Gettysburg, PA
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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

Academics: The workload is not overbearing and the school gives you many opportunities for other activites.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are very helpful and have a lot of experience.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A lot of homework ans time management.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a Sociology major and LOVED it. I loved the topics covered, and all the professors are very knowledgeable and willing to help out if you need extra help. The best part of a small department (though it is growing) is that your professors get to know you and may offer research or internship opportunities to you. I was able to do research that helped me in my job after graduation with one of my professors. For some reason, some people assume that sociology is an easy major, but this is the direct opposite of truth! Everyone had to work hard for the grades we got, and almost every professor actively is fighting grade inflation. However, as said before, the professors are available for help and if you come to class and do the work, you will be fine.


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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
Bakersfield, CA
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
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Programs/Majors Offered
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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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