Media Backgrounder

Media Backgrounder

​Media Backgrounder

The Mission of Grove City College

Since its founding in 1876, Grove City College, committed to Christian principles, has striven to be equal in academic quality to the finest four year colleges. It seeks to provide liberal and professional education of the highest quality that is within the reach of families with modest means who desire a college that will strengthen their children's spiritual and moral character.

An Enriching Campus Community

  • Resting on a beautiful 180-acre campus, Grove City College’s close-knit community flourishes with the buzz of students, 96% of whom live on campus.
  • Grove City College has 2,500 full-time students with an average GPA of 3.76 for incoming freshmen.
  • Grove City College offers 130 student organizations including Outdoors Club, The Quad literary magazine, Helping Hands (a service-oriented club), an active theater and music program, as well as 8 fraternities and 8 sororities.
  • An NCAA Division III school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Grove City College offers 19 varsity sports including soccer, water polo, cross country and baseball, as well as a robust intramural sports program.
  • Christian life activities include Bible studies organized by Residence Life, New Grace choir and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  • Downtown Grove City offers a variety of places for students to worship, dine, socialize and study including many churches, several restaurants, a coffee shop and a historic movie theater.
  • Grove City, Pennsylvania, has a population of 8,100 people and sits just 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Academics: The Classroom and Beyond

  • With more than 50 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 communication studies, elementary and secondary education, psychology, sociology, biochemistry, mechanical engineering and accounting.
  • Tuition is currently less than half the national average for private colleges. Total annual cost including tuition, room and board is projected to be $21,956 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Grove City College has more than 130 full-time faculty and a student to faculty ratio of 15:1. Faculty members actively participate in student life, advising student organizations and hosting activities in their homes.
  • 95% of Grove City College faculty have doctoral or terminal degrees in their respective field.
  • The College understands the importance of cultural literacy and a well-rounded education in addition to specific professional knowledge. Students must complete 38-50 hours of general education courses on topics such as worldviews and perspectives, Biblical history, literature and art history.
  • Students regularly present their own academic papers at conferences and are often engaged in faculty research on topics such as breast cancer, the building of an observatory or the American presidency.
  • In relation to their classroom work, students may participate in the student philanthropy project incorporated into the communication studies program, a nationwide human-powered vehicle competition, or Grove City College’s nationally recognized debate team.
  • Dedicated to providing a Christian environment that guides the College’s academic program, students are required to attend 16 Chapel sessions per semester, which feature guest speakers who help students explore Christianity through a variety of perspectives.
  • Each year Grove City College hosts notable speakers. Recent speakers include the Hon. Robert J. Cindrich, former U.S. district judge; Peter Robinson, speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan; Eric Adelson, feature writer for Yahoo! Sports; former first lady Laura Bush; and most recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hon. Clarence Thomas.


  • Demonstrating its commitment to freedom, Grove City challenged federal regulation during the 1980s. The College successfully argued its landmark case, Grove City College v. T.H. Bell, Secretary of the Department of Education, before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Grove City College operates on a balanced budget, refuses federal aid and remains virtually debt-free, proving that higher education can operate responsibly by providing an affordable, first-rate education without government funding or mandates.

Prestigious Rankings

  • In 2012, The Princeton Review ranked the Grove City College Career Services Office number 12 in the nation.
  • According to institutional research, 94% of Grove City College graduates from the Class of 2011 were employed or in graduate school with six months of graduation.
  • In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Grove City College as one of the “Most Wired College Campuses,” as well as one of the “Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges.” In both rankings, Grove City College was placed among the top 15.
  • In 2011, Consumers Digest named Grove City College the “Top Value” in private liberal arts schools in the nation.

The Future of Grove City College

  • The College dedicated and opened Rathburn Hall, the Christian Activities Building, on Sept. 14, to mark the completion of a major initiative of Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College.
  • Continually renewing it promise of excellence by investing in its students, the College encourages applications from qualified students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • In May 2011, Grove City College launched a $90 million campaign, which will focus on providing more student scholarships, updating the science, engineering and mathematics buildings, and constructing a Christian Activities Building to house conferences, offices and student groups.
  • In summer 2011, the College began renovations and new construction on the science building, Rockwell Hall, which is expected to be completed in 2013.