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: 40 majors; 40 minors
  • Degrees conferred during the 2021-22 academic year: 640 students earned bachelor’s degrees, including 123 (19%) double majors.
  • Most popular majors among the 2022 graduating class: Of all the majors completed (N=764), the most popular ones are: Political Science (9.9%), Economics (9.7%, including Mathematical Economics), Organization & Management Studies/Business, Organizations, & Management (9.0%), Health Sciences (8.6%), Biological Sciences (BIO & BMB combined) (7.5%), Psychology (6.7%) and History (5.5%).

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High-impact learning experiences (by the time of graduation) 2023 graduating class

  • Completed at least one internship: 76%
  • Worked with a faculty mentor on research: 60%
  • Studied abroad (for credit) for a semester or longer: 35%
  • Served in leadership roles: 64%

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Full-time faculty (Fall 2022)

  • Female: 45%
  • With a doctorate or the highest degree in their field: 97%; 100% tenured and tenure-track faculty have a doctorate or the highest degree in their field.
  • Tenured: 67%
  • Domestic faculty of color or international: 27%
  • Student-faculty ratio: 10:1
  • 70% of the class sections had fewer than 20 students enrolled. The average class size is 18.

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Retention and graduation

  • First-year retention rate (Fall 2021 entering cohort): 89%
  • Six-year graduation rate (Fall 2016 entering cohort): 82%

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Undergraduate Admissions (Fall 2022)

  • Applicants: 5,796
  • Acceptance rate: 56%
  • Enrolled: 644

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Student body (full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students in Fall 2022)

  • Enrollment: 2,378 (on-campus: 2,232; participating in global study or 3-2 dual-degree program: 146)
  • Female: 52%
  • Domestic students of color: 22.1% (N=526)
  • International students: 7.8% (N=186)
  • Countries/Territories represented by international students: 49 (50 if also including the country represented by two non-degree-seeking undergraduates)
  • States represented: 40
  • 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=495)

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Alumni outcomes

2021 graduating class: 99% 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.