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

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

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

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

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

Social Sciences

37%

Sciences

27%

Humanities

16%

Undecided

10%

Interdisciplinary

5%

Arts

4%