Gettysburg College's Extended Orientation progam is titled Charting Your Course, or CYC. It is designed to empower students to be Gettysburg Great as they learn about, engage in, and plan their Gettysburg experience.

First-year students will participate in CYC events ranging from a public presentation by our Common Read book author Cristina Henríquez, to community meetings, to the Twilight Walk. A wide range of elective events are also available as part of the program.

As an added bonus, attending and participating in 18 CYC sessions (13 required and 5 electives of your choice) will offer first-years the greatest opportunity to have their choice of housing for their sophomore year.

  • Prof. David Powell's First-Year Seminar
  • FYS
  • FYS

CYC Schedule

There are 13 CYC events required for all students in the Class of 2020.

View the schedule of required CYC events for the Class of 2020.

You can also view the full CYC schedule, including required and elective events.

Remember to bring your student ID card to each event to receive CYC credit!

CYC Events

There are 13 CYC events required for all students in the Class of 2020.

Elective events are broken down into 5 topics:

- Social Justice Dialogue Groups

- Theater, Visual, Music Arts Events

- Academic/Department Presentations

- Athletic & Campus Recreation Events

- Career Development Events

Contact Information

College Union Building
Suite 250
Campus Box: 430

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8AM-12PM, and 1PM-5PM
P: (717) 337-6901


Required CYC Events

  • MONDAY 9/19 – Community Meeting Part 1
    • Various locations (see your RA), 10:00pm
    • Make Up Events:

      We have received many inquiries about making up various CYC events. Thank you to those who have communicated with us in a prompt manner. I will be including the information for making up the Identity Awareness & Violence Prevention programs as well as the Cristina Henriquez Public Presentation. Please remember that you should only be attending these make-ups if you have a verifiable excuse for missing the first session (i.e. class, lab, or playing in a varsity sporting event). The options for making up these events will be the only ones offered. Please be aware of these dates now so you can plan accordingly if you are in need of a make-up. 

      • Cristina Henriquez Public Presentation
        • Sunday, September 25 from 12pm-1:30pm
        • Sunday, October 2 from 7pm-8:30pm
        • No other make-up dates will be offered after these two.
      • Identity Awareness & Violence Prevention Programs
        • Green Dot (for any student)
          • Saturday, October 22nd, 11am-5pm, Glatfelter 101
          • If you wish to attend this training for CYC credit, you must email with your name, pronouns, any dietary needs, and t-shirt size as soon as possible. You must also make sure your attendance is tracked by the facilitator on the day of the training. 
        • S.A.F.E. (for students who identify as women)
          • Wednesday, September 21st, 7:30-9:30pm
          • Students wishing to attend this training for CYC credit must attend the session and write a written reflection. The reflection should be sent to
          • Please see the attached document for guidelines about the written reflection.
        • Masculinities (for students who identify as men)
          • To make this up, you must watch a video entitled “The Mask You Live In,” which is available in Musselman Library and is also on Netflix. You must also write a written reflection and send that to

    CYC Elective Events this Week:

     Elective Events this week:

    • ANY DAY through October – Center for Career Development Drop-in Hours
      •  Center for Career Development (53 West Stevens Street, next to DPS), between 2:30-4:30pm
      • Stop by to have your resume or cover letter reviewed and earn a CYC credit
      • Counts as a Career Development Event
    • TUESDAY 9/27 - - Unrequired Reading: The Lighter Side of Musselman Library 
      • 4-5:00pm, Library 014 (Ground Floor)
      • Attendance will be capped at 30 participants for each section.
      • Do you enjoy hanging out in bookstores and libraries?  Do you love reading for fun or indulging in a good movie on a rainy Friday afternoon?  If so, this session is for you!  Hear about the many ways that Musselman Library can entertain and enrich your life over the next four years.  Participants will learn how to find books, films and other library materials that can be used enjoyment (or even for classes).  From graphic novels, Rolling Stone magazine, and reading programs, to audiobooks and the latest award-winning films – there is something for everyone at our library.
      • Counts as an Academic/Department Sponsored Presentation
    • WEDNESDAY 9/28 - Rhymes & Revelations: Volume 2 Featuring Mahogany L. Browne 
      • 6:30PM at the Attic
      • Part of a spoken word artist series this fall. Each event will have a portion of the evening highlighting student artist prior to a nationally recognized poets’ performance. The performers will address intersectionality as it relates to race, gender, class, socioeconomic status and many more topics.
        • Counts as a Theater, Visual, Music Arts Event
      • CANCELLED 9/28 THURSDAY 9/29 -  Lecture by artist Wafaa Bilal, Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
        • 5:30-6:30pm, Pennsylvania Hall Lyceum
        • Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics.  One of his works, Chair from The Ashes Series, is on display as part of the exhibition Bodies in Conflict: From Gettysburg to Iraq.
        • Counts as a Theater, Visual, Music Arts Event
      • FRIDAY 9/30 - Fiscal New Year Celebration
        • 12-3:00pm, Economics Building (339 Carlisle Street)
        • Join the Economics Department as we celebrate the beginning of the 2017 Fiscal New Year with our majors and faculty. Play games with faculty for prizes, i.e. Poker, Monopoly, and Econ Trivia. Chipotle’s served while supply lasts. RSVP requested to ASAP.
        • Counts as an Academic/Department Sponsored Presentation
      • SATURDAY 10/1 - Football Game 
        • 1:00pm, Musselman Stadium
        • Gettysburg vs. McDaniel
        • Counts as an Athletic & Campus Recreation Event
      • SATURDAY 10/1 through 11/30 - Career Beam Assessment  
        • Anytime, Online
        • Take the Quick Profile interest assessment on Career Beam and setup an appointment with Career Development to discuss your career ideas for a CYC credit.
        • Career Beam is a full service career portal that guides you through the career development process to achieve your career goals. It has exercises and assessments to help you identify your values, skills, talents, and interests and suggests best fit career paths. Career Beam also helps you create a personalized career plan and conduct a results-oriented career search, and teaches you great resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills.
        • See the attached handout for instructions. You can also pick up a hard copy of this paper from CUB 250 or the Center for Career Development.
        • Counts as a Career Development Event