Campus Life

Gettysburg students are curious and dedicated. They are constantly refining their skills and exploring new interests—always in an effort to find the most authentic and meaningful way to make an impact.

You are likely wondering what life is like outside of academics at Gettysburg College. What will I do? Who will I spend time with? Will I feel included?

At Gettysburg College, what happens outside of the classroom is a vital extension of what happens inside. If you want to get involved—and Gettysburg students do—the opportunities are almost endless. Explore and connect to find your niche, and if it doesn’t exist, create your own. However you choose to get involved, you will be joining a community of passionate thinkers and doers.

Liz Rose ’19

In her words: Liz Rose ’19 answers “Why Gettysburg”

“Not everyone is here for the same reasons, but all of you already share a common link—you saw something in this campus, this community, and this education that inspired you.” –Liz Rose ’19

y Abdul-Karim ’18

Creating Social Change: Ty Abdul-Karim ’18

As a Gettysburg student, Ty Abdul-Karim established “The Fellaship”—a group designed to unite African American males on campus, spur social change, and foster support and understanding.

Explore over 1,000 leadership opportunities offered by the College and more than 120 student clubs and organizations. To name a few:

  • The Center for Public Service (CPS) challenges students to “think critically and act compassionately” through a variety of programs.
  • The Eisenhower Institute (EI) offers numerous programs on campus and in D.C. focused on public policy issues.
  • The Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC) helps students and young alumni to recognize their potential for leadership and their responsibility to serve by offering opportunities and services to develop practical leadership skills.
  • Fine and performing arts groups give students countless creative outlets.
  • There are more than 120 student clubs and organizations on campus. Student-run government and campus publications to sports, the arts, community service, and outdoor adventure.
  • The Campus Kitchen Project collects and distributes unused food to local agencies.
  • The Painted Turtle Farm, an organic garden, is a campus-community hub for food justice.
  • The Gettysburg Recreation Adventure Board (GRAB) facilitates expeditions, backcountry trips, challenge course workshops, and leadership programs.
  • College Houses provide students the opportunity to form self-directed and self-governing groups focused on a particular academic focus, theme or mutual interest.
  • Our strong NCAA D-III athletic program features 24 varsity sports.
  • Nearly 800 events per year range from talks by world leaders to art exhibitions, concerts, comedy nights, coffeehouses, films, and theater productions.