Gettysburg students participate in many high-impact learning experiences such as study abroad, which are associated with a variety of desirable learning and personal development outcomes.
Senior Capstone Experience
Since the Fall 2004 entering cohort, all students have been required to complete a senior capstone project as part of the graduation requirements. The Capstone Requirement is a course or faculty-sponsored experience in which students bring together what they have learned in their major curriculum and demonstrate mastery over the chosen area of concentration.
Approximately 70% of 2014 graduates completed an internship during their undergraduate education at the College, enriching their academic learning and gaining valuable work experience. The participation rate has been increasing over the years.
|Graduating Class||Internship Participation Rate|
56% of the Class of 2013 graduates (who entered in Fall 2009) studied abroad for a semester or an academic year, enriching their academic learning and developing a sense of global citizenship.
|Entering Cohort||Graduated in||% of Graduates Who Studied Abroad|
Approximately 57% of 2014 graduates worked with faculty on research during their undergraduate career at Gettysburg, enhancing their level of deep learning and intellectual development.
Research Participation Rate
First-Year Seminar and BURG
A large number of first-year students participate in common intellectual experiences such as First-Year Seminar and BURG (a type of First-Year Seminar which is also a living- learning community devoted to a common intellectual theme).
|First Year Seminar Participation||BURG Participation|
Close to 70% of 2014 graduates served in a leadership role/roles (e.g., residence life staff, campus organization officer, team captain, program coordinator, tour guide) during their undergraduate career at the College, substantially enhancing their leadership skills.
% Serving in a Leadership Role(s)
% Reporting Leadership Skills Substantially* Enhanced
*"Substantially" is the combined % of students reporting leadership skills "Moderately" or "Greatly" enhanced (Rating Scale: Not at all--A little--Moderately--Greatly).
Approximately 83% of 2014 graduates participated in community service during their undergraduate years at Gettysburg, strengthening their civic engagement.
Community Service Participation Rate
Participation in Other High-Impact Learning Experiences
A large number of students also participate in other high-impact learning experiences such as service learning courses.
Note: 1) All data (except Study Abroad and First Year Seminar/BURG) are based on self-reports in the annual graduating senior survey. Approximately 95% of graduating seniors completed the survey every year. 2) Data source for Study Abroad: Office of the Registrar & Office of Institutional Analysis 3) Data source for First Year Seminar/BURG: Office of the Registrar