The Institute promotes nonpartisan discourse and critical analysis of issues of long-term importance through a variety of initiatives, including its undergraduate programs, which are led by experts in areas ranging from strategy and the Middle East to environmental policy and presidential leadership.


These programs enhance the academic experience by providing practical connections to topics of study. For example, in the past students have:

  • Learned about environmental issues by studying sustainability in Bonaire
  • Analyzed strategy and leadership by visiting the beaches of Normandy with Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II
  • Studied presidential leadership by working closely with Fred F. Fielding ’61, former White House counsel to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush

Eisenhower Institute programs are free and open to all highly qualified Gettysburg College students.

Spring 2019 Programs:

  • Eisenhower in Gettysburg: An exploration of the impact Eisenhower’s time in Gettysburg had on his life and career, from his leadership as a young Army captain at Camp Colt, his response to the public health crisis of the Spanish Influenza in 1918, and the role of his Gettysburg farm during his presidency and beyond.
  • Women and Leadership: A program exploring intersections between gender and leadership in government, business, media, and other sectors, providing opportunities for interactive sessions with practitioners discussing their career paths and how gender impacts decision-making and leadership in their professional environments.

Visit our application center to see all our open programs and to apply.