Thursday, August 24

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

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.
7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Dining Center
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- Breidenbaugh 307

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Conservatory Auditions for Majors/Minors Schmucker Hall, Rm. 222, Paul Recital Hall
Auditions for students who have not previously auditioned and who are interested in a music major or minor.  Students planning to audition must email Diane MacBeth to schedule an audition. Audition requirements. 

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 27. 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.
Dinner 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 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.
TBD Party, The Attic (past the Jaeger Center)

Office of Residential & First-Year Programs

Building: College Union Building
Room Number: 250
Phone: (717) 337-6901
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00, closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm for lunch
Campus Box: 430
Website: Residential & First-Year Programs


Transfer Student Resources

Residential & First-Year Programs: Alex Barkley,

Registrar's Office: Lindsay Arlington,

Office of Academic Advising: Dean GailAnn Rickert,