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Manager, to select the following payment plan at a nominal charge.


Fall registration $105.00

November 10 104.00

December 10 103.50

Spring registration 105.00

April 10 104.00

May 10 103.50

No student will be permitted to take the semester examinations, be
graduated, receive a transcript of record or statement of honorable dis-
missal until all financial obligations to the College, class publications,
fraternities, and other student interests have been met.

Deferred Payments

The College is prepared, in certain circumstances and at a nominal
charge, to grant deferred payments if application is made in writing to
the Business Manager at least 10 days before registration.


All women students, except those living at home, are required to take
their meals in the College dining hall.

Men students and wives of students may arrange to take their meals
in the College dining hall.

All entering Freshman men are required to take their meals in the
College dining hall. If the student joins a fraternity the board fee will
be refunded on a proportionate basis.


No refunds of the comprehensive fee will be made after the first week
of each semester except where a student has had to withdraw because
of serious illness or call by Selective Service, in which case the fee will
be refunded on a proportionate basis.

There will be no refund of the board charge except where a student
has had to leave College, or joins a fraternity (see Board above).

Room charges are refundable only if a student leaves College because
of serious illness or call by Selective Service, or finds a replacement
who is willing to assume the remaining charge.

Veteran credits will be made in accordance with existing Veterans
Administration regulations.



Each student is permitted one free transcript of his full record upon
graduation or withdrawal from College. Anyone desiring more than one
must send his request to the Registrar and enclose payment of $1.00
for each additional transcript requested.

Admission of Students

Although Gettysburg College has expanded its facilities to provide
a liberal education for an increased number of students, it believes that
its purposes can best be achieved if it maintains its character as a small
church-related school. The stated requirements for admission are de-
signed to enable the College to select students who will contribute to
and benefit from such a College community.

Application for Admission

A student desiring to enter Gettysburg College from high school or
preparatory school should secure an "Application for Admission" form
from the Office of the Dean of Admissions. After the student has sup-
plied the information called for on pages three and four of that form,
he should ask the proper authorities of his school to complete pages
one and two and forward it to the Admissions Office. Regulations gov-
erning admission of applicants who have attended another college are
stated in the section, "Admission with Advanced Standing."

A fee of $5.00 must accompany the "Application for Admission."
This fee is non-refundable and is used to defray, in part, the costs of
processing the application.

A student may present an "Application for Admission" at any time
after the completion of the Junior year in high school, and the Dean
of Admissions may at any time make tentative reservations for appli-
cants with exceptional qualifications. However, the Committee on Ad-
missions selects the larger part of the men's quota after the Senior mid-
year grades are presented. Most of the women's quota are selected about
March 1 of each year. It is the responsibility of the applicant to furnish
an official record of all work completed after the "Application for Ad-
mission" has been presented.

Advance Payments

In order to validate their statement of acceptance, successful applicants
for the September term must send to the Business Manager, Gettysburg



College, an advance payment of $50.00 on or before May 20. Those
receiving notification of acceptance after May 5 must send the $50.00
advance payment within 15 days of the date of notification. The advance
payment is credited to the students' account, with $25.00 credited to the
first semester and $25.00 to the second semester. If a successful applicant
withdraws before July 1, the advance payment will be returned. No re-
funds will be made after July 1.

Dormitory Room Reservation

Dormitory room preference is given to students in the order of the
receipt of the advance fee of $50.00. Since there is some difference in
the desirability of dormitory rooms, it is to the students' advantage to
make the advance payment before the May 20 deadline. No room reserva-
tion can be made until after the advance payment has been made.

Requirements for Admission

The Committee on Admissions considers each applicant individually,
using as its principles of selection the following :

1. Evidence of good character and acceptable social habits.

2. Evidence of academic attainment and ability, especially facility in
the use of the language and the understanding of fundamental
mathematical processes.

The Committee relies upon the secondary school record, examination
results, personal interviews, and recommendations from the school,
alumni, and friends of the College for its basic information. While the
College places greater emphasis upon the quality of the student's work
in secondary schools than upon the exact distribution of the subject?
taken, it makes the following general recommendations for the guidance
of students looking toward college admission :

Graduation from and recommendation by an approved secondary
school with completion of 16 Standard High School Units as follows:

Required: years

English 4

Elementary Algebra 1

Plane Geometry or Intermediate Algebra 1


Recommended : ^

Natural Science 2

History _вАФ 2

Foreign Language 2


Additional electives to fill the graduation requirement from
Mathematics, Natural Science, History, Social Studies, and
Foreign Language. Not more than three units in vocational
or commercial subjects are acceptable.

Veterans who were not graduated from secondary school before enter-
ing the Armed Services may, in certain circumstances, qualify for admis-
sion through an educational training program in service, through United
States Armed Forces Institute Courses, or on the basis of the General
Educational Development Tests.

Entrance Examinations

Gettysburg College recommends that all candidates for admission take
Scholastic Aptitude Tests (the Morning Program) of the College En-
trance Examination Board. It is desirable that some candidates take the
Achievement Tests (the Afternoon Program) in the three subjects most
closely related to their major fields. The English Test is always desirable.
Since Gettysburg uses test results as a means of acceptance rather than
of rejection, students have everything to gain and nothing to lose by
taking the College Boards.

The High School principals and guidance counselors usually have
complete information and application blanks for the tests of the College
Entrance Examination Board. However, any student may receive direct
information, application forms, and sample tests by writing to the College
Entrance Examination Board, Post Office Box 592, Princeton, New
Jersey, or Post Ofiice Box 9896, Los Feliz Station, Los Angeles 27,
California. These tests are available at widely distributed centers

^ In addition to the general recommendations for all prospective students, the
following special ones should be noted :

Those students who plan to major in either physics or chemistry should, if possible,
take the optional courses in mathematics and natural science.

Students who plan to major in a foreign language should have at least two years
of preparation in each of two foreign languages.


throughout the United States on the following dates: March 12, May
21, August 10, September 3, 1955, and January 14, March 17, May 19,
and August 8, 1956.

The Committee on Admissions frequently accepts without examina-
tion those applicants having good grades and recommendations from an
accredited secondary school. However, it is recommended that all stu-
dents accepted without examination take at least the Morning Program
tests of the College Entrance Examination Board for two reasons : ( 1 )
those tests in and of themselves are a valuable educational experience;
(2) the results are valuable data in a student's personnel folder for his
subsequent advisement.

Supplementary Examinations

The General Educational Development Tests.

Many servicemen find it difficult to take the College Boards while they
are in service and are discharged too late to take the tests after they
have been discharged. In such cases the General Educational Develop-
ment Tests, High School Level, are desirable. The most reliable test re-
sults come from tests taken shortly before discharge.

The Gettysburg College Entrance Examination.

For those students who have already taken the tests of the College
Entrance Examination Board and who need a detailed analysis of their
general achievement, the Gettysburg College Entrance Examinations
are available at Gettysburg. Students desiring to take the Gettysburg
tests should write to the Dean of Admissions for his approval.

Sub-Freshman Day

Each year, Gettysburg College plans to bring as many as possible
of the new students and their parents to the campus for a day of general
introduction to the life of the school. The day includes a tour of the
campus and its principal buildings, visits to the major departments of
study, informal meetings with students and faculty, one athletic event,
introduction to fraternities and sororities, and for some, a quick view
of the Battlefield.

All students accepted for the September term and a few others will
be invited to attend. The date set for 1955 is May 14. The tentative
1956 date is May 13.


Admission with Advanced Standing

A student who has attended another college is eligible to transfer to
Gettysburg College if he is entitled to an honorable dismissal without
social or academic probation. A transfer student must present an official
transcript from any or all colleges or universities attended, as well as
the official "Application for Admission" form showing the high school
record. Former students of Gettysburg College may transfer credits from
other institutions under the same conditions granted to new students.

Transfer credits are granted for work done with a grade of C or better
in approved colleges and universities if the courses taken fit the curric-
ulum to be followed at Gettysburg. All academic credit for courses trans-
ferred is granted tentatively until the student has satisfactorily completed
one year of work at Gettysburg College. All transfer students must meet
the course requirements demanded of all members of the class into which
they transfer.

A student admitted as a Sophomore after one year of residence at
another college must complete at least ninety academic hours to meet the
requirements for graduation. I'n addition, he must meet the Sophomore
requirement in physical education or military science and all general
requirements imposed upon all other members of the Sophomore class. A
student admitted as a Junior after two years of residence at another col-
lege must complete at least sixty academic hours at Gettysburg College to
meet the requirements for graduation and meet all general requirements
imposed upon all other members of the Junior class. A student, regardless
of credit grants or years of residence at another college, must complete at
least thirty semester hours at Gettysburg and one full year of attendance
in order to receive a degree from Gettysburg College.

All transfer students entering as Freshmen or first semester Sopho-
mores are required to take General Education 1 and 2. All transfer stu-
dents entering as second semester Sophomores or first semester Juniors
are required to take General Education 2.

No credit is granted for extension courses, correspondence courses, or
courses in non-accredited institutions.

Admission at the Beginning of the Second Semester

Freshmen and transfer students may be admitted at the beginning
of the second semester. Methods and requirements for admittance are


the same as for those students entering at the beginning of the regular
school year in September.

Admission to the Summer Session

Students who are candidates for degrees at Gettysburg College are
admitted to the Summer Session under the same methods and require-
ments as those which apply to students entering in September.

Students who are candidates for degrees from other colleges may enter
the Summer Session upon the certification of the Deans of those institu-
tions that the applicants are bona fide students in the institutions and that
the courses taken at Gettysburg College will be transferred if they are
passed with certifying grades.

Others applying for admission to the Summer Session only may be
accepted upon presentation of official evidence of preparation to meet the
regular admissions requirements. A special admissions form is available
from the Admissions Office.

Institutional Rating

Gettysburg College is on the accreditation lists of the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Board of Regents
of the State of New York, the Department of Public Instruction of
Pennsylvania, and others. It is a member of the National Commission
on Accreditation.

Approval by the American Medical Association and the American
Association of University Women, membership in Phi Beta Kappa and
in the American Chemical Society, and approval by other similar or-
ganizations are additional indications of good standing.

This rating means that credits granted by Gettysburg College are
accepted at face value by other colleges, universities, and graduate and
professional schools.


The Registration System

Since there are few fixed curricula at Gettysburg College, most stu-
dents work out with their advisers the curriculum best suited to their
individual needs. Course selections are limited by the general require-
ments for graduation and by the requirements of each department. The
registration system seeks to coordinate advisement with the formal course

Spring Registration

The Tuesday before the beginning of second semester examinations
is set aside for preliminary registration of old students for the following
school year and for final registration of those who will attend the Sum-
mer Session. The Gettysburgian announces the detailed registration

Summer Session Registration

Old students register for the Summer Session at the time of the
Spring Registration.

New students register the first day of the session at the time and
place designated in the Summer Session Bulletin.

Pre-Registration of New Students

Freshmen entering in September make out a tentative schedule of
courses through individual conference or through correspondence with
the Registrar during the month of August. The office then prepares the
official forms and schedules, which are turned over to the students'
advisers for further study.

For new students entering with advance standing, the Registrar pre-
pares evaluations of transfer credits and statements of remaining re-
quirements for graduation. One copy goes to the student and another
to the adviser.



September Registration

New students meet with their advisers on Monday of Orientation
Week to complete their registration. Any change in course may be
negotiated with the adviser on Thursday afternoon.

Old students complete the registration begun at the Spring Registra-
tion on Wednesday and Thursday of Orientation Week. The Dean an-
nounces the schedule of registration in a letter to each student.

February Registration

Since students register for the whole year, there is no formal mid-year
registration. Those students who need to make course adjustments re-
port on the announced registration date.

New students entering in February make out schedules and register
on the announced registration date.

Registration Rules

1. Each student must register officially, at the specified time and
place, for all the courses he expects to enter. Late registration is
penalized by a fine of $5.00 unless excused by the Scholastic Stand-
ing Committee.

2. No student may receive credit for a course unless he is properly
registered for that course.

3. A student who fails to complete a course for which he has registered
and from which he has not officially withdrawn automatically re-
ceives an F on his permanent record.

4. A fee of $1.00 is charged for any change in course made within
three days after the last day of the regular registration period.

5. After the third day of the semester, a student may drop a course
or add a new course only with permission from the Scholastic
Standing Committee and upon the payment of $5.00 for the change
in schedule.

6. A student who receives an F in the first semester of a year's course
may not continue that course during the second semester without
the consent of the department concerned.

7. The College reserves the right to withdraw or discontinue any
course for which an insufficient number of students have registered.
In such an event, no fee will be charged for transfer to another


Gettysburg College believes that all students should have a broad
liberal education. To attain that end the College requires certain specific
courses in the Freshman and Sophomore years and makes a general re-
quirement for distribution of subject matter to be completed before
graduation. Because of this dominantly liberal purpose, most students
earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts, regardless of their field of major or
specialized study. Some majors in Health and Physical Education
qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science.

Within the limits of the distribution and concentration requirements,
course building is largely an individual matter between students and
their advisers. Each department has worked out suggested curricula to
assist students in selecting courses to meet certain objectives.


The adviser is the medium of communication between the student and
the faculty and may be consulted in all matters. Each year, the student
must secure his adviser's approval of his study list.

When a student registers as a Freshman, he is assigned to a Freshman
Adviser. Before the spring registration in his Freshman year, he is
expected to choose his major field of study. The Head of the Depart-
ment in his major subject will then become his adviser and continue as
such throughout the remainder of his college course.

If, at the time of the spring registration, a student has not yet chosen
his major field of study, or has not attained a scholastic average that
would justify his acceptance as a major in the department of his choice,
he may select as his temporary adviser, the head of the department in
which he would like to major. If his work in the department later im-
proves, he may then be accepted as a major.

Courses and Credits

The amount of credit given for each course is specified in terms of
semester hours. A semester hour of college work consists of one hour a



week of lectures or classwork, or two or three hours of laboratory work
(or laboratory work combined with classwork) a week for one semester.
The normal assumption is that the student will be expected to do at
least two hours of study in preparation for each hour of classwork.

No credit for one semester of a year's course may be granted except
by written approval of the department delivered to the Registrar.

Schedule Limitations

The usual schedule is 15 semester hours in addition to basic Military
Science or Physical Education. No student may carry fewer than 12
semester hours or more than 16 semester hours unless he has the consent
of the Scholastic Standing Committee. A student enrolled at Gettysburg
College may not carry courses concurrently at any other institution
without the consent of the Faculty.

When the student has established clearly a valid reason for additional
subjects, the Scholastic Standing Committee, of which the Dean is chair-
man, may allow extra hours, subject to the following restrictions :

1. A maximum of eighteen semester hours in addition to basic Mili-
tary Science or Physical Education to a second-semester Freshman
who has maintained a quality-point average of 2.00* during the first
semester or to a Sophomore who has maintained an average of 2.00
during his Freshman year.

2. A maximum of eighteen semester hours to Juniors or Seniors who
have maintained an average of 2.00 during the preceding year or
twenty-one hours to those who have a 2.50 average.

3. A maximum of eighteen semester hours in either the Junior or
Senior year (not both) even though the student's average may be
below 2.00.

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts

The degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon the student
who completes 128 semester hours of work.

Additional hours may be required for individual students according to
rules established by the Faculty. In addition to the hours required, stu-
dents must earn at least as many quality points* as there are hours re-
quired for their graduation. No student may be graduated with a quality-
point average of less than 1.00 in his major subject.

*See "Grading System," p. 58.


A student registered at Gettysburg College will not obtain credit for
courses taken in other colleges during the summer unless such courses
have first been approved by the head of the department concerned.

The placement of students in the catalog class lists does not obligate
the College to any specific graduation date.

Comprehensive Examinations

Every candidate for the bachelor's degree is required to pass a compre-
hensive examination in his major field of study.

This comprehensive examination is intended to test the depth of the
student's knowledge of the subject matter in his major field ; to determine
his abilities to assimilate, to analyze, and to apply the leading ideas de-
veloped in this subject; and to serve as a challenge, throughout his col-
lege course, to integrate the entire work of his chosen field of study.
The comprehensive examinations are graded "passed," "passed with
honors," or "passed with highest honors," and these grades are placed
on the student's permanent record.

The comprehensive examinations consist of two three-hour written ex-
aminations plus either a third three-hour written examination or an oral
examination, as determined by the department. The examinations are
scheduled as follows :

1. For February graduates, during the first week following the Christ-
mas vacation.

2. For June and August graduates, during the last week of April or
the first week of May.

The exact dates of examination are published in the Calendar of this

Requirements for Teacher Certification

In addition to qualification for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, the
student may qualify for certification to teach in secondary schools by
completing nine semester hours of academic work beyond the minimum
requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and by earning at
least 9 additional quality points. Normally, students in good standing
can include these hours in their regular four-year schedule.

Requirements for Military Commission

A student who has successfully completed the advanced courses in
Air Science or Military Science may qualify for a reserve commission in



the Armed Forces. A Military Science student honored with Distin-
guished Military Award may qualify for a regular or permanent com-
mission in the Army. Air Force ROTC Graduates are not appointed in
the Regular Force but are commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the
Air Force Reserve. However, after 18 months of commissioned service
on active duty, a Reserve Officer may apply for appointment in the
Regular Air Force. Special consideration for appointment in the Reg-
ular Air Force is given Air Force ROTC Graduates who have been
designated Distinguished Air Force ROTC Graduates.

Distribution Requirements for All Students

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