Gettysburg is a residential college. As a residential college, we require all students to live on-campus all four years. We do allow exceptions for a small number of eligible seniors to be released from their four-year residency obligation. Release from this obligation is determined through the Off-Campus Living Application Process held each spring. Before deciding to pursue applying to live off-campus, it is critical for students to recognize the significant privilege and responsibility that comes with being a member of the local community.
Each February, the college evaluates enrollment needs and determines the number of eligible students who may be released from their obligation to reside on campus. There are NO GUARANTEES that all eligible applicants will be released. For this reason you SHOULD NOT sign a lease for an off-campus accommodation until you receive approval (in writing) through the application process. Students who are not approved to live off-campus must participate in the housing lottery process in March in order to secure on-campus housing for the following year. If you do not have written permission to live off-campus, you are obligated to reside in, and pay for, college housing. This obligation is in support of Letter T in the Proscribed Code of Conduct. Violating this could result in disciplinary action. If you are approved, it is your responsibility to secure suitable accommodations.
Key Factors to Know about the Off-Campus Living Application Process:
- There are a limited number of eligible students the College may release based on enrollment numbers for a given year.
- Some eligible students may not be released (based on the pre-determined number of students approved to be released).
- Individual students must meet eligibility requirements (see below).
- The determining order for groups to be released is based on the average GPA of the group.
- Upon approval, each group must submit a signed copy of the lease with all signatures of house/apartment members and landlord.
- Note to fraternity members: Fraternity houses must be at capacity for the fall semester before fraternity members will be released to live off-campus. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will work in coordination with the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life to ensure that this criterion is met.
All students must meet all eligibility requirements listed below at the time of application
- Attendance at ONE of the five information sessions (see below for details).
- Expected graduation date of December 2018 or May 2019 or August 2019.
- Cumulative GPA requirement of 2.8 or higher
- Students must not be on conduct probation; must not have been suspended for conduct at any point during their semesters at Gettysburg; and have no more than 4 points, nor accumulate any additional points once approved (if applicable). Each applicant’s overall conduct record, if applicable, will be reviewed.
- Each student must complete an online application (via CNAV>MyHousing)
- Online applications are available beginning on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.
- Online applications will close on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.
- Note to fraternity members: Fraternity houses must be at capacity for the following fall semester before fraternity members will be approved, by the College, to live off-campus. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will work in coordination with the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life to ensure that this criteria is met.
REMINDER: because a limited number of students are permitted to reside off-campus each year, there are no guarantees that every student who meets all the eligibility requirements will be granted approval to live off-campus from the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs.
Each eligible student interested in living off-campus at any time during his or her senior year is required to attend one of the mandatory information meetings. See "Off-Campus Approval Timeline for 2018-2019" below for meeting dates, times,and locations. There will be two meetings held in the fall semester and four meetings will be held in February 2018. These will be the only meetings held regarding off-campus living; please plan your schedule accordingly. The meetings will include information regarding the approval process, standards of behavior that are expected of students living in the Gettysburg community, and some information on the rental process. Students who meet all eligibility requirements are not guaranteed to receive final approval from the Office of Residential and First-Year Programs.
Those students who are studying off-campus at the time of the application process (Spring 2018) must plan to attend one of the mandatory information meetings in December. They must have "proxy" representation for the application process that occurs during the spring semester. That is, they must designate a student (proxy) to act on their behalf for the off-campus housing approval process. A student can be a proxy for multiple students. It is important that students notify the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs as to who their proxy is so that Residential & First-Year Programs staff know who is authorized to act on students' behalf.
Those students who will be studying off-campus at any time during their senior year and desire to reside off-campus (even if their plans are only to live in the community for one semester), must attend one of the off-campus housing application meetings.
- Individual students must meet all eligibility requirements listed above.
- Each eligible student will need to individually apply to live off-campus through an online application via CNAV/MyHousing.
- The online application will open to eligible students on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. and close on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.
- All applicants listing roommates on their application must be applying to live together at one address.
- Roommates listed on an application can be of mixed gender.
- The determining order for groups to be released is based on the average GPA of the group.
- Group and individual approvals will be made by Friday, March 9th with approval letters and acceptance forms being mailed to each student. For those students who may be currently abroad, the letter and form will be sent to your proxy.
- Off-campus acceptance forms must be signed and returned to the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs by Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
- Once approval has been granted, the responsibility for securing suitable accommodations rests entirely on each student. The College is not involved in borough inspections of non-College facilities and therefore cannot ascertain whether such facilities are safe, sanitary, or in compliance with local ordinances. The College does not provide residential services (including oversight by the Department of Public Safety) for those living off-campus. Students' landlords and the Gettysburg Borough Police are among the many resources available to students living off-campus.
- Students residing off-campus are still subject to the College's judicial procedures as well as the sanctions of local authorities. Students living off-campus who are cited by the local authorities for disorderly conduct, excessive noise, drinking underage, public intoxication, etc. may be required to return to campus housing regardless of financial hardship or lease commitments. All occupants of the house or apartment may be subject to the same requirement. Therefore, students living off-campus must be prepared to take personal responsibility for the consequences of any gathering they host.
Fraternities are required to fill all bed spaces in their chapter houses. 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 Chapter House is filled to stated capacity.
- Week of February 6, 2018 - Greek house rosters will be distributed to house managers/Presidents from the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Greek House Rosters due to the Office of Student Activities & Greek Life
- Monday, February 26, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. – Online off-campus applications will close.
- Week of March 5, 2018 - Review of Greek House Rosters and Off-Campus Housing (Release from Residency Requirement) Applications
- Students who will be abroad or studying off-campus at any time during the 2018-2019 academic year or fraternity members who live in their fraternity fall semester and wish to reside off-campus for the spring semester must be approved through this process.
- Those students who will be studying off-campus at any time during their senior year and plan to reside off-campus (even if their plans are only to live in the community for one semester), must attend one of the off-campus housing information meetings.
- Those students who are studying off-campus at the time of the application process (Spring 2018) must plan to attend one of the mandatory information meetings in December. They must have "proxy" representation for the application process that occurs during the spring semester. That is, they must designate a student (proxy) to act on their behalf for the off-campus housing approval process. A student can be a proxy for multiple students. Students can designate their proxy by completing the electronic Housing Proxy Form, which can be found in CNAV>MyHousing>Applications.
Any student approved to live off-campus may relinquish his/her approval by doing so in writing to the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs. Those who wish to be included in the on-campus lottery must relinquish their off-campus status by Wednesday, March 21, 2018. X Close
All students who are approved to live off-campus during the Fall 2018 semester will be required to attend the off-campus housing orientation meeting during the first week of classes (date, time and location to be determined).
There will be representatives from the local community, members of the Gettysburg Police department and administrative staff from the College at this meeting, which will last approximately one hour. There will also be a review of borough ordinances and the college's expectations for student behavior.
Students who do not attend this mandatory off-campus orientation meeting will be subject to a $250 fine.
Off-Campus Living Information Meetings (attending ONE of the following meetings listed below is mandatory).
- Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 12:30 p.m., CUB 260
- Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m., CUB 260
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 12:15 p.m., CUB 260
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:30 p.m., CUB 260
- Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m., CUB 260
- Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:15 p.m., Science Center 200
Friday, February 16, 2018
- Online off-campus applications opens to all eligible students on CNAV/MyHousing at 8:00 a.m.
Monday, February 26, 2018
- Online off-campus applications closes to all eligible students on CNAV/MyHousing at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, March 9, 2018
- Approvals granted for those qualified to live off-campus
- Waitlist established for those who are not authorized to live off-campus
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
- Off-campus acceptance forms due to the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs (CUB 250, Box 430)
- Deadline to relinquish off-campus approval
Mandatory Off-Campus Housing Orientation Meeting
- First week of classes in the fall
Please note: all first-year, sophomore, and junior students were sent a hard-copy letter to their campus mailbox in early November outlining much of the same information on this page.