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Gettysburg, PA 17325-1486
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Gettysburg College

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The Gettysburg College Bullets are appropriately named: their campus is located right next to the historic Civil War battlefield from which the college derives its name. With nearly three thousand students from across the United States and around the world, this college is a private liberal arts school with much to offer its students in the form of superb education, lasting professional relationships, and real world experience.

In 1832, the Lutheran Theological Seminary founded a sister institution known as Pennsylvania College. This institution was later renamed Gettysburg College and still exists on the same land with many of the original structures. While this college originally funded a medical school in Philadelphia, the medical branch was forced to close during the civil war when southern students left to rejoin their families who lived in seceded states.

The college today maintains its history as a relatively small college of liberal arts and humanities. Students who attend have a wide choice of degree paths that includes over sixty different bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of different subjects. GC’s academic structure emphasizes the significance of interdisciplinary education. Students who seek a major in English Arts, for example, will still receive education in history, mathematics, life sciences, social sciences and much more. This educational structure ensures the production of well-rounded and highly educated graduates.

Because the faculty to student ratio is so low, an average of ten students to each faculty member for the past fifty years, the classroom sizes are intimate and personal. Students will receive specific guidance from counselors and professors who know them personally. Students are never reduced to an identification number or a meaningless name. Instead, professors recognize their students and take an advanced interest in their personal goals and aspirations.

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Unique Programs

Students are offered over one hundred different options for studying abroad each year. Nearly three hundred students take advantage of these study abroad programs each semester, and the educational and experiential opportunities provided by these programs are invaluable.

This school has thirty-one unique study abroad programs that are directly affiliated with the college. However, students are not limited to these schools alone. GC has partnered with other academic institutions to offer its students another hundred additional options for studying abroad.

Study abroad programs allow students to leave the country while still pursuing their education. Students in study abroad programs will continue to take modified courses that will replace core liberal arts requirements. Students can study in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, South America, and even coastal United States locations such as marine laboratories. This college recognizes the benefits offered by study abroad programs and encourages its students to gain irreplaceable life experiences by traveling around the world.


Admission into this college is highly competitive. In the past decade, only fifty percent of applicants received acceptance letters to the college. They rarely accept applicants who failed to graduate in the top half of their high school graduating class. Over three-fourths of the students accepted usually graduated in the top quarter of their high school graduating class.

The admissions process is based mostly on academic performance. Students must take the SAT or other comparable assessment test to be considered for acceptance. While the SAT is certainly not the only deciding factor in admission, most of the students achieved a composite SAT score of 1300 or above. Students with a lower SAT composite score should not assume that they will not gain admittance, however. In the past, students with unique academic or social achievements such as involvement in academic clubs or volunteer organizations have found a collegiate home here.

Financial Aid

If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics and Music/Drama. In the same way, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics and Music/Drama. Financial aid distribution is at seventy-four percent scholarships per grants and twenty-six percent loans per jobs. Financial aid forms are Business/farm supplement, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and FAFSA. Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5232nd for the average student loan amount.
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GC is an NCAA Division III school, and students are able to participate in nearly thirty different sports activities. The school’s team name is the Bullets, and this school has the unique distinction of possessing the best overall athletic record in its conference.

In the early summer of 2008, Gettysburg College began construction of a brand new sports facility called the Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness. This facility exists as an addition to the Bream/Wright/Hauser Complex.

The new athletic facility was created to cater to the 75 percent of students who are involved in intramural sports, varsity athletics, club sports, and other fitness regimens. This facility includes a track with eight distinct lanes, a brand new pool for competition and aerobic training, an enormous weight and aerobic training room with flat-screen televisions, and many other rooms that are dedicated to yoga, martial arts, cycling, and aerobic classes. Access to the new facility is free to all current students and faculty.


The school is proud of its qualified and professional faculty. Every member of the faculty is tenured and possesses either a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in his or her particular field. Some members of the faculty are recipients of notable awards and honors such as the Nobel Peace Prize and the Newberry Award for Children’s Literature.

Additional School Information

GC is renowned for its unique political and military history in the midst of the United States’ Civil War. During the time of the civil war, a military unit which was composed entirely of students from this school, fought skirmishes in several battles around Pennsylvania. Students who attend can learn of the historical significance of this institution and visit the battleground and memorial sites of the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War.

The family of Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president of the United States, has a special relationship with the college in Gettysburg. After retiring from political life, President Eisenhower and his wife took up residence on a small farm in close proximity to the school. President Eisenhower served as a board member for the school, and his office today is preserved as a place of historical significance. The president’s grandson is still actively involved in school activities and functions.

Information Summary

Ranks 11th in Pennsylvania and 91st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.24
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.28
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 13 0.52

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 25 0.33
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.04
Robbery 8 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 23 0.30
Larceny 166 2.17
Vehicle theft 3 0.04

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Gettysburg, PA 17325-1486
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population25,620 (15,446 urban / 10,174 rural)
Households9,398 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,409
Families6,350 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4204

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 109th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $45,870 $45,870 $45,870
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,433 $1,433 $1,433
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $58,320 $58,320 $58,320
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $46,370 $46,370 $46,370
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $46,370 $46,370 $46,370

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $42,610 $44,210 $42,610 $44,210 $42,610 $44,210
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,180 $10,560
On-Campus – Other Expenses $500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,453 (2,623 male / 2,830 female)
Admitted 2,270 (1,034 male / 1,236 female)
Admission rate 42%
First-time Enrollment 703 (337 male / 366 female)
FT Enrollment 703 (337 male / 366 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,524

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Centennial Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Centennial Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Centennial Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Centennial Conference

ACT Test Admission

178th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 29

SAT Test Admission

107th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 78%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 690
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1200 / 1370

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,169
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,870
Board Fee$5,080

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 583rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,315 ($86,151 male / $72,432 female)
Number of FT Faculty 221 (128 male / 93 female)
Number of PT Faculty 293
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $7,851,176

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Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.

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