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School colors: Orange and blue
Character: National residential college of liberal arts and sciences distinguished by a commitment to integrated learning inside and outside the classroom. A highly selective institution, Gettysburg ranks as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the United States.
Location: Beautiful 225-acre campus with over 90 buildings. The College is adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Just 80 minutes from the culture and history of Washington, D.C., an hour from Baltimore, and 45 minutes from the state capital of Harrisburg as well as 117 miles from Philadelphia, and 212 miles from New York City. Gettysburg College sponsors a shuttle service to and from area transportation centers and area cities.
Off-campus study An extensive and popular program of international study is available through the Center for Global Education. More than 50% of Gettysburg students study nationally and internationally for one semester or a year; some summer programs are also available.
Honor societies One of only 19 chapters of Phi Beta Kappa in Pennsylvania. Honorary or professional societies in 16 academic areas. Academic honor code in effect since 1957.
Library The Gettysburg College library collection contains over 412,000 volumes. The library also has in its collection over 154,000 sound recordings; nearly 16,000 DVDs and videos; over 3,800 linear feet of manuscripts and archives; more than 36,000 music scores; and over 70,800 units of microfilm/fiche. In addition, the library provides access to 296 online databases, over 263,000 e-books, and over 56,000 print and online journals.
Academic facilities State-of-the-art science facilities including a proton accelerator, two electron microscopes (transmission and scanning units), Fourier Transform Infrared and NMR Spectrometers, an optics laboratory, greenhouse, planetarium, observatory, and a plasma physics laboratory; The Infant and Child Study Center; extensive facilities for fine arts, music, and drama including the Sunderman Conservatory; writing center; a comprehensive physical education complex.
Computing facilities Includes high speed, access to the Internet from all campus buildings, offices, laboratories, and residence hall rooms along with wireless connections throughout campus.
Number of students About 2,700 students, with roughly equal numbers of men and women. Gettysburg students come from nearly 34 states and 28 foreign countries or territories.
Student life Approximately 120 clubs and organizations focusing on community service, art and music, the media, academics, athletics, student government, career fields, outdoor adventure, and other areas of interest. Clubs and organizations provide students with over 1,000 leadership opportunities each year. About 39% of men participate in fraternities and 33% of women participate in sororities.
Residence life More than 90% of the student body lives on campus in over 40 residence halls, including special interest houses, apartment complexes and fraternities.
Cultural activities Nearly 3,200 cultural events within a four-year period. Full schedule of lectures, concerts, and plays, bringing to campus nationally known speakers and performers; an extensive film series; art exhibits; trips to nearby Washington, D.C. and Baltimore to events of special interest.
Athletics NCAA Division III competition in 24 sports for men and women, plus an extensive array of club, intramural, and recreational programs. Gettysburg has earned the distinction of having the best win/loss record in its Conference for the past 14 years.
Spiritual life Programs for students of all faiths coordinated through the Office of the Chaplain. Student religious organizations include Hillel, a Buddhist student organization, and a Newman Association for Catholic students. Historically, the College has been Lutheran affiliated.
Student/faculty ratio 10 to 1
Average class size 18
Tenured and tenure track Approximately 99% of tenured and tenure-track faculty hold a doctorate or highest earned degree in their fields.
Admissions selection process Highly selective admissions process with strong academic preparation required. Recommendations from a teacher and college counselor. Personal interview strongly recommended, but not required.
Deadlines Early Decision: November 15 and January 15
Financial aid Gettysburg College is committed to working with students and their families to ensure that one's ability to pay is not an obstacle to a Gettysburg education. Over 70% of all students receive some form of financial aid, and the average aid package exceeds $25,000 a year. Most aid is awarded based on financial need, but academic merit and music scholarships are also available.
Career Development Comprehensive Career Distinction program includes internship and externship opportunities, workshops on career and graduate school planning, job fairs, career days, an extensive alumni network, career library, group sessions on all phases of the career planning process, and individual career counseling. Ninety-four percent of graduates have a job or are in graduate school within one year of graduating.