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Grove City College is a leading liberal arts and STEM college that integrates faith and learning in a tight-knit residential community an hour from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1876, Grove City College was modeled after the nation's fourth oldest institution of higher education, Princeton University. Thanks to the vision of its founder, Isaac Ketler, and the support of its benefactor and board chairman, Sunoco founder Joseph Newton Pew, Grove City College sought to provide an affordable education of the highest quality rooted in a rich Christian, moral, and ethical tradition with a firm commitment to promoting individual freedom, personal responsibility, and the common good. To this day, the College maintains its foundational purpose, equipping its 2,400 students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and affordable education in a Christ-centered learning and living community.

As one of the nation's most rigorous Christian colleges, Grove City ranks in the top 12% of colleges and universities in the nation for alumni earnings, yet its tuition costs less than half that of peer institutions such as Wheaton College, the College of William & Mary, the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, Emory University, and Williams College. Expense is not spared, however, when it comes to maintaining a dynamic community where students can fully engage on a stunning campus drafted by the venerable Olmsted landscape architecture firm. The Olmsteds designed New York's Central Park and quintessential college campuses such as Yale, Brown, Cornell, American University, Harvard Business School, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins. Atypical for Christian colleges, Grove City excels in science, engineering, and computer science, with 42% of its students in the STEM disciplines.

Because of an institutional emphasis on human flourishing, Grove City students can reach their full potential in a vibrant social scene that is conducive to meeting the college's high academic standards. "As iron sharpens iron" (Proverbs 27:17), Grove City students push each other toward excellence, which is measurably reflected in the college's 96% job and graduate school placement rate (from a 98% knowledge rate for the Class of 2017 within six months of graduation). The financial future for Grove City graduates is bright, especially considering they typically make 9% more than competitor college alumni during their first five years of employment, and 21% more ten years after graduation.

Known for its 1984 U.S. Supreme Court case, Grove City College v. Bell, the College provides its students with private scholarships, loans, and need-based assistance while remaining free from federal government entanglement to safeguard freedom of conscience. In addition to operating nearly debt-free, the College practices transparent tuition pricing, abstaining from the common practice of artificial "discounting." As a result, the College does not transfer tuition dollars from some students to others as a recruiting tool. Thus, all students are charged the same price and enjoy equal opportunity to seek financial assistance and manage any remaining debt responsibly. In fact, 41% of graduates graduate debt free. Thanks to the College's high four-year graduation and job-placement rates, Grove City students typically repay their loans three years early.

So where does this college committed to the old Princeton ideal of faith-and-learning integration fit into the spectrum of higher education? At the intersection of academic excellence, human flourishing in a Christian context, personal and professional success, and true value-that's Grove City College. We invite you to come and see for yourself. To schedule a visit, click here or call 724.458.2100.

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Overview

Applicants
1,783
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.74

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
537 - 687
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
534 - 662
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — December 1

Regular — January 20


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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
246
with Terminal Degree
145

147
Men
99
Women
10
Minority
3
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Conservation Biology.
  • Molecular Biology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • 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.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering/Industrial Management.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • General Literature.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.

  • 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.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

Located an hour north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Grove City College provides a Christ-centered, non-sectarian environment in which students and faculty “create a vibrant and uplifting community that encourages one another to live to the fullest in a Christ-like manner.” The school desires to see students excel inside and outside the classroom, integrating Christ “into all aspects of education and a career for the future,” and it “challenges ... students to grow in all aspects—intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and athletically.” And, this philosophy works: “The majority of the students here apply their spiritual relationship with God to all activities on campus, whether it be academic or social.” The low cost of tuition is just gravy, as is the strong alumni network and “really good reputation with employers.”

The professors at Grove City “vary from department to department” but on the whole they are “engaging, approachable, and very knowledgeable about the course material” and “willing to personally invest in the students.” Many expect a lot from their students and assign a heavy workload, but people find the academics to be “challenging, but not suffocating.” The “very intelligent, friendly, and available” faculty usually “have extensive office hours and are more than willing to help [students].” Current students say their instructors maintain “a very open dialogue about various beliefs,” and “challenge [students] to ask hard questions” both in an area of study and on a more personal level.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Edward Breen
CEO, Dupont; non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors, TYCO Intl

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

Alejandro "Alex" Chaufen
Managing Director, International, Acton Institute

Donald Templin
President, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Dr. Brian Leftow
Nolloth Prof of the Phil. of the Christian Religion, Oriel College - Oxford

Dru Sedwick
CEO, Armstrong Group

Faith (Whiteley) McCoy
former Clandestine Service staff officer, CIA (retired)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
83%
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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,900

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$101,200

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
30%


Students Say

Boasting “very high job placement rates,” Grove City prides itself on helping students succeed during and after their formal education. One student says, “The greatest strength of my school is how dedicated they are to helping students find a job and create a future. The Career Services Office is dedicated to helping students in any way that they can and have special events to help students network.” Last year alone, over 170 employers and graduate schools attended the fall Career Fair and the college hosted 247 on-campus recruiting events with employers like Amazon, IBM, PNC Financial Services Group, and Nestle. In 2016, 96 percent of Grove City graduates secured employment or admission to graduate school.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,989

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,424

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,747

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,118

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,373
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

1.68%
Asian
1.25%
Hispanic
91.88%
Caucasian

49% female
51% male
44% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

As might be expected, those who come to Grove City are “largely Christian kids,” who are “generally polite and law-abiding,” and the student body tends to swing conservative or moderate politically. According to students, the college “avoids being ... restrictive or closed-minded.” “Grove City students know what they believe, but are open to discussion,” a student explains. These students collectively provide “the most friendly atmosphere” many have ever been a part of. “Peers I’ve never even met smile at me as I pass them on the sidewalk,” describes one happy student. The college as a whole “welcomes students with open arms,” and it is very easy to find “a community that encourages and inspires one another.” There are a fair number of type A personalities here: Grove City students are “hardworking and highly motivated to do well,” and “many people over-commit themselves to the various on-campus groups.”

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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

Since Grove City College is located in a relatively remote area of Western Pennsylvania, most activities are done on-campus, but “for a small town, there’s lots to do,” including plenty of places to eat, a movie theater, and ice cream shops. Days at Grove City are pretty typical, spent “going to class, studying, catching up with friends over meals, movie and game nights on the weekends, dances, campus ministries, [and] club activities.” Many are also on sports teams, especially “intramural sports teams like volleyball, basketball, Frisbee, [and] soccer,” plus students also “like to hang out in our recreational room or go bowling.” Forget about Footloose: there is actually “a great deal of dancing and singing here,” and people like to “go for walks when the weather is nice, play games, watch movies, do sports, and simply talk together.” Indeed, many lunches “devolve into an ideological, theological, or philosophical discussion.” Grove City students are proud of their involvement in the world around them through “various academic lectures, Warriors (an hour-long worship service), and screenings of political debates”; these events, though not required, are “extremely well-attended.” Likewise, there “are many great groups on campus that provide community service or benefit for a good cause.” Intervisitation between male and female dorms is “limited,” and this is in no way a party school.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Beth Habbyshaw

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation from the student's healthcare provider must include a diagnosis of the current disability, the date of the diagnosis, how the diagnosis was reached (i.e. tests utilized and results), and the credentials of the diagnosing professional. Information on how the disability affects major life activity and/or academic performance is also needed, along with recommendations for reasonable accommodations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation from the student's healthcare provider must include a diagnosis of the current disability, the date of the diagnosis, how the diagnosis was reached (i.e. tests utilized and results), and the credentials of the diagnosing professional. Information on how the disability affects major life activity and/or academic performance is also needed, along with recommendations for reasonable accommodations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
175
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
22

14% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

22% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wolverines)
12 Sports

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

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

Student Services


Sustainability

63/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kathy Atwell
Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
724-458-2100

Email
visit@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
Sweet Jeanie's
McConnells Mill State Park
Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers/Penguins
Volant- Shopping in Amish Country

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 2:00
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 the Admissions Office to schedule a meeting with faculty. Contact the Athletic Department to schedule a meeting with a coach.

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Please call 724-458-2900

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Limited Fridays

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 Terra Nova House 322 West Poplar Street Grove City, PA 16127 724-450-0712 / 877-837-6682 Within 10 Minutes of Campus Best Western* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 1924 Leesburg Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-5836 / 800-780-7234 Candlewood Suites - Grove City Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 37 Holiday Blvd. Mercer Township, PA 16137 724-748-6900 Comfort Inn - Grove City* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 118 Garrett Dr. Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-1005 / 877-424-6423 Elephant & Castle Restaurant & Inn Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 1923 Leesburg-Grove City Rd Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-0103 Hampton Inn & Suites* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 4 Holiday Blvd Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-5744 / 800-426-7866 Holiday Inn Express* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 21 Holiday Blvd. Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-5514 / 888-465-4329 Monroe Heights* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 2049 Leesburg-Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-9920 / 724-748-9921 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 231 Westside Square Drive Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-6322 Within 15 Minutes of Campus Comfort Inn - Mercer* Exit 15/I-80 Mercer 835 Perry Highway Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-3030 / 877-424-6423 Quality Inn* Exit 29/I-80 Barkeyville 137 Gibb Road Barkeyville, PA 16038 814-786-7901 / 877-424-6423 Fairfield Inn & Suites* Exit 105/I-79- Slippery Rock 1000 University Parkway Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-406-0535 / 888-236-2427 Motel 6 Exit 29/I-80 Barkeyville 1010 Dholu Road Harrisville, PA 16038 814-786-8375 / 800-466-8356 Apple Butter Inn 666 Centreville Pike Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-794-1844 Candleford Inn 225 Mercer Street Volant, PA 16156 724-533-4497 Casa DaCosta 116 West Market Street Mercer, PA 16137 724-662-5681 Plants Herb Farm 104 South Foster Road Mercer, PA 16137 724-301-3273 * Discount offered for guests who mention that they are visiting Grove City College.


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