Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus
Grove City College campus

From the School

Grove City College is a private, Christian liberal arts and sciences college that develops leaders of the highest proficiency, purpose, and principles ready to advance the common good.

Founded in 1876, the College is known as a bastion of educational independence and academic freedom that is grounded in conservative values.

Grove City College equips students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience distinguished by a commitment to affordability and its promotion of the Christian worldview, the foundations of free society, and the love of neighbor.

Unique in the higher education landscape, Grove City College is defined by its foundational values of faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship, and independence.

Students are challenged academically and nourished spiritually by a unique curriculum that aims to both educate and enlighten. The College is more than just a school, it’s a community dedicated to faith and learning that cares about students and challenges them to excel in the classroom and the world at large.

Students gain the knowledge and skills they’ll need to compete in the marketplace and a strong spiritual foundation that will enable them not only to do well, but to do good.

The connection between faith and learning is central at Grove City College. Christian truth and inspired wisdom form the foundation on which the faculty teach and the worldview that the institution embraces. That is not a limiting principle, but a liberating one. Faith illuminates knowledge, puts education into an immutable context, and enriches the human condition.

Graduates see not only higher than average starting and mid-career salaries, but also high levels of job satisfaction and community involvement.

While the quality of education at Grove City College is unsurpassed, the price tag is most decidedly not. Tuition is less than half the cost of competitive, private liberal arts colleges. Considered a “Best Value” college by Forbes based on low tuition, a high four-year graduation rate and a healthy return on investment, Grove City College offers students a range of opportunities for academic and personal development.


From The School

Average GPA: 3.68 (high school GPA)
Average ACT: 26 composite
Average SAT: 1195 (writing score not factored in)
Essay: Required
Interview: Not required, but strongly recommended
Application deadline: Early Decision: November 15; Regular Decision – February 1
Application fee: $50


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
531 - 668
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
529 - 657
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

February 1

Other Admission Factors


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

Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Special programs
The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Grove City College is making its mark in the business world, fostering the startup ambitions of students through a variety of programs, including the VentureLab business incubator. The College’s Center for Vision & Values promotes faith and freedom in the public square and holds an annual conference that draws leading thinkers and speakers. The Trustee Scholar program supports some of the country’s best students and future leaders. Red Box and Inner-City Outreach missions provide students with opportunities to serve here and abroad, exercise leadership and expand their horizons.

Career Services and Placement
Grove City College’s nationally-ranked Career Services Office works with students throughout their college career to help determine and pursue their professional calling. Along the way, students have access to exclusive internships and amazing opportunities through the office, which sponsors hundreds of on-campus job interviews and recruiting visits and coordinates an annual career fair that brings together students and recruiters from manufacturing, business, education, government agencies and ministry organizations. Within six months, 96 percent of Grove City College graduates are at work or continuing their education.

Our extraordinary faculty are dedicated to educating hearts and minds. They are Christian scholars who understand their disciplines as deeply and as well as they understand humankind’s place in God’s creation. They are teachers, mentors and friends to students ready to be challenged and informed. Grove City College is a place where high academic standards produce outstanding outcomes for graduates well-prepared to pursue their life’s calling. It’s a transformational experience in more ways than you can imagine.

Additional information
Check for more on Grove City College, including detailed information on programs and majors, student success, faculty perspectives and the latest news.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Grove City College is dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences. Through courses that form the humanities core, all students are exposed to the leading thinkers, books and ideas in religion, philosophy, history, political science, economics, literature, art and music that represent our common heritage and encompass the wisdom of civilization. The College is known as a top undergraduate engineering school and one of the few Christian colleges to offer fully-accredited mechanical, electrical and computer engineering courses. Biology, education, communications studies are among the other strong programs that produce graduates prepared to enter the working world or continue their education at graduate or professional schools.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • 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

  • 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.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

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

Donald Templin
Exec. VP for Supply, Transportation, & Marketing, Marathon Petroleum Corp.

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

Major General Kenneth Merchant
former Director of Global Reach Programs, U.S. Air Force (retired)

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

The typical Grove City College graduate has a starting salary of around $47,200, 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." Career services is "great" for "engineering," "business, marketing, and communications" majors. A student notes "the number of internship opportunities, and the connections professors have with employers, especially in the Political Science department." Grove has a comprehensive alumni directory to aid students in networking and career placements.


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Grove City College is committed to keeping college affordable for students and families. Tuition and room and board for a year is less than $26,000 before scholarships and financial aid. That’s about half the cost of competitive private colleges and the lowest cost among Pennsylvania’s private schools. The College does not accept any federal aid, including student loans and Pell Grants, but provides access to private loans, aid and scholarship opportunities. The College offers no discounts to attract students, since those discounts only result in higher costs for other students. Many students are able to graduate with little or no debt. For more about financial aid at Grove City College, visit


Application Deadlines
Apr 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Bottom Line

The tuition at Grove City College comes to $16,630, excluding room, board, and books, which come to an additional $10,062. The average need-based financial aid package offered to undergraduates at Grove City comes to about $7,103. In addition, 77 percent of freshman and 79 percent of undergrads receive some form of financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Tuition at Grove City College is currently $16,630, and the average aid package is about $7,103. 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Grove City College attracts students from a national pool, with the 2,500-member student body hailing from 40 states and a dozen foreign countries. Known as “Grovers,” they reflect the institution’s Christian character and commitment to faith and learning. They are very involved in campus organizations – of which there are more than 130 – intramural sports, service-learning, campus and community service and entrepreneurship, along with their academic pursuits.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



50% female
50% male
54% 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."


From The School


Grove City College is located north of Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania in a classic small town setting. The picturesque 180-acre campus was designed by the same architects that designed New York’s Central Park. Neo-gothic buildings are set on wide lawns, surrounded by century-old trees.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Campus encompasses academic buildings, including the state-of-the-art STEM Hall; 10 residence halls; the Henry Buhl Library; the Physical Learning Center, which features a competition pool, indoor track, basketball arena, fitness rooms, and a bowling alley; Breen Student Union, home to the GeDunk café and campus bookstore; the Pew Fine Arts Center, featuring three theaters, practice rooms, studio space, and an art gallery; a Christian activities building; varsity sports facilities, including Robert E. Thorne Field, soccer, baseball and softball fields, as well as expansive intramural playing fields; a technical learning center that is home to WSAJ studios; and Harbison Chapel, a beautiful neo-gothic cathedral that anchors the campus’ central quad.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

18% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wolverines)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wolverines)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Krystle Cozad
Visit Coordinator

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



Experience College Life

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

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

Information Sessions

by appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Limited Fridays


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 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 Candlewood Suites-Grove City Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 37 Holiday Blvd. Mercer, 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 800-337-0050 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grove City/Mercer Outlets* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 231 Westside Square Drive Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-6322 1-888-236-2427 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 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 Bed & Breakfasts: 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 McMurray House 258 Centerville Pike Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-794-8188 Plants Herb Farm 104 South Foster Road Mercer, PA 16137 724-301-3273

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