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| This school claims to be inclusive and respectful of diversity but yet the student body is seemingly 95% upper class white students with extremely wealthy parents. I've repeatedly heard students say, "Its ok if I don't do well. My daddy has pull around here." The Greek life on campus is the central component of this school. The alcohol is running every night from Wednesday to Sunday. Fraternities are loud and disrespectful, especially towards women. I've seen students going to a 'white trash party'. They dress up and mock people who are not of their social sphere, yet the administration and staff proclaims that this school is tolerant and inclusive. I have heard Frat members talk about 'rape rooms' and other horrendous acts. Hazing is 'prohibited', yet every sport has it. In its favor, this school offers great academics, if you are not put off by its elitism and exclusionary lifestyle or their hypocritical attitude. |
|Dec 14 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| Please note that this college is bull! They harrass students and acuse them of acts that they didn't do. When they try to pin something on them, and it turns out to be a false rumor, they continue to go after them (especially the rent-a-cops) until they can try to find the stupidest thing to charge them. This college is horrible, and furthermore, anyone considering attending this school better be prepared to fight for their innocence. |
|May 18 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| First off, let me start by saying that although many people advise prospective students to take these reviews with a grain of sand, I feel they are extremely accurate. Many people argue that the only people who write these reviews are people who absolutely love the school or absolutely hate it, and therefore, the reviews are skewed. However, I can honestly say that I'm right in the middle of these two extremes--I don't love Gettysburg, but I don't hate it either. So hopefully the information I provide can be considered fairly unbiased to readers.|
The best thing about Gettysburg College is the academics. The professors here are generally friendly, extremely helpful, and interesting. I've found nearly all of my academic coursework to be both worthwhile and helpful. Another positive about the school is the financial aid--Gettysburg is extremely generous with grants, scholarships, and loans. That's a big reason why I'm here; I could never afford a $52,000 a year school without such a generous financial aid package. With that said, a lot of students can. It's no secret that many Gettysburg kids are well-off. However, don't be discouraged by this. I come from a middle- upper-middle class family, and I have never felt ostracized for my economic status. Although uber-preppy, the Gettysburg student body is overall friendly.
Now time for some negatives... The biggest negative for me is the Greek life at Gettysburg. Previous reviews have mentioned that Greek life consumes the campus. I can assure you that it not only consumes it, but the entire social scene at Gettysburg revolves around it. Because of this, there really aren't many options besides going out to the frats on weekends, leaving students who aren't super into drinking (like myself) feeling pretty bored. I hate to say this, but honestly, the only real way to have a good time at Gettysburg is to drink the kool aid and get drunk every single weekend like 90% of the student population. Don't let the school fool you. Nearly everyone drinks here. And TONS of students are Greek or at least plan to rush--way more than the 30% that the school tells you about when you visit. That's something I wish I knew before choosing this college. Another negative--the surrounding town. Don't get me wrong, Gettysburg is cute in a small-town charm kind of a way, but there's really nothing to do there. This isn't a big surprise, considering the most interesting thing that's ever happened to the town was about 150 years ago, but still, it's something to consider. I have a lot of friends who go to schools around cities (Boston, Providence, etc.) and they're never really bored, because city life offers so much to college students. Granted, they're probably broke because of it, but that's also another thing to think about. I think if I could do it all over again, I'd probably choose a college closer to a city, simply for the reason that there's way more to do.
Overall, I guess I'd say Gettysburg is what you make of it. Ultimately, it's important to weigh the positives against the negatives when choosing to attend here.
|Jan 11 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |