Andy Fritz, '17

B.S. in Marketing Management

What role did the affordability of Grove City College play in your college decision making process?
Affordability is always one of the top factors for anyone in making a decision with a college. For me, affordability was one of the top three items on my list. However, finding a college that was academically esteemed was most important. Fortunately, Grove City College excels in both cost and academics, in which I am thrilled that the College is so affordable while being challenged scholastically.

How is faith incorporated in the classroom?
Not only are there specific classes we take to grow our faith, but the classes are aimed to be a guide of how to operate as an outstanding person and Christian in whatever field you choose to go into. As a business major that is often looked down upon for our values, it is a point of emphasis of Grove City College professors to teach righteous, ethical students that will take their faith and values into a secular workplace.

How would you describe the level of academics you experienced during your time here?
I could go on all day about the excellence in academics showcased at Grove City College. It could easily be considered “One of the best academic institutions in the nation” but does not receive the press it should for it. I knew coming into it that the academics would be a major challenge. While it takes much effort and resiliency, I have become the best version of me I know. Just like a job in the “real world,” nothing is handed to you. You are expected to not only do your work, but to fully grasp and apply what you know.

What are some of the ways that professors ensure that students not only receive information but truly learn and understand how to apply that information?
Students in classes are challenged by applying their knowledge in every class, every day. The business teachers here teach in a Socratic way that asks questions so that the students themselves must self-conceptualize the information. It promotes active learning rather than “being talked at” as students grasp the information by discussion, interaction, and application to real business and contemporary issues. Going to class was legitimately fun here.

What was your favorite aspect of Grove City College?
Most people here will say the people. Some will say the quality of education. I don’t disagree. My favorite part was just being a part of a small enough community that you know almost everyone, and that they know and care for you. It’s certainly not like that at most other colleges. At Grove City College you are able to make a difference and be an integral part of the campus in so many different ways.

How would you describe the relationship that the students have with each other on campus?
Relationships on campus: It’s a family away from your family. You hate to leave because you know everyone and they know you. Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of your closest friends that you can go and see whenever you want. There is nothing like it. It’s pretty perfect. 

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