Princeton Review: GCC is top school for internships

Grove City College is one of the best schools in the nation for internship placement, according to The Princeton Review.

The respected educational services put the College at number 11 on its list of Top 25 Best Schools for Internship based on student surveys.

Caleb Vits ’09, assistant director for Employer Relations & Internship Development in the College’s Office of Career Services, said the recognition acknowledges Grove City College’s commitment to supporting students in obtaining practical experience through internships.

“We strive to partner with employers and faculty in providing students with experiences that help them explore career options, develop their skill set and prepare them for their profession. We believe an internship complements what students are learning in the classroom by providing them with real-world engagement and, ultimately, helps students identify and pursue God’s vocational calling,” Vits said.

The ranking was released in tandem with The Princeton Review’s 2019 edition of “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.

Grove City College is one of the schools profiled in the guide and online at Princeton Review identified the College as an affordable and academically outstanding college that stands out for “success at guiding students to rewarding careers.”

“Only seven percent of the nation’s four-year colleges made it into this book,” Robert Franek, lead author and The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief, said. “We salute them for their stellar academics and generous aid awards to students based on need and/or merit. They also provide their undergrads with career services from day one plus strong networks of alumni connections.”

The Princeton Review chose the 200 schools based on a comprehensive analysis of data from its surveys of administrators and students attending more than 650 colleges in 2017-18 and surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction. More than 40 data points were considered in the guide’s methodology. Grove City College posted a Return on Investment ranking of 89.

According to the “The Best Value Collegesguide:

  • Students going to Grove City feel confident that their education will give them a head start once they graduate. One student says, “In my opinion, the greatest strength of my school is the job placement rate. The academics are known to be excellent, so employers look to hire Grove City grads. It was reassuring to know that after four years all the hard work would pay off because a large majority of students are employed. In addition, as an accounting major, hearing that almost 100 percent of accounting majors have jobs before the senior year made a large impact on my college decision.”
  • Grove City prides itself on helping students succeed during and after their formal education. One student says, “The greatest strength of my school is how dedicated they are to helping students find a job and create a future. The Career Services Office is dedicated to helping students in any way that they can and have special events to help students network.”

Grove City College, which is also included in Princeton Review’s 2019 "The Best 384 Colleges" guide, has the lowest tuition of any private college in Pennsylvania and an on-time graduation rate of 80 percent. The College reports that 96 percent of its most recent graduates were gainfully employed or enrolled in a post-graduate program within six months of graduation. Compensation data collected by indicates an average starting salary of $52,300 and mid-career earnings of $103,300 for alumni.

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