Thursday, August 25

Orientation runs from Wednesday, August 24, 2016- Sunday, August 28, 2016.  Please note that this is an evolving document and may change before you arrive. Please check back often for updates!

The Bookstore will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Learn more about Gettysburg Bookstore rewards here!


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 and television related questions and concerns. 


8:30 a.m. – noon

Advising Special Topics Sessions

Students will have the opportunity to attend Special Topic Advising Sessions to learn about particular programs or majors. 

  • 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.


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 26.


3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Theory Placement Testing (For Music Majors and Minors Only)  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 the Conservatory Orientation pages.


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 2020 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 Glow Party, The Attic (past the Jaeger Center)
Head on over to the Attic, dressed in neon and white, for the first Attic Party of the year, Gettysburg Glows. Enjoy this black light party while enjoying some good food, music, and meeting your fellow classmates.  


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


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