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What should my daughter/son do if they are ill and the Health
Center is closed?
Health Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-6:00 pm.
Health Services is closed, the College physicians are on
call for urgent advice or treatment. For Saturday morning
appointments, (8:30-11:00 am) your student may call Gettysburg
Family Practice at 334-2183 and identify himself/herself
as a Gettysburg College student. Directions to the office
are available on the Health Services website or the student may
Department of Public Safety for transport.
At all other times, the physicians can be reached by calling
334-2121. This is the telephone number for the
Gettysburg Hospital switchboard operator. Your
daughter/son should then ask to speak to the doctor on call for
Gettysburg Family Practice and remain at his/her phone until the
physician returns their call.
I think my son/daughter should be more involved in campus
activities. How can I help?
Encourage him/her to talk with Director,Keira Kant or the
Associate Director in the
Office of Student Activities and First Year Programs.
There are many student organizations in which he/she can
participate, in addition to
(the outdoor experience program), the
Center for Public Service
, various religious
organizations, intramural teams, a service fraternity, and much
more. Involvement in campus life is a key factor in students'
Courses, Grades, Advising & Study Abroad
College have an attendance policy?
son/daughter change advisors?
Technically, yes, though changing advisors in the first semester
is not always advisable, depending on his/her reasons for
wanting to change. Tell him/her to have a conversation
with someone in the
Academic Advising Office before changing advisors.
son/daughter drop a course in which s/he is doing poorly?
Your son/daughter should discuss the matter with the faculty
member and with his/her advisor and make a decision by the last
day to withdraw from a course with a "W," as published on the
son/daughter be penalized for missing a class to participate in an athletics
Students should always inform their faculty well in advance
of any date on which they must miss class. The student is
responsible for making up any missed work. Some faculty
are willing to reschedule exams or assignments, and others are
not. It is up to the student to determine the consequences
of missing class, and whether s/he can afford to miss.
students pre-register for next semester?
Pre-registration materials will be delivered to the post
office boxes of First Year students in early November.
Students should pick up their materials immediately, and
schedule an appointment with their advisor as soon as possible
to select courses and have their advisor sign their selection
sheet. The signed form must be returned to the Office of
the Registrar. Once the signed form is received by the Office of
the Registrar, the student’s advising hold will be removed.
Student appointment times will be randomly assigned. These times
can be found in the student center in PeopleSoft. As
registration approaches, please check the
registrar website frequently for updates and general
Can my son/daughter register for five courses for the Spring
The recommended course load for first year students is four,
but exceptional students may register for five, with the
approval of their advisors.
What if I
suspect that my son/daughter may have a learning disability?
Have him/her make an appointment with Dean Lane (First Year or Junior) or Dean Cole (Sophomore or Senior) in Academic
Advising (717-337-6579) to discuss the required testing and the
process for any recommended accommodations.
Will I have access to my son's/daughter's grades through CNAV?
Academic information at Gettysburg College is shared between the College and the student. Please speak with your son or daughter regarding his/her grades and other academic information.
What GPA must my son/daughter maintain to keep his/her
Merit and/or Talent Scholarship?
S/he needs to have a 2.75 average at the end of the first
year, and a 3.0 every year after that.
I know my daughter/son is hoping to study abroad. When
should they begin the planning process?
With 50% of Gettysburg students studying abroad before
they graduate, the recommended time to begin planning is in the
first year! Some students will participate in our Intensive
Language Programs which are of particular interest to first semester
sophomores, so early planning is essential.
The most typical time to study abroad is during the fall of the junior year. For more
information, please contact the
Office of Off Campus Studies.
Residence Halls and Roommates
son/daughter wants to change roommates. What is the process?
Students with specific conflicts are encouraged to seek counsel of their RC, RA, CA, or CL. If a mutually satisfactory solution to the conflict is not reached, students wishing to pursue a room change must meet with a Residence Life professional staff member (see
list of resources
). Students are reminded that all room changes must be officially requested in this manner. Room changes can take place any time after the first two weeks of the semester and up until the last two weeks before final exams.
Is my son/daughter required to live on campus next year?
Gettysburg College is a residential college. All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus or in a college-related fraternity house, unless they commute from their parent's/guardian's home or receive approval to reside off campus.
Annually, in February, juniors apply to live off campus for the following academic year. The Office of Residence Life reviews applications and informs applicants whether they have been approved to live off campus. Students should not sign a lease for an off-campus accommodation before receiving approval (in writing) at the end of February.
How does my son/daughter secure housing for next year?
In January, the
Office of Residence Life
will publish the "Guide to Housing Selection" on its website. For each class year, lottery numbers
are randomly generated within a Grade Point Average grouping as
a way to give the best lottery numbers to students in the
highest academic standing. Your student and roommate(s) use the
best lottery number of the group to select housing. The Class
of 2013 has first selection, the Class of 2014 is next, and the
Class of 2015 selects last.
What is theme housing?
Gettysburg College strives to help students create environments which complement their academic development as well as their personal and intellectual growth. If students wish to explore a particular interest, academic subject, talent or activity, they may petition to live together in a one-year theme house. There are also many opportunities to join an established theme house. Theme housing selection and placement occurs early in the spring semester for the following academic year. Please visit the theme housing website
for more details including eligibility requirements, timelines and other specific information relating to theme housing.
Is my son/daughter allowed to live in a fraternity/sorority
house as a sophomore?
Sophomore students are allowed to participate in Greek Rush
during the fall semester. Gettysburg College does not have
sorority houses. Second semester sophomore men
with a GPA of 2.7 or higher AND a clear judicial record are
permitted to move into the house if they desire.