(As of October 28, 2014 ) Please note that the off-campus approval process and eligibility requirements are currently under review for the 2015-2016 academic year. We hope to have this page updated with those details in the near future.
Gettysburg is a residential college. When students agree to enroll at Gettysburg, they agree to a four-year residency requirement which can be found in the Student Handbook (page 25). This means that all of our students are required to live on campus, or in a College-related fraternity house for the four years of their college experience. We do allow exceptions for a small number of students to be released from their four-year residency obligation. We use an application process with eligibility requirements to grant approval for those students to live in the Gettysburg community.
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
- Attendance at one of four information/educational sessions (see below for dates, times, and locations)
- Expected graduation date of December 2015 or May 2016 or August 2016).
- Cumulative GPA requirement (eligible GPA is under review and will be posted in January 2015)
- Each applicant's conduct record, both on and off campus, will be reviewed. Details will be provided in the application information
- 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 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 Residential & First-Year Programs.
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. There will be one meeting held in the fall semester and three meetings will be held in early spring 2015. 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.
- Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m., CUB 260 (this session is primarily for rising seniors who will be studying abroad or off-campus during the spring semester and wish to apply to live off-campus for the 2015-2016 academic year)
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Mara Auditorium
- Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 p.m., CUB 260
- Thursday, February 12, 2015, 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 the application process (Spring 2015) must plan to attend the Mandatory Training and Orientation Meeting on December 2nd. 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.
- 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 Residential & First-Year Programs by Friday, February 20, 2015.
- All applicants on one application must be applying to live together at one address.
- 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 2nd 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 2nd.
- Off-campus acceptance forms must be signed and returned to the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs by Friday, March 20, 2015.
- 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 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 Residential & First-Year Programs 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 the application process (Spring 2015) must plan to attend the Mandatory Training and Orientation Meeting on December 2nd. 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.
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.
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 20, 2015. X Close
All students who are approved to live off-campus during the Fall 2015 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
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.