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 2019-20 academic year: 583 students earned bachelor’s degrees, including 110 (19%) double majors.
  • Seven most popular majors among the 2020 graduating class: Economics (10.7%, including Mathematical Economics), Political Science (10.7%), Organization & Management Studies (9.7%), Biology (7.5%, including Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), English (7.4%), Health Sciences (6.6%), and Psychology (6.2%).
  • Prestigious awards earned during the 2019-20 academic year: Three Fulbright grants, and a Beinecke Scholarship winner.
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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: 59% (2020 graduating class)

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    Full-Time Faculty (Fall 2019)

    • 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: 66%
    • 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 (Fall 2014 entering cohort): 85%

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    Admissions (Fall 2020)

    • Applicants: 6,468
    • Acceptance rate: 48.2%
    • Enrolled: 640

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    Student Body (full-time degree-seeking students in Fall 2020)

    • Enrollment: 2,531 (Living on-campus and studying remotely: 2,495; participating in global study & 3-2 program: 36 )
    • Female: 52.5%
    • Domestic students of color: 19.9% (N=503)
    • International students: 4.4% (N=112)
    • Countries represented by international students: 36
    • States/territories represented: 41
    • Top five states of origin: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Connecticut
    • Out-of-state domestic students: 72%
    • First-generation students: 22.3%
    • Pell Grant recipients: 19%

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    Alumni Outcomes

    2019 graduating class: 98% employed or attending graduate/professional school within a year after graduation

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