Friday, August 28

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. – 10:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Dining Hall


8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

GIV Day (Gettysburg Is Volunteering) Ballroom/Various locations throughout town

Participate in the 25th annual Gettysburg is Volunteering (GIV) Day. GIV Day is the first opportunity for you to engage in the local community. Participants will learn about social justice issues while connecting with classmates, upperclass students, and members of the Gettysburg community. In order to participate, students had to indicate interest on myFirstYear Dashboard and attendance will be confirmed via email.


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center Open House
Apple Hall Common Room

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday Morning Meet and Greet
Junction, Jaeger Center

This is an opportunity for students to relax and interact with some upperclassmen while other students are participating in GIV Day. Representatives from various grade levels and backgrounds will be present in the Junction to mingle with the Class of 2019 and make connections with the first-year students while chatting about their involvement on campus. The Jaeger Center will be open: students can complete their fitness center orientation (required in order to use the gym), and the pool and climbing/bouldering walls will be open.


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

Conservatory Welcome and Information Meeting for all Music Majors and Minors Schmucker Hall Rm 222, Paul Recital Hall

Required for all music majors and minors


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Conservatory breakout Meeting

Conservatory breakout meetings by degree track for Music Majors and Minors (various locations, announced at 10am meeting)



11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Dining Center


1:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.
Additional time to meet with your Faculty Advisor (if needed)
Various locations

ALL Music Majors meet with their Conservatory Advisors

This is additional time for students to meet with their advisor or others in various departments: music majors -should meet with their music advisor during this time. Students meet with music advisors (various locations, see faculty directory)


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Student Employment Information Session Masters 110 (Mara Auditorium)

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!


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Library Orientation for Transfer, Library

Transfer students will have their orientation to Musselman Library at this time. This session is for new upperclass (sophomores-seniors) students only.  First-year students will complete their library orientation during the first week of classes.


3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Choral Auditions, Schmucker 212

Go to for more information


3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 1

Honor & Integrity Presentation, Master 110 (Mara Auditorium) First-Year Staff to provide specific time

Presented by Academic Advising staff and the Honor Commission


3:30 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RISE Information Session Junction, College Union Building

A chance for those students who are part of the RISE program to get together and meet one another.



5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner in Orientation Groups Dining Center


6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Living in Our Community Part 2

CHEERS student skit performance & Introduction to GREEN Dot

Various Locations- First-Year Staff to provide specific location and time

These discussions will focus on important aspects of becoming a successful member of the Gettysburg College community. Teams of faculty, administrators, and students will lead these discussions. Your First-Year Team will have detailed information about time and location for your group.  


10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Late Night Gettysburg
Hauser Fieldhouse
Enjoy activities such as inflatable jousting, inflatable twister, and an inflatable wrecking ball game with your classmates!  Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

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)