Facts and figures

General information

  • Founded: 1832
  • Type: A highly selective, national, four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences
  • Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; on a beautiful 225-acre campus with over 90 buildings. Adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park. 36 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg, 55 miles from Baltimore, 80 miles from Washington, D.C., 117 miles from Philadelphia, and 212 miles from New York City.
  • 2021 Carnegie Basic Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts and Sciences Focus
  • Accreditation: Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education


  • Academic programs: 41 majors; over 40 minors
  • Degrees conferred during the 2022-23 academic year: 573 students earned bachelor’s degrees, including 136 (23.7%) double majors.
  • Most popular majors among the 2023 graduating class: 573 students completed a total of 713 majors. Of all the majors completed (N=713), the most popular ones are:  Business, Organizations, & Management (12.1% or 86/713), Political Science (10.7%), Health Sciences (8.1%), Economics (7.9%, including Mathematical Economics), Psychology (7.4%), Biological Sciences (BIO & BMB combined) (5.9%), English (5.3%, including English with a writing concentration), and History (4.6%).

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Participation in High-Impact Practices during their time at the College: 2023 graduating class (by the time of graduation)

  • Completed at least one internship: 76%
  • Worked with faculty on research: 60%
  • Studied abroad (for credit) for a semester or longer: 35%
  • Served in a leadership role(s) (e.g., campus organization/club officer, program coordinator): 64%
  • Participated in community service: 84%
  • Additionally, students participate in other High-Impact Practices. All students are required to take a First Year Seminar and complete a capstone course or experience. Many students also participate in service-learning.

76 percent of the Fall 2023 entering cohort participate in the Guided Pathways, which include various High-Impact Practices and more.

Full-time faculty (2023-24 Academic Year)

  • Female: 45%; male: 55%
  • 96% hold a doctorate or other terminal degree. All tenured and tenure-track faculty have a doctorate or other terminal degree.
  • Tenured: 67%
  • Domestic faculty of color or international faculty: 26%
  • Student to faculty ratio: 9 to 1 (Spring 2024)
  • The average class size is 18; the median class size is 17.

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Retention and graduation

  • First-year retention rate (Fall 2022 entering cohort): 90%
  • Six-year graduation rate (Fall 2017 entering cohort): 83%

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Undergraduate Admissions (Fall 2023)

  • Applicants: 7,123
  • Acceptance rate: 48%
  • Enrolled: 604

Undergraduate enrollment (full-time degree-seeking undergraduates in Fall 2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,324 (on-campus: 2,207; participating in an off-campus study program: 117)
  • 48.5% are men; 51.5% are women
  • Domestic students of color: 22.1% (N=513)
  • International students: 11.2% (N=260)
  • Countries/Territories represented by international students: 58 (60 if also including the countries represented by two non-degree-seeking undergraduates)
  • States represented: 41
  • Top five states of origin: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Connecticut
  • Among domestic students: 73% are out-of-state.
  • Pell Grant recipients: 21% (N=477)
  • First-generation college students: approximately 21%

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Graduate enrollment (Fall 2023)

  • 679 students are enrolled in the on-line master’s program in American History (offered in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History).
  • Three students are enrolled full-time; 676 are enrolled part-time.
  • 46% are men; 54% are women.

Alumni outcomes

2022 graduating class: 98% employed or attending graduate/professional school within a year after graduation

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Teacher Certification

The College provides teacher certification opportunities. You can find out more from here.