CHARTING YOUR COURSE: The 2013 Extended Orientation Program

Charting Your Course is a continuation of the learning experience established during Orientation. CYC will help you take advantage of all the opportunities available at Gettysburg College!

Charting Your Course is composed of three sections:

Maximizing Gettysburg

Introduces students to high impact educational opportunities that through engagement can lead to defining moments that shape a student’s experience. The following are the mandatory Maximizing Gettysburg sessions all students will be attending during their first semester:

  • Library & Information Literacy
  • Gettysburg Curriculum and Advising
  • Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Career Exploration and Connecting with Alumni
  • Off-Campus Studies
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Diversity (Paul Wesselmann)


Introduces first-year students to the campus community through events that demonstrate the importance of student engagement and community values. The following are traditions that every student will be attending throughout their first year:

  • Experience Gettysburg
  • Fall Convocation
  • Twilight Walk

Community Meetings

Provides opportunity for students to gather as a floor to discuss their first-year living experience, and to reinforce dialogue within the community. Your RA (Resident Assistant) will provide you with the location of your floor’s community meetings. The community meeting dates are listed below:

  • Monday, September 9, 10pm
  • Monday, October 7, 10pm
  • Monday, November 11, 10pm
  • Monday, December 2, 10pm
  • Monday, January 27, 10pm
  • Monday, February 24, 10pm
  • Monday, March 24, 10pm
  • Monday, April 7, 10pm
  • Monday, April 28, 10pm

The above three sections are mandatory for all first-year students. When you arrive to campus, you will be receiving a 5.5” x 8.5” pamphlet that explains CYC and provides you with your building’s CYC schedule. The sessions on the schedule add up to 16 points, with each mandatory event equaling 1 point each. Your attendance at these sessions, along with your GPA, will determine your housing number when picking sophomore housing during the second semester of your first-year.