Academics

Location
Gettysburg, PA
Undergrads
2,579
Tuition
$44,210
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

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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4 College Senior

Academics: Rigorous course work. Outside of the theatre arts courses there is no such thing as an easy course. Teachers seem relatively dedicated to their students.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 290th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 293rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 328th
    Smartest Professors
  • 370th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Moxley
Hometown
Bakersfield, CA
Major
Computer Science
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The students, administrators, and faculty at Gettysburg College should be proud of the school's academics. It is not exactly the degree of difficulty that makes the academics so demanding, it is perhaps the level of student interest in every class that makes learning a satisfying and effective endeavor. It is just about impossible to check in and out of a class without verbally or mentally engaging in a discussion or lecture. The small class sizes have a great deal to do with this, and to an equal degree, an all-star roster of accomplished and dedicated professors.

Gettysburg is a liberal arts college and does have a rather eclectic set of core requirements compared to a conventional university. Not all students appreciate the extensive language requirement, and having to complete two natural science courses may not appeal to humanists, either. However, if given a chance, these requirements do not have to be the exercise in mental drudgery. There are several classes in each department geared toward non-majors for core requirements. These tend to be quite interesting and not as intense as the ones designed for majors. Register for classes early enough to stand a chance at getting into what you want. The most popular classes are generally the ones that will fill up first.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
215
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
77
Total FT Faculty
215
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,908
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Transfer-Out Rate
1%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
40
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 31%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • History, General: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Breidenbaugh Hall
  • Glatfelter Hall
  • Musselman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • As much of a pain as it might be, take the time to learn how to use Blackboard, CNAV, and Peoplesoft. While you will probably use Blackboard fairly frequently, chances are that if you don't know how to navigate Peoplesoft for instance, it will come back to haunt you just about the only time you really need it: class pre-registration.
  • Class sizes are small for a reason. You will be missed (and you will miss out) if you don't show up on a regular basis.
  • Don't feel like you have to have a major picked out before you arrive on campus. You are allowed to hold off on declaring until the end of your sophomore year, and you should use that time to decide what you'd really like to do. It's a lot harder to switch from a major you've already declared than to just declare in the first place.
  • Learn to love Servo or learn how to cook.
  • Losing your room key is embarrassing and expensive-try to keep track of it.
  • Professors make an effort to have lots of office hours. Make an effort to use them.
  • The library is a great place to study and work. However, you are not the only student who knows this.
Did You Know?
  • Gettysburg offers the opportunity for students to design their own majors, working with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department to incorporate existing classes into a unique choice of major.
  • Gettysburg is the only college in the country to offer a Civil War era studies minor.
  • First-year students are required to take a First Year Seminar, a course designed to hone fundamental skills of writing, speaking, and critical thinking. FYS classes are constructed around a subject of personal interest of the instructor.
  • Gettysburg recently dropped its Health and Exercise Science credit from its list of core requirements. That means no more required gym class for incoming students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 14 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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