Best classroom experience

At Gettysburg College, we encourage you to ask questions that don’t have easy answers and to challenge your assumptions and long-held beliefs. Our students engage with our academic programs in ways that change how they view themselves and the world around them. The dedication of our faculty is evident every day. All aspects of your academic experience, from our dynamic First-Year Seminar program to our first-class faculty mentors, will prepare you to forge your future, no matter what it holds.

First-Year Seminars

With 65-plus majors, minors, and programs and an average class size of 17, your academic experience at Gettysburg will be personalized and unique.

Our First-Year Seminar program exemplifies this experience. With curious names like “Psst! Secret Clubs, Clandestine Societies, and Conspiracy Theories” and “Happiness,” these courses provide you the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and a small cohort of students to explore a unique topic and stretch your thinking. Interdisciplinary and immersive, First-Year Seminars motivate Gettysburg students to live up to the rigors of academic excellence and achieve the unexpected. Read more about how First-Year Seminars prepare you for the level of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking required for collegiate-level work.

First-Year Seminars at Gettysburg College

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Meet the people who will change your life

Gettysburg College supports a first-class faculty who embrace innovation and cutting-edge developments in their fields. The benefit to students is clear. When faculty are excited about and engaged in new thinking and discovery, their energy in the classroom is contagious. It’s all part of how Gettysburg College inspires intellectual potential inside and outside of the classroom.

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Biology Prof. Alex Trillo's research attracts international attention

Take your research to the next level

Gettysburg students are curious. They readily ask questions about themselves and the world they live in, constantly seeking new perspectives and discoveries.

When you come to Gettysburg College, you aren’t just getting a college education—you are joining a community committed to providing students with a transformative liberal arts and sciences experience. After four years, the impact is undeniable.

Rouwaida Nitiema in the lab conducting research

Rouwaida Nitiema, an aspiring medical student who moved to the United States from Nigeria, has been able to major in biology and minor in chemistry, while also pursuing her passion for music as a peer learning associate (PLA) for the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. Her Gettysburg College experience has fulfilled her expectations to grow the necessary skills to prepare her for a future in science.

Students conduct research outside of the classroom every day. It’s how they apply their classroom learning to real-world situations and connect their academics to skills that will lead to lifelong success.

Read more student research stories.

Strong academic traditions

  • 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio - average class size of 17
  • 65+ majors, minors, and academic programs with a strong interdisciplinary program
  • Nearly 60 percent of the students study off-campus
  • Every student has a capstone experience
  • Faculty are expert teachers, researchers, and scholars
  • 100% tenured faculty have a PhD or terminal degree
  • Distinguished alumni that includes 3 Rhodes Scholars, Nobel Prize recipient, Newbery Medalist
  • Academic Honor Code since 1957

Join our community

Secure your spot in the Class of 2026. We’re looking forward to welcoming you on campus. If you have any questions, please get in touch!

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