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Reviews 550 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman get stuck with pretty mediocre dorms but the social scene in dorms is great. Some of your best friends will be found in your freshman dorm.

Sophomores and up have access to apartments which are pretty spacious and can easily have parties held in them without fear of DPS breaking them up.

Everything is very close to classes and at most a couple minute walk.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most people on campus are moderately to very attractive. Some girls are very stuck up, not that guys aren't its just less common.

Most students dress preppy/fratty in very expensive outfits (barbour jackets and such)

Relationships are somewhat common on campus but the trend is definitely just casual hookups over commitment.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We don't even have a diverse group of white people.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties every week usually from wednesday to sunday. Multiple fraternities will be open on most nights to give you some options. Sometimes theme houses or off campus houses have parties too but you need to know people to go there.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Most students here have merit scholarships. If you need money you will usually get it... but not always.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe for the most part. DPS has more people in it than the gettysburg police AFAIK. Some DPS officers are assholes and just like to get kids in trouble or harassing them while others (officer pierce) legitimately caring about the students and not being pushy or mean about harmless fun.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge here. Freshman can't rush which sucks a lot for guys because you will have limited access to parties and probably get kicked out at some houses (Phi delt/ATO).

Girls can obviously party regardless.

Greek life drives campus in many ways. Any time there is a big event people will be attending it is for greek life in some way.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 75-80% of students look, dress, and act the same. There is an average number of relationships.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police are very visible. Blue light stations are visible from every location on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is very noticeable. There is some drug usage.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The battlefields are beautiful. Many different attractions due to tourists. Safety is average in most areas after dark. Very safe during the day. Local outlets have a number of nice options. Residents are very nice towards students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most locations are within walking distance. Nothing is overpriced, but some are difficult to get a seat at due to the reenactors.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best housing options are next to impossible to get into if you are a sophomore. Very little interaction between neighbors. Cost increases as quality of housing increases. Housing process is done by grade and then is a mix of GPA and random.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life creates a strong party atmosphere. Non-Greek students are viewed negatively by Greek students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is difficult because classes fill up very quickly. Most professors live in the area and are very available for outside classroom help. There is a heavy workload, but it is doable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Facilities are excellent. Curriculum has a variety of options to appeal to different interests.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is predominately wealthy white students, with very little diversity.

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College Sophomore

Majors: Biology department intentionally tries to deter you from the major. College controls percentage of students accepted to medical school by only allowing those that they believe will be accepted to apply.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan on getting an internship, but worry about being able to find one in my area. The career and job fair are a good place to find one.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Variety of meal plan options for upperclassmen

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is Greek life--you love it or you hate it. There's nothing so exceptional about Gettysburg's Greek life that makes it any better or worse in my opinion.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The options are diverse and servo can be truly amazing

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5 College Senior

Academics: Liberal arts is a good education to help you discover what you want to do and your passions. Once you know these things liberal arts only slows you down. If you know what you want to do not go to a liberal arts college. If you are unsure or want to test the waters go to a liberal arts school.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: My time at gettysburg had been the most meaning full and productive years of my life. And after graduating last week I know that I will miss every second.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I am a guy and I can honestly say that I have not been paying to much attention to the guys on campus. But for the most part, they are above average to average. The women on the other hand are mostly between 4-6 with some 8 and 9's throne in. You might not find your dream girl there but you will rarely sleep alone. As far as attitudes are concerned, one acronym comes to mind, WASP; rich white kids that feel entitled and over privileged. Of course thats not everyone and the environment seems to be changing.

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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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