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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).

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great academics but sooooo hard to do well and have fun

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are okay. Sophomore housing absolutely sucks. Upper class housing is okay

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Have to join greek life to have fun. If you do, it's great. If you don't, transfer

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not an abundance of diversity on campus. When Black Lives Matter had a protest here in the beginning of the year, students vandalized their posters to say Black Lives "Don't" Matter, for example. There have been other instances of tension between race, although things have settled throughout the year.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a lot of drug use throughout the whole school, with some frats even requiring pledges to buy/use. It's a heavy presence, and it's well known. DPS doesn't seem to mind too much.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: DPS does an adequate job of trying to protect us. Crime is usually low on campus, although there is occassionally a string of thefts. I have never felt at risk, even when walking alone at night. There are some sketchier side streets, but this is a tourist town and you have to be careful. The one thing that truly bothers me is that there is no Blue Light system in place. There are a few scattered across the campus, but they are few and far between.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in one of the SPARK houses, and we are lucky because we are the closest college house to campus. Even still, it takes at least 7 minutes for me to get to my classes every morning, and I am a quick walker. The distance from the houses to the main campus is often a drag, especially when it comes to the dining hall (Servo) and the gym, which often take upwards of 12 minutes.

Aside from the distance, the building itself is nice. It is up-to-date, and has a house cleaner come thrice weekly. All of the rooms in my house are livable, and many of them are rather large (some almost the size of our common area). We have a parking lot for our use immediately behing our house, which comes in handy nearly every day. The community within the house is what kept me from leaving this school, as everyone in it was so friendly and welcoming that we instantly formed a family. These types of houses aren't open to freshmen, but anyone else can apply. There are no RAs, but there are House Leaders, elected by the students from the previous academic year, who make sure that the house runs smoothly.

Having not attended this school as a freshmen, or lived anywhere other than my current house, I do not have much experience with other places. I do know that freshmen halls are much closer to main campus, some even immediately across from the library and Servo, and most have large rooms.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone here goes to the gym multiple times a week, some even multiple times a day. There is a huge focus on fitness at this school, especially considering that it is D3. It is ranked third in the country for most number of students to be involved in intramural athletics, and many students are also involved in a club or varsity sport of some kind. The fields are well maintained, and the gym is modern and beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a transfer student, I have had a bit of a different experience than most students. The ResLife system here can be a bit of a struggle at times, although I do believe that they work with you the best that they can. Housing options can be pretty spectacular once they are made available to you, but many are a fair walk from campus center. Most of the professors I have had in my two semesters here have been very engaging and passionate about what they do. They have been open to helping me and working with me when necessary. However, of my eight professors in that time (one of whom I have taken two classes with), I would have to say that four of them were less than clear, interesting, or helpful. The workload can often be overwhelming, and professors are not always open to helping you manage this. As a psychology major, I take a lot of science classes, but I am very passionate about what I study and put in a lot of effort. An important thing to know before coming here is that the school as an institution does not believe in curving or grade inflation, with a few exceptions. This often leads to an unexpected shock.

The campus is pretty and the weather, although rainy and windy at times, is usually beautiful. The sunrises and sunsets over the battlefield are among the best I have ever had the privilege to witness. The food is decent, although very rich and very repetitive.

As a psych major, I can speak briefly to that department. Finding research, if you truly want it, is not difficult. However, there are many requirements you must meet before being able to do research with the department, which can make it difficult. However, every psych professor I have had the honor to work with has been incredibly passionate and kind, and I would not imagine having worked anywhere else. This department is strong, and going here for a psychology degree will guarantee you an excellent education, especially if you are interested in research.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Department of Public Safety always has a presence making me feel secure. The police department is also close by and an ambulance is usually on standby.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors here actually care about how well you do in their class. They will get to know you by name if you put in at least a little effort. Many courses for various majors and minors are available.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are plenty of opportunities to do externships with alumni. The college has active connections in many countries and states. Each professor cares and has lots of knowledge in their degree field. The career center is also excellent in helping with future plans.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The older freshman dorms are smaller, but are in closer proximity to everything. Upper-level housing is hard to get into as a sophomore as juniors and seniors pick first.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many of the Greek students have their own separate housing. They are known to have good times on the weekends and many students take advantage of this. Those who are non-Greek and don't wish to participate aren't shunned.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym here is one of the newest buildings here and it is magnificent. Many people here either play on the college team or are in some sort of club sport. There are always people wearing college related sport attire.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This college has a lot of opportunities to advance my self including study abroad, summer research, and research during the school year. I feel like I'm getting prepared for my future in this college. I would choose this school again because at the start I didn't know what I was going to do with my life, but now I have a good idea.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Department of Public Safety officers are around 24/7, and the campus blue-light system always makes me feel safe.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are more than willing to help students in need and offer a variety of programs to assist students struggling with subject material. The small class sizes make it possible to get the on-on-one attention needed to excel.

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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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