Orientation Schedule

August 10 — August 16

Please note: as public health conditions continue to evolve daily, we appreciate your patience and understanding in recognizing that the schedule may be adjusted in response to ever-changing circumstances, and to uphold our steadfast commitment to the health and safety of our community.

Living in Our Community Virtual Sessions

These online, self-paced modules focus on important aspects of our community and will help students identify how they can become successful members of the Gettysburg College community.  More information about how to access these modules will be coming soon. The modules include:

  • Learning & Honesty
  • Introduction to the Department of Public Safety & Title IX
  • Introduction to Student Conduct & Bias Policies
  • Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program
  • Student Monologues

August 13

Academic Exploration

During this time, you will have the opportunity to work with your faculty advisor and learn about the academic programs offered at Gettysburg.

Faculty Advisor Meeting

Your faculty advisor will reach out to you to schedule a virtual meeting. Take this time to talk about your course schedule for the fall and your academic interests.

Topical Advising Information Sessions

Students will have the opportunity to attend Special Topics Advising Sessions to learn about particular programs or majors. These will be presented virtually and recorded so students can watch them alter if the times below do not suit. Please connect to the Zoom links below to sign in.

Time Event
Various Tik Tok Challenge - Virtual
Film a Tik Tok either alone or with your roommate, creating a dance or a song that creatively incorporates Gettysburg into the video. Enter your submissions with the hashtag #gburg2024challenge. The Tik Tok must be done in a positive/optimistic manner, and all submissions must abide by the guidelines set forth in the Student Health Agreement. Submissions begin now, and the person with the most likes as of Monday, August 17 at 8:00am wins a Dining/Bookstore gift card.
11 a.m. – noon Orientation Group Meeting
This virtual meeting will provide students an opportunity to get to know the other students in their Orientation group and meet their Resident Assistant (RA) and/or Orientation Leader (OL). Your student staff will reach out to you with a zoom link for this meeting.
1-2 p.m. Psychology
Zoom: 97467284906
2-2:30 p.m. Student Employment Information Session (Engage Gettysburg)
Many students work on campus through a work-study, research, or an office job. Come find out what you need to do to get started!
Zoom: 5450280204
2-2:30 p.m. Counseling Services Information Session (Engage Gettysburg)
Maybe you don’t need us now, but you or someone you know might need to know about us for the future! We're a place to go for psychological help when you need it. Join in for a brief introduction to Counseling Services, presented by the Director of Counseling Services.
Zoom: 4606591943
2-3 p.m. Teacher Certification Program
Zoom: 9245808696
2-3 p.m. Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Bringing an Idea to Life (Engage Gettysburg)
Gettysburg’s Entrepreneurial Thinkers and the Innovation and Creativity Lab (GET) are excited to welcome you to your innovation journey. By creating an integrated curriculum, GET allows you, the student, to take an idea and turn it into a prototype or even a business! Join us as we explore design thinking, engage in innovation exercises, and tap into your creative side while getting to know our team.
Zoom: 93417552003
2-3 p.m. Japan House Open House (Engage Gettysburg)
Come join Japan House online and see what we're all about! We can chat about interests as well as experiences with the house and study programs. Just a relaxed online meet and greet to help get everyone acquainted with each other! Zoom: 96495561164.
2-4 p.m. Walk Your Classes - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
2-4 p.m. Financial Aid Meetings (Engage Gettysburg)
To set up a meeting with Financial Aid, please call (717-337-6611) or email (finaid@gettysburg.edu) their office.
3-4 p.m. Pictionary with Pals! (Engage Gettysburg)
A zoom event where we can play pictionary online with first years and chat about humor house and the theatre department as a whole Zoom: 76317921403.
4-4:30 p.m. Coffee, COVID, and Me (Center for Religion & Spiritual Life) - (Engage Gettysburg)
Join the chaplain and fellow students for a relaxed virtual conversation with your own coffee/tea and talk about your experiences the past few months and your hopes and fears for the coming fall.
Zoom: 4481986962
8:00 p.m. Trivia Night with Student Activities - Virtual
Join the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life for a virtual trivia night. Zoom Meeting ID: 977 6939 0568

August 14

Academic Exploration

During this time, you will have the opportunity to work with your faculty advisor and learn about the academic programs offered at Gettysburg.

Faculty Advisor Meeting

Your faculty advisor will reach out to you to schedule a virtual meeting. Take this time to talk about your course schedule for the fall and your academic interests.

Engage Gettysburg Events

Virtual and in-person events hosted by different campus departments to introduce students to the campus community.

Time Event
Various Tik Tok Challenge - Virtual
Film a Tik Tok either alone or with your roommate, creating a dance or a song that creatively incorporates Gettysburg into the video. Enter your submissions with the hashtag #gburg2024challenge. The Tik Tok must be done in a positive/optimistic manner, and all submissions must abide by the guidelines set forth in the Student Health Agreement. Submissions begin now, and the person with the most likes as of Monday, August 17 at 8:00am wins a Dining/Bookstore gift card.
9-10:30 a.m. Run the Battlefields - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Join our members of our First-Year Staff to do a 3.5 mile run through the battlefields. Meet at the fountain promptly at 9:00am.
10-11 a.m. Organization & Management Studies and Business Advising:
Zoom: 96674960386
10-11:30 a.m. Conservatory Welcome and Information Meeting for all FY Music Majors and Minors - Virtual
Zoom: 91339691591
11-3 p.m. Financial Aid Meetings (Engage Gettysburg)
To set up a meeting with Financial Aid, please call (717-337-6611) or email (finaid@gettysburg.edu) their office.
11 - 11:30 a.m. & 1-1:30 p.m. Student Employment Information Session (Engage Gettysburg)
Many students work on campus through a work-study, research, or an office job. Come find out what you need to do to get started!
Zoom: 5450280204
11 a.m. - noon Pre-Law
Zoom: 2899949782
11 a.m. - noon STEMinists, GECO, & Pre-Vet Meet & Greet (Engage Gettysburg)
Just say hello to incoming first years and talk about some of the organizations on campus. Zoom: 96863540321
11 a.m. - noon Walk Your Classes - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Walk the Battlefield - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Join members of our First-Year staff to take a talk through the Battlefield.
1-1:30 p.m. Meditation with Headspace (Religious & Spiritual Life) - (Engage Gettysburg)
Headspace is a great app with all different kinds of meditation and relaxation resources. Join us to learn more about how this app (lots of free content, but super cheap for students, too) can help with your overall well-being this fall.
Zoom: 4481986962
1-2 p.m. Pre-Engineering
Zoom: 5535796031
1-2:00 p.m. Walk Your Classes - Meet at the Fountain
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
1-3 p.m. LGBTea with QHouse (Engage Gettysburg)
Come and join current house members, get to know the Qhouse, and enjoy a cup of tea! Feel free to ask questions, and we’ll probably play some virtual games as well! Zoom: 6773209701
1-3 p.m. Movie Night: International Film (Engage Gettysburg)
Come sit and relax (virtually of course!) and join in our zoom meeting to watch an international drama with us. Take a break from unpacking or decorating your room, grab some snacks and let’s enjoy the show! If you have any questions in regards to International house or about Gettysburg in general you can save your questions to ask them in the end or send them through the chat! Zoom link:
2-3 p.m. Health Professions Advising
Zoom: 94866742688
2-3 p.m. Walk your Classes - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
Various Campus Scavenger Hunt (Engage Gettysburg)
Participate in a virtual campus scavenger hunt from Aug. 14 - Aug. 16.
8-9 p.m. Orientation Group Game Night
A fun virtual game night hosted by your Resident Assistant (RA) and/or Orientation Leader (OL)

August 15

Engage Gettysburg Events

Virtual and in-person events hosted by different campus departments to introduce students to the campus community.

Time Event
8-10 a.m. Breakfast - On Your Own
Various Tik Tok Challenge - Virtual
Film a Tik Tok either alone or with your roommate, creating a dance or a song that creatively incorporates Gettysburg into the video. Enter your submissions with the hashtag #gburg2024challenge. The Tik Tok must be done in a positive/optimistic manner, and all submissions must abide by the guidelines set forth in the Student Health Agreement. Submissions begin now, and the person with the most likes as of Monday, August 17 at 8:00am wins a Dining/Bookstore gift card.
10-11 a.m. Orientation Group Meeting - Various locations
Another opportunity to check in with your Orientation group and get to know the other students living on your floor.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Campus Tours
Your RA or OL will lead a campus tour with your group. They will point out important buildings on campus and answer any questions you might have. Your RA or OL will share specific information about your tour time.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch - On Your Own
1-2:30 p.m. Short Stories & Strawberries Writing House (Smith House) - (Engage Gettysburg)
Creating and short stories together and playing games.
1-4 p.m. Walk Your Classes - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
1-4 p.m. Civil War Tour of Campus Meet at Appleford Inn (Engage Gettysburg)
This event is intended for this who are interested in learning about the Civil History of the Gettysburg College campus and the surrounding battlefield of the First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
2-3 p.m. Why Isn’t Feminism Universal? (Engage Gettysburg)
Come discuss and watch clips of how feminism can be portrayed in different ways with the members of Her Campus!
Zoom: 91778484781
2-4 p.m. Frisbee Golf Around Campus - Meet at the Lawn between Musselman and the Chapel (Engage Gettysburg)
First-Years can go around campus with members of the Frisbee team in small groups with discs hitting marked areas as part of the team's long running Frisbee golf course. Discs will be sanitized prior to and after the event, there will be no sharing of discs and people will maintain six feet distance while doing the course and be required to wear masks.
3-4 p.m. Yoga with Campus Recreation - Lawn between Chapel and Musselman (Engage Gettysburg)
Join fitness class instructor Tess as she leads a yoga session. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one, as we are unable to provide yoga mats because of COVID.
3-5 p.m. Orientation Group Discussion Various locations
Discuss the Living in Our Community sessions you completed virtually with your Orientation group. Your RA/OL will be able to answer any questions you have about those sessions.
3:00pm – 4:00pm: EQ Groups
4:00pm – 5:00pm: WQ Groups
5-7 p.m. Dinner - On Your Own
7-8:30 p.m. Walk the Battlefield - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Join members of our First-Year staff to walk through the Battlefields.
7-8 p.m. Walk your Classes - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
7-8 p.m. Painted Turtle Farm Tour - Painted Turtle Farm (behind the Baseball Fields)
Tour our Painted Turtle Farm. Hosted by the Center for Public Service. Please note this event is limited to the first 8 people that arrive.
7-9 p.m. Gartenparty with German House - German House (Engage Gettysburg)
Bring your dinner and head over to the backyard of German House (215 N. Washington St) for a casual get together! We'll have some additional snacks, music, and games! Stop by to hang out with the members of German House and the German Department!
7-9 p.m. Make a Friendship Bracelet with RISE House RISE House (227 Carlisle Street) - (Engage Gettysburg)
Come to RISE House and make a friendship bracelet! Materials will be provided and we can teach you if you don't know how!
7-9 p.m. Frisbee Golf Around Campus - Meet at the Lawn between Musselman and the Chapel (Engage Gettysburg)
First-Years can go around campus with members of the Frisbee team in small groups with discs hitting marked areas as part of the team's long running Frisbee golf course. Discs will be sanitized prior to and after the event, there will be no sharing of discs and people will maintain six feet distance while doing the course and be required to wear masks.
8-9 p.m. Gettysburg Bingo with Hillel (Engage Gettysburg)
Bingo with Hillel will be virtual. This way there can be more attendees then if done in-person and that members of Hillel/other students from Gettysburg who are studying remotely can also attend. There will be two rounds of Bingo and the winners of each will receive a $15 gift card to the bookstore. Please register in advance. Zoom: 93554566548
8 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night: Onward - Stine Lake
Enjoy the move Onward outside. Hosted by Student Activities & Greek Life.
9-9:30 p.m. Evening Reflection & Intention Setting (Religious & Spiritual Life)
In this session we will walk through a contemplative reflection on the day and learn about intention setting for tomorrow. This is a great way to unwind, relax and let the worries of the day go in order to get a more restful night’s sleep and have a better tomorrow.
Zoom: 4481986962

August 16

Engage Gettysburg Events

Virtual and in-person events hosted by different campus departments to introduce students to the campus community.

Time Event
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brunch - On Your Own
1-3 p.m. Orientation Group Discussion - Various locations
Continue discussing the Living in Our Community sessions with your RA and/or OL. This can also serve as a time to ask any questions about the first week of classes.
1:00pm – 2:00pm: EQ Groups
2:00pm – 3:00pm: WQ Groups
Various Tik Tok Challenge - Virtual
Film a Tik Tok either alone or with your roommate, creating a dance or a song that creatively incorporates Gettysburg into the video. Enter your submissions with the hashtag #gburg2024challenge. The Tik Tok must be done in a positive/optimistic manner, and all submissions must abide by the guidelines set forth in the Student Health Agreement. Submissions begin now, and the person with the most likes as of Monday, August 17 at 8:00am wins a Dining/Bookstore gift card.
1-1:30 p.m. Protestant Worship Service - Chapel (Engage Gettysburg)
All are welcome at this service of prayer, thanksgiving and hope!
1-2 p.m. Meditation in Motion - Outside of the Health & Counseling Center (Engage Gettysburg)
Join Counselor Becky as she leads a meditation session.
1-2 p.m. Get to Know the Student Senate - CUB 260 (Engage Gettysburg)
This is an information session about the Student Senate, different leadership opportunities within the organization, and a way to meet our current Executive Board.
1-2 p.m. Meet and Greet with Global Studies House - Global Studies House
Come get to know the Global Studies House.
1-4 p.m. Be Safe & Be Stylish - Office of Multicultural Engagement (Engage Gettysburg)
This event allows for students to decorate and design face masks/face covers and getting to know each other while practicing social distancing. Face covers will be provided, however if you have extra masks you may bring your own mask to decorate. Everyone must have a mask on at all times.
1-4 p.m. Walk Your Classes - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Worried about getting lost the first day of classes? Meet our First Year staff members by the fountain to walk through your course schedule and locate your classrooms.
2-3:30 p.m. Walk the Battlefield - Meet at the Fountain (Engage Gettysburg)
Join members of our First Year Staff to walk the Battlefields
2-4 p.m. Regatta on the Tiber with Education - House Education House (133 N. Washington) - (Engage Gettysburg)
Originating from Italy, a sailboat race ("regatta") is a perfect way to send off the summer and start the school year. Come learn to make a paper sailboat in the field across Education House and race them on the Tiber - socially distanced, of course – and prizes will be provided.
3-4 p.m. Welcome HIIT / Bootcamp - Lawn between Musselman and the Chapel (Engage Gettysburg)
Join fitness class instructor Liv as she leads a HIIT/Bootcamp workout. Please bring your own exercise mat if you have one, as we are unable to provide exercise mats because of COVID.
3-4 p.m. Painted Turtle Farm Tour - Painted Turtle Farm (behind the Baseball Fields)
Tour our Painted Turtle Farm. Hosted by the Center for Public Service. Please note this event is limited to the first 8 people that arrive.
3-4 p.m. Dance Interest Meeting and Information Session - Virtual
This online meeting is for new and returning students who are interested in learning more about Gettysburg College's largest dance clubs! Join Dance Ensemble, B.O.M.B. Squad, and Zouave Dance Company to learn how to get involved on campus (or remotely!) this fall. Zoom: 82534499462
5-7 p.m. Dinner - On Your Own
6-9 p.m. Speed Caricatures - Virtual
Register to get the link.
8-11 p.m. Class of 2024 Welcome Video Premiere - Lawn between Musselman and the Chapel
A unique welcome for the Class of 2024 from the Gettysburg Community. Your RA or OL will know what time your group should attend.

August 19 - 23

Matriculation Ceremonies

Gather with a small group of your peers to be formally welcomed to the Gettysburg Community. Find your ceremony below, or browse Matriculation Ceremonies on the College Calendar.

Date and Time First-Year Seminar groups
August 19 at 4:00 p.m. Business Communications
Dr. Seuss and the Liberal Arts
Rock Films and American Culture
August 19 at 4:45 p.m. Growing Up Female
Policy Change through Agency
Women’s Health and Sexuality
August 19 at 5:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Philosophy of Monsters
Protest Music and Social Change
August 20 at 6:00 p.m. Journalists and Media
The Playful Mind
Work, Society, and Self
August 20 at 6:45 p.m. Mathematics of Voting
To See the World in Symmetry
Yoga: From Meditation to Politics
August 20 at 7:30 p.m. Biodiversity and the Anthropocene
Poor Like Us
Faster, Higher, Stronger
August 21 at 4:00 p.m. Black Superheroes in Pop Culture
Infernal Voyages
Literature of Homelessness in America
August 21 at 4:45 p.m. Crossing Borders
Happiness
Navigating a Polarized World
August 21 at 5:30 p.m. Blood on the Moon
But Is It Crazy Enough?
The Pity of War
August 22 at 11:00 a.m. Food, Water, Shelter, Song
Short Film in a Global Context
Wicked Problems, Activism, and the Arts
Transfer Students
August 22 at 11:45 a.m. Dante’s Divine Comedy
The Sixties Revisited
Voice of the Rebel in America
August 22 at 12:30 p.m. Food, Identity, and Conflict
Tea: An Experiential History
Words and Worlds of Tolkein and Lewis
August 22 at 2:00 p.m. Creativity, Making, and Failure
Death and the Meaning of Life
Plato, Personhood, and Popcorn
August 22 at 2:45 p.m. An Experimental Avatar
Investigate the Battlefield
STEM from the Ground Up
August 22 at 3:30 p.m. Cancer in Society
Lasers: Light and Easy!
Locked Up: Mass Incarceration
August 23 (rain date)