Top Orientation traditions and experiences at a glance

Once the entire first-year class arrives on campus this week, they have several days of Orientation ahead of them. The few days before classes start serve as an opportunity for them to get to know campus, their classmates, and a little bit more about the institution they’ll call home for the next four years.

Orientation is jam-packed with traditions and experiences that help first-years get completely immersed in the Gettysburg Great spirit.

Read on for the top ten Orientation experiences:

10. Enjoy your first SERVO meal as a Gettysburg College student. Don’t forget the cookies!

Servo cookie

9. Take a moment to thank your family for their support and say a [sometimes tearful] goodbye before they head home.

Family farewell

8. Hone your hall and school spirit at Field Day.

Field Day

7. Set goals for the academic year when you meet with you faculty adviser.


6. Get an early taste of leadership opportunities at Gettysburg by participating in the Ascent pre-Orientation program.


5. Engage in the local community, learn about social justice issues, and connect with classmates during GIV Day.


4. Officially become a Gettysburg College student as you walk through Penn Hall during Opening Convocation. [And don’t forget, in four years, you’ll say farewell in similar fashion by walking through the building at Commencement.]


3. Have all of your worldly possessions carried into your room by complete strangers on Move-In Day. [Though they won't be strangers for long!]


2. Take a walk through history by recreating the 1863 procession of Gettysburg College students and faculty to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address during the annual First-Year Walk.

First-Year Walk

1. Have the realization that you are a true Gettysburgian, and can’t wait to find what opportunities the next four years hold!

Class of 2018

Follow along

Alumni, parents, and friends can follow all of the action on Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook. Followers on Twitter and Instagram can tag their images or tweets with #gburg2018.

Complete Orientation schedule

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Mon, 25 Aug 2014


Where's the dinks?

Mike Reichgott - '61 | Posted Aug 26, 2014 01:06 PM

I have to admit the best thing I remember about my Freshman orientation was that I was among the group of First-Year students who already knew Servo and had become acclimated to the campus. I had been there a week earlier for Band Camp!

Erica Strang - 1999 | Posted Aug 27, 2014 12:19 AM



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