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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is a liberal arts school with about 2,400 students. Its 225-acre campus is near Gettysburg National Military Park, which marks the site of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. Perhaps not surprisingly, one of Gettysburg College's signature programs is Civil War era studies, offered as a minor to undergraduates with courses like "Narratives of Illness" and "Cameras, Canvas & Cannons: Visual Culture of the Civil War Era." But the college, which was founded well before the war, in 1832, has its own rich traditions and a broad set of academic choices. Most classes are small, which allows ample opportunity for one-on-one attention from professors. The most popular programs include economics, political science, and organization and management studies. Alumni include politician Ron Paul, author Jerry Spinelli and TV star Carson Kressley. Students say the campus is beautiful and that much of the social culture revolves around the Greek system. There are other traditions, too: Every Thanksgiving, students gather to hold dinners with turkey, potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pie.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Gettysburg College is reopening for fall, but it has tweaked its academic calendar so that the last day of classes is Nov. 20 and finals are online. Students must wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing in public campus spaces.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$70,800
% of students who get any grants
87%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$36,800
Average price for low-income students
$12,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
45%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,440
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
90%
% of students who get merit* grants
21%
Average merit grant
$15,270
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$23,250
Average salary within 5 years
$52,800
% earning more than $28,000
85%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Gettysburg College is reopening for fall, but it has tweaked its academic calendar so that the last day of classes is Nov. 20 and finals are online. Students must wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing in public campus spaces.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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