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Gettysburg College Overview

Gettysburg College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Gettysburg is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Gettysburg College Known For?

694 Undergraduate Awards
$44,811 Avg Cost After Aid
48% Acceptance Rate
  • Gettysburg has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Gettysburg is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Gettysburg is the bachelor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Gettysburg bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $56,100 a year. That's about 38% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Gettysburg to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Gettysburg College Rankings

We have ranked Gettysburg as #43 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Gettysburg also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Gettysburg has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#49 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Gettysburg.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Physiology & Pathology Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Biochemistry & Biophysics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Gettysburg has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Physiology & Pathology Sciences Schools College Factual
#20 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools College Factual
#32 Best English Language & Literature Schools College Factual
#55 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#67 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#79 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Gettysburg College?


Contact details for Gettysburg are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 N Washington St, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-6300

How Do I Get Into Gettysburg?

You can apply to Gettysburg online at:

Admission Requirements for Gettysburg

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Gettysburg?

48% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Gettysburg. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 48%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 48%, and the acceptance rate for women is 48%.

Can I Afford Gettysburg College?

$44,811 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Gettysburg is $44,811. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Gettysburg, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,703 a year. That adds up to $30,812 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Gettysburg is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Gettysburg College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,496 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,507 undergraduate students at Gettysburg, with 2,496 being full-time and 11 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,496 full-time undergraduates at Gettysburg, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Gettysburg College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 73
Black or African American 108
Hispanic or Latino 260
White 1,838
International Students 103
Other Races/Ethnicities 114

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Gettysburg College. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 41 countries are represented at Gettysburg. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Gettysburg College

1,629 Took All Classes Online
1,629 Took At Least One Class Online
40,700.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,629 students took at least one online class at the school.

Online Growth Rankings of Gettysburg

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Gettysburg College was 40,700.0%. This is the #10 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Gettysburg regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Gettysburg College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Economics 74 74
Political Science & Government 74 74
Business Administration & Management 67 67
General English Literature 51 51
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 46 46
Child Development & Psychology 43 43
General Biology 41 41
History 34 34
Natural Resources Conservation 32 32
Romance Languages 25 25
Philosophy 19 19
Computer Science 18 18
Anthropology 16 16
Sociology 16 16
Public Policy 16 16
Mathematics 13 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 11 11
International Studies 11 11
Fine & Studio Arts 11 11
International Relations & National Security 10 10
Ethnic Studies 9 9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9 9
Chemistry 8 8
Physics 8 8
Music 8 8
Area Studies 7 7
Germanic Languages 6 6
Religious Studies 4 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2 2
Classical Languages & Literature 1 1
Drama & Theater Arts 1 1
Applied Mathematics 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0
General Psychology 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0
TOTAL 694 694


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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