Grove City College campus

Overview

Applicants
1,492
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
538 - 673
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
632 - 661
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
December 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
215
with Terminal Degree
135

134
Men
81
Women
9
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • General Literature

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Accounting and Computer Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other


Students Say

Students avow that Grove City is “a great option for someone who wants to learn from a Christian perspective.” Located near Pittsburgh, this “small, conservative, independent” college is renowned for its “great spiritual atmosphere,” providing a “very high-quality and competitive education,” and has “a high rate of graduate school acceptance and job placement.” One student mentions, “Grove City College keeps traditional values and top-of-the-line academics at the heart of everything it does.” All courses are taught by professors, who are seen as “tough but fair and willing to help out their students.” “You probably will not do well in most classes if you just do the minimum.” Grade competition is almost a pastime for some, but others effectively juggle studies and other activities. “Some people like to over-exaggerate the difficulty of the academics. It is definitely challenging, but very doable.” Professors “encourage students to learn and think for themselves, rather than trying to indoctrinate them into a particular ideology.” “We are typically religious and conservative in beliefs, but that doesn’t mean we’re not open-minded.” Still, undergraduates believe instructors “are equipping them spiritually and socially to live successful, godly lives.” Notes a student, “I am able to learn from people who truly love what they do and do it because they love God.” “I’ve truly grown leaps and bounds in my spiritual life,” marvels another thrilled undergraduate.

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Edward Breen
Non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors, TYCO International

James Passilla
former Senior VP, HR for Disney Worldwide Services Inc.

Dr. Randall Wilber
Senior Sports Physiologist, US Olympic Training Center

Michael Kuremsky
former VP and Global Brand Leader, Olay Skin Care

Dr. Kathryn Jackson
CTO, RTI International Metals Inc; former CTO, Westinghouse Electric Co.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$44,300

Median Mid-Career Salary
$82,800

Alumni with High Job Meaning
54%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
87

Students Say

The typical Grove City College graduate has a starting salary of around $44,300, and 54 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Many students feel that there are “lots of influential alumni that are still connected the school and are available,” and that there is an “excellent” and “accessible alumni network.”

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

School

Bottom Line

The tuition at Grove City College comes to $15,550, excluding room, board, and books, which come to an additional $9,472. The average need-based financial aid package offered to undergraduates at Grove City comes to about $6,541, with 51 percent of undergraduate financial aid need reported as being is met. In addition, 70 percent of freshman and 71 percent of undergrads receive some form of financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Tuition at Grove City College runs about $15,550, and the average aid package is about $6,541. Grove City reportedly meets 51 percent of financial need, and although their scholarships are not enormous, their tuition is low enough that most students are not uncomfortable, with one student testifying that they “chose Grove City College because their campus was enchanting, their reputation as a top-notch Christian school really appealed to my beliefs in moral development through my years in college, and their tuition was low enough that I wasn’t vying for every drop of scholarship money in order to attend.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,958

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,777

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,634

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
0%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,887

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$16,154
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,509
Out of State
49%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

2.01%
Asian
1.32%
Hispanic
93.90%
Caucasian

51% female
49% male
49% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Embraced by some students, rejected by others, the moniker of a “Grover” is said to describe “a studious person, desiring to be involved in as much as possible while striving to still perform excellently in academics.” Furthermore, many here describe themselves as “very type-A.” “Most students are extremely conscious of their grades.” At the same time, others profess to handle everything with more perspective. “Grove City can be stressful, but only if you let it!” What is universal at Grove City is this: everyone is described as “dedicated, motivated, conscientious, and responsible.” Many undergrads “generally have a strong Christian faith and are excited about the opportunities to deepen that faith at college;” however, “people from all walks can further their education, grow relationships, and learn true humility and service.” “The unity of the campus body is one of the greatest assets to our school,” and Grove City does a “phenomenal job of integrating all freshmen or transfer students.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Wellness Housing

Students Say

“Fun outside of class is what you make it” at Grove City College. Seemingly everyone is involved in multiple organizations and extracurricular activities. Academic groups, social clubs, intramural sports…all are popular, as are opportunities “for spiritual growth through campus ministries, student-initiated small groups, and local churches.” “The community is wonderful, and it is a very uplifting place to be,” although many students do long for a bit more personal freedom. As one student says, “While the rules at GCC are certainly strict, they are very clearly articulated,” although another asserts they “are not as strict as made out to be. Really they are quite lax compared to other conservative Christian colleges.” The school’s rules can lead to interaction between the sexes becoming somewhat complex. There are relatively firm “inter-visitation rules” between men and women, and students would like “more areas to spend time coed.” Registration has reportedly become “quicker and easier” and is “pretty fair as to who gets into classes.” The cafeteria does “an excellent job providing a variety of healthy food options,” and the food “is amazing compared to most other college campuses.” Even though Grove City is a smaller school, “the parking situation for students is very ideal” and “not far from the dorms and academic buildings.” Students are effusive in their admiration for the physical surroundings, describing them as “pretty and well-maintained, “enchanting,” and “quiet and laid-back.” “I always feel safe,” another reports. The town itself is small, but has “good churches, a neat old theater, nice restaurants, and a great sense of community.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
19

17% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wolverines)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wolverines)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP - we have a 1:1 mandated program and it is included in tuition.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Krystle Cozad
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, PA 16127-2104

Phone
724-458-2100

Email
admissions@gcc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Chapel
Hall of Arts and Letters
Fitness Center
STEM Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Grove City Premium Outlets
Beans on Broad
McConnells Mill State Park
Volant- Shopping in Amish Country
Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers/Penguins

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Academic yr: 9:30-11:30; 1:30-4:30 Summer: 10:30 and 2:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
by appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Please call 724-458-2100

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Limited weekends

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle services and buses are available as transportation from the Pittsburgh International airport, which is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions from I-79 (Exit 113 - Grove City): Take Route 208 East into Grove City to the first traffic light (McDonald's will be on your left). Turn right onto Main Street (Rt. 58). At the second traffic light (Liberty Ave), turn left into the campus. Follow the road around to Crawford Hall (Administration Bldg). Directions from I-80 (Exit 24 - Grove City): Take Route 173 South into Grove City. Follow Route 173 as it winds through town. Turn left onto Main Street (Rt. 58). Go to the second traffic light (Liberty Avenue). Turn left into the campus and follow the road to Crawford Hall. (Administration Bldg.)

Local Accommodations
The following is a list of nearby hotels and Bed and Breakfasts: Within 5 minutes of campus: Bed & Breakfasts: Terra Nova House Bed & Breakfast 322 West Poplar Street Grove City, PA 16127 724-450-0712 877-837-6682 http://www.terranovahouse.com/ Within 10 minutes of campus: Hotels: Best Western* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 1924 Leesburg Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-5836 800-780-7234 http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/PA/Grove-City-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-Grove-City-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=39113 Comfort Inn-Grove City* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 118 Garrett Dr. Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-1005 877-424-6423 http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-grove_city-pennsylvania-PA448 Elephant & Castle Restaurant & Inn Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 1923 Leesburg-Grove City Rd Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-0103 http://www.elephantcastle.com/grove_city Hampton Inn & Suites* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 4 Holiday Blvd Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-5744 800-426-7866 http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/hampton-inn-and-suites-grove-city-GCYPAHX/index.html Holiday Inn Express* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 21 Holiday Blvd. Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-5514 888-465-4329? http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/mercer/gvcpa/hoteldetail Microtel Inn & Suites* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 2049 Leesburg-Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-9920 800-337-0050 Within 15 minutes of campus Hotels: Comfort Inn-Mercer* Exit 15/I-80 Mercer 835 Perry Highway Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-3030 877-424-6423 http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-mercer-pennsylvania-PA522 Quality Inn* Exit 29/I-80 Barkeyville 137 Gibb Road Barkeyville, PA 16038 814-786-7901 877-424-6423 http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-barkeyville-pennsylvania-PA350 Fairfield Inn & Suites* Exit 105/I-79- Slippery Rock 1000 University Parkway Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-406-0535 888-236-2427 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pitrk-fairfield-inn-and-suites-slippery-rock/ Motel 6 Exit 29/I-80 Barkeyville 1010 Dholu Road Harrisville, PA 16038 814-786-8375 800-466-8356 http://www.motel6.com/reservations/motel_detail.aspx?num=4470 Bed & Breakfasts: Apple Butter Inn 666 Centreville Pike Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-794-1844 http://www.applebutterinnpa.com/ Candleford Inn 225 Mercer Street Volant, PA 16156 724-533-4497 http://www.candlefordinn.com/ Casa DaCosta 116 West Market Street Mercer, PA 16137 724-662-5681 http://www.casadacosta.net/home.htm McMurray House 258 Centerville Pike Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-794-8188 http://www.mcmurrayhouse.com/home.htm Plants Herb Farm 104 South Foster Road Mercer, PA 16137 724-301-3273 http://www.plantsherbfarm.com/