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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Gettysburg College is an amazing place. The small class sizes have given me the opportunity to get to know my professors and be an active participant in class. There are some great classes offered but some are only offered every other year which makes scheduling challenging. The food at Gettysburg is the best! Servo has tons of options and is great for people with dietary restrictions like me. The campus is beautiful especially in the spring and fall. I love Gettysburg! Go Bullets!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics is great, around half of the college is involved in varsity or intramural sports and the rest either goes to gym or goes for regular jogging or swimming, or just does sports from time to time. Athletic performance is not very great in the campus, most of our varsity teams are in 3rd division although we have been becoming champions for mots of the sports in different years. This year we were quite successful in Lacrosse. To join varsity teams requires so much dedications and time and so I think it can strongly affect on your grades.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't really lived off-campus so far and I am not planning to, but there are plenty of houses that students can rent for different prices from very cheap to very expensive and the college does help the students to find good choices.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The campus parties are mostly provided by the fraternities. The parties are great in all of the frats, the only problem is that lots of fraternities have a boys girls ratio which is 3 girls to 1 boy and that's the only way you can get into some frats or you have to know some people there. Also in some frats lots of boys feel very pressured because frat boys are usually being very rude and illogically stupid and just decide to kick out some random boys from their house just because they didn't like their face or the way they dance, so lots of boys don't feel secure in frats. I am sure all the girls are really enjoying the frat parties. Frats are the providers of alcohol and nice music so they are always a great place to go and have fun.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So far, I have not used off campus dining much because on-campus dining is so good and satisfying that I don't really need to go and eat off-campus. Even though there were a few occasions that I have eaten outside the campus and it's quite nice and cheap and good food, there are options for different people. There is Thai, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Mexican food, then there are lots of diners and pubs with great food. There are both very expensive and very cheap places to go.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I personally am happy with everything, I am underage and I still have my fun without alcohol. Gettysburg tends to be quite strict about rules but that makes lots of students do the opposite. I think lots of things are under control and not many students tend to complain about rules, because they understand that they are all necessary.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Our only dining hall Servo is amazing, it has so many food choices for even the most demanding hungry students. The only problem about Servo is that it's very crowded and sometimes there are even no seats for some students during the lunch rush time and dinner rush time, which makes lots of students wait standing before one table gets empty. Apart from that, I would give 100 out of 100 for Gettysburg food options and places to eat. The only disadvantage is that fruits and sushi are ridiculously expensive, which I never eat.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am international student, and I have applied for financial aid, I have received a very generous financial aid with a student loan, this is one of the things that was making me hesitant about coming to Gettysburg, because as an international student you realize that it will be much harder to pay the loans then for American students. Despite that fact I still decided to come to Gettysburg because they also provide opportunities to work on campus, there are lots of available jobs for students if they want to earn some extra money for their supplies, for books, for paying off some of their loans or part of tuition.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're looking for Greek Life, then you've come to the right place. There are lots of options and they all pretty much run campus, in both a good way and a bad way. They don't necessarily seem snobby or cliquey, but that's because a lot of the students can be that way, (since they come from affluent backgrounds). As for housing, fraternities get houses, but in Pennsylvania, sororities don't.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you're looking for somewhere to eat off-campus, then you first have to ask yourself why you aren't satisfied with the food places on campus, which are amazing. However, the places off-campus are generally nice with a diner, bar and a few italian-food places. Those are all within walking distance, but if you have a car then you can get to quite a few chain restaurants, (Friendly's, Hoss's, etc.). The Lincoln Diner, (LD's), is open practically 24/7, which is nice for students. However, they, as well as pretty much all other places in town, do not offer any discount to students, so be prepared.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The Administration comes down hard on the use of alcohol on campus, (when someone is underage). They also have an Honor Code which also comes down on students who plagiarize, so don't do it. However, with attendance of classes I've seen teachers be very lenient with students.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: The prevalence of the partying on campus is slightly atrocious, which isn't something that they tell you when you walk in the door. It's mostly the frats that cause people to be stumbling across the halls at 2 in the morning, as well as all the screaming at night. I personally didn't come to this college for those things, so it is very frustrating. However, if you want to have a "good time", then Gettysburg is the place to be!

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: As a First-Year student at Gettysburg, I can't say that I've been to all of the places to eat on campus, because we can't use our meals anywhere but Servo. However, Servo has great food, and even on the days that you don't want to eat anything that they have, they're still good options. I think there's almost a sense of entitlement that comes out of the students about that, because most of them are wealthy. Bullet also is open later and has good prices for a meal when you're in a pinch, (plus you get dining dollars to use at places like it).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have the few restaurants (meaning like, the chinese place, pizza, and 7/11) that my friends and I go to, but if we had the money we could enjoy a lot of different kinds of food from French to Thai to traditional southern cuisine I assume.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't really had to deal with administration yet. The folks seem nice when I've seen them around, but I really wouldn't know too well other than they seem to really want to promote this school as diverse and safe, when it is definitely not the first and the second is thwarted by moderately frequent sexual assualt reports.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always a place to go on the weekends. Especially if you've found the right friends for your taste in social activities, any night is a good night! You just have to find your party vibe and have fun with who's around you.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a nice scholarship and grant money before applying for financial aid. With the help of financial aid and local scholarships, this year was not too hard as far as getting in all the necessary payments. However, I am worried about next year when all those local scholarships will no longer apply, and I may have to go through a process of requesting more financial aid or applying for outside scholarships like crazy! This school is pricey!!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: At the beginning of the year, the food seemed great. But as the weeks and months progressed, I was not such a fan. There is always something to eat, but I don't always want to eat it. It is very nice to have a sandwich bar available all the time just in case the different entre options are gross.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Even when it's loud, it's not unbearable. Everything is within walking distance on campus and people are out and about as soon as the sun is out which creates a very good day atmosphere. At night, it can get a little rowdy but if you want to go to sleep, nothing outside will disturb your slumber!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Usually restaurants are pretty expensive because Gettysburg is a tourist destination. Restaurants are easily-accessible and usually very tasty!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: There is nothing wrong! The administration acts as one would expect!

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It is pretty much exclusively fraternity parties, which is a shame because not everybody wants to be covered in beer and sweat when they go to a party. Private parties in apartments and theme houses are fun, but they aren't open to the entire campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The tuition costs go up each year but the financial aid stays constant. I need more aid and I have to look externally to private institutions for that aid.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's pretty good. Lately they have been trying to provide healthier options at the expense of some of the tastier food options. Also, you can only use a meal every three hours, so if you have extra meals you can't spend them all on the last day.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus buildings are in pretty good condition. Most first-year resident halls do not have air-conditioning. It is hard to get into desired houses using the lottery system; however, you can avoid this by living in a theme house.

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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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