Grove City College

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100 Campus Drive

Grove City, PA 16127

Phone: (724) 458-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#141 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Grove City College is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,506, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Grove City College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 141. Its tuition and fees are $14,880 (2013-14).

Grove City College is a Christian liberal arts school located in northwestern Pennsylvania, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Students at Grove City College can choose from about 20 fields of undergraduate study, as well as pre-professional programs such as pre-law and pre-medical. More than 90 percent of students at Grove City College live on campus, and many participate in Residence Life activities such as Bible study and intramural sports.

Grove City students can also explore more than 130 clubs and organizations, including Greek organizations, service groups, choirs and bands. Student athletes can play for the Grove City College Wolverines, competing in the NCAA Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference. Notable Grove City College alumni include Harold Dodds, a former president of Princeton University, and Ed Breen, former CEO of security products firm Tyco International Ltd. Breen met his future wife, Lynn Branstner, when they both studied economics at Grove City, and about 30 years later, the couple donated $5.5 million to their alma mater.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since its founding in 1876, Grove City College, committed to Christian principles, has striven to be equal in academic quality to the finest four-year colleges. It seeks to provide liberal and professional education of the highest quality that is within the reach of families with modest means who desire a college that will strengthen their children's spiritual and moral character. The founders of Grove City College, consciously avoiding narrow sectarianism, held a vision of Christian society transcending denomination, creeds, and confessions. They were committed to the advancement of free enterprise, civil and religious liberty, representative government, arts and letters, and science and technology. Believing that the fruits of civilization would be destroyed if religious and ethical roots were allowed to wither, the founders intended that the claims of Christ as God and Savior and of inspired Scripture be presented to all. They hoped that through its program of intellectual, moral, and spiritual education, Grove City College would produce young leaders, whatever their creed or confession, capable of pushing civilization forward on every frontier.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1876
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $92,286,762


When applying to Grove City College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Grove City College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.2%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Grove City College is 15:1, and the school has 45.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Grove City College include: English Language and Literature, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Mechanical Engineering; Molecular Biology; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 78%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
English Language and Literature, General 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 6%
Mechanical Engineering 5%
Molecular Biology 5%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5%

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Student Life

Grove City College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,506, with a gender distribution of 50.5 percent male students and 49.5 percent female students. At this school, 94 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 6 percent of students live off campus. Grove City College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,506
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Grove City College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Grove City College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Grove City College, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Grove City College.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Grove City College, 40.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,122.

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Tuition and fees $14,880 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,108 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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