How does the tuition cost of Grove City College compare to the other schools you looked at during your college selection?
The tuition cost of Grove City College is much lower in comparison to other schools I was looking at (i.e. smaller private colleges). I would have gotten more scholarship money from other schools, however their cost was still more than what I would be paying for Grove City College with less scholarship money provided.
How is faith incorporated in the classroom?
Faith is almost always talked about in the classroom. A central theme in most classes is how what we are learning relates to a Christian worldview. We are challenged to see how our field of study correlates with our faith and how faith, living, and learning in general are all related. Many professors start off class with prayer, and that is something I have always appreciated about this school. Many of your professors and classmates truly care about your spiritual well-being.
How do the academics challenge students to think on a deeper level about the world and life in general?
All of the academics are challenging in the sense that you do not just learn to learn and then forget about what you were taught. Almost every class has a greater focus and challenges you to think about how the subject matter relates to the world we live in and how it can teach you greater lessons in life (especially in a Christian sense). We also take many humanities courses as part of the requirement to graduate from Grove City College, and most of those are focused on civilization, world history, the arts, the speculative mind, etc. while encompassing a Christian worldview.
What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
It is very easy to make great relationships with professors and faculty at Grove City College. Professors truly express their care for you and want to not only help you succeed in your studies but in life in general. Since most of the class sizes are smaller in comparison to larger schools, it is easy to get on a first-name basis with all of your professors and to gain closer relationships with them. In particular, I gained a great relationship with my advisor, who is also one of my favorite professors at the school. I was able to not only succeed in her classes but also gain a strong relationship with her through internships and independent studies. I jokingly called her my “second mom” while I was at college, because she truly was just that. She helped me with almost anything related to school, extra-curricular activities, my post-graduation job search, and life in general. These types of relationships are what made me extra thankful to have gone to a college like Grove City College where the professors have your best interest in mind.
What do you find to be the most unique aspect of Grove City College?
The most unique aspect of Grove City College is the way the Christian faith is incorporated into almost every aspect of the College without it feeling overbearing. By this, I mean that in all of your extracurricular activities, classes, and friendships, you will find that faith is a central theme. We prayed before classes, events, and even after intramural sports competitions. There is something about the atmosphere that is truly uplifting and encouraging.
What are some of the things you do during your free time either on or off campus?
I went to a lot of events on campus. There is almost always something going on at Grove City College. I do not think I ever experienced a day or night on campus where something wasn’t happening. There are a ton of coffeehouses, dances, worship activities, Bible studies, group events, sorority and fraternity events, all-campus academic and recreational events, etc. If you are not attending an event, the campus is big on intramural sports and being active outside, especially when the weather warms up. Off campus, you can find yourself going to the outlets or the many restaurants near the outlets or downtown, going to get ice cream or coffee right off campus on Broad Street, and more. The College is not very far from Pittsburgh, so it is not unusual for a group of friends to take a weekend trip to do something fun in downtown Pittsburgh.