Founded in 1832, the College upholds a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts in all their breadth and depth. Combined with experiential learning and a drive to Do Great Work, there are no bystanders here.
When you study at Gettysburg, you’re participating in traditions predating even the iconic battle that gave the town its notoriety and historical significance. Before the Civil War and thereafter, the college has stood as a beacon of intellectualism and socially responsible citizenship.
You can see our values reflected in our mission and our excellence in the proven record of student and alumni success.
Gettysburg College and the Civil War
At a glance
2,600 students from more than 34 states and 38 countries
Historic setting near urban centers: an hour to Baltimore, 90 minutes to Washington, D.C., two hours to Philadelphia
Accessible professors: 9 to 1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 17
65 academic programs, 120+ clubs and organizations, 1,000+ leadership opportunities
Home to Goldwater, Rhodes, Fulbright, and others prestigious fellowship recipients
Career connected: 98% are employed or attending graduate school within a year after graduation
Global study: Ranked #3 in Pennsylvania and #8 in the nation for semester-long study abroad
Top rankings for: classroom experiences, internships, alumni network, science and lab facilities, and campus food
Tensions that threatened to tear America apart were already simmering in 1832, when anti-slavery theologian Samuel Simon Schmucker founded what would become Gettysburg College.