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.