Grove City College occupies a unique place in American higher education. Founded in 1876, the College has unwaveringly upheld the American pillars of faith and freedom. Grove City College’s first president, Isaac C. Ketler, envisioned a school that would educate and shape engaged citizens of strong character who would lead lives of service to our country and world. Years later, J. Howard Pew, the College’s longest-serving chairman of the board of trustees, declared that the College’s “prime responsibility is to inculcate in the minds and hearts of youth those Christian, moral, and ethical principles without which the country cannot long endure.”
At Grove City College, we cultivate purposeful and principled leaders who are eager to serve the common good. Our mission is to promote the Christian worldview and the foundations of free society. Our campus culture is defined by the values of faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship, and independence.
Vision, Mission & Values
Through the ongoing generosity of alumni and friends, Grove City College has been able to operate without any federal financial assistance. Our endowment provides private funding to support student scholarships and enables the College to use a straightforward and honest approach to tuition pricing.
As one of the few colleges in America that operates independent of federal funding and oversight, Grove City College provides an education shaped not by fleeting trends or political agendas, but by an enduring institutional mission. Time and again, Grove City College has demonstrated its commitment to the American ideals of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and faith in God.
Benefits of Independence
The measure of an institution is what it is willing to risk in pursuit of its principles. When federal overreach threatened to change the character of Grove City College, its leaders took the case for independent higher education all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Case