Thursday, August 27

Orientation runs from Wednesday, August 26, 2015- Sunday, August 30, 2015. Below is a tentative schedule for opening day. There is time for parents to say farewell Wednesday afternoon. Please note that this is an evolving document and may change before you arrive. Please check back often for updates!

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

G-Tech West Building

G-Tech, technical support for Gettysburg College students, will be available to address any technology related questions and concerns.


7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Dining Center


8:30 a.m. – noon

Advising Special Topics Sessions Various Locations

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Health Professions Advising Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Teacher Certification Program Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Pre-Law  Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

10:15 a.m. –10:45 a.m. Pre-Engineering McCreary 115 (Bowen Auditorium)

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Psychology Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Organization & Management Studies and Business Advising

Mara Auditorium (Masters 110)


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Language Placement Exams (if needed)

Japanese Placement Tests
Breidenbaugh 209

Chinese Placement Tests
Breidenbaugh 209

Latin and Greek Placement Tests
Breidenbaugh 307

10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Theory Placement Testing Schmucker Hall, Rm. 214

All Conservatory students should arrive at 10:00 a.m. for instructions. Theory placement testing is required for all music majors and minors.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Dining Center


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meeting with your Faculty Advisor*

Various locations for advising appointments

Students will meet with their academic advisor to discuss their class schedule and goals for their time at Gettysburg College. Students will convene with their advisors in groups and schedule individual appointments. Each student MUST meet with their advisor in order to finalize registration for the fall semester. * Music major students with a double major meet with advisor in the other major. Note: Music majors and minors will meet with their music advisors on Friday, August 28. See schedule below.


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conservatory Auditions for the Major/Minor Schmucker Hall Rm. 222, Paul Recital Hall

Auditions for incoming students who have not previously auditioned and who are interested in a music major or minor.  Students planning to audition must email Diane MacBeth ( in the Conservatory office to schedule an audition.


5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Lincoln Scholars Reception
President’s House(invitation only)


4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dining Center
Students will attend dinner at prescribed times in orientation groups in order to assemble for the First-Year Walk.


6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. First-Year walk Introduction, Christ Chapel
The class of 2019 will gather in the Chapel for an introduction of the First-Year Walk. After remarks from President Riggs, all students will line up to begin the walk.


6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The First-Year Walk
Town of Gettysburg
Faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members will escort the first-year class through the streets of historic Gettysburg. This Gettysburg College tradition, initiated by a student in 2003, commemorates the same journey taken by college students and community members in 1863, when they walked to the cemetery to hear President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address.


9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Decades Party,
The Attic (past the Jaeger Center)


Office of Residential & First-Year Programs

Building: College Union Building
Room Number: 250
Phone: (717) 337-6901
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00, closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm for lunch
Campus Box: 430
Website: Residential & First-Year Programs


myFYDashboard and Course Registration Resources: 

Gettysburg E-mail

SMOP (Self Management of Passwords)