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.

Wednesday, August 23rd

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Move-In Key Pick Up in CUB 250

New students move into their residence halls.


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. 


9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Information Tables Breidenbaugh Hall North Lawn, Lincoln Avenue

Stop by and learn about services the College and the Borough of Gettysburg offer. Open a bank account with PNC, or speak with representatives from Career Development, and talk with a representative from the Dining Center. You can also visit the College Bookstore or Bed Bath & Beyond tent for items to make your new room more comfortable.


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Student and Family Lunch Dining Center

New students and their families are invited to attend lunch in Gettysburg's dining hall, affectionately known as Servo.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Athletes and Families Welcome Session Bream Gymnasium

Winter and spring student athletes and their families are invited to attend a Department of Athletics Welcome Session in Bream Gymnasium at 12:00pm.  The coaching staff will be available and there will be brief remarks from the Director.   Families are encouraged to have lunch in the Dining Hall beginning at 11:00 a.m. Fall athletes will most likely be in practice or meetings, but families of those students are welcome to attend if they return to campus for Opening Day.

Recommended time rotation at the Dining Center for Athletes:

11:00 a.m.- Men's/Women/s Basketball, Men's Golf, Men's/Women's Swimming, Baseball, Men's Lacrosse

11:20 a.m.- Softball, Women's Golf, Men's/Women's Tennis, Women's Lacrosse, Wrestling, Men's/Women's Track & Field   


12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Gettysburg Curriculum Plank Gym 110

Join the Registrar’s office to learn more about the Gettysburg curriculum and how your credits transfer into Gettysburg.


1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Academic Advising Session Plank Gym 110

Join the Academic Advising office to begin planning your academic career at Gettysburg College.


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Welcome to Gettysburg Plank Gym 110

This interactive session gives you the answers to the questions that you want to know. Be sure to bring a wifi-enabled device!


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dress for Opening Convocation, Residence Halls

Students will return to their rooms to dress for the ceremony. This is a formal event; please wear business casual attire. 


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

186th Opening Convocation Ceremony Pennsylvania Hall Lawn, North Side, Beachem Portico

All students and families will attend the formal welcoming ceremony. This is a formal event; please wear business casual attire. The Faculty Processional will begin at 3:55 p.m.  This event will be live-streamed.


5:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Farewell to Families Alumni House Lawn

Take some time to say goodbye to your family while enjoying some light refreshments on the Old Quad (lawn between the Alumni House and Schmucker Hall).


6:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Student Leader Mingle Glatfelter Lodge

This interactive session gives you the answers to the questions that you want to know. Be sure to bring a wifi-enabled device!


Thursday, August 24th

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Servo


8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

G-Tech Hours 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. - 12 p.m.

Advising 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 Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Language Placement Exams 

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


10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Conservatory Auditions for Majors Schmucker Hall 222, Paul Recital Hall


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CA (Community Advisors) Luncheon Servo


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registrar Hours Registrar, CUB 270 

Stop by the Office of the Registrar to have any evaluation questions answered and learn more about class registration.


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Meet with Faculty Advisor Various Locations

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.


5:00 p.m.

Welcome Dinner One Lincoln

Explore local Gettysburg dining at the historic Gettysburg hotel.


6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

First Year Walk Lincoln Square

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 Party Attic

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


Friday, August 25th

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast Servo


10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Counseling Services Tour Counseling Center


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Health Services Tour Health Services

Learn about the various areas of campus to support your health and wellness during your time at Gettysburg.


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Jaegar Center Tour Jaegar Center


10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

G-Tech Tour West Building


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Campus Resources Tour Various Locations

Join us for a tour around campus to learn more about resources that will be valuable to you during your time as a student.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Servo


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

Student Employment 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.

Library Orientation Musselman 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. - 5:00 p.m.

Free Time


4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Chorale Auditions Schmucker 212

Visit the choir page for more information


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 1 Mara Auditorium

Honor & Integrity and Charting Your Course (CYC) Overview; Presented by Academic Advising staff, the Honor Commission, and Office of Residential & First-Year Programs staff


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dinner Servo


7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 2 Mara Auditorium and Kline Theatre

Student Monologues and Introduction to GREEN Dot; Presented by Upperclass Students and the GreenDot Team


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 


Saturday, August 26th

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Servo


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 3 Mara Auditorium and Kline Theatre

Sexual Misconduct Policy, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Overview, Diversity Peer Educators Student Skit; Presented by Upperclass Students, Title IX Coordinator, and the Department of Public Safety


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Servo


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

Living in Our Community Part 4 Mara Auditorium

Code of Conduct; Presented by Office of Rights and Responsibilities 


1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Chorale Open House and Auditions Schmucker Hall 2nd floor

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


2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Den Climbing Wall Jaegar Center

Join the office of Experiential Education and your fellow transfers for a chance to scale the climbing wall in the Jaeger Center.


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner Servo


7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Experience Gettysburg Majestic Theater

This presentation which will give you a glimpse of everything Gettysburg has to offer. It’s up to you to get involved, but we’d love to show you how! Hear stories and experiences from upperclass students. This event will be live streamed. 


9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Movie Night Majestic Theater

Wonder Woman, Free admission with student ID


11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Midnight Madness Servo 

Join us for a classic Gettysburg tradition of midnight food and fun with activities such as karaoke, a Photo booth, and Trivia that will get you points towards Field Day! There will also be snacks such as donuts, nachos, and mac n cheese bites!


Sunday, August 27th

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Religious Services Various Locations


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chapel Service Fountain


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Brunch Servo


1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social Mr. G's

Join your orientation group in a sample of Gettysburg’s ice cream delicacies and explore downtown Gettysburg.


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Final Group Meeting Various Locations


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass Christ Chapel


5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner Servo