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Gettysburg College Admission Requirements

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Gettysburg College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Gettysburg College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Gettysburg College is 56.3%.  Its admission rate is the 15th lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Gettysburg College and can you get accepted?

Gettysburg College is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,496 out of the 6,206 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 13 percent on standardized admission tests. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Gettysburg College?

56% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Gettysburg College you should:

  • Score 1360 on the SAT
  • Score 30 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Gettysburg College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Gettysburg College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Gettysburg College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Gettysburg College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 35% of students submitted SAT scores and 11% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Gettysburg College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 640
Math 25th Percentile 640
Composite 25th Percentile 1280
SAT Scores for Gettysburg College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 720
Math 75th Percentile 710
Composite 75th Percentile 1430
Average SAT Score 1360

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Gettysburg College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Gettysburg College is 1360 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1280-1430. Students who get into Gettysburg College score in the top 14 percent of all SAT test takers..  Gettysburg College ranks #10 in the state of Pennsylvania and #111 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1360 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Gettysburg College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1280 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1280, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1200, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Gettysburg College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1360 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1355, you have around a 56% chance of being admitted. A 1430 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 71% chance of getting in.

Gettysburg College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >71%
1355 to 1430 Avg + 56%-71%
1280 to 1355 Avg - 40%-56%
1205 to 1280 Reach 26%-40%
Less than 1205 Low <26%
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Gettysburg College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Gettysburg College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 28
ACT Scores for Gettysburg College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Gettysburg College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Gettysburg College is 30, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 28 and 32.  The school ranks #9 in Pennsylvania and #121 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 30. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 28 and score in the score in the top 12 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 26.

11 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Gettysburg College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Gettysburg College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Gettysburg College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 30 score has around 56% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 71% with a 32 ACT score.

Gettysburg College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >71%
30 to 32 Avg + 56%-71%
28 to 30 Avg - 40%-56%
26 to 28 Reach 26%-40%
Less than 26 Low <26%
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High School Class Rank

77% of Gettysburg College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 0% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Gettysburg College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 0%
Top 25% of class 77%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Gettysburg College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,308 2,898 6,206
Accepted 1,894 1,602 3,496
Acceptance Rate 57% 55% 56%
Enrolled 321 302 623
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Gettysburg College is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Gettysburg College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Gettysburg College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Gettysburg College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=212674 IPEDS survey data for Gettysburg College.


Does Gettysburg College prefer SAT or ACT?

35% of students submit their SAT scores to Gettysburg College. 11% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Gettysburg College?

56% of those who apply are granted admission to Gettysburg College. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Gettysburg College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1430. The average SAT score is 1355. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Gettysburg College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 32. The average ACT score is 30. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.