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Reviews 606 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it at Gettysburg. I don't fit in with the stereotypes here, but I still have a lot of great friends and I feel like I fit in even though I kind of don't.

People are VERY judgemental about money here, which is a small issue for me because my family is very poor, but Gettysburg gives great need-based fin aid.

Most professors actually are and are willing to help in any possible way. I've only had an issue with one professor. Class sizes are small.

Gettysburg should increase amount of majors offered. Specifically biotechnology would be a great addition.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Once you declare a major, job and internship opportunities are plentiful.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Gettysburg is a really safe area. Sexual assault is an issue on campus, but I think it just seems that way because we get emails every time one is reported, and most schools don't do that, so we just hear about it more. DPS and health/counseling services is great help.

The health center services are okay... they're kind of crazy there though. But everyone is nice. An annoying thing is you MUST have an appointment.

College Freshman

Greek Life: It depends on how you see it. Greek life dominates the school. Greeks look down on non-affiliated students, but non-affiliated students usually are okay with Greeks, though some do dislike Greeks.

Frat parties are the most prevalent parties. Guys usually have to know someone or be a brother to get into a frat party. Girls usually have no issues.

There's fraternity housing, but not sorority housing. The frat houses are huge, and of average nice-ness. Some are more run-down than others but for the most part, they're all good. No sorority housing sucks though.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of people participate in varsity and intramural/club sports but no students attend games. Mostly parents are the people in the stands. The teams' performances are pretty average, for a D3 school anyway. Besides sports, school spirit is pretty good. Everyone is always wearing Gettysburg clothing, etc. Everyone talks up the school and seems to like it here. Athletic facilities are great-- the gym is new and really nice. No teams are really looked down on at all, everyone has their place and not many people feel the need to put down other teams at all.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to apply to live off campus, and usually only seniors do it. There are pros and cons to it. Living on campus all 4 years is nice because you're close to everything, but it can be irritating that you can't really grow up any and live on your own. Gettysburg has a lot of housing that's a little farther from campus than main dorms are though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I know the Gettysburg area very well because I live close-by. I have local restaurants that I prefer to others and I've been to a lot of local places. Most students are pretty clueless about off-campus dining besides Pizza House, Flats, and the Lincoln Diner, which is sad because there's lots of great places. Blue and Gray, the Pub, Avenue Restaurant, Cannonball Malt Shop, Farnsworth House, Mr G's, and Hunt's Battlefield Fries all have amazing food and service. A couple have student discounts, but I wish more did have discounts and/or accepted dining dollars. Most of them serve pub or sports-bar like food, so variety isn't so great, but each place definitely has its unique items too.

3 College Freshman

Administration: DPS is pretty strict about drugs... With alcohol, especially underage, you pretty much have to be legitimately needing help for DPS to acknowledge you, which is nice that they aren't crazy about that too much.

Administration is WAYYYYY too strict about honor code.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Gettysburg gives very few scholarship options, and they choose you, you don't have to apply. I didn't get one. I feel Gettysburg is inconsistent with scholarship awards.

Gettysburg has great need-based financial packages though.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are frat parties every weekend (Fridays and Saturdays), unless it's a really odd, out-of-the-norm weekend. Usually you can even find frats open on Thursdays and Wednesdays too.

I love the frat parties, but sometimes I'd like a little variety. Parties that aren't at frats are hard to come by unless you have one, or know someone that's having one. Even then, they're more like small social gatherings than parties.

Gettysburg is not a bar school at all, which can be good and bad. You don't need a fake ID to go here, but again with the variety.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Servo has good and bad days... Sometimes every 'station' has great stuff, sometimes there's absolutely nothing I want to put into my body.

Bullet is alright. I usually only get sushi or fruit though. Lots of options available though.

Commons should sell more food.

Ike's should have more hours that it's open.

Overall, all dining options should be open later at night. At least one option should be open until 12:30 or 1am, considering the amount of students awake at that time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms pretty much suck, and Gettysburg is NOT good at placing random roommates AT ALL. As far as I can tell, upperclass housing is great though, there's lots of options.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: school regulates this very closely.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: gets old quick not very healthy, servo is better

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3 College Senior

Administration: normal, dos can be very rude though.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: My favorite is Servo because it caters to my dietary needs!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Overall, pretty good but the newer the building the better.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Personally, i hate greek life, but it rules the school. the only parties, unless you know someone directly, are at the frat houses. the sorority girls rule the school but there are nice ones. the guys also rule the school but not as directly.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: SO much to do all throughout the year. tourists all the time. when parents come, definitely check out ghost tours, museums, battlefield. take it all in, because it's definitely fun, educational, and totally awesome to know.


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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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