At the heart of the mission of Gettysburg College is the fact that we are a residential campus. Gettysburg offers a wide variety of housing options that are designed to be highly supportive and interactive in the first two years and move toward independent living in the last two years. We are committed to developing a caring community that encourages academic success, champions individual respect, and demands responsibility within our community. In order to achieve these community ideals, we expect all residents to work together to create a positive living environment.
Upperclass students work closely with professional and student staff to develop vibrant communities and to capitalize on the "teachable moments" that emerge through the residential experience. Our educational approach with upperclass students is intended to prepare students to be active leaders who take purposeful action in service of the community. The approach has, as its foundation, the Citizenship Pillars:
Own Your Experience
Make an Impact
Housing for the following year is selected each year during the spring semester. Gettysburg uses a lottery system that is based on class year and grade point average (for first-year students, participation in FYE is also a factor considered for housing assignments). The housing selection process is divided into two stages.
- The first stage includes assigning housing to students required to live in fraternity houses, students who are approved to live off-campus, and students selected to live in theme houses. Students involved in these housing options participate in their own separate housing selection processes, some of which include the use of class year and grade point average for approval or assignment of spaces.
- The second stage is open selection of available spaces and is largely completed though an online selection process. All students who were not assigned housing through stage one are assigned a lottery number. Lottery numbers are assigned by expected graduation term and based on cumulative grade point averages through the previous fall. Additional details about the lottery system are provided in materials disseminated early in the spring semester.
Below are some housing selection highlights to consider. Students will receive more detailed information early in the spring semester.
Room Rates and Meal Plans
Gettysburg offers a variety of options for upperclass housing. The room rate and meal plan requirement varies depending on the style of housing and the amenities provided. Please review this information carefully before selecting your housing.
Upperclass students may choose to live in a gender-neutral space. This option allows two or more students to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite, or apartment regardless of students' sex or gender. Gender-neutral housing is intended for students who wish to share a living space with friends regardless of gender identity; it is not intended for romantic couples. Please review the gender-neutral housing policy and FAQs page for further information.
Colleges Houses: Spark Houses and Theme Houses
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. There are two types of College Houses: Spark Houses, which serve as intellectual and social hubs, and Theme Houses, which center around a common interest or cause.
RISE House (Substance-Free Living)
Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Student Expectations about alcohol). Students who choose participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices.
Rising sophomores are offered the opportunity to Block Book rooms in Musselman Hall and Colonial Hall. This option provides sophomores with the opportunity to live near friends by selecting 2 to 3 doubles (for groups of 4 or 6 students) using one lottery number. Students select for these rooms in-person in mid to late April. This process is not done through the online housing selection system.
Gettysburg is a residential college. By policy (see Gettysburg Course Catalog), all of our undergraduate students are required to live on campus, or in a College affiliated fraternity house, unless they receive approval to reside off-campus. The opportunity to live off-campus is reserved only for a limited number of seniors. Students apply to live off-campus in February of their junior year and are notified of their application status in early March. Approval is based on grade point average, student conduct record, and a group's off-campus lottery number. Students are forewarned against signing a lease for an off-campus property until they receive approval in writing from the Office of Residence Life.
Living in a chapter house is an important component of the fraternity experience. Since it is important that fraternities keep the houses at full capacity, members are required to live in their house unless the house is full. Before the housing selection process begins, it is important for members to check with their chapter leadership to see if they will be required to live in their fraternity house.
Special Needs Housing
Gettysburg College provides reasonable housing accommodations for students with disabilities. Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to documented need and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. This includes the need for air conditioning due to asthma, allergies or other health related concerns. Students submitting a request for special housing accommodations are required to provide verification of the disability and need for accommodations from the appropriate diagnosing professional.
Students studying off-campus should carefully review the information provided for their housing selection. The website explains how to select housing if you are studying of-campus during either semester. In mid-March the Office of Residence Life hosts information sessions where staff members explain the process for students planning to study off-campus during the fall semester.
Upperclass Living Links
- Residence Halls
- College Houses
- Upperclass RISE
- Sophomore Resources
- Off-Campus Living
- Off-Campus Study
- Transfers and Readmits
- Greek Housing