Gettysburg_College_smallPage Updated: December 23, 2015

Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Does your institution admit undocumented students?


Do you feel that your institution creates a welcoming and inclusive environment where undocumented students would feel wanted and valued on campus?

Yes, this campus has amazing support services for students.

When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship, is there an option to select “non-citizen” or “Other (Non-US)” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

Gettysburg is a Common App member institution and students can select the “Other (Non-US)” option.

Do you recommend that undocumented students disclose their immigration status in the application, including essays or counselor/teacher recommendations?

Somewhere in the application is important. Oftentimes counselors can usually figure this out within the application but it is helpful to know the student’s immigration status if they can indicate it within the application. The additional information section within the Common App is a good place to also indicate this information.

For residency and tuition purposes, how does your institution treat undocumented students? (i.e., international, in-state, out-of-state, etc.)


Does your institution offer institutional aid or any type of merit/talent scholarships to undocumented students?

If admitted, Gettysburg has scholarships for qualifying students who are undocumented. Gettysburg does not often admit students without DACA status, however. Gettysburg encourages students to seek DACA status. All admitted students are eligible for both merit- and need-based aid.

How would an undocumented student apply for need-based aid at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application?

Follow the checklist for our international students. We require two forms from all international students, the International Student Financial Aid Application and the Certification of Finances Form.

Do you require that students submit a social security number on your admissions application? Can students use zeros to complete this requirement? (i.e., 000-00-0000)

Students can leave this field blank or complete with zeros.

Does your institution offer legal support to help students gain legal status by the time they graduate?

Sort of. We have an advisor for international students who helps these students. Brad Lancaster is the person that helps students with this process. Brad is the Director of International Student Services for Gettysburg College.

If there is a specific person in the admissions office who is knowledgeable about the issues pertaining to undocumented students and can serve as a resource for students, families and high school counselors, please list his/her information below:

Valerie Martin
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Coordinator for International Student Admissions
[email protected]

Darryl Jones
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Coordinator for Multicultural Admission & Intercollegiate Athletics Liaison
[email protected]