Founded in 1832 by theologian Samuel S. Schmucker, Gettysburg College is an independent, four-year liberal arts college in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, housed on a two-hundred-acre campus adjacent to the famous Civil War battlefields. Ranked consistently in the top tier of the nation’s liberal arts colleges, Gettysburg College houses a diverse community of students, educators, and professionals, all of whom are dedicated to the conviction that a liberal arts education awakens and prepares young people for lives of enlightened contribution to a free society.
Gettysburg College champions independent thinking and public action. Our approximately 2,700 students will graduate with the knowledge and skills they’ll need for personal and public success, as well as with new insights into the surrounding world, their place in it, and their obligations to it. An 11:1 student-faculty ratio fosters close relationships and spirited class discussions, and a global perspective connects students’ learning to the outside world. Independent research opportunities take students to new levels of understanding. Students also put their learning and values into action by moving beyond the classroom and taking part in service-learning programs through our Center for Public Service; each year, some 1,300 students provide 20,000 hours of volunteer service.
Gettysburg College also participates in the enrichment of regional and national cultural life through its support of various arts projects and education organizations. Since 1988, Gettysburg College has demonstrated its support of the literary arts by establishing and underwriting the nationally renowned and lauded literary magazine, the Gettysburg Review. November 14, 2005, marked the grand reopening of Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater, a revitalized historic landmark and former vaudeville stage. A $16-million renovation has restored the eighty-year-old theater to its original Colonial Revival splendor, invigorating both the college and the surrounding community with Broadway shows, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, children’s theater, film classics, and other attractions.
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