When 22-year-old Isaac Ketler founded Grove City College in 1876, he sought to establish an institution where young men and women could find their purpose through an excellent, Christ-centered education and “push civilization forward on every frontier.”Today Ketler’s mission remains strong in a deep-rooted campus community where each student is valued as God’s image-bearer with a unique calling.Here at Grove City, you will be empowered to pursue Truth freely without ideological barriers — a freedom we defended in an unprecedented U.S. Supreme Court Case.You will also be equipped to thrive professionally and take your place among nearly 30,000 alumni whose career outcomes are among the best nationwide.As you learn more about our story, we are eager to hear yours! Connect with us and consider becoming part of our historic legacy.
Although much has changed since our founding year and the centennial birthday of the Declaration of Independence, we maintain our Christian identity. Our home is still a picturesque 180-acre campus just north of Pittsburgh, designed by America’s premiere landscape architects responsible for many of the most famous parks and common grounds. We remain an independent higher education pioneer relying on private funding, eschewing federal aid, to preserve our mission for serving the common good.
Here, they share a symbiotic relationship. Our tradition of academic excellence prepares you to respond to your unique calling. Likewise, our learning and living experience promotes a distinctly Christian worldview. Because at Grove City College, making the grade isn’t just about achievements in the classroom—it’s about choosing to lead a purposeful, contributive life beyond the years spent on campus.