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4 College Sophomore

Parking: The Department of Public Safety (DPS) are very strict when it comes to enforcing their parking regulations. Parking spaces are fairly convenient, but when you factor in the fact that crossing campus can take anywhere from five to fifteen minutes, nothing is really all that inconvenient. First Years are not allowed to have cars, unless there are special circumstances that would require you to have a car, but very few First Years fit into that exception.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Having a car on campus isn't necessary, but is rather convenient as far as things like Wal-Mart and general shopping trips go. On-campus parking isn't very expensive and always has spots, but is inconvenient depending on where your dorm is. Off-campus parking is much more expensive, but not unreasonable.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Great for Upperclassmen! Just need to submit a form and pay about $80 full a full year! The only drawback is that freshmen aren't allowed to have a car on campus, besides a very small number of exceptions. It's not necessary to have a car, but it's a nice treat sometimes. Freshmen can easily make friends with someone who does have a car. Upperclassmen remember what it was like to be a freshmen without a car, and are often gracious in giving rides when convenient. Parking lots are far away though

3 College Junior

Parking: Upperclassmen Only – There is plenty of parking all over campus, but freshmen are not allowed to bring cars unless they are a Music Ed major, regular ed minor, or on the equestrian team.

1 College Junior

Parking: Tickets, Tickets, Tickets – Out of the 60% of campus that has cars, probably 90-99% of them have gotten a ticket. The parking here is limited. Parking spaces are highly competitive. Handicap spaces are extremely rare... and seems to me, to be a pending lawsuit. DPS (Department of Public Safety) is ridiculously strict about ticketing, so watch out... and I know what you're thinking "I won't get a ticket! I don't park illegally!" Well, after coming here and witnessing the competitiveness of parking, you'll get it.


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Few classes of the American social hierarchy are more sensitive to parking issues than college students. A few students express legitimate concerns from time to time at Gettysburg, but for the most part students are satisfied. There is ample parking space all over campus, and registration is free. However, first-years are no longer allowed to have cars on campus. Lots are generally well-lit, and theft and vandalism is minimal to bordering on non-existent.

Lots start to fill up during the more popular sports events, and campus-wide occasions, such as Commencement and moving-in days, peaking at events like Homecoming and Get Acquainted Day, when hundreds—sometimes thousands—of visitors descend upon the school. Still, there is almost always an open spot somewhere on campus, and, most of the time, it is not too far away from where you need to be.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$40 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Disability zone: $50
  • Expired time limit: $20
  • Fire lane: $50
  • No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Stone Lot
  • Stadium Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
West Lincoln Avenue in front of the CUB
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking is ample at Gettysburg. Some lots are restricted to upperclassmen and employees, though.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
(717) 337-6912

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 41% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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