Gettysburg is a residential college. By policy, all of our students are required to live on campus, or in a College-related fraternity house, unless they receive approval to reside off-campus. Permission to live off-campus is determined through an application process held in February.
In the interest of being fair and equitable to all students, exceptions to this procedure are not permitted. Students are forewarned against signing a lease for an off-campus accommodation until they receive approval (in writing) at the beginning of March. If you do not have written permission to reside off-campus, you are obligated to reside in, and pay for, college housing.
All students must meet all eligibility requirements listed below at the time of application
- Students must be at current "junior" standing (anticipated graduation date
of December 2014, May 2015 or December 2015).
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Each applicant's conduct record, both on and off campus, will be reviewed. Applicants cannot be on conduct probation and must have less than 5 points at the time of application.
- 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 Residence Life will work in coordination with the Office of Greek Organizations to ensure that this criteria is met.
Please note: 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 Residence Life.
The College considers permission to live off-campus to be a privilege. Each student interested in living off-campus at any time during his or her senior year is required to attend one of the mandatory
training and orientation meetings held in early spring 2014. 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. Failure to attend one of these meetings will prohibit you from living off-campus.
No make-up sessions will be provided so please plan accordingly.
- Wednesday, January 29th, 7:00 p.m., Mara
- Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00 p.m., CUB 260
- Thursday, February 13th, noon, CUB 260
Those students who will be abroad 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.
Those students who are studying off-campus at the time of this process (Spring
2014) must have "proxy" representation both for the Training and Orientation meeting and the application. 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 Residence Life as to who their proxy is so that Residence Life staff know
who is authorized to act on students' behalf.
- Applications will only be available at the end of the off-campus
training and orientation meetings in the spring and are due to the Office of Residence Life by Friday, February 21, 2014.
- All applicants on one application must be applying to live together at one
- Applicants on one application can be of mixed gender.
- Applications will be placed in lottery number order using the lowest (best)
lottery number of the group. This is called the "group lottery number."
- Group and individual approvals will be made the week of March 3rd with approval
letters and acceptance forms being mailed to each student.
- Students who are placed on a waitlist will also be notified the week of March 3rd.
- Off-campus acceptance forms must be signed and returned to the Office of Residence Life by Friday, March 21, 2014.
- 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
- Students residing off-campus are still subject to the College's judicial procedures and 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.
Gettysburg College has instituted these policies and procedures as part of our continuing effort to strengthen and enhance a positive relationship between the campus and our neighbors. In addition, the College Relations Committee
of the Borough Council meets regularly, bringing together administrators and students with community representatives to review and discuss issues relating to both the town and College communities.
Fraternity houses must be at capacity for the following fall semester before fraternity members will be authorized, by the College, to live off-campus. The Office of Residence Life will work in coordination with the Office of Greek organizations to ensure that this criteria is met. X Close
- 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 application meetings.
- Those students who are studying off-campus at the time of this process (Spring
2014) must have "proxy" representation both for the meeting and the application. 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 Residence Life as to who their proxy is so that Residence Life staff know who is authorized to act on students' behalf.
Any student approved to live off-campus may relinquish his/her approval by doing so in writing to the Office of Residence Life.
Should the student whose lottery number was used to pull a group off campus decide to relinquish off-campus status and move back on campus, the ENTIRE group will also relinquish off-campus rights. Any remaining members of this group still wishing to reside off campus will be put on a waitlist for off-campus permission.
Those who wish to be included in the on-campus lottery must relinquish their off-campus status by Friday, March 21, 2014. X Close
All students who are approved to live off-campus during the Fall 2014 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 $100 fine. X Close
Off-Campus Housing Information & Educational Meetings (attending ONE of the following meetings listed below is mandatory). Off-campus housing applications will only be available at the conclusion of these meetings.
- 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 (CUB 250, Box 430)
Week of March 3, 2014
- Approvals granted for those qualified to live off-campus
- 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 (CUB 250, Box 430)
- Deadline to relinquish off-campus approval
Mandatory Off-Campus Housing Orientation Meeting
- First week of classes in the fall
Gettysburg College is in the process of
reviewing its practices regarding the off-campus property listings for the 2014-2015