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300 N. Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
  • While classes are diverse and interesting, Gettysburg students definitely enjoy a full social life outside of the classroom
  • I would highly recommend Gettysburg College to anyone looking to have more of a social life than focus on academics

    • by Wileme01

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      Gettysburg College is a highly regarded private liberal arts school in southern Pennsylvania. The college is very small compared to other colleges, with only about 2500 students. Consistently ranked in the top 50 liberal arts schools, Gettysburg College is well-known for it’s academic prestige.

      Academically Gettysburg College focuses a lot on general education. Every student must complete a designated number of courses in different subjects including: english, math, and science. While some colleges allow students to jump right into their major, Gettysburg College forces students to take classes in many areas. Gettysburg College is particularly well-known for it’s civil war studies minor. As the school is located on the battlefields of Gettysburg, it is easy to see why the school would offer such an in-depth minor.

      It is worth mention that Gettysburg College does not offer nearly as many majors as most state colleges. Whereas state colleges typically offer specific majors such as communications, public relations, marketing, etc. Gettysburg offers extremely broad majors. For instance, all of the above mentioned majors at Gettysburg are grouped into a single major called management. Other examples of very general majors at Gettysburg College are: math, english, and music.

      As previously mentioned, Gettysburg College lies on the famous battlefield from the civil war. During warm

      weather, it is not uncommon to see reenactors walking around campus. There are also a number of ghost tours that walk around the periphery of the campus pointing out notably haunted spots. Pennsylvania Hall, which is now an administrative building used by the college, is located in the center of campus. The beautiful white building that can be seen from all of campus was used during the civil war as a hospital and it is reported that if you enter the building at night you will hear screams.

      Aside from the historical significance of the campus, the campus is absolutely beautiful. The classroom buildings are beautifully constructed and are seperated by lush green grass with pathways leading to each building. The campus offers many outside areas to sit: there are benches placed along the pathways, as well as Adirondack chairs situated beneath trees throughout campus. The college library, located in the center of campus, also provides a large patio with tables allowing students to study outside on nice days.

      The student body at Gettysburg College is composed mainly of well-to-do New Englanders. Just glancing at the student population, one can immediately sense that they have money. Louis Vuitton and Chanel bags are not uncommon on the arms of the young adults toting their books to class. BMWs, Range ...

      • Rovers, and Mercedes fill the student parking lots and stick out in the not particularly wealthy town of Gettysburg, PA. At over $40,000 a year the price of tuition alone seems to weed out the less wealthy.

        Greek life is huge at Gettysburg College. It is estimated that about 70% of students participate in the system. There are about 5 sororities on campus including: Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, and Chi Omega. Gettysburg College does not have any sorority houses, instead the members meet in a specific building that contains their chapter room. Fraternity houses, however, seem to be everywhere on campus. There are many more fraternities than sororities, probably about 10 in all. Each fraternity has a seperate house in which the members live. On weekends almost all campus parties occur in fraternity houses. If one chooses not to participate in Greek life, one is also choosing not to go to the parties that define Greek life at Gettysburg College.

        Although during the week parties that occur at fraternity houses are usually open to anyone, on weekends closed parties are quite common. Generally a sorority and a fraternity will pair up to hold a party at one of the fraternity houses. These parties are considered closed to anyone who does not belong

        to either of the hosts. This system makes it extremely hard for anyone who is not in the Greek system to go to parties on weekends. It is also worth noting that there are very few bars in Gettysburg, thus not much of a bar scene. There are only about 2 bars within walking distance of the campus.

        Gettysburg College is a division III school in athletics. Though DIII, Gettysburg College is very serious about athletics. The lacrosse teams are perhaps the most noteworthy. Both boys and girls lacrosse are very good, and are often ranked in the DIII national top ten. The swimming and track teams are also considered to be very good. Although Gettysburg does have a football team, most students would easily choose to attend a boys lacrosse game rather than a football game. In fact, girls at the school commonly dress up to attend the crowded boys lacrosse games.

        Gettysburg College is much like I would imagine the ideal college would be. There are constant parties crowded with attractive students. While classes are diverse and interesting, Gettysburg students definitely enjoy a full social life outside of the classroom. I would highly recommend Gettysburg College to anyone looking to have more of a social life than focus on academics.

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