Grove City College
Grove City, Pennsylvania
Students flourish at Grove City College because faith is the foundation of everything they do. From the classroom to the practice fields, from the dining halls to the dormitories, The entire College community seeks to understand how they might bring God’s glory into all daily activities. Faculty and staff equip students to discover and pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience.
COMMUNITY | Grove City College’s education is driven by a constant pursuit of knowledge and truth in the interest of the common good. Such a campus-wide commitment encourages and supports students as they develop into leaders with these core values: faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship, and independence.
FINANCIAL VALUE | Tuition and costs run at about half the national average before scholarships and financial aid. Unlike the vast majority of colleges and universities, Grove City College does not practice tuition discounting; tuition price is the same for every student, and no student unwittingly subsidizes another student’s tuition through artificial scholarships.
PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS | Students have access to exclusive internships and amazing opportunities for service. The College’s nationally ranked Career Services Office ensures that graduates are fully prepared not only to pursue a fulfilling career, but for a lifetime of professional success.
RIGOROUS ACADEMICS | Through a holistic educational experience, faculty across disciplines challenge students to expand their intellect and deepen their faith by exploring the critical questions that religion raises (and the answers that Christianity offers). The core liberal arts and sciences curriculum seeks to develop the knowledge, skills, and wisdom students need to lead lives of rich purpose and rewarding service.
Get to know Grove City College
“The Humanities core classes, Grove City College’s unique version of general education classes, have been my favorite aspect of my academic life here. These classes are designed to teach students how to think—not what to think—and to strengthen students’ academic and spiritual knowledge as they prepare to start careers, families, etc.” – Olivia Burge ‘18
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 92%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
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.
“If you have eyes to see, if you dare to look through rather than just look around Grove City College, I think you’ll discover its inside is bigger than its outside. Consider what it would mean for you to study at a place where the faculty are just as concerned with formation as they are with information; as much with belief as they are with understanding; as much with love as with knowledge. These are the dearly-held values that keep our community—faculty and students alike—energized and provoked; intellectually awake and spiritually purposeful.
Here, a group of classmates will become a sacred community of friends and fellow pilgrims. Here, your faculty will become not only your professors but your mentors, … and they will not only help you learn about books and ideas, but will also help you learn from books and ideas. Here, Lord-willing, a degree will become not only an occupation and a paycheck, but also a true vocation. As Steven Garber reminds us, ‘the word vocation is a rich one, having to address the wholeness of life, the range of relationships and responsibilities. Work, yes, but also families and neighbors, and citizenship, locally and globally—all of this and more is seen as vocation, that to which we are called as human beings, living our lives before the face of God.’ God in Christ is making all things new, and he has invited us all to see our intellectual life as part of that great redemptive enterprise. As you begin to discover and live out your vocation as an undergraduate student, especially in light of a good creation that is being redeemed by a great and merciful Christ, we as Grove City College faculty want to come alongside you.” – H. Collin Messer, Chair and Professor of English at Grove City College
Grove City College provides an atmosphere where faith can truly thrive. 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.
“More than anything, the community I have found here has been most influential in shaping who I have become. You hear it so often, almost to the point of sounding cliché, but the community here is second to none. The leadership of professors, administrators, and advisors on this campus plays such a significant role in the lives of students. Additionally, my peers have proven to be pillars of grace, guidance, and Godly wisdom. The spiritual foundation of the school is very present in my everyday life here. How do I practically see this? Through the people I am surrounded by who are willing to challenge me and encourage me.” – Olivia Buirge ‘18
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 20 varsity sports (ten for women, ten for men) and/or club intercollegiate sports, and 75% of students participate in intramural or recreational sports.
GROVE CITY ARTS
The College’s music program features a 150-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 150 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.
President’s Athletic Conference. (20 Varsity sports)
Varsity sports for men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field
Varsity sports for women: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
Colors: Crimson and White
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 it 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.
Many people think that the reason to go to college is to get a good job. Grove City College believes this much too limited a view; 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.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 565 | 75th Percentile: 687
25th Percentile: 548 | 75th Percentile: 673
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 30
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 32
- 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
- 1 essay (see application for the topic options)
- In addition, it’s highly recommended to schedule a personal interview with an admissions counselor. Call the Admissions Office at (724) 458-2100 to schedule.
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,310
There are a variety of options to 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.