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2018-2019 College Houses

College House Descriptions and Contacts

Art House

Albaugh House

Art House seeks to promote the arts and to establish a stronger artistic community within the campus and local communities.  Located in Albaugh House on Carlisle Street, residents can find inspiration in the diamond-paned windows, turret, or (non-functioning) fireplace while interacting with other artistically driven students while participating in events and lectures to increase involvement in the arts. 

albaugh house

House Leader: Bailey Harper
House Mentor: Sydney Gush

RFYP Supervisor: Danielle Phillips

Blue Note Jazz House

Lau House

The Blue Note Jazz House is a unique community of students who both perform and appreciate jazz music. The Blue Note works in tandem with their affiliated club, Jazz Appreciation Society (JAS), to promote music, specifically jazz, throughout the Gettysburg College campus and surrounding community. The house is also closely related to the jazz program offered at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. The only criterion for living in the house is participation in a college musical ensemble. By working with JAS and the Sunderman Conservatory the Blue Note provides performances, speakers, organized trips to local jazz concerts, and other jazz related events in order to facilitate interaction with music in a social and intellectual setting.

Lau House

House Leader: Rose Martus
House Mentor: Paul Austerlitz

RFYP Supervisor: Allison Schofield

Civil War Era Studies House

Appleford Inn and Carriage House

Appleford Inn and Carriage House are the historic home to the Civil War Era Studies (CWES) House, the residential component to the academic minor program focused on the study of the Civil War Era. Our community is made up of CWES minors, members of the Pennsylvania College Guard reenactors club or the Civil War Club, or those who are interested in the Civil War. More information is available at

civil war house

House Leader: Thompson Dasher
House Mentor: Dr. Ian Isherwood

RFYP Supervisor: Kelly Mathiesen

Diaspora House (D-House)

343 Carlisle Street

The mission of the Diaspora House is to promote, educate, and foster cultural diversity awareness of African diaspora, meaning the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa. D-House works closely with the Office of Multicultural Engagement and other campus groups.

Carlisle House 1

House Leaders: Camille Minns
House Mentor: Dr. Scott Hancock

RFYP Supervisor: Kelly Mathiesen

Education House

133 N. Washington St.

Education House strives to foster an appreciation for education, and helping others. The house promotes a quiet, academic atmosphere that allows students to work, but also aids on building connections and comradery between the residents. Students are diverse in their academic studies; however, they share a common belief that having an education is critical in life. The purpose of the house is to be a vehicle for students that want a career in educating others whether in a tradition or alternative setting. The house works closely with the Education Department of the college,and also the community of Gettysburg through after school programs.

Education House

House Leader: Colby Sites

House Mentor: Dr. Chloe Ruff

RFYP Supervisor: Allison Schofield

Entrepreneurship House

Constitution Apartments

The goal of the Entrepreneurship House is to foster a safe environment for idea flow,educate the students of Gettysburg College about entrepreneurship,and create a place where students can learn important life skills based on entrepreneurial values. We want to inspire students to be proactive in starting their own businesses.


House Leader: Nate Mayerhoeffer

House Mentor: Dr. Robert Cavender

RFYP Supervisor: Kelly Mathiesen

Philosophy House

Constitution Apartments (Apt. A)

The Philosophy House is dedicated to a healthy student community that will have freedom of expression with respect, reason and friendship, where philosophical matters can be discussed. Many cultures have a long tradition of communities of philosophers, such as Platonic Academy, House of Wisdom, as well as Hegel, Holderlin and Schelling being roommates. New ideas surrounding philosophy will appear in a fresh and diversified environment, which is especially important today, with the age of globalization and digitizing. People have different beliefs, thoughts, and cultures. Through this, Philosophy House students can become more understanding of each other with the philosophical spirit. The Philosophy House is an environment where people can practice and debate about different opinions and believes with respect, reason and friendship. More importantly, it is a space that will foster good memories with college friends. The Philosophy House will have fine academic activities and events, such as Socratic club, Philosopher’s dinner, undergraduate philosophy conferences, campfire trip and more. The door of Philosophy House will always be open for any lover of wisdom.


House Leader: Jianrui Li

House Mentor: Gary Mullen

RFYP Supervisor: Andy Hileman

Latinx House

Constitution Apartments (Apt. B)

The mission of Latinx House is to create a space that will diversify the community and let all students feel welcomed and supported.  At Latinx House, students who too often feel excluded academically and racially will have a home away from home. Here students will learn that differences are celebrated and not rejected.  Here students will have an outlet for their frustrations and concerns that are uniquely their own.  Additionally, students not of Latinx origin will be able to gain a new perspective on a group of people who currently are the largest minority in the United States, and are quickly becoming a majority


House Leader: Candice Montenegro

House Mentor: Alvaro Kaempfer

RFYP Supervisor: Ryan Coll


Farm House

Corner Cottage

Our mission is three-fold:
1) To use food and agriculture as a catalyst to explore the connection between environmental issues and social justice issues and better understand our ability and responsibility to fuel the just sustainability movement.
2) To experiment with different methods of living a more sustainable lifestyle with the goal of making sustainable living in today's world accessible to all.
3) To create, educate, and support a community of socially and environmentally conscious individuals through experiential learning and direct engagement with the values of sustainable living.
More information is available at

Farm House

House Leader: Otis Pierce (Fall) & Matt Salton (Spring)

House Mentor: Salma Monani

RFYP Supervisor: Andy Hileman

German House

215 N. Washington Street

German House is connected with the German Studies department and provides a common space for immersion in German culture for language learners at multiple levels of fluency. In addition to serving the residents, German House also offers programs on campus.

German House

House Leader: Zoe Philippou

House Mentor: Dr. Henning Wrage

RFYP Supervisor: Allison Schofield

Global Study House

Van Horn House

Global Study House was formed in conjunction with the Center for Global Education as a platform for encouraging students to become citizens of the world and to serve as a space for students to engage in global experiences. The house accepts students who have already studied globally and those who are interested in or currently planning to participate in global study in a future semester. Global Study House will advocate for the study of different languages, cultures, religions, ethnicity, and histories of many different people in order to foster global thinking and compassionate respect for others around the world.

Van Horn

House Leader: Grace Bushway

House Mentor: Kim Longfellow

RFYP Supervisor: Andy Hileman

Harmony House

Hutchison House

Our goals include: increase awareness and further the appreciate of different kinds of music; discuss the history and roots of a variety of musical styles; discuss the cultural importance of music in society; share new and effective ways to practice; and reflect on the effect of different types of performances.

Harmony House

House Leader: Ben Rhine

House Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn Swigger

RFYP Supervisor: Kelly Mathiesen

Hillel House

Lamp Post

Hillel is intended to be a home-away-from-home for Jewish students at Gettysburg College. Hillel serves spiritual, cultural, and social needs for Jewish students and also introduces the campus to Jewish life. The group strives to build a close-knit community among Jewish college students while reaching out to the non-Jewish college community.

Lamp Post

House Leader: Ally Schultz (Fall) and Sydney Dranow (Spring)

House Mentor: David Bass

RFYP Supervisor: Ryan Coll

Humor House

25 S. Washington Street

Humor House aims to provide a fun, humorous, positive and lighthearted atmosphere to students of all backgrounds. We foster an atmosphere of self-expression and creativity that many students find attractive and refreshing. The house also provides a stable base for the Gettysburg Improv Club and Shots in the Dark, the show troupe affiliated with the club.


House Leader: TBD

House Mentor: Dr. Chris Kauffman

RFYP Supervisor: Andy Hileman

International House

Tudor House

The International House (IH) strives to create an international presence on campus through social activities and debates on campus hosted by the IH. The majority of the students are international, but US students are more than welcome in the house. The house will provide rich opportunity for students to explore different cultures while deciding where to study abroad and stay in contact with it when they return to campus.

International Tudor

House Leaders: Nadia Romero 

House Mentor: Brad Lancaster

RFYP Supervisor: Danielle Phillips

Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) House

129 N Washington

Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) is a minor that enables students from any discipline to gain an understanding of a most critical part of the world: home to our oldest civilizations, cradle to three great monotheistic religions, and a most vital and dynamic focus of current events. The minor reflects the need to understand more about this region, the peoples who live there, and the ways that Islam has shaped societies around the world. MEIS House is an extension of the MEIS minor.

MEIS House

House Leader: Jonathan Prebe

House Mentor: Dr. Abdulkareem Said Ramadan

RFYP Supervisor: Danielle Phillips

Mosaic House

102 W. Water Street

The residential area will house students passionate about our four pillars of Social Justice, Multiculturalism, Globalization and Inclusion. Each year the focus/theme of the house will be reflective of the group's application of these four pillars. Aligned with the Office of Residential & First-Year Program's College House placement process, this will be highly selective group of students. Preference is given to students that have demonstrated engagement with the pillars or seeking to enhance their college experience through the living learning model, becoming change agents for the Gettysburg College community and beyond.

Four Pillars of the Mosaic House:

Social Justice

Mosaic 102 W Water

House Leader: Tammy Thon

House Mentor: Monique Gore

RFYP Supervisor: Allison Schofield

Public Policy House at The Eisenhower Institute

Eisenhower Institute

The Public Policy House at the Eisenhower Institute is the residential extension of programs offered by the Eisenhower Institute and the Public Policy major. PPH@EI provides students opportunities to explore problem-solving in domestic and international arenas by learning firsthand from visiting experts, trips to Washington, DC, and diving into discussions about real issues.

EI Public Policy

House Leader: Abigail Major

House Mentor: Charles Weise

RFYP Supervisor: Ryan Coll


Bregenzer House

QHouse raises awareness about social justice issues, queer life on campus, and LGBTQ issues at Gettysburg and in the world at large. In order to create an atmosphere not only of equality, but also one of safety, QHouse maintains an open room for any student who may feel threatened because of their perceived gender/sexual orientation/identity, race, faith or lack thereof, or any other reason.

Bregenzer House

House Leader: Diana Bianco Riley (Fall) & Randy Feeley (Spring)

House Mentor: Dr. Rachel Lesser

RFYP Supervisor: Andy Hileman

RISE House

227 Carlisle St.

Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Student Expectations about alcohol). RISE is designed to help students connect with alternative social programming that focuses on implementing on and off campus substance-free programming, building student relationships, and healthy lifestyle choices. Students who choose participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices. Learn more about the RISE Program.

227 Carlisle

House Leader: Lauren Cole

House Mentor: Cindy Wright

RFYP Supervisor: Allison Schofield

STEM House

Corkran Hall

The STEM House is the residential component of the recent $1.3 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant that enhances the undergraduate student experience for science majors at Gettysburg. Science House serves as an incubator for budding scientists and provides a common space for connecting ideas outside the classroom and hosting visiting lecturers and researchers.

Corkran 1

House Leaders: Rachel Herman 

House Mentor: Dr. Michael Wedlock

RFYP Supervisor: Danielle Phillips

Writing House

Smith House

Each year, eight students live in the Writing House, where they are exposed to a diversity of visitors, speakers, and activities. Students meet regularly with professors and professional writers who are interested in expression . . . both how it is realized and how it is received. Specific activities include dinners with nationally known writers, readings, and field trips to cultural events. The goal of The Writing House is to bring together students who share a common interest in writing. The forms of writing are varied, and include journalism, writing science, writing history, fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing.

Writing SMITH

House Leader: Kira Goodwin

House Mentor: Dr. Fred Leebron

RFYP Supervisor: Ryan Coll

Updated 1/15/19