Gettysburg College's Extended Orientation progam is titled Charting Your Course, or CYC. It is designed to empower students to be Gettysburg Great as they learn about, engage in, and plan their Gettysburg experience.

First-year students will participate in CYC events ranging from a public presentation by our Common Read book author Cristina Henríquez, to community meetings, to the Twilight Walk. A wide range of elective events are also available as part of the program.

As an added bonus, attending and participating in 18 CYC sessions (13 required and 5 electives of your choice) will offer first-years the greatest opportunity to have their choice of housing for their sophomore year.

  • Prof. David Powell's First-Year Seminar
  • FYS
  • FYS

CYC Schedule

There are 13 CYC events required for all students in the Class of 2020.

View the schedule of required CYC events for the Class of 2020.

You can also view the full CYC schedule, including required and elective events.

Remember to bring your student ID card to each event to receive CYC credit!

CYC Events

There are 13 CYC events required for all students in the Class of 2020.

Elective events are broken down into 5 topics:

- Social Justice Dialogue Groups

- Theater, Visual, Music Arts Events

- Academic/Department Presentations

- Athletic & Campus Recreation Events

- Career Development Events

Contact Information

College Union Building
Suite 250
Campus Box: 430

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8AM-12PM, and 1PM-5PM
P: (717) 337-6901


Required CYC Events

  • MONDAY 9/19 – Community Meeting Part 1
    • Various locations (see your RA), 10:00pm
    • Make Up Events:

      We have received many inquiries about making up various CYC events. Thank you to those who have communicated with us in a prompt manner. I will be including the information for making up the Identity Awareness & Violence Prevention programs as well as the Cristina Henriquez Public Presentation. Please remember that you should only be attending these make-ups if you have a verifiable excuse for missing the first session (i.e. class, lab, or playing in a varsity sporting event). The options for making up these events will be the only ones offered. Please be aware of these dates now so you can plan accordingly if you are in need of a make-up. 

      • Cristina Henriquez Public Presentation
        • Sunday, September 25 from 12pm-1:30pm
        • Sunday, October 2 from 7pm-8:30pm
        • No other make-up dates will be offered after these two.
      • Identity Awareness & Violence Prevention Programs
        • Green Dot (for any student)
          • Saturday, October 22nd, 11am-5pm, Glatfelter 101
          • If you wish to attend this training for CYC credit, you must email with your name, pronouns, any dietary needs, and t-shirt size as soon as possible. You must also make sure your attendance is tracked by the facilitator on the day of the training. 
        • S.A.F.E. (for students who identify as women)
          • Wednesday, September 21st, 7:30-9:30pm
          • Students wishing to attend this training for CYC credit must attend the session and write a written reflection. The reflection should be sent to
          • Please see the attached document for guidelines about the written reflection.
        • Masculinities (for students who identify as men)
          • To make this up, you must watch a video entitled “The Mask You Live In,” which is available in Musselman Library and is also on Netflix. You must also write a written reflection and send that to

    CYC Elective Events this Week:

     Elective Events this week:

    • ANY DAY through October – Center for Career Development Drop-in Hours
      •  Center for Career Development (53 West Stevens Street, next to DPS), between 2:30-4:30pm
      • Stop by to have your resume or cover letter reviewed and earn a CYC credit
      • Counts as a Career Development Event
    • MONDAY 9/19 - Year of Food: How Cooking Made Us Human
      • 7-9pm, Mara Auditorium
      • Author of the book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, Professor Wrangham will consider the impacts of cooking on life history, brain evolution, and diet.
      • Counts as an Academic/Department Sponsored Presentation
    • MONDAY 9/19 - LACLS Lecture Series - "Conspiracies of Liberty: Cuba and Jamaica in the Age of Revolution" 
      • 6:30-8:00pm, Bowen Auditorium
      • Lecture by Michele Reid-Vásquez, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh
      • Counts as an Academic/Department Sponsored Presentation
    • TUESDAY 9/20 - nGender: generating discussion about gender and gender identity
      • 11:45am-1:00pm, Women's LGBTQA Center (in Apple Hall)
      • nGender is a bi-weekly meeting for students to dialogue around gender and gender identity issues. Join us for a lively and honest discussion. Bring your own lunch!
      • Counts as a Social Justice Dialogue Group Event
    • WEDNESDAY 9/21 - Women's Soccer Match Vs. Lynchburg
      • 5-7pm, Clark Soccer Field
      • Counts as an Athletic Event
    • FRIDAY 9/23 -  eRace: engaging in racial justice dialogue
      • Glatfelter 103, 3:45-5:00pm
      • It began in the Spring of 2007 with an idea: to give students the space to share their experience. It has evolved into a movement designed to challenge the cultural climate at Gettysburg College. A small and vibrant group White students, Students of Color and International students gather weekly to discuss race issues in Gettysburg College, in the world, and in their personal lives. We engage in dialogue in an environment that is respectful, frank and even humorous to dismantle racial myths, expose white privilege, confront internalized racism.
      • Counts as a Social Justice Dialogue Group Event
    • SUNDAY 9/25 - French & Francophone Film Festival: Lolo
      • 7:00pm, Majestic Theater (Cinema One)
      • Free of Charge
      • Counts as an Academic/Department Sponsored Presentation