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Located an hour north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Grove City College provides a Christcentered, non-sectarian environment in which students and faculty “create a vibrant and uplifting community that encourages one another to live to the fullest in a Christ-like manner.” The school desires to see students excel inside and outside the classroom, integrating Christ “into all aspects of education and a career for the future,” and it “challenges ... students to grow in all aspects—intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and athletically.” And, this philosophy works: “The majority of the students here apply their spiritual relationship with God to all activities on campus, whether it be academic or social.” The low cost of tuition is just gravy, as is the strong alumni network and “really good reputation with employers.” The professors at Grove City “vary from department to department” but on the whole they are “engaging, approachable, and very knowledgeable about the course material” and “willing to personally invest in the students.” Many expect a lot from their students and assign a heavy workload, but people find the academics to be “challenging, but not suffocating.” The “very intelligent, friendly, and available” faculty usually “have extensive office hours and are more than willing to help [students].” Current students say their instructors maintain “a very open dialogue about various beliefs,” and “challenge [students] to ask hard questions” both in an area of study and on a more personal level.

Student Body

As might be expected, those who come to Grove City are “largely Christian kids,” who are “generally polite and law-abiding,” and the student body tends to swing conservative or moderate politically. According to students, the college “avoids being ... restrictive or closed-minded.” “Grove City students know what they believe, but are open to discussion,” a student explains. These students collectively provide “the most friendly atmosphere” many have ever been a part of. “Peers I’ve never even met smile at me as I pass them on the sidewalk,” describes one happy student. The college as a whole “welcomes students with open arms,” and it is very easy to find “a community that encourages and inspires one another.” There are a fair number of type A personalities here: Grove City students are “hardworking and highly motivated to do well,” and “many people overcommit themselves to the various on-campus groups.”

Campus Life

Since Grove City College is located in a relatively remote area of Western Pennsylvania, most activities are done on-campus, but “for a small town, there’s lots to do,” including plenty of places to eat, a movie theater, and ice cream shops. Days at Grove City are pretty typical, spent “going to class, studying, catching up with friends over meals, movie and game nights on the weekends, dances, campus ministries, [and] club activities.” Many are also on sports teams, especially “intramural sports teams like volleyball, basketball, Frisbee, [and] soccer,” plus students also “like to hang out in our recreational room or go bowling.” Forget about Footloose: there is actually “a great deal of dancing and singing here,” and people like to “go for walks when the weather is nice, play games, watch movies, do sports, and simply talk together.” Indeed, many lunches “devolve into an ideological, theological, or philosophical discussion.” Grove City students are proud of their involvement in the world around them through “various academic lectures, Warriors (an hourlong worship service), and screenings of political debates”; these events, though not required, are “extremely well-attended.” Likewise, there “are many great groups on campus that provide community service or benefit for a good cause.” Intervisitation between male and female dorms is “limited,” and this is in no way a party school.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Johanna Paul
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, PA 16127-2104

Phone
724-458-2100

Email
visit@gcc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Chapel
Hall of Arts and Letters
Fitness Center
STEM Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Grove City Premium Outlets
Beans on Broad
Cinema Grille
McConnells Mill State Park
Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers/Penguins
Volant- Shopping in Amish Country

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Academic yr: 9:30-11:30; 1:30-4:30 Summer: 10:30 and 2:00
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
by appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a meeting with faculty. Contact the Athletic Department to schedule a meeting with a coach.

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Please call 724-458-2900

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Limited Fridays

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle services and buses are available as transportation from the Pittsburgh International airport, which is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions from I-79 (Exit 113 - Grove City): Take Route 208 East into Grove City to the first traffic light (McDonald's will be on your left). Turn right onto Main Street (Rt. 58). At the second traffic light (Liberty Ave), turn left into the campus. Follow the road around to Crawford Hall (Administration Bldg). Directions from I-80 (Exit 24 - Grove City): Take Route 173 South into Grove City. Follow Route 173 as it winds through town. Turn left onto Main Street (Rt. 58). Go to the second traffic light (Liberty Avenue). Turn left into the campus and follow the road to Crawford Hall. (Administration Bldg.)

Local Accommodations
The following is a list of nearby hotels and Bed and Breakfasts: Within 5 Minutes of Campus Terra Nova House 322 West Poplar Street Grove City, PA 16127 724-450-0712 / 877-837-6682 Within 10 Minutes of Campus Best Western* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 1924 Leesburg Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-5836 / 800-780-7234 Candlewood Suites - Grove City Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 37 Holiday Blvd. Mercer Township, PA 16137 724-748-6900 Comfort Inn - Grove City* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 118 Garrett Dr. Grove City, PA 16127 724-748-1005 / 877-424-6423 Hampton Inn & Suites* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 4 Holiday Blvd Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-5744 / 800-426-7866 Holiday Inn Express* Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 21 Holiday Blvd. Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-5514 / 888-465-4329 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Exit 113/I-79 Grove City 231 Westside Square Drive Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-6322 Within 15 Minutes of Campus Comfort Inn - Mercer* Exit 15/I-80 Mercer 835 Perry Highway Mercer, PA 16137 724-748-3030 / 877-424-6423 Quality Inn* Exit 29/I-80 Barkeyville 137 Gibb Road Barkeyville, PA 16038 814-786-7901 / 877-424-6423 Fairfield Inn & Suites* Exit 105/I-79- Slippery Rock 1000 University Parkway Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-406-0535 / 888-236-2427 Motel 6 Exit 29/I-80 Barkeyville 1010 Dholu Road Harrisville, PA 16038 814-786-8375 / 800-466-8356 Apple Butter Inn 666 Centreville Pike Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-794-1844 Candleford Inn 225 Mercer Street Volant, PA 16156 724-533-4497 Casa DaCosta 116 West Market Street Mercer, PA 16137 724-662-5681 Plants Herb Farm 104 South Foster Road Mercer, PA 16137 724-301-3273 * Discount offered for guests who mention that they are visiting Grove City College.

Admissions

Applicants: 1,697
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Average HS GPA: 3.68







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