Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

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Gettysburg College has earned its strong academic reputation. 

Since its founding in 1832, the College has upheld a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts and sciences in all their breadth and depth. On a beautiful campus in a world-famous town, 2,600 students from nearly 40 states and close to 40 countries discover their intellectual passions through an intentional goal-based curriculum focused on developing skills in effective communication, integrative thinking, multiple inquiries, and global citizenship. There are no bystanders here. 

Gettysburg College prepares future leaders through experiential learning opportunities, faculty- and student-led research, an extensive career network, and countless cocurricular, service, and off-campus study activities. Gettysburg challenges students to “Do Great Work,” but what exactly does that mean? We believe that a successful Gettysburg student will find ways to answer the following questions:

What will you do?
At Gettysburg, students are encouraged to explore 65 highly rigorous academic programs, finding new and innovative ways to connect disciplines and using our goal-based curriculum to their advantage. They benefit from our 9:1 student-faculty ratio, small class sizes, research opportunities, and special programs. Outside the classroom, they are actively engaged in more than 120 different clubs and activities. Whether they’re presenting their research at a national conference or to their friends in the Sceptical Chymists club, scoring a try for the rugby team, playing violin in the symphony orchestra or with a professor at Carnegie Hall, exploring in service with Habitat for Humanity, or even organizing a brand-new club or event to share their unique interests with countless others, Gettysburg students never miss an opportunity to get involved.

How will Gettysburg’s campus, withits ample and accessible resources, positively influence your education? What will you do inside and outside the classroom to develop into the talented and passionate student Gettysburg is known for?

What will inspire you to be Gettysburg great?
Over 150 years ago, the world was changed at Gettysburg, and an entire nation was inspired by greatness. That history resonates with everyone on this campus. It’s part of who we are and what we value. Unique opportunities await Gettysburg students through the Eisenhower Institute, Center for Public Service, Garthwait Leadership Center, Sunderman Conservatory of Music, GRAB Experiential Education program, First-Year Seminar program, academic and social Honor Code, and more.

Go ahead, study abroad with nearly 60% of our student population in one of our 100 programs worldwide, or add your name to our extensive list of Kolbe Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. Which Gettysburg opportunities will inspire you to unleash your potential?

How will you work for change?
Gettysburg students find purpose and direction in their educational experiences. Gettysburg College aims to graduate students who are equipped and inspired to change the world in big, ingenious, creative, and compassionate ways. From our extensive career development service to our personalized advising and pre-professional/graduate school preparation and support, our students get what they need to be successful after Gettysburg.

Maybe you’ll join a career immersion trip to Los Angeles to learn from Gettysburg alumni in the entertainment industry, or maybe you’ll bring a speaker series on women’s rights to campus through your fellowship at the Eisenhower Institute. Maybe you’ll organize a trip to your home country with other Gettysburg students to discuss local issues with a global view. Will you take on an externship or internship program? Howwill you take advantage of our extensive alumni connections to enter your next step and work to make an impact?

Every Gettysburg student finds their own way to answer these questions and create a unique, personalized experience that helps them reach their goals. If you’re ready to attend a school with dedicated, passionate learners who want to make a positive impact in the world, we’re ready to help you do great work. 


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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:
Site of the famous American Civil War battle and delivery of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg offers the best of both worlds: a vibrant historical town with great restaurants, shops, theaters, and more that is also close to major metropolitan areas (Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, DC). There are plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities nearby, such as skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, white-water kayaking, and hiking.


TYPE OF SCHOOL: Gettysburg College is a nationally ranked, highly selective private residential school for the liberal arts and sciences.

SIZE OF CAMPUS: Our beautiful 200-acre campus is located in the world-famous town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There is easy access to major cities by bus or train: one hour to Baltimore; one hour and 15 minutes to Washington, DC; two hours and 30 minutes to Philadelphia; and three hours and 30 minutes to New York City. Transportation to transit hubs and metro centers is provided by the College.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 2,600 full-time, entirely undergraduate students

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 9:1 student-faculty ratio; 100% of tenured faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Starting with 65 different programs of study, students choose either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a multitude of different majors; many students even choose to double-major. Minors, education certification, self-designed majors, independent research, and internships—as well as a Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Education through the Sunderman Conservatory of Music—are also available. Many students pursue multiple programs of study.

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Students represent nearly 40 states and close to 40 countries.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: From start to finish, Gettysburg provides assistance for international students. With the Coordinator of International Student Admissions during the application process, and the International Student Center and the Director of International Student Services through International Student Orientation and beyond, we make sure that each individual feels at home on our campus. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET: (2019–2020) $69,850, including tuition, room, board, and all fees for the first year

FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid and scholarships for international students are based on student need and academic achievement. While the College does offer aid, it is a highly competitive process. Gettysburg offers to meet 100% of indicated need for all accepted international students. The Certification of Finances form is required with the application for admission. Students applying for financial aid must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Admission to Gettysburg is based on academic achievement, promise of contribution to the campus community, and testing performance. Gettysburg accepts the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and GTEC. While there is no minimum score to apply, the most competitive applicants will have earned an average score of 90 on the TOEFL, 7.0+ on the IELTS, 60 on the PTE, or 1260 on the GTEC. On the SAT, students average around 1340 (combined Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Mathematics) or a 29 on the ACT.

Early Decision I: November 15
Early Decision II: January 15
Regular Decision: January 15
There is no application fee for international students, and a fee waiver is not required.

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