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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).

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have absolutely zero experience with off campus housing.

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!

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Only a few students live off-campus. I have not so I am not familiar with anything really.

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.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't that many options but there is enough to keep you satisfied, not too many student discounts and a lot of places (like chipotle) are a drive away.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They are very easy-going and as long as you have a general level of respect it should be fine.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I wasn't really involved in this process as much as my parents were, so I can't say.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most, if not all, of the parties take place in a frat. It's fun but there could be more house parties.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of different options and it's usually really good compared to other schools I've been to.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in one of the better freshman dorms and I like it, but some other options are not as good.

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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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