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Reviews 444 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have "DPS", our own police force, and the town's police are always patrolling.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are diverse and the professors who teach them love their jobs and their topics and are generally very enthusiastic about everything. Class sizes are small to medium... my largest lecture was 38 people! I love how the professors actually know my name.. and sometimes I am the only one in office hours! Things like that just cannot happen in a larger school.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My boyfriend was accepted to a one day internship as a freshman; the opportunities are bountiful and no one is excluded regardless of your year or major.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My room is huge, thankfully! I got placed in the basement (the only all girls floor in the entire college... I didn't ask to be put down there!), so I don't get a lot of natural light, unfortunately. I have a large, walk-in closet, a dresser, bookshelf, and desk (and under-bed storage) so all of my things have a home. Housing is random, however, and you may get a hall with air conditioning and a big room... or you might get one of the halls with no AC and a tiny closet.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are a Division 3 school, so no one really pays in depth attention to them. The complexes and fitness center are gorgeous, however.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I made friends within a day or so, and nearly everyone is super friendly. I love how small the campus is. The staff are really nice, and the professors are almost always available for extra help, whether it be during office hours or emailing.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I only have the first semester to judge, and I hope I enjoy all of my classes second semester. The faculty are excellent.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Only had 4 classes, liked 2 very much and found 2 very challenging and not all that enjoyable. There was grade favoritism in one of my classes, with the prof advisees getting much better grades than the rest of the class. Taking Italian was very demanding, difficult and not all that enjoyable I loved my freshman seminar but the grading at the end of the class was slightly confusing. There are so many transitions in the first semester, I look forward to the second semester and knowing more.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am still pretty undecided and a college freshman, so it is too early to tell

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residence hall I am in is not one of the nicest, but it has one of the nicest location, so you give up a little in quality for the proximity to the dining hall and athletic facilities. I really like my hallmates and my dorm this year overall

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We are a small, suburban/rural campus so the fraternity and party scene is largely dominated by Greek life and parties.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We are a D3 school, so there are a lot of students who play and support athletics. We have great fans but it would be great if more students came out to our games. There is decent attendance at many of the sporting events.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being a fall student athlete, working closely with a talented group of student athletes, making new friends and balancing athletics and academics was a great way to start my first semester. My teammates, coaches and experience were greatly enriched at Gettysburg by playing on a team sport.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: DPS officers are generally fantastic, going above and beyond the call of duty. Some crime seems unavoidable, but we can harldy ask them for perfection.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From the amazing people and fascinating classes to the incomparable opportunities and beautiful setting, it's hard to complain about Gettysburg College.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Alumni network is absolutely amazing when it comes to making conenctions!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Definitely depends on where you're housed. Some of it is far better than others, but it's rarely bad.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not Greek myself, but I have friends that are and have little to no complaints.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lacrosse and club sports (esp. frisbee & fencing) are especially popular!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've absolutely adored the Gettysburg experience!

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't seen it. But I know it's there. Not causing much of an issue.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not a lot of racial diversity and most students do not come from diverse communities.

4 College Junior

Academics: They are good! We work hard at Gettysburg! Our slogan is even, "Do Great Work"

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

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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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