Grove City College: Building a Strong and Faithful Future
Grove City College is building a strong and faithful future for its students with a unique curriculum that aims to both educate and enlighten young people as they determine their professional and personal calling. At the nationally ranked liberal arts and sciences college, students grow intellectually and spiritually through a rich academic tradition in a Christ-centered community of learners. Grove City 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. The College provides students with 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. 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. A Rich Academic Tradition Established in 1876, Grove City College quickly grew into a leading institution of higher learning and a staunch defender of faith and academic freedom. The College has long championed the Western intellectual tradition, free market economics and an independent spirit. The College’s extraordinary faculty are dedicated to educating hearts and minds. 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. Grove City College offers more than 60 programs of study across a number of disciplines. A 13:1 student–faculty ratio ensures personalized attention from professors and the College’s 78 percent four-year graduation rate is 20 points higher than the national average. Grove City College’s academic quality is a key reason it is consistently listed as one of the nation’s best colleges by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. An Amazing Value In an era where students routinely rack up tens of thousands of dollars in debt to secure a degree, Grove City College’s goal is to keep higher education affordable while maintaining academic excellence in a Christ-centered community. Tuition is less than half the cost of the national average of other private liberal arts colleges and the lowest of all of Pennsylvania’s private colleges and universities. Grove City keeps tuition low by practicing the fiscal discipline that it preaches. The College operates on a very tight budget with very little debt. It doesn’t follow the lead of other colleges by offering tuition discounts to some students while forcing other students to subsidize those incentives. As a matter of principle, the College does not accept federal funds, including student loans. That independence means Grove City doesn’t spend money complying with government regulations and is able to dedicate more resources to in-house financial aid and providing access to private loans. Grove City College earns top marks as “Best Value” school from PayScale, Forbes, Money and others based on the return on investment alumni realize. Most students graduate on time and many with little or no debt. Within six months of graduation, 97 percent of the most-recent class were either working or in graduate school. Alumni see higher starting salaries and mid-career earnings nearly 20 percent higher than the national average, numbers that earned Grove City College a place on Princeton Review’s “College that Pays You Back” list. A Christ-Centered Community The connection between faith and learning is central at Grove City College. Its faculty are Christian scholars who understand their disciplines as deeply and as well as they understand humankind’s place in God’s creation. Christian truth and inspired wisdom form the foundation on which its 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. Students join a strong spiritual community at Grove City College, where students from all traditions are welcomed and encouraged to think about what they believe and live their faith, as they choose and as fully as possible. Through twice-weekly Chapel services, student ministries, Christian organizations and late-night residence hall discussions, the campus community serves to reinforce and expand a student’s faith. Grove City College is ranked as one of the country’s top five Christian Colleges by Christian Universities Online and Christian Colleges of Distinction.