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Class of 2014 by the numbers

As the Class of 2014 prepares to walk across the stage, check out some of the ways members of the graduating class have taken advantage of all that Gettysburg College has to offer.

Gettysburgians like to get involved – the Class of 2014 proves that.

With 660 students expected to receive their degrees on May 18, almost 60% of them are graduating after spending a semester abroad in one of 40 different countries. A little over half are members of a Greek organization, and 97 students are members of an athletic team. With 468 students completing some form of community service or social justice work during their four years here, 80 of them have participated in an Immersion Project through the Center for Public Service, making up 32% of the all Immersion Project participants.

These students are committed to their academic and professional development – 70% completed an internship and 57% worked with a faculty mentor on scholarly research.

All of these and other opportunities have prepared members of the Class of 2014 for leadership positions upon graduation. 198 students engaged in leadership development workshops through the Garthwait Leadership Center, and 69% of students have served in some form of a leadership position during their four years on campus.

This involvement has paid off for many of Sunday’s graduates – as of April 25, nearly 40% of students had already arranged plans for their post-graduate lives. Over 100 students have accepted offers to continue their education at graduate schools both in the United States and abroad. Over 100 have also accepted positions of employment across the country, 21 students committed to national service and volunteer work through organizations like Teach for America and the Peace Corps, and 5 students will be serving the United States armed forces.

For more information on the Class of 2014’s post-graduate plans, check out the report compiled by the Office of Institutional Analysis.

To put a face to some of these numbers, check out the senior profiles and learn about their Gettysburg experience.

For more information on 2014 Commencement, check out our Commencement preview or visit the Commencement webpage.

Article by: Kasey Varner '14, communications & marketing intern

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014

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