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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's academically challenging but so rewarding.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a ton of on-campus activities if you are not a partier, but plenty of parties if you are. A few frat houses are right across the street from the freshman dorms, so is convenient for both freshman and upperclassmen.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are pretty great and a lot of fun. While they are pretty prevalent, again, you don't have to get involved in that scene to have a great time at the school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Incredible. Everything is incredible. I don't have a single bad thing to say about it.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: While there are occasional, very very rare cases of discrimination, there is overall a diverse and open attitude towards most.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is used abundantly (on the weekends you will almost assuredly have drunk people wander down the halls), but it is rarely disturbing and does not mean you have to take part. My friends and I almost never drank, and we still had a great year, even while some of our friends do party and drink regularly.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have yet to not like a professor or a class. Even in classes in which I have little to no interest, I have found that my interest continually grows because of the passion and interest of the professors and other students in the class. The classes are never more than 35 students, and can be smaller than 10. The intimacy of the classes allows for bonds to form between students and the professor, and the small campus allows for easy communication both inside and outside of the classroom.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The job rate six months after graduation is 96%. The alumni are highly involved in campus and hiring new graduates, as well as giving internship opportunities to students.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have very little crime and safety issues. When issues arise, all students are notified as soon as possible and, if necessary, specific measures to address the issues are taken.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have yet to have a serious issue with housing. Even though my housing option feel through for next year due to the fact I am bringing a service dog with me to school, res life has been extremely helpful, understanding, and supportive in trying to find me another housing option. All of the facilities are spacious and amazing!

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I never thought I would join Greek life, even though the majority of students are in at least one Greek organization; however, I ended up joining the music fraternity on campus. If anyone is interested in Greek life, there are plenty of options, including those outside of a strictly social, party-type of group. Even if you choose to not join, this does not divide you. I have plenty of friends outside of Greek life, and plenty part of a fraternity or sorority as well. Greek life does not divide campus; if anything, it brings it together.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have great school spirit, support, and facilities; however, they are not necessarily a huge part of campus life (though they can be for you if you make them so). As in most things at Gettysburg, everyone is supportive of student involvement in athletics.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't change my choice ever. It is an amazing school with immense opportunities. The professors and students are open and welcoming, and I have yet to meet a professor who does not do his or her best to help their students if asked. Both academically and socially, Gettysburg is a welcoming and incredible school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault definitely happens, but unfortunately that's not unique to Gettysburg. I know the administration is doing everything they can to fix it, and I hope this becomes much less of a problem in the future.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Unfortunately, students don't typically treat the housing facilities with care, and it shows. Bathrooms can get gross, furniture can get destroyed when people get rowdy, and even ceiling tiles get damaged. To make it worse, people not only forget to look after the building, but they forget to look after each other.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is prominent, but it won't impact you if you choose not to be a part of it. For some reason there is a lot of negative feeling towards frats and people involved in frats, but I don't see any issue. It's not for me, and I'm not bothered by it.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Working out is easy and the equipment's great.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The students are typically jaded and apathetic.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: DPS is always available, at all hours of the day. They will come walk you home at any point of the day/night, any day/night whenever you feel like you need it. They are thorough with investigations and reports, even when things happen in town.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors are almost always willing to help when you are clear that you will put in the effort. Professors are experts in their field and offer classes that teach us the best education and most up to date data possible. Classes are usually pretty small. The biggest I've ever had was like 45 students. We don't have TAs at all, but we have Peer learning assistants. Professors teach every single class- not the PLAs. I love that. Styles vary with each professor, but most are lectures and some discussion.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Students from Gettysburg are usually held highly amongst employers and grad school programs. The career development center was great in helping with resumes and practicing interviews.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I'd honestly say it's just average... nothing super fancy but not terrible either. Had some animal issues my sophomore year that was off campus, but was moved after the issue arose.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm not part of it, but I assume it's like a lot of other schools. It's what you make of it. The majority of Greeks love to party of our campus (in my opinion). However, I do know a few Greeks that are into community service.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Rock climbing, Jacob's ladder, great treadmills, and awesome lifting equipment.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have had a pretty good experience at Gettysburg. I did not join Greek life, and I am very happy that I did not. I found that most people who did, did not do as well academically as I did. I did do a varsity sport, and it was manageable because I never stopped working. I think I am doing well and got into the grad schools that I got into mainly because of my work ethic. However, the school provided me with many resources and great connections that I needed as well. My favorite experience was working with athletic coaches (that were not in my sport) because they were great mentors and actually had many resources for me. I earned an internship from one of the people that they put me in contact with, and I am certain that I would not gotten into grad school without that life changing experience. My school is unique because we have the small classroom size and personal connections with professors, but at the same time, we still have a recognizable name and great research opportunities that big universities have. I would choose Gettysburg over again in a heart beat, but I would like to get involved in a few of the many organizations and clubs that they have to offer (but I would still stick with the no-Greek decision).


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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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