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Deadlines for International First-Year Applicants

The deadlines for submission of the application and supporting documents are:

  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 15
  • Early Action: December 1
  • Regular Decision: January 15

* Please note that there is no application fee for international students and a fee waiver is not required.

Checklist for completed file

A completed file will have the following items:

  1. Completed application form: Gettysburg College uses the Common Application, and students are strongly encouraged to submit their application online.

  2. Official secondary school records

  3. Teacher recommendation

  4. Counselor recommendation

  5. Official SAT I or ACT scores: Official scores should be sent to the College. The institutional codes for Gettysburg College are 2275 (SAT) and 3580 (ACT) *To keep the application process efficient, applicants can send a copy of their scores along with their application. Read Gettysburg’s test optional policy.

  6. English language proficiency testing: Gettysburg College requires international applicants to submit English proficiency testing if English has not been the sole language of instruction in the classroom for at least two consecutive years.

    Gettysburg accepts the following English proficiency tests. While Gettysburg does not have a minimum score to apply, the minimum scores of competitive applicants are indicated below.

    • TOEFL: 90
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • GTEC: 1260
    • Pearson PTE: 60
    • Duolingo English Test: 120

    The institutional code for Gettysburg College is 2275 (TOEFL and IELTS). Official scores should be sent from the respective testing agencies or school official. We do not super score English proficiency tests. If fully instructed in English for two consecutive years, your English proficiency testing will automatically be waived. 

  7. Early Decision form: Students who intend to apply for Early Decision are required to submit the Early Decision Form (PDF) by the appropriate deadline.

  8. International Student financial statement: All international applicants, regardless of their interest in being considered for financial assistance must submit the International Student Financial Statement, available in the applicant portal, by the application deadline for which they apply.

  9. Financial aid application for International Students: International applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance are required to submit and upload to the applicant portal the Financial Aid Application for International Students by the application deadline for which they apply.

  10. Interviews: While interviews are not required, Gettysburg College does value the opportunity to learn more about you beyond your application. Interviews are offered on-campus and in select locations around the globe. It is strongly recommended that international students whose first language is not English should complete an interview. If you are unable to visit campus, we highly recommend an InitialView interview. Please contact InitialView to schedule your interview.

  11. Passport information: United States law now requires international students to have a passport in order to issue a Form I-20 for your student visa application. Applicants to Gettysburg College are welcome but not required to submit passport information. Please know, however, that we will request passport information from all enrolled students in order to issue the Form I-20.