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

Grove City College

Grove City, Pennsylvania

Faith and freedom are the pillars upon which Grove City College is built, standing as the 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 to create an experience that is academically rigorous, authentically Christian, and an amazing value.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,444 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female
46% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
13 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 2015

89% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

85% 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 3%
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

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

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 that learning occurs everywhere, whether that be in a campus classroom or halfway around the world. It places value on students’ willingness to leave their comfort zones through travel, learning, service, and outreach in order to become well informed and well rounded. The College’s Office of International Education assists students as they enroll 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 juniors in any major to enjoy its semester-long program experience. The Chile Study Program allows students to become immersed in Latin American culture. In these programs and more, 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 ethnic and denominational backgrounds as a reflection of the community’s oneness in Christ. This commitment takes shape in the diversity of Grove City’s students, faculty, and administration and can be seen in campus organizations, athletics, the arts, and 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 that is marked by its opportunities for active learning that expands it students’ view of the world.

Every full-time student receives a tablet PC and printer/scanner/copier that is theirs to keep—even after graduation. This access, along with the College’s focus on high-tech learning, really pays off in students’ job-market success. Companies that recruit Grove City College students are impressed by their ability to adapt to technological advancements both in their education and at the workplace.

Exercise Science Program

One of the newest additions to an already extensive list of majors is the Exercise Science program, which prepares students for such fields of work as physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling, exercise physiology, personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, and many other health-related professions. In addition to the program’s in-depth coursework, its students complete an internship that gives them over 300 hours of professional experience.

One-of-a-Kind Experience

Grove City College provides an atmosphere where faith can truly thrive. A vibrant feeling of nurture resonates all throughout campus and within each classroom. The College is committed to upholding the highest academic standards and believes that an effective integration of faith and learning leads to a one-of-a-kind educational experience along a path of spiritual discovery.

Life Outside the Classroom

Grove City College believes in taking a holistic approach to learning, opening the environment up for students to take part in a wide range of social, recreational, professional, spiritual, and leadership opportunities. The college newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, and radio station are joined by many different Christian groups as well as fraternities and sororities. Over 17% of students annually participate in 19 varsity sports (ten for women, nine for men) and/or club intercollegiate sports, and 60% of students participate in intramural or recreational sports.  

Grove City Arts

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, and 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 groups, 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.

Grove City College was founded as a development that extended far beyond a spiritually charged Christian environment. It was founded as a home for new generations of leaders to thrive, loving their faith and incorporating is into their quests for excellence all throughout their lives. Grove City College seeks talented young men and women from around the world to be an instrument for good by way of their God-given gifts.

Career Services

Many people think that the reason to go to college is to get a good job. Grove City College thinks that such an idea is much too limited; it believes that the purpose of an education is to discover how God has uniquely designed everyone for their individual vocation. The College’s 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 development for lifelong success. The effectiveness of such an 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 2015

1,541 Total Applicants 
1,248 Total Admissions 
547 Total Freshman Enrollment

80.99% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 536 655
SAT Math 540 654
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 24 28
ACT English 23 30
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.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $16,154
Room and Board (on campus) $8,802
Room Only $5,222
Board Only $3,580
Estimated Total On Campus $24,956


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

72% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
44% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$5,845 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$11,650 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to 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.