Our Orientation Team will update the schedule throughout the summer as details and locations are confirmed.  Please check back often and contact us with any questions at orientation@gettysburg.edu.

7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Dining Center



8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

G-Tech West Building

G-Tech, technical support for Gettysburg College students, will be available to address any technology related questions and concerns.



8:30 a.m. – noon

Advising Special Topics Sessions Various Locations

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Health Professions Advising Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Teacher Certification Program Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Pre-Law Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

10:15 a.m. –10:45 a.m. Pre-Engineering McCreary 115 (Bowen Auditorium)

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Psychology Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Organization & Management Studies and Business Advising

Mara Auditorium (Masters 110)


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Language Placement Exams (if needed)

Japanese Placement Tests
Breidenbaugh 209

Chinese Placement Tests
Breidenbaugh 209

Latin and Greek Placement Tests
See Clare Crone in the Classics Dept. Office, Weidensall 207


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Dining Center



1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Non-music Academic Advising (MUSIC DOUBLE MAJORS ONLY)

Music major students with a double major meet with advisor in the other major. Note:  Music Majors and minors will meet with their music advisors on Friday, August 27.  See schedule below.


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meeting with your Faculty Advisor*

Various locations for advising appointments

Students will meet with their academic advisor to discuss their class schedule and goals for their time at Gettysburg College. Students will convene with their advisors in groups and schedule individual appointments. Each student MUST meet with their advisor in order to finalize registration for the fall semester. * Music major students with a double major meet with advisor in the other major. Note: Music majors and minors will meet with their music advisors on Friday, August 25. See schedule below.



3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Theory Placement Testing Schmucker Hall, Rm. 214

All should arrive at 3:00 p.m.  for instructions. Required for all music majors and minors.  Learn more about theory placement testing.


4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dining Center
Students will attend dinner at prescribed times in orientation groups in order to assemble for the First-Year Walk.



6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. First-Year Walk Introduction, Christ Chapel
The class of 2021 and other new students will gather in the Chapel for an introduction of the First-Year Walk. After remarks from President Riggs, all students will line up to begin the walk.



6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The First-Year Walk
Town of Gettysburg
Faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members will escort the first-year class through the streets of historic Gettysburg. This Gettysburg College tradition, initiated by a student in 2003, commemorates the same journey taken by college students and community members in 1863, when they walked to the cemetery to hear President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address.



9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
"Gettysburg Glows", The Attic (past the Jaeger Center)

Come out to our student-run club for our black light party! Students are encouraged to dress in neon or white (something that glows)!