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Undergrad Profile

There are no bystanders here. At Gettysburg College we offer a liberal arts education that asks for engagement and offers challenge and opportunity in return. 

Here, “Do great work” is more than a tagline. We believe that learning means doing and that a college education should prepare our students to be great and do great work.

So often what happens outside of the classroom is a vital extension of what happens inside. If you want to get involved—and most Gettysburg students do—the opportunities are almost endless.

A first-class faculty
Gettysburg College supports a first-class faculty that embraces innovation and cutting-edge developments. The benefit to students is clear: when professors are excited about and engaged with new thinking and discovery, they communicate this enthusiasm and knowledge in the classroom.
This passion for academics is most notably visible in our highly respect
ed First-Year Seminar programs and abundant opportunities for highly personalized student-faculty research across all disciplines.

Programs of distinction
Our distinctive programs and other unique facilities enable us to balance our small-town feel with big-campus resources. Whether our students want to learn about public policy and presidential leadership through the Eisenhower Institute, cultivate their personal leadership style through the Garthwait Leadership Center, engage in diverse perspectives and public interpretations of history through the Civil War Institute, or combine their love of music with their liberal arts education through the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, our students are challenged with programs that inspire them to greatness and push them to the next level every day.

Global classroom
Recognizing the value of preparing tomorrow’s global leaders, Gettysburg College provides opportunities accessible for all students to take their learning out of the classroom and into the world. In fact, nearly 60% of Gettysburg students study abroad for at least one semester at prestigious colleges and universities worldwide, earning us the distinction of being named fourth in the nation—and first in Pennsylvania—for semester-long study abroad experiences by the Institute of International Education.

Getting involved
Outside the classroom, “Gettysburgians” are actively involved in over 120 student organizations—including a Center for Public Service—that cultivate an impressive array of interests, talents, and cultures.

An athletic powerhouse, Gettysburg offers 24 intercollegiate sports for men and women and has captured 105 Centennial titles over the last three-plus decades of competition. Strong recreational and intramural programs give everyone an opportunity to get involved. In fact, over 90% of students participate in one of the campus recreation programs, earning the College the third place ranking on The Princeton Review’s list of top 20 schools where everyone plays intramurals.

During the weekends students can choose from one of over 800 events planned by the Campus Activities Board each year—including concerts, comedians, and coffeehouses; cheering on the Bullets; going on outdoor expeditions; exploring DC museums, taking in a movie or lecture; playing inner tube water polo; competing in a ping-pong tournament or trivia night; and so much more.

Planning a successful future
One of the things that distinguishes Gettysburg College is our commitment to helping students develop a career plan and build their professional network. Through internships, externships, job shadowing, career immersion trips, and networking events, Gettysburg College students are able to connect with alums and gain insight about various career fields. Over 8,000 opportunities for career exploration have been created in the past six years, and more than 80% of students complete at least one internship or externship by the time they graduate. In fact, The Princeton Review ranked us 11th in the nation for internship opportunities and 14th in the nation for alumni networks.

All of these opportunities for practical career development and networking, in addition to our graduates’ high rate of job placements just one year after graduation, have earned Gettysburg College the distinction of being one of only 17 liberal arts institutions featured in The Princeton Review’s newest guide, Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.

Why do great work?
Because there’s serious work to be done. In November of 1863, Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to honor those who had died on the battlefields just footsteps from our campus. Lincoln asked his audience for their dedication to the “unfinished work” that was still ahead—the great work of securing and advancing democracy and lifting the nation out of conflict.

The great tasks before us are different. Our world needs a new generation of thinkers and doers who care about making progress. At Gettysburg we’re here, all of us, to do great work. Work that inspires. Work that matters. Work that changes the world.

Come join us
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Founded: 1832; Gettysburg is a highly selective, nationally recognized college of the liberal arts and sciences and the nation’s oldest historically Lutheran college.

Enrollment: 2,600 students from nearly 35 states and over 40 foreign countries

Successful graduates: Within a year of graduation, 98% of graduates are employed full time or pursuing graduate studies.

Small classes: The student-faculty ratio is 9.6:1, 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.