When Grove City College was chartered, a broad, Christian-based cultural consensus prevailed in America. By charter, the doors of the College were open to qualified students "without regard to religious test or belief." The founders of Grove City College, consciously avoiding narrow sectarianism, held a vision of Christian society transcending denomination, creeds, and confessions. 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.
Chapel services, convocation programs and Sunday vespers are designed to stimulate the campus community to think creatively and critically about ultimate issues in the light of the Word of God. Although historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Grove City College is not narrowly denominational. The College aims to give young people the best in the liberal arts and sciences in a wholesome Christian environment. Grove City College’s religious program, evangelical in its orientation, offers ample opportunity for young people to fellowship with Christian leaders who are dedicated to helping youths to understand the application of Christian principles to everyday life.
Intellectual inquiry remains open to the questions religion raises and affirms the answers Christianity offers. The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ's moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel, and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America's religious, political, and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.