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Application Deadlines

Early Decision I - November 15
Early Decision II - January 15
Regular Decision - January 15

Required Documents for Admissions

A completed application file contains the following items:

  • Completed Common Application- Apply online
  • Official secondary school records
  • Official SAT I or ACT scores (Our test optional policy)
  • Teacher recommendation 
  • Counselor recommendation 
  • $60 application fee
  • Senior mid-year grades (when available)
  • Early Decision Form (PDF) (only if applying for Early Decision admission)

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Can my high school submit information online?

Gettysburg accepts online submission of transcripts, secondary school reports, counselor recommendations and teacher recommendations through the Common Application online. We consider these official documents; there is no need to follow up with paper copies.


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WhyBrian Ruether Went Early Decision

Brian Ruether

Why the Early Decision Application

Applying to college, I knew I wanted to focus on biochemistry and further my clarinet playing. After looking at other colleges, none of them had such an amazing music department as well as a great science department. The Sunderman Conservatory was really friendly, especially the clarinet instructor. I also really enjoyed learning about some of the research conducted by the college, a lot of which seemed to be supported by prestigious outside grants.

Favorite Aspects about Gettysburg College

I really love the sense of community here. It is so close-knit compared to other schools, mainly because of all the student and faculty-run events. Also, some of the organizations like the ultimate Frisbee team were so accepting to the first-years, I knew that I would fit in well here.

Sunderman Conservatory

I am really impressed by the energy of everyone in the conservatory. My clarinet instructor really brings a playful family dynamic to our clarinet studio and never ceases to impress me with his knowledge of clarinet technique and repair. The jazz band has also been a really great time. I’ve been playing the baritone sax for about three months now, and I couldn’t be having more fun learning the intricacies of a new instrument and playing such an exciting array of charts.

Biggest Piece of Advice for Prospective Students

There seems to be a niche for everyone here. No matter what piques your interest at Gettysburg, look into it, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.