Our Orientation Team will update the schedule throughout the summer as details and locations are confirmed.  Please check back often and contact us with any questions at orientation@gettysburg.edu.

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.



* 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Move-In East and West Quads

New students move into their residence halls.



* 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Information Tables Breidenbaugh Hall North Lawn, Lincoln Street

Stop by and learn about services the College and the Borough of Gettysburg offer. Open a bank account with PNC, or speak with representatives from ROTC, Career Development, and talk with a representative from the Dining Center. You can also visit the College Bookstore or Bed Bath & Beyond tent for items to make your new room more comfortable.



* 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hospitality & Information for Parents and Families
East and West Quads

Stop by our hospitality site locations and chat with current Gettysburg College parents. Get your questions answered, pick up a campus map, connect with parent resources, and refresh with water and cookies.



* 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Student and Family Lunch Dining Center

New students and their families are invited to attend lunch in Gettysburg’s dining hall, affectionately known as “Servo”.



*12:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Family Weekend 2017 Registration College Union Building Lobby

Family Weekend 2017 will be held October 28 – 30, 2017.  While you’re on campus, take the opportunity to register for the weekend.



* 12:00 p.m.

Athletes and Families Welcome Session Bream Gymnasium

Winter and spring student athletes and their families are invited to attend a Department of Athletics Welcome Session in Bream Gymnasium at 12:00pm.  The coaching staff will be available and there will be brief remarks from the Director.   Families are encouraged to have lunch in the Dining Hall beginning at 11:00 a.m. Fall athletes will most likely be in practice or meetings, but families of those students are welcome to attend if they return to campus for Opening Day. 

Recommended time rotation at the Dining Center for Athletes:

11:00 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Men’s/Women’s Swimming, Baseball, Men’s Lacrosse

11:20 a.m. Softball, Women’s Golf, Men’s/Women’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse, Wrestling, Men’s/Women’s Track & Field



1:00 p.m.

Orientation Group Assembly Memorial Field

This session for all new students will provide information about expectations during Orientation, an overview of the family welcome session, and details about Opening Convocation. It is also an opportunity to begin learning about living with a new group of people.  Students will assemble in orientation groups to meet their First-Year Team (Orientation Leader & Resident Assistant). Your Orientation Group assignment is posted on the door of your room.



* 1:00 p.m. Parents as Partners College Union Ballroom

This session is for families. New students will meet with their orientation groups at this time (see above).  This session will help parents anticipate the Gettysburg College student experience, understand how Gettysburg interacts with students and parents, and determine how best to support their student’s growing independence.     



* 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sibling Social CUB 260

This open house session is for siblings and family members of the Class of 2021. It is a great opportunity to get out of the heat and relax. There will be snacks, board games and crafts. At the same time, new students will be meeting with their orientation groups and parents will be attending an information session.  Please note this is not a daycare service; there will be limited supervision at this event.

* 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Campus Resources, various locations across campus

Parents may wish to visit various offices on campus to learn more about what resources and opportunities are available to their student, as well as learn about how offices may work with parents throughout the year.  All of these offices are staffed and open for regular business hours of 8.30am – 5pm, with some closing for lunch from 12pm – 1pm.


Academic Advising, College Union Building, second floor


Office of Experiential Education, the Den, The Jaeger Center

*children are welcome*


Eisenhower Institute, 157 N. Washington Street


Campus Recreation, Jaeger Center


Musselman Library, Library


Department of Public Safety, 51 W. Stevens Street

Garthwait Leadership Center, GLC Office, Plank Basement


Center for Career Development, 53 W. Stevens Street


* 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception for Families Norris-Wachob Alumni House

Enjoy refreshments and social time with other Gettysburg families and College staff at the beautiful Alumni House, home of Alumni and Parent Relations.



2:30 p.m.

Dress for Opening Convocation, Residence Halls

Students will return to their rooms to dress for the ceremony. This is a formal event; please wear business casual attire. 



* 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

186th Opening Convocation Ceremony Pennsylvania Hall Lawn, North Side, Beachem Portico

All students and families will attend the formal welcoming ceremony for the Class of 2021 and other new students. This is a formal event; please wear business casual attire. The Faculty Processional will begin at 3:55 p.m.  This event will be live-streamed.



* 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Farewell to Families Alumni House Lawn

Take some time to say goodbye to your family while enjoying some light refreshments on the Old Quad (lawn between the Alumni House and Schmucker Hall).



6:15 p.m.

Dinner for the Class of 2021 Dining Center



* 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Distance Dinner (registration closed) Gettysburg Hotel

Buffet dinner for families traveling from a distance of more than 300 miles. Registration required. New students will attend their class dinner in Servo.



8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

First Building and Floor Meetings Various locations

The First-Year staff and representatives from various campus departments will present information on expectations of living in the residence halls, relationships with Facilities staff, and safety.  First, students will meet as a building and then break into floor groups to discuss their community expectations for the year.  


9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday Evening Social Science Center Patio

Come join your classmates for Rita’s Italian Ice and music.


* Families are invited to events marked with an asterisk

Events, Times, and Locations may change

The Orientation schedule is designed to assist students and families (on our Opening Day) to begin to understand our community's traditions, expectations, rights and responsibilities.  Each day listed here gives more detail in what one can expect during Orientation; topics included, but not limited to: individual faculty advising meetings, special interest advising by area of study, student code of conduct, Clery requirements, Honor and Integrity. Of course, there are lots of opportunity to begin building your network (RA, floormates, classmates, faculty advisor, etc) as well.