Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Number of Graduates from the Seminary 5,500 

  • Faculty of 14 full time and another 8 adjunct, emeritus, and visiting teaching
  • The class of 2014 had 28 graduates 
  • We have alums in 48 states including District of Columbia, and 11 countries.
  • Number of current students -- 165
  • Campus consists of 25 buildings on 52 acres, first LEED Certified building among Lutheran seminaries  
  • Annual budget is $5.4 million
  • The Seminary's endowment, including trusts held by others, is $34 million
  • Total Alumni Donations for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 was $304,026
  • First Lutheran seminary to offer a MOOC, massive open online course
  • New on campus is the Emanuel Bell Tower  featuring 3 historic bells forged in 1869
  • The historic Luther statue, the only seated Luther known, was placed in 1947 by sculptor Hans Schuler
  • Gettysburg Seminary is a Reconciling in Christ Seminary of the ELCA


Some notable alums are Daniel Alexander Payne, the first African-American to receive theological education at a Lutheran seminary (1837) encouraged by Dr. Schmucker.  Payne being the first African-American to receive a theological education at a Lutheran seminary. Daniel Payne became a bishop in the AME church and the founder and first president of WilburforceUniversity in Antioch, Ohio. 

The first women ordained as a Lutheran pastor in America(1970), Elizabeth Platz Smith, was educated at Gettysburg Seminary.

Gettysburg Seminary was the first to grant tenure to a female faculty member, Dr. Bertha Paulssen, in 1945.