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. – 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 Majors and Minors Schmucker Hall, Room 214

Required for all music majors and minors


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Friday Morning Engagement Activity TBD


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 10 a.m. meeting)


11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Dining Center


1:00 p.m.- 4:00 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 advisors or others in various departments; music majors should meet with their music advisor during this time.


1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.- 2:00 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.



3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Choral Auditions 2nd floor Schmucker (sign up at Schmucker 212)

Visit the choir page 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 25.

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  and Charting Your Course (CYC) Overview, Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium) First-Year Staff to provide specific time

Presented by Academic Advising staff, the Honor Commission, and Office of Residential & First-Year Programs staff


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 

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, 227 Carlisle Street

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 jousting, a velcro wall, and Vertical Rush obstacle course. There will also be Kona Ice (snowballs/snow cones)!  Co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and Campus Recreation

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

Transfer Student Resources

Residential & First-Year Programs: Alex Barkley, abarkley@gettysburg.edu

Registrar's Office: Lindsay Arlington, larlingt@gettysburg.edu

Office of Academic Advising: Dean GailAnn Rickert, grickert@gettysburg.edu