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Undergrad Profile

From its historic setting close to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, to its dynamic curriculum and commitment to a global education, Gettysburg College prepares students to lead energetic, engaged, and enlightened lives.

On Gettysburg’s beautiful 200-acre campus in a world-famous town adjoining Gettysburg National Military Park, some 60 buildings embody a vivid history: one was a Civil War hospital; in another, Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote his memoirs.

Though deeply conscious of its history, Gettysburg College looks forward and outward. On a campus rich in library resources, laboratory facilities, and cultural events, Gettysburg’s provocative First-Year Seminars and abundant opportunities for research across all disciplines promote close student-faculty collaboration. “I get a lot of one-on-one time with professors,” says Jeremy Ross, a biochemistry and molecular biology major.

Gettysburg’s facilities for learning are among the finest you’ll find on a liberal arts campus, from a state-of-the-art computer lab for language instruction to a spectacular 86,000-sq. ft. Science Center. Extensive resources for music, theater, and the visual arts are available on and near campus, including the Sunderman Conservatory; the new John F. Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness; and the Majestic Theater.

Global classroom
Nearly 60% of Gettysburg students study abroad for at least one semester at prestigious colleges and universities worldwide. Jennie Maholchic, a French and international affairs dual major who participated in Gettysburg’s study abroad program in Paris, called it “an unforgettable experience that broadened my global perspective and opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking.”

Gettysburg students also look beyond campus to make a difference in the lives of others. Each year the College’s Center for Public Service coordinates extraordinary opportunities for students to volunteer thousands of hours to local, national, and international organizations and communities. Students across all majors participate in the Eisenhower Institute, a distinguished center for leadership and public policy based in Washington, D.C., and on Gettysburg’s campus. Long after graduation, Gettysburg alumni continue to make a positive impact on the world: Bruce Gordon ’68 served as President of the NAACP; Carol Bellamy ’63 previously served as Executive Director of UNICEF; and Fred Fielding ’61, former White House lawyer and expert on government ethics, served on the 9/11 Commission.

Getting involved
Outside the classroom, “Gettysburgians” are actively involved in leading over 120 student organizations that cultivate an impressive array of interests, talents, and cultures.

An athletic powerhouse, Gettysburg offers a dozen intercollegiate sports each for men and women and has earned the distinction of having the best overall win-loss record in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference for the past 22 years. Strong recreational and intramural programs give everyone an opportunity to get involved.

In addition, the College Chapel coordinates programs for all faiths, including a Newman Association, Hillel, a Muslim Student Association, and several organizations whose memberships are interdenominational.

Planning a successful future
Gettysburg has an excellent track record of preparing students for productive lives and successful careers. More than half of our students continue their education at graduate schools across the country and around the world, becoming doctors, educators, scientists, artists, businesspeople, and other professionals.

Gettysburg College’s Center for Career Development works with every student to build their career plan and professional network and offers extensive services to sharpen students’ internship- and job-finding skills. Recruiters from leading corporations and organizations connect with Gettysburg students, and networking programs such as Career Immersion Trips allow students to tap the resources of alumni mentors who are ready to help them launch their careers.

Gettysburg’s fame is synonymous with the values of modern democracy, and today’s Gettysburg College provides a multidimensional, enriching education that motivates every student to do great work. By providing both challenging academic programs and extraordinary opportunities for learning by getting involved, Gettysburg produces graduates who are well rounded, broad minded, and confident. Now a lawyer, alumnus and Rhodes Scholar Luke Norris attests, “It’s not just about reading books but getting a taste of the real world. Gettysburg challenged me to see beyond myself.”
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Founded: 1832; Gettysburg is a highly selective, nationally recognized college of the liberal arts and sciences.

Enrollment: 2,700 students from more than 40 states and 35 foreign countries; Gettysburg is the nation’s oldest Lutheran-related college.

Successful graduates: Within a year of graduation, 95% of graduates are employed full time or pursuing graduate studies.

Small classes: The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, with an average class size of 18. Full-time faculty total more than 200; 100% hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field.

Wide-ranging curriculum: Bachelor degree programs include Africana studies, anthropology, art history, art studio, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, chemistry, Chinese studies, cinema and media studies, classical studies, computer science, economics, English, environmental studies, French, German, globalization studies, health sciences, history, international affairs, Italian studies, Japanese studies, mathematical economics, mathematics, music, music education, music performance, organization and management studies, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public policy, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, Spanish and Latin American studies, theatre arts, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Special programs: Options include American studies; Asian studies; Civil War Era studies; comparative literature; health professions advising; Judaic studies; law, ethics, and society; Middle East and Islamic Studies; a neuroscience minor; peace and justice studies; pre-business advising; pre-law advising; a public history minor, secondary education preparation/certification; and a writing minor.

Dual-degree and cooperative programs: Options include engineering and nursing.

There are no bystanders here.
From the sciences to the arts, from guest speakers to student organizations, from athletics to residential living options, this is a place of variety and diversity, a community where every student has the chance to stand out, take responsibility, and lead. You might not do it all, but you’ll do much more than you expect. These experiences will stay with you, shape you, and help you create your future.