Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

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Since 1832, Gettysburg College has cultivated a reputation for academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. By exploring our 65+ academic programs, our students graduate as critical problem solvers with exceptional communication skills that serve as a foundation for their future success.

Health and medicine at Gettysburg College
Gettysburg College offers more than 10 science programs that students interested in health and medicine can pursue to become our nation’s future scientific leaders, including Health Sciences. This distinctive academic program integrates the study of biology, chemistry, and physics with a focus on the science of the human body in both wellness and disease.

The Health Sciences major is excellent preparation for a career in the medical industry, including fields such as medicine, dentistry, physician assistantship, nursing, physical therapy, public health, and many more. Extensive internship opportunities and independent research are valuable for the graduate school admission process, and the Health Sciences faculty will assist you in securing a clinical experience for your senior capstone requirement.

First-class faculty
Gettysburg College supports first-class faculty who embrace innovation. The benefit is clear: when professors are excited about and engaged with new thinking and discovery, they communicate this enthusiasm and knowledge in the classroom. Ranked #18 for “Best Classroom Experience” by The Princeton Review, Gettysburg Collegehas a 9:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17 students.

Research ready, research active, research connected
At Gettysburg College, more than half
our students conduct research before they graduate. The Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG)—a community of scholars created to help students answer science’s most pressing questions—prepares students to become research ready, research active, and research connected in the field. Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with distinguished professors to investigate cutting-edge developments and even share their findings in scholarly journals and professional conferences.

Students who take part in research opportunities have earned Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater Scholarships; Fulbright Grants and Teaching Assistantships; and National Science Foundation Fellowships as well as other awards.

Facilities and equipment
On campus, Gettysburg College students complete their hands-on research with innovative equipment located in our top-notch facilities: the Science Center, McCreary Hall, and Masters Hall. Among our most technologically advanced devices are our Anatomage Tables, which allow virtual dissection of the human body, and our new Multidisciplinary Imaging Suite, which includes an atomic force microscope.

Health Sciences majors conduct research in our specialized labs such as the Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab, Neuromuscular Physiology Lab, Molecular Physiology Lab, and the Integrative Physiology Lab.

Health professions advising
Gettysburg College offers a comprehensive four-year advising program for students interested in a career in the health professions. From finding health-related experiences like internships, externships, and job shadowing experiences to filling out your application for medical school or health professions graduate school, advisors help Gettysburgians achieve their goals.

We believe that a college education should prepare you to be great and to “Do Great Work.” It should challenge you, allow you to grow and try new things, and empower you to unleash your potential.

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#27 among liberal arts institutions by PayScale’s College Salary Report for early- and mid-career salaries of alumni

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Recognized by The Princeton Review on their lists of Colleges That Create Futures and Best Value Colleges

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Ranked #35 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News and World Report


About: Gettysburg is a highly selective, nationally recognized college of the liberal arts and sciences.

Founded: 1832

Enrollment: 2,600 undergraduate students from nearly 40 states and 40 countries

Outcomes & Success: 98% of graduates are employed or in graduate/professional school within one year of graduation; 91% of recent graduates who applied were accepted and enrolled full-time in a graduate school program one year later.

Classroom Experience: The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 with an average class size of 17 students. Full-time faculty total more than 200; 100% hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field.

Major Offerings: Bachelor’s degree programs include Africana Studies; Anthropology; Art and Art History; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Business, Organizations, and Management; Chemistry; Cinema and Media Studies; Classics; Computer Science; East Asian Studies: Chinese track and Japanese track; Economics; English; Environmental Studies; French; German Studies; Globalization Studies; Health Sciences; History; International Affairs; Italian Studies; Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; Mathematical Economics; Mathematics; Music; Music Education; Music Performance; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Theatre Arts; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Minors: Minors are offered in most majors, plus Business, Civil War Era Studies, Education, Greek, Judaic Studies, Latin, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Neuroscience, Peace and Justice Studies, Public History, and Writing.

Special Programs: Engineering—dual degree; Interdisciplinary Studies; Nursing; Optometry affiliation agreement; Pre-health professions advising; Pre-law advising; ROTC

Student Life Experience: 94% of students live on campus with guaranteed housing for four years. Students choose from 120+ student organizations and 800 events held on campus each year. Nearly 60% of students study abroad for at least one semester. 

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