2023–2024 College House Descriptions and Contacts
Welcome to Art House, a haven for art enthusiasts and creative souls alike. Art House is a unique and captivating space that celebrates the beauty, expression, and diversity of artistic endeavors. At Art House, we believe in the transformative power of art, its ability to challenge perspectives, and its capacity to connect people across borders and backgrounds. Whether you are an avid art collector, a budding artist seeking inspiration, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of creative expression, Art House welcomes you to experience a world where art transcends boundaries and enriches lives.
The Blue Note Jazz House is a unique community of students who both perform and appreciate jazz music. The Blue Note works in tandem with their affiliated club, Jazz Appreciation Society (JAS), to promote music, specifically jazz, throughout the Gettysburg College campus and surrounding community. The house is also closely related to the jazz program offered at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. The only criterion for living in the house is participation in a college musical ensemble. By working with JAS and the Sunderman Conservatory the Blue Note provides performances, speakers, organized trips to local jazz concerts, and other jazz related events in order to facilitate interaction with music in a social and intellectual setting.
Appleford Inn is the historic home to the Civil War Era Studies (CWES) House, the residential component to the academic minor program focused on the study of the Civil War Era. Our community is made up of CWES minors, members of the Pennsylvania College Guard reenactors club or the Civil War Club, or those who are interested in the Civil War. Read more about Civil War Era Studies.
The mission of the Diaspora House is to promote, educate, and foster cultural diversity awareness of African diaspora, meaning the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa. D-House works closely with the Office of Multicultural Engagement and other campus groups.
Education House strives to foster an appreciation for education, and helping others. The house promotes a quiet, academic atmosphere that allows students to work, but also aids on building connections and comradery between the residents. Students are diverse in their academic studies; however, they share a common belief that having an education is critical in life. The purpose of the house is to be a vehicle for students that want a career in educating others whether in a tradition or alternative setting. The house works closely with the Education Department of the college, and also the community of Gettysburg through after school programs.
Our mission is three-fold:
- To use food and agriculture as a catalyst to explore the connection between environmental issues and social justice issues and better understand our ability and responsibility to fuel the just sustainability movement.
- To experiment with different methods of living a more sustainable lifestyle with the goal of making sustainable living in today's world accessible to all.
- To create, educate, and support a community of socially and environmentally conscious individuals through experiential learning and direct engagement with the values of sustainable living.
German House is connected with the German Studies department and provides a common space for immersion in German culture for language learners at multiple levels of fluency. In addition to serving the residents, German House also offers programs on campus.
Our goals include: increase awareness and further the appreciate of different kinds of music; discuss the history and roots of a variety of musical styles; discuss the cultural importance of music in society; share new and effective ways to practice; and reflect on the effect of different types of performances.
Hillel is intended to be a home-away-from-home for Jewish students at Gettysburg College. Hillel serves spiritual, cultural, and social needs for Jewish students and also introduces the campus to Jewish life. The group strives to build a close-knit community among Jewish college students while reaching out to the non-Jewish college community.
Humor House aims to provide a fun, humorous, positive and lighthearted atmosphere to students of all backgrounds. We foster an atmosphere of self-expression and creativity that many students find attractive and refreshing. The house also provides a stable base for the Gettysburg Improv Club and Shots in the Dark, the show troupe affiliated with the club.
The International House (IH) strives to create an international presence on campus through social activities and debates on campus hosted by the IH. The majority of the students are international, but US students are more than welcome in the house. The house will provide rich opportunity for students to explore different cultures while deciding where to study abroad and stay in contact with it when they return to campus.
The mission of Latinx House is to create a space that will diversify the community and let all students feel welcomed and supported. At Latinx House, students who too often feel excluded academically and racially will have a home away from home. Here students will learn that differences are celebrated and not rejected. Here students will have an outlet for their frustrations and concerns that are uniquely their own. Additionally, students not of Latinx origin will be able to gain a new perspective on a group of people who currently are the largest minority in the United States, and are quickly becoming a majority
The residential area will house students passionate about our four pillars of Social Justice, Multiculturalism, Globalization and Inclusion. Each year the focus/theme of the house will be reflective of the group’s application of these four pillars. Aligned with the Office of Residential & First-Year Program’s College House placement process, this will be highly selective group of students. Preference is given to students that have demonstrated engagement with the pillars or seeking to enhance their college experience through the living learning model, becoming change agents for the Gettysburg College community and beyond.
Four Pillars of the Mosaic House:
- Social Justice
The Public Policy House is the residential extension of programs offered by the Eisenhower Institute and the Public Policy major. PPH@EI provides students opportunities to explore problem-solving in domestic and international arenas by learning firsthand from visiting experts, trips to Washington, DC, and diving into discussions about real issues.
QHouse raises awareness about social justice issues, queer life on campus, and LGBTQ issues at Gettysburg and in the world at large. In order to create an atmosphere not only of equality, but also one of safety, QHouse maintains an open room for any student who may feel threatened because of their perceived gender/sexual orientation/identity, race, faith or lack thereof, or any other reason.
Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Student Expectations about alcohol). RISE is designed to help students connect with alternative social programming that focuses on implementing on and off campus substance-free programming, building student relationships, and healthy lifestyle choices. Students who choose participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices. Learn more about the RISE Program.
House Leader: Annie Bolenbaugh
House Mentor: Dr. Daniel Drury
Residential Education Supervisor: Gray Reid
The STEM House is the residential component of the recent $1.3 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant that enhances the undergraduate student experience for science majors at Gettysburg. Science House serves as an incubator for budding scientists and provides a common space for connecting ideas outside the classroom and hosting visiting lecturers and researchers.
Each year, eight students live in the Writing House, where they are exposed to a diversity of visitors, speakers, and activities. Students meet regularly with professors and professional writers who are interested in expression, both how it is realized and how it is received. Specific activities include dinners with nationally known writers, readings, and field trips to cultural events. The goal of The Writing House is to bring together students who share a common interest in writing. The forms of writing are varied, and include journalism, writing science, writing history, fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing.