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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: While there are occasional, very very rare cases of discrimination, there is overall a diverse and open attitude towards most.

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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3 College Junior

Diversity: Not a lot of racial diversity and most students do not come from diverse communities.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We don't even have a diverse group of white people.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is predominately wealthy white students, with very little diversity.

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Plain and simple, Gettysburg College is not diverse. This is not, in any way, due to a intolerant campus or off-campus environment, but rather passive inhibitors, such as price and location. However, the all-white atmosphere is steadily changing, however. The school is making an active effort to introduce greater diversity on campus, with respect to both minority students from the U.S. and abroad.

As it is, Gettysburg is currently recognized in several publications for its student homogeneity. The "whiteness" of the school is especially telling during events such as commencement, where the fact that everyone looks the same isn't just an issue of perception.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
72%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 52%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
42%
Male Faculty
58%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
A strong and active campus chapter of ALLIES ensures that gay tolerance is quite high on campus. There have been no instances of hate crimes in recent history, and though small, the gay community seems to thrive at Gettysburg.
Political Activity
The student body, in contrast to the faculty, is remarkably conservative when compared to other schools. Political activity is generally kept to an apathetic minimum unless a current event causes feelings on one side or the other to bubble over. The College Republicans are more active than the College Democrats, though this is mostly due to higher Republican membership among the student body.
Economic Status
Students generally come from upper-middle to upper-class backgrounds; assessed by the fact that cars in the student lots are usually nicer than those in the faculty lots.
Most Common Religions
Mostly Lutheran and other Protestant religions, with a number of Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish representatives thrown in for good measure.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Though there is quite a low level of diversity at Gettysburg, there are several active minority organizations, including the Black Student Union, which hosts several popular events throughout the year.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 35 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 37% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Republican
  • 27% Democratic
  • 33% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 7% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 43% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 57% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 26 responses

  • 35% Very accepting.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 19% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 12% It's hard to be a minority here.
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