Residence hall living, a vital component of the Gettysburg Experience, is intended to facilitate the personal growth and development of each student. At “home” in the residence halls, students make friends, attend classes, study, learn, relax and have fun. Recognizing the influence of the environment on development, Gettysburg College requires all students (unless married or residing with their families) to live on campus. All first-year students are housed in two residential quads.
Housing assignments for first-year students are based on First-Year Seminar (FYS) placements. Students in each seminar are housed within the same residence hall. As all first-year halls offer similar accommodations and due to the focus on placement by FYS course, students may not request a specific hall assignment, nor may they request a roommate.
Find out more about the residence halls and first-year living.
The residential life program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and how to be engaged citizens on campus.
First-year students work closely with professional and student staff to develop vibrant communities and to capitalize on the “teachable moments” that emerge through the residential experience. The First-Year Learning Plan is intended to prepare students to be active leaders who take purposeful action in service of the community.
Residential Life Coordinators (professional staff members) and student staff members known as Resident Assistants (RAs) support students’ development as self directed young adults who are able to take personal responsibility over all dimensions of their lives. Student learning occurs through students’ active decision making and engagement in the campus community, both in and out of the classroom.
RAs serve as a front-line resource for first-year students as they transition to college. RAs facilitate roommate agreements, provide guidance, lead community meetings, and conduct focused conversations with residents called GChats.