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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have great school spirit, support, and facilities; however, they are not necessarily a huge part of campus life (though they can be for you if you make them so). As in most things at Gettysburg, everyone is supportive of student involvement in athletics.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Working out is easy and the equipment's great.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Rock climbing, Jacob's ladder, great treadmills, and awesome lifting equipment.

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.

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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If you crave the excitement and intensity of Division I-caliber athletics, do not come to Gettysburg. Sports are simply not a priority for most students at Gettysburg, and despite having perennially excellent men's lacrosse and women's field hockey teams, athletics generally fail to stir much excitement or support among the student body.

However, intramurals are a different story. They are very popular at the `Burg and are quite intense. Almost every student at Gettysburg ends up playing an intramural sport at one time or another, and many participate in multiple IMs year-round. Some safe bets for top-notch IMs are outdoor soccer in the fall, and softball and indoor soccer in the spring. Intramurals are a cheap and easy way to have fun, socialize, and get some exercise all at once. Club sports are sort of the hidden athletic treasure at the `Burg. They fall in-between varsity and intramurals in terms of intensity and fan support, and the games are usually quite competitive. Gettysburg competes against other schools in club sports, such as ultimate Frisbee and men's and women's rugby. Both due to the novelty of the sports and the earnest competition of the players, club sports can be quite enjoyable to watch, and they provide a unique weekend afternoon alternative to sitting at home or doing work.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Centennial Conference
Basketball: Centennial Conference
School Colors
Orange and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
345 - 29%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
197 - 15%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Boxing
  • Campus recreation
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • 4-on-4 volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball tournament
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf tournament
  • Great pumpkin race
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Turkey bowl
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Athletic Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Bream-Wright-Hauser Athletic Complex
  • Eddie Plank Gym
Most Popular Sports
Men's lacrosse, women's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
The men's club rugby team is a force to be reckoned with, but since it is a club sport, it attracts relatively few spectators.
School Spirit
It seems like Gettysburg school spirit doesn't really kick in until one is an alumnus of the institution. While you are at the school, there isn't really much of an opportunity, or need, to have or display school spirit. Athletics, while popular, are nowhere near as important to Gettysburg as they are to top athletic schools. Gettysburg sweatshirts and shorts are omnipresent, but that's just about the extent of displays of school spirit. Alumni, ironically, tend to be deeply involved with the school. There is a worldwide alumni organization, and alumni often return to campus and help out with college functions such as Get Acquainted Day and Homecoming.
Getting Tickets
Not an issue. The only time Gettysburg even bothers distributing tickets is when the school is hosting a tournament of some sort.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Battlefield

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 20% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 40 responses

  • 55% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 15% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 41 responses

  • 32% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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