Gettysburg College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Gettysburg, PA
Website
www.gettysburg.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
2,579
Part-Time Undergrads
21
Setting
Town
In-State Tuition
$45,870
Out-of-State Tuition
$45,870
Room & Board
$10,950
Acceptance Rate
42 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1200–1370
Average ACT Scores
27–29

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Springfest
  • The students - roommates, classmates, neighbors, and co-workers
  • The beautiful campus
  • The faculty

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The location of the school - backwater Pennsyltucky
  • Lack of diversity
  • Math/science requirements for humanities majors
  • Humanities requirements for math/science majors

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Gettysburg Student Reviews

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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.

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