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. – 10:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Dining Hall


8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

GIV Day (Gettysburg Is Volunteering) Ballroom/Various locations throughout town

Participate in the 26th annual Gettysburg is Volunteering (GIV) Day. GIV Day is the first opportunity for you to engage in the local community. Participants will learn about social justice issues while connecting with classmates, upperclass students, and members of the Gettysburg community. In order to participate, students had to indicate interest on myFirstYear Dashboard and attendance will be confirmed via email.


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. 


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Conservatory Welcome and Information Meeting for all Music Majors and Minors
Schmucker Hall, Rm. 117
Required for all music majors and minors


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday Morning Meet and Greet
Junction, Jaeger Center

This is an opportunity for students to relax and interact with some upperclassmen while other students are participating in GIV Day. Representatives from various grade levels and backgrounds will be present in the Junction to mingle with the Class of 2020 and make connections with the first-year students while chatting about their involvement on campus. The Jaeger Center will be open: students can complete their fitness center orientation (required in order to use the gym), and the pool and climbing/bouldering walls will be open.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Conservatory Degree and Music Minor meetings, Various locations
Conservatory breakout meetings by degree track for Music Majors and Minors (various locations, announced at 10am meeting)


11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Dining Center


1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Additional time to meet with your Faculty Advisor (if needed)
Various locations

ALL Music Majors meet with their Conservatory Advisors

This is additional time for students to meet with their advisor or others in various departments: music majors -should meet with their music advisor during this time. Students meet with music advisors (various locations, see faculty directory)


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Student Employment Information Session Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

Many students work on campus through a work-study, research, or an office job. Come find out what you need to do to get started!


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. First-Year Seminar Receptions, Various Locations by residence hall

This is an opportunity for faculty, administrators and students participating in First-Year Seminars to meet one another informally to begin conversations about the seminar experience at Gettysburg.  Everyone will gather in a common location by residence hall (common room or designated space outside the building) and then break off into seminar groups, which will be led by the faculty member and administrative partner.


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Library Orientation for Transfer Students, Library

Transfer students will have their orientation to Musselman Library at this time. This session is for new upperclass (sophomores-seniors) students only.  First-year students will complete their library orientation during the first week of classes.


3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Choral Auditions, Schmucker 212

Go to www.gettysburg.edu/music/choir for more information

Living in Our Community Series

Various Locations- First-Year Staff to provide specific location for specific program

The first session begins at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 26.

These discussions will focus on important aspects of becoming a successful member of the Gettysburg College community. Teams of faculty, administrators, and students will lead these discussions. Your First-Year Team will have detailed information about time and location for your Orientation group.  Orientation groups rotate during the three-hour time period


3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Session 1

Honor & Integrity Presentation, Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium) First-Year Staff to provide specific time

Presented by Academic Advising staff and the Honor Commission


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner in Orientation Groups Dining Center


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Living in Our Community Session 2

Student Monologues and Introduction to GREEN Dot, Kline Theater and Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

First-Year Staff to provide specific time

Presented by Upperclass Students and the GreenDot Team


9:30 p.m.– 10:30 p.m.

RISE Information Session and Ice Cream Social Stevens Hall

A chance for those students who are part of the RISE program to get together and meet one another.


9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Late Night Gettysburg Hauser Field House
Enjoy activities such as inflatable wrecking ball, inflatable mega track, a Velcro wall and shaved ice from Kona Ice with your 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

Email: orientation@gettysburg.edu

myFYDashboard and Course Registration Resources: 

Gettysburg E-mail

SMOP (Self Management of Passwords)