Money magazine ranks Grove City College in the top 10 percent of “Best Colleges for Your Money” nationally and number six among Pennsylvania schools.
Money looks at the quality of education offered, the cost to attend and how much the average graduate makes five years after earning a degree. It includes a “value added” grade based on the economic and academic profile of the student body and the mix of majors offered.
Grove City College ranks number 58 on the list of 655 schools. The magazine considered more than 1,500 colleges and universities but its rankings only include schools with a higher-than-average graduation rate and bond ratings that indicated financial stability.
Grove City College was founded in 1876 on a mission to provide “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.” For 138 years the College has been working faithfully to fulfill that mission, Dr. Robert J. Graham, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said.
“Of course we know that Grove City College is an exceptional college. It is affirming when external entities, using objective criteria, rank us among the finest institutions of higher education in the country on two of the characteristics that are so central to our identity and mission,” Graham said.
Money magazine’s focus on post-graduation outcomes distinguishes its list from other such rankings. Using data from PayScale.com, Money tracked the average earnings of alumni five years after graduating to determine a school’s ranking.
Looking at the return on investment plays to one of the College’s strengths. Grove City College’s Career Services Office is ranked 12th in the nation by Princeton Review, a distinction earned by its work helping students determine their best career path and connecting them with employers, many of whom are part of the College’s strong alumni network. Six months after graduation, 96 percent of Grove City College graduates are working or in graduate school.
Money also ranks Grove City seventh on its list of most affordable colleges nationally and number 16 on its list of best liberal arts colleges.
A year’s tuition at Grove City College is $15,550, about half the cost of comparable private colleges.