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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: All of the places meant for students to hangout are good, the gym is great, and the library is really great.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some of the facilities are older and need a revamp but overall the campus is beautiful and well equipped.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The college give you private tutoring if you need any help with a material and is confident.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The Campus Activities board plans lots events, and student clubs and organizations also often host events. Lots of green space. Library is fairly big and librarians very helpful, but good luck getting a study spot there during finals week!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The new athletic center is terrific: big pool and workout space, rock climbing wall and tower! On-campus nightclub for weekend activities. The most beautiful building on campus (Glatfelter Hall) is being renovated on the inside, so should be nice for students starting in 2014. Campus is beautiful and grounds are kept well.


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Your impression of the quality of Gettysburg facilities depends almost entirely on where you happen to be on campus. While some areas are recently renovated and are very clean and modern, other areas have yet to receive the same treatment and are quite unpleasant. The school has accepted so many students in the past few years that they have basically run out of conventional housing. The College has been scrambling to buy up local motels, which can be quickly converted into student living areas. Fortunately, the school has plans to renovate or improve most of the remaining areas on campus in the future. Athletic facilities, including the Bream-Wright-Hauser athletic complex, Musselman Stadium, and the soccer pitches are all nice enough, and a new athletic complex has been designed and construction has already begun.

Gettysburg is also renovating the historic Majestic Theater, which until a few years ago served as the town's local cinema. The school bought it and engaged in a $12 million renovation that has expanded the lobby and adjoining facilities, and added a smaller theater in addition to the large screen for use in showing movies, lectures, concerts, plays, and other educational programs.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
200 acres
Student Centers
College Union Building (CUB)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Musselman Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bullet Hole
  • The Junction
Bar on Campus
The Attic, the student-run nightclub
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
A Starbuck-like coffe court in the CUB
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Movies are also shown once a month in the CUB
  • The Majestic Theater
School Slang
  • Bullet: No article is necessary. When you say "let's go to Bullet," people know you mean the Bullet Hole.
  • Chi-O: Chi Omega sorority.
  • CNAV: The College computer navigation software.
  • CPS: The Center for Public Service. Community outreach is considered very important at Gettysburg, and CPS works with the Gettysburg local community to provide opportunities for students to help give back to the town.
  • Crow: Alpha Chi Ro fraternity.
  • C-Stalking: Using the college's server, CNAV, to look up classmates
  • The CUB: The College Union Building.
  • GRAB: Gettysburg's outdoorsy club. GRAB is an organization that is founded on the belief that being indoors sucks. Whether it's camping, rafting, or mountain-climbing, whenever you see a bunch of students wearing their GRAB apparel, you know they're on their way to something fun.
  • LD: The Lincoln Diner, open 24/7.
  • Natty Light: Gettysburg's unofficial official beer. Natural Light flows like water at the frats and in micro-fridges across campus.
  • S&S: Safety and Security.
  • Servo: The nickname of the dining center. You may feel silly saying this name out loud the first couple times, but after a while you'll feel dumb calling it anything else.
  • Sig-Ep: Sigma Epsilon fraternity.
  • Stine Lake: The big grassy field adjacent to Musselman Library. It is notable for not actually being a lake.
  • Teek: Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
  • The Tiber: The pet name given to the wretched little waterway that divides the northernmost buildings like the Ice House Complex from the rest of campus.
  • Townies: Generally considered to be the collective nemesis of Gettysburg College students. Townsfolk and the student population have traditionally not gotten along. In recent years, this has been more of a Cold War situation as opposed to outright conflict.
  • Midnight Madness: Once or twice a month, and several times during midterms and finals, Servo opens up its doors around midnight and offers free buffet food and drink to students.
  • Secret Sneaker Sale: Each year around March, the school offers a "secret" sneaker sale, during which the CUB Ballroom is overtaken by hundreds of brand name shoes and sneakers on sale for large discounts.
  • Springfest: Usually held during the last weekend of April, Gettysburg celebrates spring by holding a huge festival on Stine lake, and provides the last chance before finals for students to let loose. Parties generally start Friday night and wind down Sunday morning, but not before copious amounts of alcohol are imbibed and everyone has one last hurrah before knuckling down to study.
  • Stole of Gratitude: New for the graduating class of 2005 was the Stole of Gratitude, which was given to each student with the intention that they be awarded after commencement to a person whom the student regarded as pivotal in his or her success at Gettysburg College.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner: Probably the most popular and well-known Gettysburg tradition is the turkey day dinner. Each year at Thanksgiving, students are served traditional turkey dinners at Servo by members of the faculty.
Urban Legends
  • Gettysburg is the most haunted campus in the U.S.
  • The fountain is only turned on when parents or alumni are likely to be on campus.
  • There is a human fetus in the biology department.
Favorite Things To Do
Due to its isolated location, GC is quite self-sufficient in terms of things to do on campus. There is almost always an activity provided by the Campus Activities Board on the weekend, and when there is not, there are always alternatives. If you have a few minutes to spare, the Bullet Hole is generally the place to go grab a bite to eat, and you inevitably stand a good chance of seeing someone you know. Renting a free movie from the extensive DVD collection of Musselman Library is always a safe bet, and once a month or so, the CAB hosts a coffeehouse program that invites a poet or musician to perform in the Junction in a relaxed and open atmosphere.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 40 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 19% Hang out on my floor
  • 17% Eat at Servo
  • 14% Run the battlefields
  • 8% Shop in town
  • 8% Get pizza
  • 7% Go to the library
  • 7% Go to the science center
  • 5% Catch a movie
  • 5% Newman Association
  • 3% Shots in the Dark Improv Comedy
  • 2% DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship
  • 2% Spend time with friends
  • 2% Sigma Alpha Iota
  • 2% Alpha Phi Omega

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 14 responses

  • 37% Thanksgiving Dinner
  • 26% Midnight Madness
  • 24% Springfest
  • 5% First Year Walk
  • 3% Stole of Gratitude
  • 3% Commencement/Graduation
  • 3% Watching a game
  • 0% Secret Sneaker Sale

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 19 responses

  • 32% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 42% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 26% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 36 responses

  • 31% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 64% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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