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Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Student Expectations about alcohol). RISE's the main goal is to create an environment where student choices are respected not only at RISE events or with-in our house, but campus-wide. We seek to involve anyone who is interested in our alternative social programming. By becoming a member of RISE, whether it is as a house member, or as a member of the campus RISE community who is interested in our programming you are choosing to be respectful of everyone’s choices and being responsible for your own decisions.

First-Year students who select to live in a RISE room agree to:

  • Live in an environment that promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Live in a residential environment where alcohol and tobacco are not present nor used, and no drugs are used contrary to prescription or law.**
  • Be an active and engaged member of the RISE community.

**All students are reminded that they must comply with campus alcohol and drug policies, which can be found in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

RISE members who fail to fulfill the RISE program residency responsibilities are subject to relocation and, when appropriate, may be sanctioned through the campus student conduct system.

Selecting RISE

Incoming first-year students have the opportunity to select into RISE in June when they complete the housing forms within the First-Year Dashboard. The Office of Residence Life makes every effort to assign first-year students who agree to participate in the program to rooms with roommates who also agree to participate in RISE Housing placement is based on course selection (students are housed by their first-year seminars) therefore "RISE Rooms" are intermingled throughout first-year floors. Gettysburg College does not offer "RISE floors" in first-year halls but we do offer a RISE House for upperclass students.

RISE Programming

RISE students and staff work collaboratively to coordinate on-campus and off-campus programs that focus on helping students to develop friendships and to have fun. The RISE program often collaborates with other offices to design and implement programs and all RISE events are funded by the Student Activities fee. Some RISE programs include:

  • A Trip to a Baltimore Orioles Game
  • A Trip to the National Apple Harvest Festival
  • Late Night Glow Bowling
  • Be a Kid Again Night
  • Holiday Parties
  • Pre-Snowball Mocktail Party

The RISE program has a staff of two upper class student leaders, Kylee Davis  and Lauren Cole, and is overseen by Julia Collett, Assistant Director for the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs. If you have questions concerning the RISE program please contact Julia Collett via e-mail at or via phone at 717-337-6901.