Class Profile

Gettysburg College students come from a wide variety of ethnic, religious, economic and geographic backgrounds.

They are bright, curious, creative, and like to be challenged. They are academically strong and engaged in a wide range of activities from athletics and the arts, to community service and student government. They are purposeful, hardworking and happy students who take full advantage of the array of opportunities at Gettysburg.

The Class of 2023 profile highlights the academic achievement of a talented entering class. One student raised money to purchase laptops to teach computer science to 35 middle school girls at a local community center and another interned as a Senate Page in the United States Senate. There are athletes, artists, writers, and agents of social change. One student developed a native pollinator garden and another conducted research using an atomic force microscope. The list is impressive, and we are proud of all that this class brings to Gettysburg College.

Financial Aid

  • $72.2 million awarded for 2019-20 academic year
  • 65% of the student body received financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants

Applicant Pool & Admit Rate

Fact Figure
Number of applications 5,916
Admit rate 48%
Class size 681
Enrolled under Early Decision (38% of the class) 261

Academic Quality

  • 60% of the students have a class rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.
  • 85% of the students have a class rank in the top 25% of their high school graduating class.
  • Average SAT score: 1332* middle 50% critical reading—630-700; math—620-700
  • Average ACT score: 29 middle 50% 27-31

Geographic Distribution

Students come from 28 states, 11 countries

including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

Domestic Geographic Distribution of First-Year Students

Fact Figure
Pennsylvania 177
New Jersey 149
New England 88
Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware 79
New York 74
Other States and Puerto Rico 87

International Geographic Distribution of First-Year Students

Fact Figure
China 10
Vietnam 6
Nepal and Canada 2 students from each
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Netherlands, Senegal, Tanzania, and United Kingdom 1 student from each

Class Personality

Fact Figure
Overall ethnic diversity (19% domestic diversity) 22%
Community service participation in high school 66%
Fine and performing arts participation in high school 40%
Athletic participation in high school 72%
Leadership positions including team captains, class officers, and club officers 699

First-Year Students Academic Interests

Fact Figure
Social Sciences 37%
Sciences 27%
Humanities 16%
Undecided 10%
Interdisciplinary 5%
Arts 4%