Grove City College provides an “exceptional” return on investment for students, according to The Princeton Review.
The respected educational services company, which many prospective parents and students depend upon to make informed college choices, identified the College as an affordable and academically outstanding college with a record of success at guiding students to rewarding careers in the latest edition of “The Best Value Colleges.”
The Princeton Review identified and evaluated more than 650 leading colleges and universities from the thousands that exist before determining which 200 schools offer students the right combination of academic excellence, affordability and strong career prospects. Inclusion is based on a comprehensive analysis of more than 40 data points gleaned from administrator and student surveys, academic data and alumni success metrics. As a result, Grove City College posted a return on investment ranking of 88 on a scale that tops out at 99.
“The schools we name as our Best Value Colleges for 2021 comprise only just over 1% of the nation's four-year colleges," Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief, said. "They are distinctive in their programs, size, region, and type, yet they are similar in three areas. Every school we selected offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid and/or a relative low cost of attendance, and stellar career services. We salute Grove City College for these exceptional offerings and recommend it highly to college applicants and parents."
To determine academic quality, The Princeton Review looks at SAT/ACT scores, freshmen GPAs and student surveys on faculty effectiveness. It evaluates affordability by looking at the cost of tuition, financial aid and student opinion. Online salary tracker PayScale.com provides information on post-graduate success.
Those measures are favorable for Grove City College, which has the lowest tuition of any private college in Pennsylvania and an on-time graduation rate of 84% that far exceeds the national average. The College reports that 96% of graduates are gainfully employed or enrolled in a post-graduate program within six months of graduation. Compensation data collected by PayScale.com indicates an average starting salary of $56,000 and mid-career earnings of $108,900 for alumni.
This latest distinction builds on previous Princeton Review accolades. As well as inclusion in the 2021 "The Best 386 Colleges" guide, Grove City College’s Career Services Office is ranked eighth in the country and the College’s Counseling Center holds the number 12 spot.
See Grove City College’s “The Best Value Colleges” listing online at princetonreview.com.