Residence hall living is a vital component of Gettysburg College's educational experience. The residential life program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and how to be engaged citizens on campus.
First-year students work closely with professional and student staff to develop vibrant communities and to capitalize on the "teachable moments" that emerge through the residential experience. The First-Year Community Learning Plan is intended to prepare students to be active leaders who take purposeful action in service of the community. The learning plan has, as its foundation, the Citizenship Pillars:
Own Your Experience
Make an Impact
Housing by Seminar
All housing placements for first-year students are based on First-Year Seminar/Writing Course placements as part of the First-Year Residential College program. Students in each seminar are housed together within the same residence hall. As all first-year residence halls offer similar accommodations and opportunities, first-year students may not request a specific hall assignment.
In June, students will be asked to complete a housing form on the First-Year Dashboard. This form asks a few basic questions that assist Residence Life staff in assigning roommates (e.g. sleep and study preferences). An effort will be made to honor specific roommate requests, but such requests will likely impact at least one student's ability to live with his/her seminar. Most first-year rooms are doubles, but a few triples and singles are also available.
A Diverse Community
Part of the educational experience at Gettysburg includes the opportunity to meet and live among different people. Housing is therefore assigned to students at Gettysburg College without regard to race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, physical challenge, or sexual orientation.
First-year students may choose to live in a gender-neutral room. This option allows two students to share a double room regardless of students' sex or gender. Gender-neutral housing is not intended for romantic couples. Please review the gender-neutral housing policy and FAQs page for further information.
Gettysburg College offers a substance-free program, First-Year RISE (Respecting Individual Student Expectations). Students who choose to participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices. All residence hall facilities managed by the College are officially smoke-free.
Special Needs Housing
Gettysburg College provides reasonable housing accommodations for students with disabilities. Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to documented need and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. Please review the information on how to apply for Special Needs Housing.
Housing assignment confirmations will be sent to students via their Gettysburg College email during the first week in August. Housing assignments will be available to view in CNAV/MyHousing.
For more information about important dates, such as when residence halls close and open for breaks and the beginning and end of each semester, please see our calendar.
First-Year Living Links