Gettysburg College is located in the historic Pennsylvania borough for which it is named, and in many ways shares in the rich history of the region. The college was founded in 1832, about thirty years before the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. Far before the campus’ Pennsylvania Hall, was used for student housing, the building was a signal corps station and field hospital for both Confederate and Union troops. Student living is still intertwined with the region’s past, as Gettysburg College lays adjacent to the famous battlefield and the home of the Gettysburg National Military Park. With this redolent atmosphere as a backdrop, nearly 2,700 students from 40 states and 35 countries enroll at Gettysburg College and occupy nearby student housing.
Student living at Gettysburg College owes much to its small size and intimate atmosphere. The liberal arts school has taken pains to maintain small classes in the 35 majors that the college offers. Drawing students completely different backgrounds and interests, the school offers such dissimilar concentrations as Globalization Studies, Art Studio and Biochemistry.
Gettysburg College is located less than 40 miles from Harrisburg and under 60 miles from Baltimore, but students with a college apartment typically find enough local entertainment to remain in Gettysburg for the weekend. Off campus housing near York Street and Hanover Street positions students near many of the restaurants and hangouts that students prefer. These include The Pub & Restaurant, Li’s Buffet and Le Bella Italia.
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