For the 2014-2015 academic year, Gettysburg College is once again offering students housing at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, which is
one mile from the Gettysburg College campus. All spaces at the Seminary will be apartments. The details (spaces, cost, etc.) will be shared with students
via email in late February. At this time, it is likely that students will be able to select large “efficiency” one-person
and two-person apartments in Baughman. This is a
three story residence hall with apartments that include a walk-in closet, furniture and appliances (bed, refrigerator, stove, desk and chair, dining
table and chairs, bookcase), private bathroom with shower, air conditioning, coin operated laundry in the building, and parking immediately outside the building.
Other Seminary information will be available soon.
This year we are again offering the housing option for current first-year students called Block Booking.
What is Block Booking? It is a chance for current first-year students who wish to live together to select 2 or 3 rooms (for groups of 4 or 6 persons)
using one lottery number. This program will be available in Musselman and Colonial Halls. Students will be able to block book on the 2nd, 3rd,
and 4th floors of Musselman Hall and all rooms in Colonial Hall.
Students who wish to participate in Block Booking will need to attend room
selection on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (CUB 260). Block Booking cannot be done using the online housing selection system;
students participating in Block Booking must physically attend room selection during this time. If you are unable to do so, you must designate
a proxy to select a room for you. You must complete a proxy form signed by you and your proxy; your proxy then needs to bring the completed
proxy form along to room selection on April 13, 2014, to select a room on your behalf.
Special Note: CYC participation will not influence students’ eligibility for Block Booking.
Please note the following:
- As a reminder, this is NOT an online housing process and students
interested in participating in the block booking housing option must
report to the CUB, room 260 at the designated times listed below, using
only the best (lowest) lottery number of group.
- Housing selection will occur in lottery number order, so please
arrive promptly at the beginning of your group's designated time.
- All rooms in Colonial and only the second, third, and fourth floors
of Musselman hall will be used for Block Booking.
- All room must be filled to capacity. Since all rooms are doubles,
this means that groups must consist of 4 or 6 students (selecting 2 or 3
- As in past years, groups may be of mixed gender; with gender-neutral housing as an option, any pair of students may live in a room within the block regardless of gender.
- Single rooms are not part of the block booking process.
Schedule for Block Booking on Sunday, April 13, 2014
Lottery numbers 3001 to 3050 @ 2:00 p.m.
Lottery numbers 3051 to 3100 @ 2:30 p.m.
Lottery numbers 3101 to 3200 @ 3:00 p.m.
Lottery numbers 3201+ @ 3:30 p.m.
College Houses provide students the opportunity to form self-directed and self-governing groups focused on a particular academic focus,
theme or mutual interest. Students establish clear goals for their group and, through a community
agreement, plan how to be engaged participants in their community and the campus community.
All applications are web-based and can be found on the
website. Below are details for the
variety of options available. Direct any questions about
theme housing to Scott
, Residential Life Coordinator for Sophomore
Resources and College Houses.
New Theme House Application Process
The selection process for new theme houses begins with an idea
or brainstorm from a group of students. These ideas then
take form in a theme house application, a proposal written by group members outlining the goals and direction for the theme house.
Students applying for Theme Housing must have a minimum 2.33 GPA and be in good standing with the College. Current First-Year students must have
at least 6 CYC points to be eligible. Students applying for Theme Housing are subject to a review of academic and conduct records and
Due to the residential spaces available for theme housing, each applying team must have at least five prospective residents.
- Online application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014, by 5:00 p.m.
- Selected applicants invited to interviews: Monday, February 10, 2014
- Interview scheduling: Monday, February 10 - Wednesday, February 12,
- Interviews: week of February 17-21, 2014
- Theme House placement announced by Monday, February 24, 2014
- Rosters and contracts due to Residence Life: Friday, March 7, 2014
Interested in Joining a Spark House?
Spark Houses serve as social and intellectual hubs for students, faculty, and staff, and connect academic departments, courses, College programs, and student
clubs/organizations with a shared commitment to an interdisciplinary topic with an annual focus selected by house members. Some of these houses have their own
criteria and/or application processes. If you are interested in joining a Spark House, please contact the house leader(s) listed on the
Spark House directory
Additional College House Options:
Honors Housing provides a 24-hour quiet environment for its residents. Current
juniors who have at least a 3.25 overall GPA, current
sophomores who have at least a 3.5 overall GPA and current first-year students who have a 3.5 or above are given highest consideration for
honors housing. Students will be selected to live in one of the honors houses by class standing, GPA, application and recommendation.
Applicants may not be under any current disciplinary sanctions in order to qualify for this housing.
Learn more about the Honors Housing application
RISE House (Quarry Suites - West Hall)
Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the
RISE program (Respecting Individual Student
Expectations). Upperclass students are eligible to live in the RISE house and are required to meet all rules and bylaws of the community. Students who
participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices, to live in a residential
environment where alcohol and tobacco are not present nor used, and no drugs are used contrary to prescription or law. Students must be an active and engaged
member of the RISE community, attend all house meetings and abide by 24-hour quiet hours.
Applicants are subject to a review of academic and conduct records.
Learn more about the RISE House application.
Application timeline for Honors and RISE Houses
- Online application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014, by 5:00 p.m.
- Acceptance notification: Friday, February 14, 2014
- Room selection: evening of Tuesday, February 25, 2014
All students applying to study off-campus for the Fall 2014 Semester should plan to attend the
Study Abroad Send-Off Orientation on
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom. Staff members from the Office of Residence Life will explain the housing selection process. “Housing Intent Forms” (see below) will be available for students to
complete and return to the Office of Residence Life. If you plan to study off-campus during the Fall Semester and wish to reside
in an off-campus apartment upon returning in the spring, you MUST
participate in the Off-Campus Housing Selection Process, beginning January 2014.
Eligibility to Apply for Housing
Students studying off-campus in the fall will receive a lottery number
along with the rest of the student population in February. This number will be used to
assign housing for the Spring 2015 Semester. The only way a student's number
will be used in the housing selection process for the Fall 2014 Semester is
if the student is joining a group through a room switch agreement and that
student's number is the best number in the group. In this case, the
student's number becomes active for Fall 2014 by indicating, on the Room
Switch Agreement, that his/her number should be used for the group.
Room Switch Agreement Forms are available online and from the Office of Residence Life (CUB 250). A Room
Switch Agreement is a contract made between two students.
- The fall resident agrees to live in a space for the fall semester and MUST vacate the space for the spring semester.
- If the fall resident changes rooms during the fall semester, this “Room Switch Agreement” becomes VOID.
- If the fall resident leaves the College during the fall semester, this “Room Switch Agreement” becomes VOID.
- NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE for the conditions listed above.
Special Note for Current Juniors Regarding Room Switch Agreements
Current juniors who study abroad during the fall semester of their senior year may enter a room switch agreement with a
current sophomore without dropping their group into the Junior-Sophomore
lottery. This is because students are not typically allowed to study
abroad during the spring semester of their senior year and are not able to find room switch partners in their own class year. This is
the only exception to our class year policy.
Housing Intent Forms
If you do not arrange a room switch, your spring 2015 housing placement process will begin
in December 2014. Your Housing Intent
Form will serve as your housing preference form for the Spring 2015 Semester. Because we realize
that your preferences may change over the
course of the semester, you may edit your preferences before December 5,
2014. Housing Intent Forms are placed in class year/lottery number order for
housing placement for the spring semester. Please note: due to space
limitations, requests for groups of three or more are not usually granted.
It is more likely that we will place students in pairs. To provide the
greatest possible chance of matching your requests with available housing,
we wait to assess TOTAL vacancies including
withdrawals, transfers, and academic dismissals (which will not be decided until the week of January
5, 2015). The Office of Residence Life will not complete spring semester housing assignments until the week of January
5, 2015. You will automatically be billed “Apartment/Single” room rate
for the spring semester. If your housing placement is set at a different
rate, you will receive an adjusted statement in January. You will be emailed
sometime during the week of January 12, 2015, at which time you will be able
to view your spring housing assignment via MyHousing on CNAV.
Important Dates for Students Studying Off-Campus Fall 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Study Abroad Send-Off Orientation (5:00 p.m., CUB Ballroom)
Housing Intent Forms for Spring 2015 available
Friday, April 25, 2014
Housing Intent Forms due to Office of Residence Life
January 5-9, 2015
Spring housing placements completed by the Office of Residence Life
Week of January 12, 2015
Students notified of housing placements via MyHousing on CNAV
Gettysburg is a residential college. By policy
all of our undergraduate students are required to live on campus, or in a College-related Fraternity house, unless they receive
approval to reside off-campus. This privilege is reserved only for
seniors. Students are forewarned against signing a lease for an off-campus accommodation until they receive approval (in writing) in late
February/early March. If you do not have written permission from the Office of Residence Life to reside off-campus, you are obligated to
reside in, and pay for college housing.
All details about the off-campus application process can be reviewed on the
webpage. Please review this information carefully so
that you understand the requirements, expectations, and timelines.
Important Dates for Off-Campus Housing
Mandatory Training and Orientation for Off-Campus Living
(applications will only be available at these meetings)
PLEASE NOTE: Students need to only attend ONE of these
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Mara Auditorium
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m., CUB 260
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:00 p.m., CUB 260
Friday, February 21, 2014
Applications for off-campus living due to the Office of Residence Life
Week of March 3, 2014
Off-campus approvals will be sent to students via campus mail
Waitlist established for those who are not authorized to live off-campus
Friday, March 21, 2014
Off-campus acceptance forms due to the Office of Residence Life
Deadline to relinquish off-campus approval (by noon)
Mandatory Off-Campus Housing Orientation Meeting
First week of classes, Fall 2014 (date, time and location to be determined)
Gettysburg College is a residential college in which undergraduate students are
required to live on-campus all four years. Each year, however, a small
number of students are commuter students.
A commuter student is a student who lives with his/her parents or guardians in the local community. Students must reside at the official parent/guardian address provided to the college
(address submitted for financial aid and noted on the previous year's tax return). A student who is commuting must be classified as a commuter by the Office of Residence Life, the Office
of Financial Aid, and the Office of Financial Services.
If you qualify for commuter status and are interested in becoming a commuter student or wish to maintain commuter status, please email
with information related to your specific situation.
Living in the chapter house is an important component of the fraternity experience. At Gettysburg College
there are ten fraternities that have chapter houses. Four of the houses are owned by alumni corporations while the remaining houses are college-owned. It is
important that fraternities keep the houses at full capacity. It is also critical that seniors live in the house to provide appropriate chapter leadership and
contribute to the successful management of the chapter.
Fraternities are required to fill all bed spaces in the chapter house. A house may have vacancies only if the organization does not have sufficient members on
campus to fill the house. Members will not be allowed to select other housing options (campus residence hall or off-campus housing) until the Office of Greek
Organizations receives the organization’s House Roster
demonstrating that the house is at capacity.
Fraternities will be required to submit both an “In-House” roster and a “Room Assignment” roster to the Office of Greek Organizations. A Residence Manager of
each house will manage this process for their house.
House Roster Worksheets
House roster worksheets are simply rosters showing that the house is full or that all available members on campus will be living in the house. House roster
worksheets in full houses
will also include a list of members living outside of the house. These
worksheets will be distributed to the House Managers and Alumni
Corporation of each fraternity
on Friday, January 31, 2014, and MUST be returned
to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014.
If you do not want to live
in the fraternity house, you must speak with your chapter leadership to ensure that your chapter house will be full before you make plans for alternative housing.
(Note: Members who are required to live in their house but do not wish to live there have the option to disaffiliate from the organization.)
Fees for living in non college-owned fraternity houses are set by the individual chapter’s Alumni Corporation. College owned fraternity room rates are established by
the College. The College collects all fraternity housing fees as part of the billing process. For those houses not owned by the College these funds are passed on to
the fraternity’s Alumni Corporations. Fraternity members may also be subject to other fees associated with their fraternity alumni corporation to help offset the cost
of house operations. These fees are determined upon by the Alumni Corporation, but collected through the college billing process.
Room rosters include the list of rooms and their capacity for each fraternity. On this roster the fraternity
is required to fill in the names of who will reside in each room. These rosters will be distributed to the
House Managers and Alumni Corporation of each fraternity
March 17, 2014, and MUST be returned to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00
p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Those fraternity members assigned to live in College-managed housing (exclusive of
ARLCs, RCs, RAs, and
CAs) may be required to fill unexpected
vacancies in the chapter house that arise before Friday, August 1, 2014. Your individual fraternity house corporation should be consulted
for any related questions.
Important Dates for Fraternity Housing
Friday, January 31, 2014
Greek house roster worksheets are distributed to the house managers and
Monday, February 17, 2014
Greek house roster worksheets due to the Office of Residence Life
Monday, February 24, 2014 and Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Review Greek house roster worksheets and off-campus applications
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Updated Greek house roster worksheets sent to house managers and Alumni Corporations
Week of March 3, 2014
Off-Campus approvals sent to students
Monday, March 17, 2014
Greek ROOM rosters are distributed to the house managers and Alumni Corporations
Friday, March 21, 2014
Off Campus acceptance or relinquish forms due to Residence Life
Friday, April 4, 2014
Greek ROOM rosters are due to the Office of Residence Life