As we welcome the class of 2018 this August, many will have already arrived on campus for athletics, marching band, music ensemble and more. This early arrival provides a gradual transition to Gettysburg life before orientation, but these opportunities are not available to everyone. Recognizing this gap, the Office of Experiential Education, Garthwait Leadership Center and the Center for Public Service developed Ascent: a pre-orientation program designed to give first year students the opportunity to connect with peers before orientation.
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On these programs you may navigate quiet rivers by kayak or address homelessness in our nation’s capital, but you’ll walk away from your five day experience with more than new knowledge. You will establish lifelong friendships, feel the accomplishment of conquering new challenges, and gain an understanding from your peer facilitators of what lies ahead—both socially and academically—at Gettysburg College. Regardless of experience, we design our programs with you in mind.