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.

Financial Aid

  • $72 million awarded for the 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 6,468
Admit rate 48%
Class size 640
Enrolled under Early Decision (43% of the class) 275

Academic Quality

  • 60% of the students have a class rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.
  • 83% of the students have a class rank in the top 25% of their high school graduating class.
  • Average SAT score: 1343* middle 50% critical reading—640-700; math—630-710
  • Average ACT score: 30 middle 50% 27-32

Geographic Distribution

Students come from 28 states, 16 countries

Domestic Geographic Distribution of First-Year Students

Fact Figure
Pennsylvania 168
New Jersey 137
Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, Delaware 91
New York 88
New England 66
Other States and Puerto Rico 63

International Geographic Distribution of First-Year Students

Fact Figure
Vietnam 6
China 5
Cambodia and the United Kingdom 2 students from each
Australia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, and Turkey 1 student from each

Class Personality

Fact Figure
Overall ethnic diversity (24% domestic diversity) 26%
Community service participation in high school 66%
Fine and performing arts participation in high school 38%
Athletic participation in high school 73%
Leadership positions including team captains, class officers, and club officers 673

First-Year Students Academic Interests

Fact Figure
Social Sciences 45%
Sciences 27%
Undecided 10%
Humanities 8%
Interdisciplinary 5%
Arts 5%