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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is a liberal arts school with about 2,600 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 "Race in the American Imagination" and "Visual Culture of the Civil War Era." But the college, which was founded in 1832 – well before the war – 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 business. 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. At nearly $66,000, the annual early career earnings of alums is above that of graduates from similar schools.


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% of students with need who get grants
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4.1 years
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% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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