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Academics

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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 Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

Academics: I only have the first semester to judge, and I hope I enjoy all of my classes second semester. The faculty are excellent.

4 College Junior

Academics: They are good! We work hard at Gettysburg! Our slogan is even, "Do Great Work"

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is difficult because classes fill up very quickly. Most professors live in the area and are very available for outside classroom help. There is a heavy workload, but it is doable.

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The students, administrators, and faculty at Gettysburg College should be proud of the school's academics. It is not exactly the degree of difficulty that makes the academics so demanding, it is perhaps the level of student interest in every class that makes learning a satisfying and effective endeavor. It is just about impossible to check in and out of a class without verbally or mentally engaging in a discussion or lecture. The small class sizes have a great deal to do with this, and to an equal degree, an all-star roster of accomplished and dedicated professors.

Gettysburg is a liberal arts college and does have a rather eclectic set of core requirements compared to a conventional university. Not all students appreciate the extensive language requirement, and having to complete two natural science courses may not appeal to humanists, either. However, if given a chance, these requirements do not have to be the exercise in mental drudgery. There are several classes in each department geared toward non-majors for core requirements. These tend to be quite interesting and not as intense as the ones designed for majors. Register for classes early enough to stand a chance at getting into what you want. The most popular classes are generally the ones that will fill up first.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
215
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
77
Total FT Faculty
215
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,908
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Transfer-Out Rate
1%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
40
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 69%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 31%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • History, General: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Breidenbaugh Hall
  • Glatfelter Hall
  • Musselman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • As much of a pain as it might be, take the time to learn how to use Blackboard, CNAV, and Peoplesoft. While you will probably use Blackboard fairly frequently, chances are that if you don't know how to navigate Peoplesoft for instance, it will come back to haunt you just about the only time you really need it: class pre-registration.
  • Class sizes are small for a reason. You will be missed (and you will miss out) if you don't show up on a regular basis.
  • Don't feel like you have to have a major picked out before you arrive on campus. You are allowed to hold off on declaring until the end of your sophomore year, and you should use that time to decide what you'd really like to do. It's a lot harder to switch from a major you've already declared than to just declare in the first place.
  • Learn to love Servo or learn how to cook.
  • Losing your room key is embarrassing and expensive-try to keep track of it.
  • Professors make an effort to have lots of office hours. Make an effort to use them.
  • The library is a great place to study and work. However, you are not the only student who knows this.
Did You Know?
  • Gettysburg offers the opportunity for students to design their own majors, working with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department to incorporate existing classes into a unique choice of major.
  • Gettysburg is the only college in the country to offer a Civil War era studies minor.
  • First-year students are required to take a First Year Seminar, a course designed to hone fundamental skills of writing, speaking, and critical thinking. FYS classes are constructed around a subject of personal interest of the instructor.
  • Gettysburg recently dropped its Health and Exercise Science credit from its list of core requirements. That means no more required gym class for incoming students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 20 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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