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.
  • 2018 Carnegie Basic Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts and Sciences Focus
  • Accreditation: Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Academics

  • Academic programs: 40 majors; 40 minors
  • Degrees conferred during the 2018-19 academic year: 611 students earned bachelor’s degrees, including 111 (18%) double majors.
  • Five most popular majors among the 2019 graduating class: Economics (11.4%, including Mathematical Economics: 3.7%), Organization & Management Studies (11.1%), Political Science (8.3%), Health Sciences (7.1%), Psychology (6.5%)
    Pie chart displaying the five most popular majors - see table below for data
  • Prestigious awards earned during the 2018-19 academic year: Four Fulbright grants, three Goldwater Scholars

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High-Impact Learning Experiences (2019 graduating class: By the time of graduation)

  • Completed at least one internship: 77%
  • Held at least one leadership position: 59%
  • Worked with a faculty mentor on research: 55%
  • Studied abroad (for credit) for a semester or longer: 56%

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Full-Time Faculty (Fall 2018)

  • Female: 45%
  • With a doctorate or the highest degree in their field: 98%; 100% tenured and tenure-track faculty have a doctorate or the highest degree in their field.
  • Tenured: 63%
  • Domestic faculty of color or international: 23%
  • Student-faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Average class size: 17 students

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Retention and Graduation

  • First-year retention rate (Fall 2018 entering cohort): 91.3%
  • Six-year graduation rate (three-year average): 84%

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Admissions (Fall 2019)

  • Applicants: 5,916
  • Acceptance rate: 48.0%
  • Enrolled: 681

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Student Body (full-time degree-seeking students in Fall 2019)

  • Enrollment: 2,623 (on-campus: 2,367; off-campus: 256)
  • Female: 53.1%
  • Domestic students of color: 18.1% (N=476)
  • International students: 5.5% (N=143)
  • Countries represented by international students: 33
  • States/territories represented: 41
  • Top five states of origin: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Connecticut
  • Out-of-state domestic students: 72.6%
  • First-generation students: 22.3%
  • Pell Grant recipients in the Fall 2019 cohort: 22%

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Alumni Outcomes

2018 graduating class: 98% employed or attending graduate/professional school within a year after graduation

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