Fact Sheet

Grove City College Fact Sheet

The Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80
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Media Contact
Jacki Muller
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Admissions Contact
Sarah Gibbs
Director of Admissions

Contact Information
Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, Pa., 16127


Grove City College Summary

Grove City College is a highly ranked, private liberal arts school that offers a high-quality education in a thoroughly Christian environment for about half the cost of other schools. Founded in 1876, the College is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds. It offers its 2,500 students degrees in more than 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering and music on a picturesque 188-acre campus north of Pittsburgh. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America’s Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.


Grove City College equips students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience distinguished by a commitment to affordability and its promotion of the Christian worldview, the foundations of free society, and the love of neighbor.

How we rank

Grove City College annually ranks among the best colleges and universities in both Pennsylvania and the United States. It’s in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report, and a Best Value based on return on investment, according to PayScale. They and other reviewers identify academic rigor, affordability, student satisfaction, campus culture and return on investment as the College’s strengths. MORE INFORMATION>>

U.S. News & World Report
“Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” – Grove City College is ranked in the top tier based on graduation and retention rates, faculty quality and student selectivity.
Princeton Review
“Best 381 Colleges,” “Colleges That Pay You Back”  – Grove City College made the cut based on academics, campus quality of life and return on investment.
“Best Value Colleges,” “Top Colleges” – Grove City College is one of 300 American colleges and universities that’s worth the investment of time and tuition.
“Best Value National Liberal Arts Colleges” – Grove City College made the top ten list based on the monetary return on a college education based on the cost of attendance, earning potential of alumni or a combination of the two.
Business Insider
“Smartest Liberal Arts Colleges” – Grove City College is one of 101 top colleges and universities that emphasize undergraduate studies in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.
College Raptor
“Smartest Choice Schools” – Grove City College is number 2 in an exclusive ranking of 43 elite national colleges and universities where students are most likely to get accepted, stay enrolled and graduate in four years.
“Best Colleges for Conservative Values” – Grove City College is number 3 on the list of colleges that demonstrate a commitment to conservatism in their mission, curriculum and on-campus activities.
Christian Universities Online
“Top 5 Christian Colleges” and “Most Beautiful College in the North” — Grove City College is recognized for academic achievement, high graduation rate and it’s “charming, park-like campus.

“Friendliest Students ” — Grove City College is number 19 in the nation when it comes to a student body that’s welcoming and warm.

Faith and Freedom

Rejecting relativism and secularism, Grove City College fosters intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth. The College advocates individual freedom and personal responsibility and seeks to preserve America’s political, economic and religious heritage. The College avoids narrow sectarianism, embraces respectful debate and welcomes students of all faiths. MORE INFORMATION>>



Grove City College is one of the few truly independent colleges in the nation. It accepts no federal funding – including federal student aid – which allows it to operate free of government interference or political influence. In the 1970s and 1980s the College made history when it refused to submit to federal control and maintained its position all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result of the court’s decision, the College established its own student loan program and became the standard bearer for independent private higher education, occupying a unique position that allows Grove City to maintain its historic commitment to academic independence, the free market, individual liberty and Christian truth. MORE INFORMATION>>



Grove City College’s 188-acre campus is picture-perfect, with neo-Gothic buildings set on wide lawns and open courtyards surrounded by century-old trees. Behind the classic facades are state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities and one of America’s best-wired campuses. The College also features extensive athletic and fitness facilities, an award-winning campus ministries building and a showplace performing arts center. Campus sits in the heart of Grove City, Pa., an idyllic small town just 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Olde Town Grove City offers friendly places to shop, eat, grab a coffee or see a movie at the Guthrie Theatre, one of the few single-screen movie houses in the country still featuring first-run films. The College’s campus quickly becomes a home-away-from-home for students. VIRTUAL TOUR>>



     • Tuition: $16,630/year
     • Room and Board: $9,062/year



     • 150 full-time faculty
     • 80 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees
     • 1:13 faculty to student ratio


Majors and pre-professional programs

With more than 60 majors and six pre-professional programs, Grove City College offers a range of undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, business, education, engineering and music, including communications studies, elementary and secondary education, psychology, sociology, biochemistry, mechanical engineering and accounting, to name a few. MORE INFORMATION>>



     • Grove City College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
     • Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemistry Society (ACS)
     • Exercise program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
     • Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
     • Business program, consisting of the departments of Accounting, Business and Entrepreneurship, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


Student Life

Students have access to over 150 student clubs and organizations on campus, including fraternities and sororities, faith-based and service groups, academic honorary and special interest societies, housing groups, competitive club and intramural sports, a nationally recognized theater program. The Office of Student Life and Learning is dedicated to creating a unique and vibrant environment for students to work, play and grow. MORE INFORMATION>>



An NCAA Division III school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Grove City College offers 19 varsity sports, as well as a robust intramural sports program. MORE INFORMATION>>


Student enrollment

     • 2,506 full-time students
     • 97 percent live on campus
     • 92 percent freshmen retention rate
     • 3.73 GPA for incoming freshmen
     • 51 percent male students; 49 percent female students
     • Half of the student population is from out of state
     • 78 percent graduation rate
     • 96 percent of students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduating



     • Grove City College Endowment: $111,608,000
     • Most of the College’s operating expenses are covered by student tuition
     • Only one percent of the College’s operation budget is paid through the endowment


     • Pennsylvania Department of Education
     • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
     • American Associations of Colleges for Teachers Education
     • National Association of Colleges and Employers
     • Pennsylvania Associations of Colleges and Universities
     • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania