Middle States reaffirms College's accreditation

Grove City College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) after an extensive evaluation process.

“Grove City College has a remarkable mission, and in this time of turbulent change in higher education, we encourage you to continue pursuing that mission with all focus and diligence and creativity and boldness,” the commission’s report on the College’s accreditation concluded.

Accreditation ensures that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. MCSHE, a voluntary, non-governmental, regional membership association, evaluates colleges and universities through a process that ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.

As part of the accreditation reaffirmation process, the College completed a comprehensive self-study report, and received a site visit and in-depth evaluation from a MSCHE team of external reviewers. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-27.

“The team of reviewers was particularly impressed with our vision, mission and values and their alignment to our strategic goals and objectives,” College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said. “The Middle States report indicates that Grove City College remains a thriving institution that, in times of tumultuous change in higher education, continues a long tradition of providing a high quality, liberal arts and sciences, residential-based undergraduate education.”

The process provided an examination of every area of the College, from academic programs and student life to faculty governance and fiduciary responsibility and stewardship to assess institutional quality. A self-study completed by a team of Grove City College personnel concluded, through evidence and anecdote that “the College’s success ultimately flows from the network of interpersonal relationships that animate the institution.”

“This, in a nutshell, is the Grove City College story: Consistent institutional excellence made possible by a campus community committed to a distinctive form of Christian higher education – and each other,” according to the self-study.

The reviewers commended the College throughout the report for significant accomplishments and innovative practices in several areas, including design and delivery of the student learning experience, support of the student experience, mission and goals and ethics and integrity.

The MSCHE site visit team’s report included consideration of the College’s path forward in the next five years to remain the highly competitive institution that it is today and offered suggestions, but there were no required corrective actions included, McNulty said.

“I look forward to working with our campus community to address all of the suggestions and recommendations in the report. This presents another wonderful opportunity for the College to pursue its core value of excellence in all things,” McNulty said.

Middle States reaffirms College's accreditation

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