Since its founding in 1876, Grove City College has been committed to Christian principles, and has endeavored and achieved equality in academics to the finest four-year colleges. It provides liberal and professional education of the highest quality while still remaining within the reach of families of modest means, who desire a college that will strengthen their children's spiritual and moral character.
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. They were committed to the advancement of free enterprise, civil and religious liberty, representative government, arts and letters, and science and technology. 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. They hoped that through its program of intellectual, moral and spiritual education, Grove City College would produce young leaders capable of pushing civilization forward on every frontier.
Grove City College remains true to the vision of its founders. Rejecting relativism and secularism, Grove City College fosters intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom. Objective truth continues as the goal of liberal learning. The core of the curriculum consists of books and ideas proven across the ages to be of value in the quest for knowledge. 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.