Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College


Gettysburg College, a historic institution with a reputation for academic excellence, provides students with a liberal arts and sciences education characterized by academic intensity and learning by getting involved. Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College’s 9:1 student-faculty ratio fosters close relationships and engaging class discussions. Unique to Gettysburg is the Eisenhower Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, the Garthwait Leadership Center, and the Civil War Institute. As champions for independent thinking and public action, Gettysburg students graduate with a love of learning, knowledge and skills they need for success and new insight into the world, their place in it, and their obligations to it. Gettysburg College engages highly motivated students in a comprehensive experience that prepares them for lives of personal fulfillment, career success, and responsible, engaged citizenship.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Making College Affordable for All Students

Gettysburg College is committed to working with students and their families to ensure that one’s ability to pay not become an obstacle to a Gettysburg education. Approximately 66 percent of all students receive some form of financial aid, and the average aid package exceeds $38,000 a year. Most aid is awarded based on financial need, but academic merit and music scholarships are also available. Gettysburg College awarded $51 million in scholarships and grants for the 2016-2017 academic year. Merit-based scholarships range from $7,000 to $25,000 per year.

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Residential College Program

First year students’ residence hall assignments are linked to First-Year Seminar and College Writing courses, which help extend class discussions into the less formal arena of the living environment and promotes the open exchange of ideas. The First-Year Residential College Program benefits new students by easing their transition to the college life, introducing them to the kind of thoughtful conversation that is characteristic of a good liberal arts education, enriching their learning and serving as a kind of academic ice-breaker, helping them to build relationships with hallmates. The program also offers opportunities for peer tutoring, faculty counseling and mentoring with upper-class students.

Scholars & Leadership STEM Scholars Program

Through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, Gettysburg is excited to announce the launch of its new STEM Scholars Program, open to students intending to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and/or Physics. Designed to provide substantial scholarship awards and robust experiences for first-generation college students, this four-year program provides many exclusive opportunities, including hands-on research, faculty-student mentoring, internships, and a unique First Year Seminar. Learn more about STEM Scholars Program

Student Life & Support Office of Multicultural Engagement

The Office of Multicultural Engagement is dedicated to supporting a diverse and culturally-enlightened community based on mutual respect and understanding. The Office of Intercultural Advancement serves multicultural and international students studying at Gettysburg College. We are particularly committed to the academic and personal development of international, African-American, Asian-American, Latino and Native American students. We believe that for students to grow cognitively and effectively, we must provide a diverse environment that fosters critical dialogue and reflection while valuing and appreciating differences. Students can expect to receive personal attention and academic advising that addresses individual needs, interests and questions. The department is dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating cultural pluralism on campus to create a diverse and culturally enlightened community based on mutual respect and understanding. Learn more about Office of Multicultural Engagement

Student Life & Support Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

The Intercultural Resource Center celebrates Gettysburg’s diversity by providing a warm and affirming home on campus for students from all backgrounds and by sponsoring activities that build mutual respect and understanding. The IRC brings speakers to campus who address topics related to diversity, provides services such as tutoring and mentoring, runs discussion groups to foster open conversation on important issues, hosts meals with ethnic themes and offers a variety of other services to create a welcoming atmosphere on campus. The IRC encourages involvement in its activities from all students at Gettysburg. It has a particular commitment to the academic and personal development of African American, Asian American, Latino and American Indian students on campus. Learn more about Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

Student Diversity

  • 2,454
  • 47/53
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 79%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 5%

Student Success

  • 90%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 84%
    Six-year graduation
  • 85%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 92%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 222
    Full-time faculty
  • 38
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Organization and Management Studies, History, English, Psychology, Political Science, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, Diaspora House, Intercultural Resource Center, Muslim Student Association, NAACP, Office of Intercultural Advancement, LASA (Latin American Students' Association), China Cultural Club, Slavic Club, Asian Student Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $50,860
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $12,140
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $47,128,411
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $38,861
    Average aid package
  • $27,714
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 15%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 62%
    Students with financial need
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 95%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 87%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,386
    # of applicants
  • 40%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 600—670
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 610—680
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date