Diversity

Location
Gettysburg, PA
Undergrads
2,579
Tuition
$44,210
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

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

2 College Sophomore

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

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1 College Senior

Diversity: Im rating diversity strictly on political views...Its disgusting how liberal the teachers, administration, and students are. I believe that the conservatives are truly the "silent majority" but the amount of liberal bullshit this school feeds is terrible.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Gettysburg is not very ethnically diverse, it's not a secret. That being said, the administration is trying to diversify and bring in more international students as well as students of color. The majority of diversity comes from the student backgrounds and experiences.

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.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Moxley
Hometown
Bakersfield, CA
Major
Computer Science
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Plain and simple, Gettysburg College is not diverse. This is not, in any way, due to a intolerant campus or off-campus environment, but rather passive inhibitors, such as price and location. However, the all-white atmosphere is steadily changing, however. The school is making an active effort to introduce greater diversity on campus, with respect to both minority students from the U.S. and abroad.

As it is, Gettysburg is currently recognized in several publications for its student homogeneity. The "whiteness" of the school is especially telling during events such as commencement, where the fact that everyone looks the same isn't just an issue of perception.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
72%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 52%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
42%
Male Faculty
58%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
A strong and active campus chapter of ALLIES ensures that gay tolerance is quite high on campus. There have been no instances of hate crimes in recent history, and though small, the gay community seems to thrive at Gettysburg.
Political Activity
The student body, in contrast to the faculty, is remarkably conservative when compared to other schools. Political activity is generally kept to an apathetic minimum unless a current event causes feelings on one side or the other to bubble over. The College Republicans are more active than the College Democrats, though this is mostly due to higher Republican membership among the student body.
Economic Status
Students generally come from upper-middle to upper-class backgrounds; assessed by the fact that cars in the student lots are usually nicer than those in the faculty lots.
Most Common Religions
Mostly Lutheran and other Protestant religions, with a number of Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish representatives thrown in for good measure.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Though there is quite a low level of diversity at Gettysburg, there are several active minority organizations, including the Black Student Union, which hosts several popular events throughout the year.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 45% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 41% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 20 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 21 responses

  • 14% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 19% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 38% Very accepting.
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