Better Together

Gettysburg College reopening for 2020-2021

Return to residence

We will return to residence this fall for the 2020–2021 academic year.

In making our decision to reopen residentially, we led with two principles: a strong belief in the distinctive value of a residential liberal arts education and an unwavering commitment to making any return to our campus environment one that prioritizes the health and safety of our community.

Message from the President

Better Together

Fountain on campus with campus buildings in the backdrop

“As you know, any return to our residential program will come with its share of challenges, and we will likely experience some bumps along the way. It will be new. It will be different. It will be memorable. But as a community, we are Better Together, and I know we will rally as Gettysburgians—just as we always do—and continue to do great work in the year ahead.”

–President Bob Iuliano

We plan for a return to residence aware of the considerable uncertainty that surrounds the public health environment in which we operate and the evolution of the virus. We will continue to update and refine our plans as we prepare for the return of students in August and in response to changing circumstances. Please be assured that we are also working hard to ensure that we are able to pivot and adapt our plans if any changes become necessary.

Central to the success of our planning is a community-wide commitment to uphold health practices and guidelines. Learn more about our new community health guidelines and expectations.

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Upcoming announcements

We anticipate sharing details about the following decision points in the time frame outlined below.

Date Announcements
On or before July 7 • Fall athletics
• Additional information for students who are interested in commuting, taking a gap semester or a gap year, or learning remotely.
• Additional information about Commencement, Family Weekend, Send-Offs, and Homecoming
• Details about Move-In and Orientation
• Full academic calendar
• Employee return-to-work plan
On or before July 20 • Updated course schedules
On or before August 5 • Additional information about reimagined and new use of campus spaces
• Additional details about moving in safely and expectations upon a return
• Final housing plans
• Returning students’ financial aid awards (end of July)

Next steps

As you prepare for a return to campus later this summer, please review these next steps:

  1. Review the revised 2020–2021 Academic Calendar and gap options.
  2. Understand the five adaptive health strategies the community will adopt.

Staff members are encouraged to learn how their offices will function and understand the resources available for helping with the return to campus operations.