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Grove City College
"Grove City College provides a liberal arts education in the classic sense - providing...

Grove City College

Grove City, Pennsylvania

Faith and freedom are the pillars upon which Grove City College is built – they are fundamental elements in everything the College does and hopes to accomplish. Since 1876, Grove City College has been bringing the best of these worlds together – creating an experience that is academically rigorous, authentically Christian and an amazing value.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,509 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
44% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
150 full-time faculty
65 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

95% of students living on campus. 12 well-maintained residence halls staffed by full-time professional Resident Directors and by trained student Resident Assistants. Residence halls are gender-specific and are accessible only by door access ID cards. While 95% of the student population lives on campus, a vibrant commuter population actively contributes to campus life as well.

School Location

Grove City, PA

Retention Fall 2014

92% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

83% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 1%
White 93%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


President’s Athletic Conference. (19 Varsity sports)  

Varsity sports for men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field
Varsity sports for women: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Mascot: Wolverine
Colors: Crimson and White

Other Information

Grove City College is a 4-year, national liberal arts college, founded in 1876.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biblical & Religious Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biology/General Science Secondary Education, Biology/General Science/Environmental Science Education (K-12), Business Economics, Business Management, Chemistry/General Science Secondary Education, Chemistry, Chemistry Secondary Education, Communication Studies, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, English and Communication Secondary Education, English Secondary Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercise Science, Finance, French, French Education (K-12), History, History and Social Studies Secondary Education, Industrial Management, International Business, Marketing Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Middle Level Math/English Education, Middle Level Math/History Education, Middle Level Science/English Education, Middle Level Science/History Education, Middle Level Science/Math Education, Music, Music Education (K-12), Music/Business, Music/Performing Arts, Music/Religion, Philosophy, Physics, Physics/Computer, Physics/General Science Secondary Education, Physics Secondary Education, Political Science, PreK-4 Elementary Education, PreK-8 Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish Education (K-12).

More Distinctions

  • The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Undergraduate curricula in electrical and mechanical engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

  • Undergraduate curricula in exercise science has been accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  • Undergraduate curricula in accounting, business, and entrepreneurship have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Education Abroad

Grove City College believes learning occurs everywhere – whether it’s in a campus classroom or halfway around the world.  The college also believes an important part of becoming a well-informed, well-rounded individual involves taking a leap, shifting out of one’s comfort zone and exploring the world through travel, learning, service, and outreach. The college’s Office of International Education assists students with enrollment in study abroad programs at international universities,  faculty led travel courses, summer excursions, individual mission trips, and international internships.  

The college’s International Study Center in France welcomes junior-year students in any major for a semester-long experience.  The Chile Study Program allows students to become immersed in Latin American culture.  Around half of all students have an experience abroad before graduation.

Diversity on Campus

Grove City College is actively focused on fostering a diverse learning environment by promoting a climate of respect, unity, and service.  The college celebrates different backgrounds, such as ethnic origin and denominational affiliations, as a reflection of our oneness in Christ.  This commitment takes shape in the diversity of Grove City’s students, faculty, and administration. This commitment can also be seen in campus organizations, athletics, in the arts, and in other extracurricular activities.  Students not only emerge from the College with a true appreciation and respect for all people, but also with the skills to be successful in today’s complex and varied world.

Technology and the Student

Grove City College is an intellectually stimulating place marked by active learning and opportunities to expand one’s view of the world.

Every full-time student receives a tablet PC and printer/scanner/copier – yours to keep after graduation.  This focus on technology pays off in the job market – companies recruiting Grove City College students are impressed with their tech savvy knowledge.

Introducing the Exercise Science Program

One of the newest additions to an already extensive list of majors is the Exercise Science program, which prepares students for options such as physical therapy school, rehabilitation counseling, exercise physiology, personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, and many other health-related professions.  In addition to the in-depth coursework, students must complete a five-credit-hour internship, equivalent to 300 clock hours and sit a for a professional certification exam prior to graduation.

One-of-a-Kind Experience

Grove City College provides an atmosphere where your faith can come alive and truly thrive – that feeling of nurturing is felt across the campus, but especially in the classroom.  The college is committed to upholding the highest academic standards of any college in the country and believes that the effective integration of faith and learning leads to a one-of-a-kind educational experience and a path of spiritual discovery.

Life Outside the Classroom

Grove City College believes in taking a holistic approach to learning, which includes learning how to live both on your own and with your peers.  Students take part in a wide range of social, recreational, professional, spiritual, and leadership opportunities on campus.  The college newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine and radio station provide students the opportunity to get involved on campus.  There are many different Christian groups, and many students belong to fraternities and sororities.  Over 17% of students annually participate in 19 varsity sports (10 for women, nine for men), and/or club intercollegiate sports, with 60% of students participating in intramural or recreational sports.  

The college’s music program features a 130-member marching band, as well as a jazz ensemble, concert band, symphony orchestra, chapel choir and touring choir. The magnificent Pew fine Arts Center is home to the visual and performing arts.  Student dramatic productions include an annual musical, the College play, Children’s Theater and two One-Act Play Festivals. Student art and photography exhibits are also held regularly. Along with the college’s campus-grown talent, nationally known artists and prominent guest speakers are frequently featured. More than 145 clubs and organizations, special interest groups, faith-based and service organizations are all led by students and supported by faculty and staff advisors.  Getting involved is a great way to develop leadership skills and strong friendships that last a lifetime.

The founders of Grove City College did not stop with merely developing a truly Christian environment.  They were devoted to developing a new generation of leaders who loved their faith and would incorporate it into their quest for excellence in every field, endeavor and walk of life.  Grove City College seeks talented young men and women from around the world who are passionately committed to using their God-given gifts to be an instrument for good.  

Career Services

Many people think the reason to go to college is to get a good job.  Grove City College thinks that view is much too limiting. The college believes the purpose of an education is to discover how God has uniquely designed you for your vocation, and its approach to Career Services is anything but a last-minute writing and interviewing class wedged into senior year.  Rather, Career Services personnel invest in students, guiding them through a four-year process of lifelong career planning skills. This successful approach is proven by the more than 25,000 Grove City College alumni who are performing remarkable work in a vast array of successful careers.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,492 Total Applicants
1,306 Total Admissions
637 Total Freshmen Enrollment

87.53% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 538 673
SAT Math 532 661
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 23 30
ACT English 24 29
ACT Writing    

Application Requirements

  • Completed admissions application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • An official high school transcript and any college transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 2 essays (see application for the topics)
  • In addition, serious applicants who live within a day’s drive of campus should call the Admissions Office at 724-458-2100 to schedule a personal interview.

Early Decision

Students who are prepared to make a commitment to Grove City college as their first choice should apply under the Early Decision program.  This program requires submission of the application and all supporting documents be postmarked by November 15.

Regular Decision

The Regular Decision program is recommended for students who are considering several colleges, will choose their school after notifications have been received or who are not prepared to make a commitment to Grove City College at Early Decision. All supporting documents for applicants seeking Regular Decision, including the completed application for admission, current academic transcript, and all results from SAT or ACT tests, must be postmarked by February 1 of the senior year.  Results of the Regular Decision process will be mailed from the College on March 15.

Recommended Coursework

Graduation from and recommendation by an approved secondary school is required.  An academic, college preparatory curriculum is highly recommended, including:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social science
  • 3 years of science
  • 3 years of math
  • Foreign language


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $15,550
Room and Board (on campus) $8,472
Room Only $5,026
Board Only $3,446
Estimated Total On Campus $24,022


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

76% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
45% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$5,962 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$10,626 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

There are a variety of options that help make a great value more affordable. The College offers financial aid, awarded annually, based on financial need, academic achievement and available funds. A limited number of merit-based scholarships, as well as a private student loan program are available for enrolled students, without regard to need or creditworthiness. In addition, students may receive outside scholarships and state grant aid while attending; however, in keeping with a long held philosophy of independence, Grove City College does not accept any direct or indirect assistance or funding from the Federal Government. A family’s financial standing will not affect an admission decision.

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