Gettysburg College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Gettysburg College

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Gettysburg College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 45%. Founded in 1832 and located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Gettysburg has a strong teaching focus with a 9-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 18. Gettysburg's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned the college a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. With a music conservatory, a professional performing arts center, and an institute on public policy, Gettysburg offers its students a wide array of rewarding social and educational experiences. In athletics, the Gettysburg Bullets compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference.

Considering applying to this competitive college? Here are the admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Gettysburg College had an acceptance rate of 45%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 45 students were admitted, making Gettysburg's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,269
Percent Admitted 45%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Gettysburg has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Gettysburg may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Gettysburg does not provide data regarding the number of applicants who submit SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 635 710
Math 635 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Gettysburg's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Gettysburg scored between 635 and 710, while 25% scored below 635 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 635 and 700, while 25% scored below 635 and 25% scored above 700. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher is competitive for Gettysburg.

Requirements

Gettysburg College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Gettysburg participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Gettysburg does not require the essay portion of the SAT or SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Gettysburg College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Gettysburg does not provide data regarding the number of applicants who submit ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 26 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Gettysburg's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Gettysburg received a composite ACT score between 26 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that Gettysburg does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Gettysburg participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Gettysburg does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, 62% of Gettysburg's admitted freshmen ranked in the top 10% of their high school class. Gettysburg College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Gettysburg College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Gettysburg College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Gettysburg College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Gettysburg College, which accepts just fewer than half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Gettysburg also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Gettysburg recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Gettysburg's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of admitted students had high school grades of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. If your SAT or ACT scores are below the optimal range for Gettysburg you can take advantage of the college's test-optional admissions policy.

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