During 1966-2017, at least 1166 Gettysburg alumni earned research doctorates, ranking Gettysburg 52nd among 583 Baccalaureate Colleges.

Year(s)Total number of alumni
who earned research doctorates
1966-1975 254 40th
1976-1985 271 33rd
1986-1995 168 66th
1996-2005 188 65th
2006-2015 226 60th
2016 31 44th
2017 28 49th
Grand Total: 1966-2017 1,166 52nd

Note: Since 1966, the National Science Foundation has been providing data collected through the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), which is an annual census of all new recipients of research doctorates at U. S. doctorate-granting colleges and universities. Only recipients of research doctorates (in all disciplines, including engineering) are included (the most common research doctorate degree is the PhD; Ed.D is also included); recipients of professional degrees (e.g., MD, DDS, DVM, JD, DPharm, DMin, and PsyD) are NOT included. The table above presents the total number of Gettysburg graduates who earned research doctorates during a given period or an academic year (AY) (e.g., 2017 refers to AY 2016-17, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).

Overall, Gettysburg ranks 52nd among 583 Baccalaureate Colleges (Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus (liberal arts colleges) and Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields), based on the 2015 Carnegie Basic Classification.


Office of Institutional Analysis & National Science Foundation Survey of Earned Doctorates