Rankings and Reputation

Gettysburg College is recognized nationally and ranks among top colleges in the country for our value, programs, and liberal arts experience.

The value of a Gettysburg education is underscored by the great work of our students and alumni who, by applying the knowledge and skills they gained here, are continuously making a positive impact on the world.

Princeton Review

Gettysburgians have proven themselves to be trailblazers of growth and innovation, and these efforts, combined with an enriching campus environment, have resulted in numerous recognitions by Princeton Review on its list of the Best 385 Colleges. This honor highlights the College’s prestigious and competitive climate, in academics and elsewhere.

  • No. 13 ‘Great Financial Aid’

    At Gettysburg College, approximately 65 percent of students receive merit scholarships and need-based grants, with awards totaling $72 million for the 2019-20 school year. Gettysburg College is committed to working with students and their families to ensure that the ability to pay does not become an obstacle to a Gettysburg education.

  • No. 9 ‘Best Campus Food’

    Fueling students’ minds and bodies with quality foods is a top priority for our award-winning Dining Services. In addition to the dining center, which Gettysburg students fondly refer to as ‘Servo,’ there are three other dining options on campus—The Bullet Hole, The Dive, and Commons Marketplace—which sell everything from made-to-order burgers and fries to sandwiches, snacks, Starbucks coffee, and freshly made smoothies. Recent additions include The Grille on Lincoln and Smart Eats.

  • No. 12 ‘Students Study the Most’

    Both students and faculty at Gettysburg College are passionate about the great work they do. A survey measuring the intellectual climate of the College found that 77 percent of incoming student respondents agreed that Gettysburg’s ‘very good academic reputation’ was ‘very important’ to them. This academic rigor continues to develop during students’ time here, and our stellar faculty and staff help nurture this enthusiasm, as 98 percent of first years say they had at least one professor who made them excited about learning.

Additional recognition from Princeton Review

  • Best Value Colleges
  • Best Northeastern Colleges
  • Colleges That Create Futures
  • Green Colleges

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges

Outcomes, social mobility, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, and expert opinion were some of the factors considered in the ranking of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

  • No. 54 in liberal arts


Alumni salary, student satisfaction, debt, American leaders (within Forbes’s database of successful leaders), on-time graduation rate, and academic success were considered in the ranking of Forbes Top Colleges. The Grateful Graduates Index analyzed seven-year median gifts per full-time enrolled students and the average percentage of alumni who give back in any way.

  • Top Colleges: No. 52 in liberal arts
  • Grateful Graduates: No. 91

Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money

Quality of education, affordability, and outcomes were considered in the ranking of Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money.

  • The Best Colleges for Your Money: No. 44 in liberal arts

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

College resources, engagement with students, outcomes, and degree of environment inclusivity were considered in the ranking of Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education’s College Rankings of nearly 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities.

  • No. 38 in liberal arts
  • No. 101 nationally

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Best College Values

Student-to-faculty ratio, test scores of incoming students, graduation rates, and low student debt at graduation were considered in the ranking of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Best College Values. This ranking list is intended to recognize institutions that combine academic quality with affordability.

  • No. 41 among private liberal arts colleges
  • No. 71 nationally

Payscale.com’s College Salary Report

The data used in PayScale’s College Salary Report is collected through Payscale’s ongoing, online compensation survey, where users provide information about jobs, compensation, employer, demographics and educational background. This data is used to examine early-career and mid-career salaries of alumni.

  • No. 27 in liberal arts

Learn why Gettysburg College graduates have outstanding post-college outcomes.

The Power of International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report, mid-length study abroad programs

Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on students who study abroad as part of their academic experience. The data in this annual report are obtained through surveying approximately 3,000 accredited U.S. higher education institutions on their enrollment of international students. At Gettysburg College, nearly 60 percent of our students study abroad for at least one semester.

  • No. 3 in PA
  • No. 8 in the nation

The Georgetown University Center on Education & the Workforce ROI Study: ROI of Liberal Arts Colleges

Using data from the expanded College Scorecard, this report ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. Through this study, Georgetown University found that the ROI for liberal arts institutions is well below the median for all colleges at the 10-year horizon, but well above the median for all colleges 40 years after enrollment.

  • No. 50 among liberal arts colleges based on 10-year ROI
  • No. 33 among liberal arts colleges based on 40-year ROI