your life. Your friends will be warm, caring, and intelligent people, with whom you share that intimate and unique bond that is only forged after years of youthful interaction away from home. You will experience things together that no one will ever quite understand. While there are certainly frustrating and even infuriating aspects of Gettysburg, it remains an institution that cares deeply about its students and their academic, emotional, and physical well-being. Its beautiful campus, challenging coursework, and comprehensive extracurricular system are what make Gettysburg College, overall, a great place to spend the best years of your life.

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