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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%

Gettysburg College Admissions

Gettysburg College is extremely difficult to get into. Around 56% of applicants get into Gettysburg College each year. Out of 5,796 applications received in 2023, 3,264 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Gettysburg College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Students who submit their applications to Gettysburg College for fall semester should hear back from Gettysburg College by March 15.

Gettysburg College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Gettysburg College's admissions stats.

Gettysburg College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 47%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Waitlist Yes

Gettysburg College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Gettysburg College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 1
Early Action Yes December 1 February 1
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 15

Considering Applying Early to Gettysburg College?

Gettysburg College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Gettysburg College will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Gettysburg College is 55%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 56%. In 2022, Gettysburg College admitted 280 of the 507 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Gettysburg College Admissions

How To Get Into Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is an extremely difficult school to get into. Gettysburg College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Gettysburg College accepted 56% of students, around 3,264 from 5,796 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Gettysburg College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to Gettysburg College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Gettysburg College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Gettysburg College

What does Gettysburg College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Gettysburg College for more information on admission factors.

Gettysburg College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Gettysburg College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Gettysburg College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) – 3 – –
Interview – √ – –
Other Requirements – √ – extracurricular activities
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Gettysburg College?

Gettysburg College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school. At Gettysburg College 47% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 76% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Gettysburg College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Gettysburg College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Gettysburg College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Gettysburg College students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Gettysburg College students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

To be most competitive at Gettysburg College, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Gettysburg College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Gettysburg College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

More Information on Transferring to Gettysburg College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Gettysburg College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Gettysburg College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Gettysburg College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Gettysburg College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Gettysburg College.

Does Gettysburg College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Gettysburg College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Gettysburg College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Gettysburg College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Gettysburg College?

❌ No, Gettysburg College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Gettysburg College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Gettysburg College has an acceptance rate of 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Gettysburg College?

βœ… Gettysburg College's early decision acceptance rate was 55% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Gettysburg College? Gettysburg College is a selective institution. The Gettysburg College acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 56 out of every 100 applicants.


Gettysburg College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Gettysburg College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Gettysburg College is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Gettysburg College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

670 - 720


Reading SAT Range

680 - 720

Gettysburg College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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