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  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 26 people found this review useful. 1 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Somebody who loves a challenge and is willing to work hard but can also relax and have a good time! Oh, and it's pretty tough to get in so WORK HARD in high school! Note: Grove City is NOT a good school if you're a party-person. Yes, we have some pretty awesome parties--no, I have not yet even seen any alcohol or drugs on campus (as mandated by GCC standards).

    Tips for prospective students

    As the popular campus saying goes: Grove City College--where your best isn't good enough since 1876. It will be a lot of work, but it will also be the most amazing learning experience of your life. Also, be prepared to be challenged and uplifted in your faith by both students and faculty. Finally, if you love sports, this is the place for you. On average a student participates in 2.3 Intramural sports...not including club and varsity.

    Bang for the buck

    While $19,414 may seem like a lot to me to pay each year for an education, it is probably half of what other private schools cost. In addition, I don't think that I could ever recieve a better education. Most definitely worth all of the long hours worked over the summer and breaks to help pay for it!

    Am enjoying being here

    Again, 5 stars doesn't cover it. The professors are amazing and obviously really love what they do. All the students (that I've met) are also amazing and love to have a good time, but (for the most part) are also passionate about learning. On top of it all the cafeteria food is even pretty good!

    Am learning a lot

    I believe listing 5 stars on this is an understatement. I did not think it was even possible for me to learn the amount of material we have covered just in my first semester! The professors are all extremely helpful and the class sizes allow for a more personal interaction with them in the event of a troublesome topic.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's great for those who don't mind working harder than they did in high school and for those who like being on the more conservative side. We have lots of campus jokes about that.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't find a better college for a better price. Both of my roommates decided to come here because they couldn't find a better college in their state - even though they're all the way from California!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have made so many great friends and it seems like everyone is there to help you out. There are tons of activities to choose from, whether it be sports, swing and ballroom dancing, worship, theater, or music. Every weekend, it seems, there is some event such as talent shows, Whose Line, dances, special speakers, and movie reviews.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much more than I did in high school. It seems as though the information is presented in a clearer way and it is more applicable to to life in general.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 3 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who knows the value of hard academic work and is good at balancing tons of work with social stuff. Also, someone who is strong in their relationship with Christ or would like to be stronger - yes, it is a Christian school, and I think anyone who isn't Christian would probably feel a little out of place. You don't have to have all the answers, though...people here are in all different stages of their faith.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you come and visit the campus - most people live really close, so that's not hard, but as someone who comes from further away, it was really important for me to see what GCC was actually like. The numbers in the pamphlet didn't convince me to come here - it was the atmosphere and the general attitude of everyone here when I visited.

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City prides itself on being affordable, and it's the cheapest of all the schools I was considering. Despite being budget-friendly, all of the facilities are really nice - they just renovated the freshmen girls' dorms, which is definitely a plus. Also, they give all incoming freshman new tablet PCs, which means that everyone has the same tool, and therefore the same opportunity as far as internet access and notetaking and such.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm from the opposite side of the country, so Grove City seems not even real, like it's from a postcard or a calendar or something. Of course, it rains a lot more than I'm used to, but now I actually have an appreciation for sunny days! Also, everyone I've met here has just been awesome, and even though I still feel like a dumb freshman, I know there's always someone willing to help me out if I just ask.

    Am learning a lot

    So far, I've had TONS of academic knowledge crammed into my brain, but I've also been learning a lot about myself and how I deal with life on my own. Grove City is a great place to go if you want to be serious about school, but there's also a lot of non-academic lessons to be learned, as well.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Grove City college is great for hard-working, bright students who want to follow Christ, live and grow among other devoted believers, and learn to use their gifts to their maximum potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    Yes, it's a lot of work to be a good GCC student. Yes, you can still have an awesome college experience despite that fact. Practice good study habits so you won't be knocked off your feet by the workload when you get here. As a member of a fraternity, I can say that it's been awesome being able to live with such an amazing group of guys this year. When you get here, look into fraternities, sororities, and housing groups. It has really enhanced my college experience, and I would recommend that all freshmen consider it. Most importantly: Don't get too worked up about grades! Do your best, but don't stress as if you need an A to have a successful future. Strive to glorify God with your work here, and you'll have nothing to worry about.

    Bang for the buck

    From Grove City's website: U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Grove City College the No. 1 Best Value in its category for the 2007 guide. This year marks the fifth year in a row that Grove City has been named in the top spot. As a student at GCC, I will say that there is a reason for this. I am learning a ton here, I am confident that I am getting a phenomenal education, and tuition (plus room & board) is less than $10,000 a semester. Compared to what you'd pay at another private school for a comparable education, that price is an absolute steal.

    Am enjoying being here

    Personally, I don't think I could enjoy any other college as much as GCC. While we GCC students have a relatively atypical sense of fun, there is always an interesting activity or event to participate in, and people are always willing to hang out and have a good time. (No, this does not imply wild partying; Grove City College is not a party school by any stretch of the imagination.) In my experience so far, GCC is an awesome place to be, and I really do love it here. The campus is beautiful, the food is good, and even the dorms are comfortable. My only complaint is that there's often too much work to be done to really appreciate being on campus. Yes, that's to be expected given the high caliber of education I am getting, but it does take away from the overall enjoyment of being at GCC.

    Am learning a lot

    I've learned more than a lot. I've learned more than I thought I had the capacity for! The professors here are passionate about what they teach, and they truly want their students to learn the material (not to just appear to have learned the material). Yes, the professors assign more difficult work; and yes, it can be overwhelming at times. But that is how you get such a high-quality education here -- you're being pushed to actually learn the material!

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, Christian, challenge-lovers, engineering, Liberal Arts

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! Definitely interview! Talk to current students. Apply Early Decision if you know it's where you want to go. When you get in, take Old and New Testament with Dr. Bibza!

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City is very affordable. It is cheaper than some in-state institutions!

    Did enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and there are some great school sponsored activities. Apart from that there is not much to do. Grove City is very small. There is one coffee shop downtown and the outlets are nearby. As far as entertainment goes, the movie theater, The Guthrie, plays one movie a week. There is a drive in about 20 minutes away but is probably not open in the winter. There is no way to get to Pittsburgh if you don't have a car.

    Did learn a lot

    The faculty and classes are wonderful. The small class sizes mean your professors will know your name and it is easy to have an interactive class. The professors are experts in their fields and communicate effectively. The theme of the school is 'Rigorous Academics' and it is no joke. You have to work hard to keep up but it is totally worth it. Another important feature of the school is it's Christian foundation and a Christan Worldview is constantly taught in the classroom.

  • 06/06/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    went on a tour there at Easter and fell in love with the school. Tour was great. Looked like an Ivy League School.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a challenge, Christians, students who want small classes, all kinds of people- athletic, musical, artsy, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    The interview is important. Don't come here if you plan on partying and drinking often.

    Bang for the buck

    It is reasonable for a liberal arts college, but there are not many scholarships offered.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many amazing people here. Hardly ever do I meet a mean person. The workload is hard, so that is sometimes not enjoyable, but I really like my major and classes, so that makes the hard work less painful. There are so many great activities and ministries to get involved in too that make life here so much better.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class that I have taken so far has challenged me. I have learned so much this year, not only about what I am studying, but also about myself and how to be successful. Professors are always willing to help.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Grove City College is well known for engineering and liberal arts. The college also is strong in the sciences, and is even listed as a DNA sequencing center! This school is a great choice for students who are serious both about their academics and about their faith in Christ.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in applying, make sure to take challenging courses in high school. Your grades, as well as the difficulty level of your high school coursework, are important components in admissions. Also, make sure to have significant involvement in at least one or two extracurricular activities. If you live close enough to the college, be certain to schedule an interview, as this is given a lot of weight. I would also recommend scheduling a tour of the beautiful campus.

    Bang for the buck

    While the college’s annual tuition fee of $21,008 is higher than the tuition fees at state schools, it is still much lower than the cost of almost all other private colleges. This fee covers the cost of tuition, room and board for the entire year. A 21-meal-per-week meal plan is included in this cost. Students also receive a notebook computer at matriculation, which is theirs’ to keep upon graduation. The quality of the education you will receive for this price is exceptional, and Grove City College is known for providing an affordable quality education. However, incoming students should be aware that Grove City College does not accept any federal funds including federal grants, federally affiliated scholarships, and federal loans.

    Am enjoying being here

    Grove City College has a very safe and supportive environment that allows students to flourish. Drugs, alcohol, and crime are practically nonexistent, and the campus has a distinctly genuine Christian atmosphere. Chapel is offered twice a week, and there are many additional special chapels and speakers throughout the school year. Students also have the option of joining small groups or attending student-lead worship services. There are a wide array of on-campus activities, ranging from a huge selection of intramural sports to service and ministry opportunities to dances, concerts and other recreational events. The professors are extremely helpful and caring, and because of the small class sizes, many of them will know you by name. In my experience, the professors are excellent at keeping their scheduled office hours and are always willing to answer questions or discuss a topic or issue in which a student is particularly interested.

    Am learning a lot

    Before coming to Grove City College, I did not even think it was possible to learn so much in such a short time. The professors here cover material at a fast pace, but still manage to address topics in depth and challenge you to think about the material and make connections to other topics and subjects. Even if you took many challenging courses in high school, you will not waste a lot of time going over material you already know. The preliminary material is covered quickly, and then you will rapidly move on to more advanced topics, keeping the material fresh and interesting for advanced students. A Grove City College education will challenge you to think critically and deeply.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I don't know if this counts as an activity, but I'm really excited for chapel. Also, two other things that I personally think are cool are the ballroom dance club and any music performances. They also have CREW!! yay!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    well, I don't remember the story so I won't try to tell it to you, but I'd just like to say if you are a guy at Grove proposing to a girl at Grove, I would suggest doing it when it's warm out, or after graduation, unless you are up for a little fun in the water.

    Food and Dining

    Think I'm weird if you want, but I was mostly excited that they have chocolate milk available. But the dining areas are well cleaned and not too crowded. The food looks great with a lot of options including healthy stuff, but I didn't get a chance to eat it, so I am not sure if I qualify for this part of the review.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look AWESOME. Not too big, not too small, and plenty of leeway for decorating. It's cool to have a room key card like hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard so many good things!! The professors that I met were all so nice and ready and willing to help you learn. The classes seem to have challenging material in it, while still being exciting in a way that makes you want to learn more.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely suggest visiting the campus before you make any decisions. The campus at Grove City is gorgeous and the staff and faculty are really nice and super helpful. And of course it is really helpful to be on top of things, and make sure that you are giving yourself the time you need to get everything done.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety at Grove City is good, though the students are usually mocking them or pocking fun at them, but I think that's true of every college and their campus safety groups.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is vibrant, with many sororities and fraternities. This is a great way to form bonds and friendships that extend far beyond the college years and into your whole lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs and activities to join. Because Grove City is a Christian college, there are many ministries on campus that serve the surrounding area.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are hard-working, diligent, Christian, devoted, and love learning then Grove City is the right college for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When a guy gets engaged, all of his friends surprise him, tackle him, and carry him to Wolf Creek which runs through lower campus and through him into the river. This is called Creeking, and it's pretty fun. The cries of Wolf Creek! Wolf Creek! are often heard in the fall and spring, and that's the cue that someone is being creeked.

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City is extremely low in cost. This is outstanding because the low cost isn't a compromise for high academics; both high academic standards and a low tuition are here at Grove City.

    What to do for fun

    This is probably Grove City's biggest struggle; since it's located in a small town, there's no city life and during the weekends there often isn't much to do. But with friends you get creative and always manage to figure something out.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, though not the best. But there's always a couple of things that are good options in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be good if you join Greek life, otherwise it can be fairly isolating. As with any college, if you find a group of friends that you love, you'll make it through college just fine.

    Academic Rigor

    Since Grove City is located in a small town, there isn't much city life or activities during the weekends, which means that academics are the top priority for Grove City students. Academically, Grove City is excellent, at the top of its class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to read and to learn. It's tough, but it's worth it. If you're not serious about academics and if you don't enjoy learning, I wouldn't go to Grove City.

    In three sentences

    Grove City is serious about academics, so be ready to be challenged in that respect. Grove City also is fairly diverse; like any college campus it has its fair share of wild people who are in college just to have a good time. At Grove City, you will be challenged and you will grow over all four years; I've learned so much and I'm glad I chose Grove City.

  • 04/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, interested in not only a degree but to really learn and be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit here in person. It's a great atmosphere, and the school will even set you up with a room to stay a night in if you wish.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a huge bang for your buck. Only around $20,000 for tuition, and the education you will receive is second to none. I feel that I am learning so much more than friends at other colleges and universities, and at a price so much lower than theirs.

    Am enjoying being here

    Grove City also has a very active community. There is always some kind of concert or sports event to attend, and everyone is very welcoming.

    Am learning a lot

    Grove City College has a very academically charged atmosphere. Class sizes are fairly small compared to larger schools, making the learning experience a lot more personal. The professors are always interested in what students have to say, and are extremely approachable and helpful.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, determined, hard-working, passionate, and God-loving students.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advice is to go into college seeking to learn how to learn better and not to just get good grades or simply make it through four years to get a degree. The value in desiring and knowing how to learn is priceless.

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City College is extremely affordable and for the great price you get an unbeatable education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met so many wonderful people at GCC whom I am honored and blessed to know. Without a doubt, my friends at school are the closest friends I have ever had, and for this I am extremely grateful. Despite the rigorous academic schedule and lack of free time, I would not want to go to any other school. It is a unique and wonderful place on earth.

    Am learning a lot

    The first two weeks of freshman year, I was in complete academic shock and had no clue how I was going to make it through four years here. However, I quickly learned just how helpful the professors are and how excellent of education I was and still am receiving here.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Small town, hard working students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only apply if you are up for a challenge.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable for an institution of this type.

    Will enjoy being here

    Nice living environment.

    Will learn a lot

    Very challenging academics.

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I know for me it was a little intimidating coming to a school with fraternities and sororities, but they are definitely a great addition to the campus. They aren't super crazy like at other schools because they are under college rules and live on halls in the various dorms instead of off campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City only cost a little over $20,000, which is probably the least expensive small, private education you're going to find. Plus, you're getting a top notch education.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first thing I would like to say to you prospective students, is not to get overwhelmed by the amount of work. I know at first it seems like you'll never be able to get everything done, but you can do it while still having friends. The second thing I would like to say is that even if you're stressed out with homework, get involved with some on-campus groups. You'll have a ton of fun, get to know great people, and plus, it makes a good study break.

    In three sentences

    Grove City has been an excellent school. I am a junior English major and I would definitely recommend the department to anyone interesting in studying English. The professors are really great and friendly and I haven't had a single English course the I haven't enjoyed. The other departments are also wonderful and it makes it really fun to take things outside your major. If you're looking for a great school that will make you work, upholds Christian values, and has a great community life, then you should definitely check out Grove City!

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They take their job very seriously.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity available for everyone on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City is very cost-efficient. It is much cheaper than all of the other schools I had looked at, and it doesn't lose any quality in the process.

    What to do for fun

    There is a little movie theater a few streets over, the Grove City Outlets are less than 20 minutes away, and there are several different restaurants within a few minutes of the campus. There is always something going on around campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is always unique and different. There is a lot of variety, and they work really hard to keep the food fresh and local.

    Dorm Life

    A sense of community is built here that I have yet to find anywhere else. Students on this campus genuinely love one another, and are eager to befriend, serve, and fellowship with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging here. There is a decently heavy workload, and professors are always making you think and reexamine yourself and your beliefs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard in high school. The earlier you learn good study skills and work habits, the better you will do at Grove City. Don't be intimidated by the rigor of the academics, but rather invest yourself and do your best. Get involved on campus, and pursue your passions while you are here. You have an invaluable opportunity to do so while at Grove City College, so make the most of it.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is an academically rigorous school. The classes are challenging, the professors are insightful, and there are countless opportunities to learn. The community on campus is vibrant, and the campus itself is beautiful.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    IM sports, club sports, group activities and the like abound here. Nearly every student is involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian, hard-working, passionate, goal-minded.

    What to do for fun

    Eat out, go to Wal-Mart, go bowling (on campus), swimming, fitness rooms, theater, coffee shop, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food itself is excellent; only way it could be better is if there were more options and variety on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Few complaints here. Memorial Hall is spacious and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    I will simply say in high school I was never really even at risk of getting a B in any course. I'm not even through with Freshman year and am struggling against the B-C line in one of my classes. They expect hard work and dedication at this college for sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only come here if you hold yourself to a high, specifically Christian standard. Do not come if you want to have fun. No alcohol, drugs, or the like are allowed on campus. Only at specific times of the week are male/female interactions on the dorm floors permitted as well, with definite restrictions. If, however, you are a highly achieving, Christian, and passionate individual who doesn't mind some overcast weather... this place might just be for you.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College offers rigorous academics at a low cost for private schools. The classes are relatively small with engaging instructors and frequent class participation. However, this college has its weaknesses; don't expect a decent internet connection, a steady weather pattern, or an easy walk to class. (The campus is essentially one large hill.)

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I can only remember one freak incident that happened to a friend a few years ago.

    Greek Life

    Only local, lame, service frats & sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Orientation Board was the only reason I stayed.

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds, nerds, nerds! Homeschoolers. Conservative Christians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many corny ones to share: clowns for Christ & throwing newly engaged men into Wolf Creek come immediately to mind.

    Bang for the buck

    Free laptop & printer?

    What to do for fun

    Transfer!

    Food and Dining

    Hope you have a car and your parents give you money to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Really nerdy. You will never see the opposite sex unless it's in a controlled, chaperoned situation.

    Academic Rigor

    More rigorous than an Ivy League

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like conservatism, Puritan work ethic, and scorn on alcohol as well as sunshine, this is your place!

    In three sentences

    Grove City College: Where your best has not been good enough since 1873. Grove City College: God's Concentration Camp. Grove City College: Go somewhere else while you still can!

  • 07/24/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Will learn a lot

    I must say after researching this evening and having a friend that graduated from Grove City and also knowing and working for a Professor from this college, I have alot of respect and admiration for this school, I think out of most of the competing colleges in the area Grove City has a stronger academic program and maybe higher quality professors and a positive influential student body than most. My vote goes to Grove City college

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart. Motivated. Christian. Conservative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school so that you can see the atmosphere, students, teachers, courses, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education at an affordable price.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors challenge me and everything is taught at in an in-depth, mastery level.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    20 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    competitive

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    wolf creek bath for those engaged to be married

    Food and Dining

    cafeteria knows how to make good food for over 2500 people

    Dorm Life

    dorms are old, but comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    a school that takes academic excellence to a whole new level.

    In three sentences

    an excellent school that provides rigorous academics. the college uses funds wisely and hires some of the brightest faculty in america. grove city college prepares students to advance to graduate school.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    21 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Annoying, as with any campus safety. As long as you can out-run a fat guy, you'll be ok.

    Greek Life

    Most are cool, never had a problem with any particular one. Housing groups can sometimes be annoying. Some fraternities get on your nerves with some of the things they do for pledge and the weekends. Make friends with the fraternities and sororities, they WILL save your fun time and life during rough times...;)

    Great for these types of students

    Responsible, scheduled students who aren't afraid to say no to fun and stay in and study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions: dunk the sweethearts and fiance's in Wolf Creek. Tie people to poles for their birthdays. Siberia, car lot...

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay for, you get a lot, including a laptop and printer. Education is great, people (most of them) are great (watch out for the judgey ones), campus is gorgeous in the spring and fall. Winter, get used to snow and wind and rain.

    What to do for fun

    Slippery Rock, explore old abandoned houses, visit the water tower, go golfing, party, outlets (gets old though) go to butler or some other town, Pittsburgh (get used to the fans, they suck!)

    Food and Dining

    Eh, food is sometimes great, when a tour group or holiday is coming up. The rest of the time, it mostly sucks. If you ever go to MAP, you have to get one of Sherri's omelets. Awesome!

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are okay. Memorial is the best in terms of size and relative niceness. Explore, there is a lot of history hidden away in all of the dorm buildings, you just have to look for it.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, Hard, HARD! The classes cannot be compared to other school's classes. The tests are killer. The professors know their stuff and they aren't afraid to test you on what they taught. Grove City College - where your best hasn't been good enough since 1876.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit first and stay in a dorm so you can see what it is really like. Get all of your paperwork done early, it is a hassle if you don't. Go crazy and make friends, it's nice to know a lot of people in this school.

    In three sentences

    Overall, the education is unparalleled. The teachers respect the sanctity of the school and the students. There isn't, however, much to do in the area; you have to be creative.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    great price

    Academic Rigor

    challenging and fun

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grove City is very good with campus safety even though not much happens.

    Greek Life

    Not so crazy as other colleges, depends on the group but most are fine and do volunteer work.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous groups to get involved in. Lots of volunteer and missions work as well as major-related groups and general fun activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working achievers who prefer a low-key environment to the party scene.

    What to do for fun

    Watch movies(in your room or downtown at the Guthrie), stroll through the beautiful campus or the surrounding neighborhoods, see a play or recital, go to a party or dance on the weekends, go out to eat or order in, hang out with friends, and take advantage of intervis!

    Food and Dining

    While not the best food in the world, Grove City's food is pretty good for cafeteria fare. Usually a pretty good variety of things, but when you can't find anything you like, there is always pizza and the salad bar to save you.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, especially on the freshman halls, is very fun and enjoyable. You have a very close-knit hall and made good friends through activities and classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Grove City academics are top notch. You definitely have to work for good grades - they won't be handed to you unless you have a natural gift for some subject. Be prepared to work long and hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to spend a few days with someone before you apply or accept admission. Get a feel for the atmosphere of the school. I think it's a very warm and welcoming environment and a majority of the students are friendly and easy to talk to. However, it still have the feel of a small rural school and definitely has a Christian emphasis - great qualities for me but not for everyone.

    In three sentences

    Grove City prides itself on three things: Christian environment, excellent academics and affordability. They do a great job of living up to these standards. The people who work there are also great and it is usually never a pain to work with them on anything.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grove City has to be one of the safest campuses in the country. It is located in a small town where nearly nothing happens. In addition, the campus safety officers are always walking and driving the grounds to make sure the students are safe.

    Greek Life

    As a part of the Greek Life on campus I may be biased, but as a whole it is a wonderful experience. Most of the groups allow a chance to be very social and also give outlets to volunteer and help the community. Greek life is extremely fun!

    Bang for the buck

    This school's value is amazing. Average cost for a student to go here is probably under $15,000 a year. For me personally it is a little under that!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and the provider tries to buy local and use fresh everything!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms for women are upgraded for freshman and they are very nice. The rooms can be small, but they are cozy and you are given the freedom to make it your own!

    Academic Rigor

    It has been said that if Grove City College were to drop its religious affiliation it would become an Ivy League School. It is certainly difficult, but if you go to Grove City, you go because you want to learn. You don't go here if it is your desire to live the party life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to be accepted to Grove City College, interview! In your interview, be yourself and do not be afraid to show that you are passionate about something. Grove City College is looking for undergraduates that care about something and want to make a difference in their world. Good grades and SAT scores are important, but this is not all they are looking for.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is well-known in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas as a private, Christian college with really low tuition. This is all true, but there is so much more to it! The academics are challenging, but useful and the student life is wonderful. If balanced correctly Grove City College is an amazing fit for select students.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security officers are really nice, but they are rarely needed; Grove City is a really nice, quiet town.

    Great for these types of students

    Honest, hardworking individuals will do extremely well here.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of education for the cost is unparalleled.

    What to do for fun

    My hallmates and I enjoyed quite a bit of Halo, Age of Empires, and DOTA 2 when we had the time. There are also plenty of IM and club sports to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The food's alright; I enjoyed food from the SAC quite a bit.

    Dorm Life

    The community of my freshmen hall made for some of the best times in my life. I'll never forget that year.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is extremely difficult, but not unreasonably so. The staff ensure that you fully understand the material and are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work extremely hard. It's tough, but it's absolutely worth the work.

    In three sentences

    This school has incredibly high standards, which the staff hold everybody to. Though difficult, the professors are extremely invested in your success. Overall, this place has been the source of the greatest years of my life.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Almost nothing bad ever happens on campus. Campus Security is almost to protective.

    Greek Life

    Around 15 independent Sororities and Fraternities, neither of which has huge campus influence. They are looked upon favorably generally

    Clubs and Activities

    Very large number of clubs, for almost any interest. And one of the nations best intramural sports programs.

    Great for these types of students

    Christians, athletes, smart people and to some extent homeschoolers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creeking newly engaged men in wolf creek, which runs through campus.

    Bang for the buck

    For a private school, it is very cheap, at roughly $20K per year.

    What to do for fun

    A large gym and very cheap bowling lanes are on campus for student use. The town of Grove City is small and has few attractions, but if you have a car there are a several fun things to do in the area.

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 different cafeterias offered, but none are exceptional. There is frequent complaining from students about the food. There are plenty of health options though. There is a large effort to serve food grown locally.

    Dorm Life

    There is a very Christian environment provided and upheld by the RA's. Freshman dorm with freshmen and upperclassmen. Girl and guys are allowed in each others dorm only on certain hours during weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    As stated before, Grove City is quite rigorous. It is possibly the most rigorous of any Christian school, and has been compared to Ivy League schools. Tests are not unbearable, but often close.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for difficult academics, and an environment where everyone paces themselves for a rigorous schedule. There is much encouragement from peers though, as there are cliques for almost any stereotype. Very few students dislike their time spent at Grove City.

    In three sentences

    Grove City is one of the very few Christian schools with truly rigorous academics. It is a place where faith is put first but every student strives for academic excellence. There are vast numbers opportunities provided for students.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and there is a constant presense of campus safety officers to ensure safety. No matter what hours you keep it is safe to be walking around Grove City College by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities to join. There is something for every interest. No matter what you are interested in there is something to meet your needs and if there isn't you can create your own club. There are always things on campus to do and be involved with. With a campus of about 2,400 students there is an exceptional amount of things to do on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of couples get engaged while attending Grove City so there is a tradition that when a couple gets engaged the male is kidnapped by his friends and thrown into Wolf Creek on campus and his fiancee is to be waiting for him with a towel. Serenading is a big thing on campus to go along with the getting engaged craze at Grove City College.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on on campus to do that it is impossible to do everything so you never have a reason to be bored. There is a bowling alley allowing you to bowl for 75 cents a game including shoes which is a cheap thing to do on campus. There is also a movie theater in town that has tickets for about $5. The town of Grove City is also a nice place to go and walk around on a nice day. There are lots of lounges and areas to just hang out with friends as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are two cafeterias and a made to order area. The cafeterias offer a wide variety of options for any dietary need and the made to order food can be on the meal plan during the week which is convenient. The only downside is that one of the cafeterias isn't open during the weekends and you can't get made to order food on the weekend on the meal plan making the one open cafeteria very busy. The meal plan that all residents get provides three meals a day seven days a week which means you don't have to worry about having enough meals to on your plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very comfortable and nice. All of the freshman are housed together which is nice and conducive to meeting new people. Freshman girls are mostly housed in triples which may sound hard but is actually not that bad and almost makes the room feel more homey. Although the dorms are not air conditioned it isn't too bad seeing as it is only needed for a couple weeks at the beginning and end of the school year. The freshman girls dorms were recently redone making them some of the nicest in the school.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are definitely hard but the professors keep you engaged in the class and make you want to learn. The professors are very knowledgeable in their fields and are very willing to help in any way that they can. Make no mistake though, you have to work very hard to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you visit the campus and take a tour and also be sure to interview. If possible try to spend the night with a student to give the best idea of what life would be like there. The more you visit the more you will be comfortable with what the college is really like.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is a great place. It prides itself on rigorous academics, authentically Christian, and at an affordable rate which I feel it definitely lives up to its high standards. I feel confident I chose the right college for me.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They do their job the best they can. As long as you don't do anything ridiculous and are respectful to them, you shouldn't have many problems.

    Greek Life

    Greek groups live on campus, so the groups are usually fairly tame. For the most part, it seems to foster a good sense of community for participants. It's only a campus divider if people make it more of a deal than it actually is.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have diverse interests, you may have a hard time choosing between two things, but you will probably have to do so. There are a lot of great groups on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, but smart, workers. You have to know how to study efficiently. This school is definitely not for slackers or people who only go to school for a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creeking. Enough said.

    Bang for the buck

    The education costs a lot less than other places, but is of high quality. The only downside is there's no federal funding, but (seemingly paradoxically) that's why it costs less - the school uses its resources more wisely.

    What to do for fun

    Make your own fun. Hang out with friends - there are enough intelligent people on campus for an interesting time when you need it. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with those around you.

    Food and Dining

    It's not bad. People complain about it a lot but it isn't terrible. If you don't like anything, get a salad or sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of guys' dorms are a little small, but I've had a fairly good experience in the dorms so far. The girls' dorms are fairly nice from what I've seen.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a lot of work to do. If you're the type of student who thrives under pressure, you're in the right place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick the things you do based on YOUR interests, because if you don't, there won't be any time left over after doing what you're pressured into.

    In three sentences

    I love Grove City for what it is. The dedication of a majority of students and professors impresses me as well as how many bright people there are here. It is truly a quality education in a competitive, usually authentic environment.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can go anywhere, at anytime, all by yourself. The campus safety officers do their jobs, but they tend to overlook minor infractions... what's college without a little rule breaking, right? There's also a police station near the edge of campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty popular on campus. There are about 20 Greek groups on campus. About 15% of the student population is involved in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Grove City has 150+ clubs and activity groups on campus and makes it very easy for new ones to be started. There is a great variety to choose from. Some clubs and activities include: Fraternities, Sororities, Clubs for majors and minors, IM sports, Varsity sports, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Adventure club, chess club, dance troupes, SGA, Student Assistants, Bible studies, Big Sis Lil' Sis, Orientation Board, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Grove City is a school for those who are serious about their academics. You have to be a good student. Also, students tend to be heavily involved in numerous activities, which is why there are so many clubs on campus. Another thing to keep in mind is that Grove City is a Christian school and while students do not need to be Christians to attend, there are required chapels and other Christian events for students to participate in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several traditions and legends on the Grove City Campus, however you'll have to come to find out what they are :)

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of on campus events. Grove City does dances like they're going out of style. There is probably at least one a month. There are also on campus coffee houses, plays, shows, and movies. IM sports are a big draw. 2,300 out of 2,461 students participate in the 30 Intramural sports the college offers (that's over 93% for those of you who aren't mathematically minded.). There's also an outlet mall and restaurants about 15 minutes away (driving). The Guthrie Movie theater is located about a mile from the school, down on Broad Street.

    Food and Dining

    It really depends on what you like to eat. The food can be really good or really bad. The only thing I would change are the dining hall hours. They aren't choice for athletes or those with a night class.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well-kept and mostly up to date. All but one or two have wireless internet access. The dorms are all single sex and most have community bathrooms. The rooms are ample in size and you will find your dorm-mates to be quite friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Grove City is know for its rigorous academics; that's how they advertise themselves. Due to this, GCC attracts those who tend to be more academically minded. For example: 47% of my class graduated in the top 10% of their class and 47 of them were their high school valedictorians. Be prepared to work hard and study hard. Much will be expected of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you study hard, you'll be okay, but it's okay to have fun too. Don't save up your chapel credits for the end of the semester. And don't take any type of physics your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is a terrific value. Practically an Ivy League school, GCC provides its students with a well-rounded and complete education that is craved by employers and higher academia. The knowledge acquired at this institution is priceless.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging but well worth it

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready to work hard and work for an education. This is no walk in the park or a party school its study study study from day one freshman year to the last day of your senior year

    In three sentences

    A great Christian college with many ways to get involved spiritually. A very challenging college with great professors in all fields of study.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Sororities and fraternities are not national; they are only found at Grove City. Most people get involved in greek life because it is a solid group of people who do service projects and provide fellowship.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to get involved in that cover a variety of interests and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically focused, Christian values and morals

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Creeking-When a couple gets engaged, the man is carried and thrown into Wolf Creek on campus

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City is a private school but it asks a reasonable price for its students and in return provides them with a strong education.

    What to do for fun

    Movie nights with friends on the weekend, coffee houses, intermural sports

    Food and Dining

    The food at Grove City is surprisingly good. They have a great cooking staff who provides a variety of foods. There are always many unique options for meals.

    Dorm Life

    Men and women live in separate dorms on different parts of campus, so it creates strong relationships with members of the same sex who live together. There are also less distractions in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Grove City places a high value on its academics and expects its students to do the same.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for challenging academics, get involved but do not try to do everything

    In three sentences

    Grove City is dedicated to focusing on the spiritual growth of its students. It has a strong Christian atmosphere as well as rigorous academics. Grove City is a friendly and beautiful campus.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grove City is in a safe area, and therefore the Campus Safety Police need do little to protect the students, and as a result DO do very little.

    Greek Life

    Lots of options, which I haven't looked into.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of things to do. IM Sports are the most popular activity as they require very little commitment and aren't often taken seriously. A good way to just have fun with friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian, hardworking, (at least slightly) judgmental.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must go to chapel (a 45 minute worship and sermon offered at least 3 times/week) 16 times/semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Oh, my goodness is this school cheap! I have looked into other Christian schools with similar sizes (Grove City is a small school), and they are generally $30 to $40 thousand dollars per year. Grove City is $20,000/year and really gives you a great education.

    What to do for fun

    There is bowling on campus that is inexpensive, a $6 movie theatre nearby, a couple coffee shops where you can sit and relax, and Sheetz runs are very popular. For weekends, Pittsburgh is about 45 minutes away, so if you have a friend with a car, then you can go there to get away.

    Food and Dining

    There are always a lot of choices. There are 3 places you can go to eat, and 2 of them often have a wide variety. The third does not have as much variety, but is in a study area and therefore does not take you away from studying. Mexican food, Asian food, Italian food, American food, sandwiches, salads, cereal, and bread are always available. The dessert can be a hit or miss. They also post the food here: http://www.cafebonappetit.com/menu/your-cafe/grovecity/cafes/details/106/maps. MAP, GeDunk, and Hicks are the cafeterias, so each tab lists what is served at each location.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful for the girls. Not very spacious, but not many are. They are plain white with stucco walls and have between 1 and 4 girls in them. You are most likely to be put with 1 or 2 other girls, though. Guys dorms are not as pretty, but none of the guys seem to complain about them. They have room for their video games and a couch, and that seems to be all that matters to them. Also, you are provided with your own desk, bed, and dresser with 4 drawers. Girls also get a small closet, and I am not sure whether boys do or not.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very challenging academically. There are a few classes that and/or professors who are not so tough, but overall they are difficult. Be prepared to work A LOT and not have much of a social life (as long as high grades are important to you). You will likely have a 2.0 GPA if you try and a lower GPA (therefore getting kicked out) if you slack.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise that you go in for an interview as you are much more likely (statistically) to be accepted if you have one. In the interview, be charming, kind, and confident, and you will do just fine. Make sure you dress in a skirt and nice blouse (females) or khakis and a polo (males).

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is great for students who are focused on studying, Christ, and getting to know others who have those same interests. If you are not interested in those things, I suggest you look elsewhere. Also, dorm life, food, and class sizes are all pretty good.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is super safe. Campus safety are around 24/7. So much so that you are able to leave your laptop on a table to go get lunch for hours and it will still be there.

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetit is a great food service company with really gourmet food.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on your personality. There are sororities, fraternities and housing groups (guys only). I am in a housing group (and loving it) which is like a fraternity but chiller (e.g. most don't have crazy initiations). The dorms are a little old, though, but that's when you get creative.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are difficult, but are not impossible. If you work hard and talk to the professors, you will do well.

    In three sentences

    An awesome school with great academics, a safe campus and a good christian atmosphere. It is a nice small campus to be able to know a lot of people, but still not know everyone.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Very active clubs and IM teams are always going.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rainbow bridge is a very pretty spot late at night when the lights are up. The downtown area is right off of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Grove City College is one of the cheapest christian colleges in the U.S. For the amount of money and the education you are getting at Grove City, it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is always an ultimate Frisbee game going on. If your into bowling, there is a bowling alley in the basement of the PLC.

    Food and Dining

    The food is much better than expected.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are pretty quiet throughout the week because everyone is either studying or outside. The weekends are usually filled with pick up sports and boardgames

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is very challenging and the professors all have high expectations for all of their students.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Intervisitiation- boys and girls are only allowed in each other's dorms during alotted times on weekends

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go to outlets, Pittsburgh

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early decision, develop good study habits

    In three sentences

    GCC is a great faith-centered college. The professors are very happy to help the students with anything and everything. Also, when they say rigorous academics...they mean it.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a small town so you can literally walk around town alone at 3 AM and not have to be alarmed for your security at all.

    Greek Life

    There, but not a huge deal on campus. They don't have their own housing and it is a dry campus so they are not connected to national Greek Life. Not a big deal for people that aren't in a sorority or frat, I'd say it's about half and half with people involved in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many IM and Club sports to count, brilliant Theatre program, societies for many of the majors, clubs for every kind of person.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get away from the crazy looseness of a typical state-school to people who take their degree more seriously, and/or find a christian spouse (seriously, so many upperclassmen get engaged).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A very traditional community in the way of old traditions and quirks. Rainbow Bridge is the most famous of the places on campus, with many traditions surrounding it.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely well worth all money spent. Supportive teachers, good food, credited degrees.

    What to do for fun

    Not much nightlife, can't visit each other's dorms during certain hours if you are of the opposite sex. Greek life is pretty unimportant, but there is people here for everyone to fit in with. Pretty much have to create your own entertainment or go into Pittsburgh.

    Food and Dining

    Food is repetitive after awhile, but what college isn't. For college dining, the food is very good and there are tons of options if you just feel like eating junk food or if you want something healthy.

    Dorm Life

    A bit annoying that you cannot walk into dorms of the opposite sex whenever you want, but it is nice that the dorms are usually quiet and the people are fairly clean and respective of your space.

    Academic Rigor

    Highly Rigorous academics, particularly for the MECE students I can tell you from experience. Don't be dissapointed if your GPA is a lot lower than you expected in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and dedicate yourself to your degree. This is not a college for students focused on partying or social life. Be prepared to dedicate yourself to your degree and to those societies you intend to be involved in.

    In three sentences

    Rigorous academics. Supportive Christian atmosphere. Kind Small-town Community.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Getting involved in campus activities opens up a lot of doors to have fun. Playing sports (whether varsity, club, or IM) or getting involved in the theater open up fun commitments. It is also nice to watch movies with friends or play games in the dorms. Ketler has pool tables as well as ping pong tables.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. I'm sure for a college the food is average. I appreciate the variety in the food selection.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are impressively clean kept. The staff is helpful and supportive. There are separate male and female dorms with sanctioned visitation hours on the weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    You must stay on top of your work to be successful at Grove City College. Time must be spent on each subject; you will not just cruise through.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an athlete that never considered playing in college, I suggest looking into it. It is competitive and disciplined but does not control your life.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is a beautiful campus filled with exceptional people. It is academically vigorous while maintaining a Christian foundation. The size is perfect for meeting a variety of new people but not for getting lost in a sea of students at a sporting event.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 56

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    IM Sports

    In three sentences

    Challenging academic school. Great value. Many activities on campus

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Studious, Christ-followers

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great education, very worth the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Study... there's bowling alleys, rec rooms, IM sports, club sports, lots to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options and you can almost always find something that sounds good to you.

    Dorm Life

    For some it's been great, but I have had a rough time with my roommate situation.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very difficult but so worthwhile putting forth the extra effort to learn and keep your grades up.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    40 of 56

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    This looks like a great private college. It even has a technical side to it!

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are various Greek Life Groups on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone available

    Great for these types of students

    Conservative students that are willing to work hard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Getting Creeked: when Grovers get engaged, the guy gets thrown into Woolf Creek on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Pittsburgh is close by, there are great shopping outlets just minutes away, and students regularly plan hang out times.

    Food and Dining

    Grove City has great options for food, and all of their food tastes great, but you do tend to get sick of it by Senior year.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are newly renovated and spacious, but some are on the older side and are in need of renovation.

    Academic Rigor

    Grove City is very challenging and requires regular commitment to schoolwork.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the school well before deciding to come here. Be prepared to work hard all 4 years, but also to develop close relationships with your professors, and also a great work ethic.

    In three sentences

    Grove City is a challenging school, so don't apply if you want to breeze through college. It develops a rigorous work ethic in its students, and the faculty genuinely care about the students. It is also conservative, but not ridiculously so, therefore students will encounter more rules than at some other schools.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    42 of 56

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I Think Grove City College is very nice. I think it could possibly be the college for me.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 56

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety does their job very well and makes sure that the campus stays safe for us. They keep the student body updated on security concerns so we know when to take extra safety precautions.

    Greek Life

    There is a Greek life on campus but they do not live in Greek specific housing. They have certain halls in the different residence halls where the majority of the sorority or fraternity members live.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 50 clubs and organizations on campus that one can join so there is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    GCC is great for any student who is looking to challenge themselves and grow as a person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is that when a couple gets engaged the fiance's friends take him to Wolfe Creek and throw him in. The fiancee also attends and she must bring a towel to the creeking.

    Bang for the buck

    GCC is definately worth the money that I am paying to go here. GCC is also one of the cheapest colleges when you look at the type of education you get here. The tuition for the year is approximately $23,000 which is much less than other private schools where you may not receive the same academic rigour.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I get together with friends and walk to town. I also enjoy going out to the quad and doing my homework there or playing a game of frisbee. IM sports are also great. There are also many different programs different clubs on-campus put on such as a monthly coffee houses that SGA does.

    Food and Dining

    GCC's food service is great. Bon Appetit does its best to create an appetizing menu. The only down side is that after a while the food choices do get repetitive but I do have to say that it's difficult to come up with 546 different meals for the year. However, there is always a variety at the six different stations.

    Dorm Life

    I have enjoyed the life on the residence halls a lot. It has a sense of community and some of my closest friends are people on my hall. I love my roommates and I have so much fun with them. The RA's also make sure that they plan lots of activities for the hall to do as a group which also helps build unity.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but the professors are great. They will make the class worthwhile. While some of the work the professors assign may seem like busy work you will be surprised by what you learn from completing the assignment. These assignments are a great way to help you study too!

    Tips for prospective students

    GCC follows typical western PA weather so make sure to bring an umbrella and winter jacket for the fall. Be prepared to make great friends and meet awesome people! Get involved in the many clubs and IM sports that are offered to meet people and get a study break.

    In three sentences

    GCC is an amazing school that really follows its mission statement. It has rigorous academics, active student life, and a strong Christian basis. The classes are great and will really challenge the student to think about what they believe.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    They've got a lot of intramural sports and some varsity sports. A variety of Greek life and over 100 organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Do you: love to learn new things and study a lot? love God? love close-knit relationships? Then you belong here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I hear the men get creeked after they've proposed...As a side note I also hear that marriage is strongly encouraged here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's $23,000ish total. Not cheap. But for a private school actually pretty good. I'm trying to look at it as an investment that hopefully when I graduate I will be happy I completed college at Grove City.

    What to do for fun

    Study! Or walk around the cute little town, play games with friends or go to the outlet mall 20 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    The food's great like everyone else is saying. Lots of variety but it's good quality food as well.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone on the halls is super close with one another. When I did an overnight visit the girl I stayed with hosted a fun little movie night with some other girls in the hall. I felt very welcomed!

    Academic Rigor

    All I can say is I hope I have some free time left! The professers are wonderful, but this is not a school where you can slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    As others said, get the paperwork in early! It's a hassle. Make sure you do an overnight visit to see how you like the feel and fit of the school. One thing I know for sure is you either belong here or you don't. Don't come here if you're not a Christian or don't like to work hard.

    In three sentences

    It's quaint and beautiful, academically rigorous and proud to call itself a Christian school. From what I hear, people work very hard but also have a lot of fun, and the close community can't be beat. God is first and foremost.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus security traveling around the campus twenty four seven. If you manage to get away with bringing in alcohol or climb the school buildings, they will know. also there are cameras in many different places. if something goes wrong and someone needs help, they will be there in less than five minutes at the most.

    Greek Life

    The Frats,Sororities, and Housing groups each have their own flare depending on which group you join. There is no extreme hazing so you don't have to worry about that. They each support a student's need for academic performance first before having fun so each affiliation takes care of their own.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are club fairs on campus the first three weeks of school. Hundreds of campus clubs are more than happy for you to join each.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grove City is known for their unusually high marriage rates. So when a couple gets engaged, we take the man and go through a ritual where he gets thrown into Wolf Creek and his wife to be waits outside with a towel. After that is done we go out for laughs and merriment.

    Bang for the buck

    The people are nothing but friendly to you. If you manage to attend this college and not find at least 5 close friends then you would be the first. There is never a weekend that there is nothing to do at this college. There is at least one activity every weekend to meet someone new.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous things to do when you join a housing group or a fraternity. When you have transportation, we go to hockey games, baseball games, and etc. On campus they host a dance once a month on average. There is a stip of vintage stores and restaurants to walk to. there is an old style movie theatre that is very fantastic. the campus itself is really big. There is open space to go on walks and anything outdoors without having to worry about the outside world. There is an extravagant gym that has new equipment. It has whatever you need to get in shape. finally, they have a bowling alley below the gym as well.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is very modern. There are two dining halls. One has been built in the past ten years, so it has all the different types of foods you could want. they have excellent hours and they are completely lenient as to how much you can eat during your meal. Desert is amazing. All in all, the food is great tasting and offers all the nutritional needs of a young college student.

    Dorm Life

    The resident assistants that help you move in get you involved as a unit with your hall mates. Since this school is a christian school there are the usual bible studies and prayer circles. Along with this there are many opportunities to compete along side your hall in different sports opportunities and fraternity and housing group introductions. There is no chaos at night because of quiet hours and there are intervision hours for the opposing sex. This allows maximum focus on your studies.

    Academic Rigor

    The material and teachers from this school are always strictly serious. The homework and assignments are completely decided on your own terms, but the material that is learned in the homework and during class is exactly what is on the exams and tests. if you do not keep up with the extensive work that the teachers provide, you will not succeed to your highest capability.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to join the next upcoming chapter of Grove City College, you must be completely serious with your education. Along with academic focus, a Grove City Student must be capable of plugging himself/ herself with the schools programs and religious activities on the school campus. This is key to having a successful degree in whatever field you study in.

    In three sentences

    The education is critically challenging, which is a great aspect to look for in a college. Grove City prizes themselves on maintaining strict rules to protect student academic performance. The educators of this fine school develop personal relationships with each individual student to provide maximum material absorption.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have one of the safest campuses in America. Almost no crime occurs around here, you never hear about sexual scandals, rarely hear of on-campus drinking, and the security guards are always around to make sure young girls aren't about to jump into a freezing river. (Trust me, I've been there.)

    Greek Life

    Boring! There isn't much to say about it, and I am not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of activities here that get you involved in the community and allow you to make a difference!

    Great for these types of students

    Christian Conservative Home-schooled

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the best traditions is creeking. Men who propose to their girlfriends while attending here will be unexpectedly dragged down to Wolf Creek and thrown in to celebrate!

    Bang for the buck

    This school only costs about 22k a year, and yet offers an awesome education taught by dedicated teachers, and the dorm life is super fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are many religious and service activities to get involved in, a huge intramural sports program, and many fun on-campus events as well as a few neat places to go eat off-campus. You have to make your own fun here.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the best, but it certainly beats high school cafeteria food, and there are a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorm life is amazing. You will make life-long friends here.

    Academic Rigor

    This is definitely an academically rigorous school, but the teachers are amazing and extremely dedicated, which makes everything a whole lot easier!

    Tips for prospective students

    Trust in God, and don't worry about it!

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is an amazing school that encourages academic success while promoting strong Christian values. The school offers a top-notch education for a reasonable price. There isn't much of a night life, but the I've never had so much fun in my life.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports!

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well, let's see. I usually leave my wallet on the table in the cafeteria to reserve a seat, as do most other students. That's probably enough said.

    Greek Life

    Frats and sororities do seem to be making a comeback but only slowly. Hazing is unheard of at least in the way that it appears at secular colleges. Depends on personality really. There are tons of kids who choose not to participate in Greek life with housing groups being a popular alternative. Overall Greek life is pretty tame (it's hard to host wild drunken parties on a dry campus).

    Clubs and Activities

    The intramural sports are kings at Grove City, the college being recognized as #2 or something for the intramural program. One can choose from badminton, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, basketball and a ton of others. Of course actual college sports teams do exist with varying degrees of recognition. Being a small private Christian school such teams rarely attract those seriously considering playing professionally. The college hosts an annual club/activity/intramural fair to showcase the dozens of clubs and Christian groups

    Great for these types of students

    Nerds Christians Conservatives Fans of Tolkien or C.S. Lewis Really focused academic overachievers (known by most as Grovers)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Poling: Usually reserved to freshmen guys who get duct-taped to a lamp post next to the girls' dorms on their birthday. Generally guys lose interest in carrying out the time honored tradition around winter which is good since girls lose interest in cutting the guys down. Creeking: Being a Christian school, many students inevitably get engaged while on campus. Guys get carried down to the creek on campus and are thrown in. Generally it is expected that the girl be there to see the creeking or she may get dunked as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Provides an excellent education at basically half the cost of going to a far more inferior Christian school. The solid Christian profs and the student body remain dedicated, for the most part, to living authentic Christian lives in a fallen world. Some don't like the all-prevailing Christian-ness and chafe under rules meant to keep Grove City from backsliding just like most accommodating Christian colleges but that just stinks for them.

    What to do for fun

    Without car: join a club. join an intramural, join a sports team, go to the tiny theater in town, participate in theatre, join marching band, do stuff with friends on campus, attend lectures, engage in hobbies, I can't list everything so just do what you would do for fun at home With car: Go anywhere/do anything, visit Pittsburgh/Erie/other cities in PA, tons of camping and outdoor places in Western PA, hiking, biking, canoeing Optional: If you can, definitely study abroad

    Food and Dining

    For those with a meal plan, most food is provided by the two main cafeterias whose food service is provided by Bon Apetit. The food is overall much better than at most college campuses and does strive to provide a variety of option. Food quality notoriously declines on Sunday but a lot of students also eat off campus on Sunday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. Some people choose to game their way through all four years and suck at life while others form actual friendships and socially interact. The dorms aren't palaces...well the apartments are pretty nice but only for juniors/seniors...but the whole campus is fairly compact. The library, cafeterias, and main academic buildings are at most a 5 minute walk away. A ton depends on your roommate but most people can get along.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are definitely vigorous at Grove City. The HUMA core is unavoidable but an excellent program for ensuring all students have basic writing/research skills and a background in the arts, church and world history. Academics is the main focus over sports and whatever else which makes sense, being a college and all. This isnt a community or state school so expect to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect a party atmosphere. Nerds of all stripes welcome. Tons of home school kids which is either good or bad depending on your preference. Prepare for a bit of snow and tons of rain. Having a car greatly improves college life, allowing for trips to Pittsburgh and other urban centers, since Grove City barely constitutes a city.

    In three sentences

    Grove city is an excellent choice for students who want a liberal arts education in a setting friendly to conservative, evangelical Christians. Overall the profs are great, with a few nuts of course!, the campus is safe/compact and the atmosphere is very friendly toward living a sincere Christian life. Good engineering program, shout out to the awesome history department!

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not many Christian colleges have Greek life, but Grove City does! Greek life contributes largely to the feel of the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun on the Grove City campus. As mentioned earlier, there seems to be a dance every other weekend (club, ballroom, swing). There are always a few events going on whether it is a football game, a play, a coffee house, etc... Aside from that, there are hang out spots all over campus, intervisitation, shops/restaurants in the city just off of campus, the old-fashioned movie theater (the Guthrie), etc... Overall, I have only on rare occasion (if ever) heard anyone complain about not having enough to do for fun around GCC!

    Food and Dining

    This one's really a tie between a three and a four star. Personally, I really like the food a lot. Many people complain that it's not as good though. The food in the main cafeterias is generally really good, while the food from the small cafeteria in the student union (the GeDunk) is not nearly as good. Again, overall the food is great, but some days it can be a little lacking. I personally think it's just fine! I even like it!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is sweet. Well, I like it anyways! All of the dorms are on campus of course, and none of them are co-ed (with the exception of the upper-classman apartments in Colonial). It's not like Liberty though (where you're not allowed to go into the other gender's buildings). We have intervisitation hours every Wednesday night, Friday night, almost all day Saturday, and most of Sunday. There are also common areas/lounges in every building where you can go and hang out (even if you can't go to people's rooms). It doesn't have a constricting feel to it at all; I love it personally. There's also a great Student Life & Learning staff & a great RA staff present on campus that work hard to develop a great sense of community throughout the dorm buildings. They really care for one another and for their residents; it's not fake at all, and they are readily available to you.

    Academic Rigor

    I almost gave GCC a 5. However, while Grove City College certainly does have rigorous academics, I don't want to be naive. I realize that there are certainly other colleges that have a more rigorous academic schedule (e.g. Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and other Ivy Leagues). For a school that is not officially an Ivy League, however, Grove City is about as rigorous as you're going to get. Our professors are top-rate. Again, many of our professors have turned down positions at Ivy Leagues to be at Grove City because they believe in the mission of the college so much. . Of course, the level of academic rigor or toughness varies greatly from major to major. The two easiest majors at our school are most likely Communications and Political Science, while the hardest majors are majors like Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics. The humanities majors (aside from the two just mentioned) are generally fairly tough. There are so many students at GCC, however, who were straight-A students in high school but are now struggling to maintain a 2.0 or a 2.5 GPA. It's definitely not a push-over school. It's not uncommon to hear of some of our graduates (with high GPA's) go on to pursue degrees in graduate school at top-ranked schools (such as Princeton, Oxford, MIT, etc...). GCC prepares you well.

    Tips for prospective students

    It may seem a bit odd at first that a college can afford to offer such a good price for such a quality education. The first thing that goes through most peoples' minds is What gives? Most people believe that they get what they pay for (i.e. Ivy League schools), so it seems too good to be true when they hear that GCC offers a quality education (comparable to the Ivy Leagues) at less than half the national average. However, unlike many of the major universities and colleges around the nation, GCC is special in that its administration values their mission over getting an enormous paycheck... really. There are many professors at Grove City that have turned down positions at Ivy League schools simply because they believe so strongly in the mission of the college. It's hard to find a Christian college that retains such a high student body involvement and such an academically rigorous education. All in all, don't worry! You'll get what you pay for... and more. Also, even though Grove City is in a small town, don't worry about there not being enough going on socially on campus. I thought there would be a lot less social life on campus than there is, but Grove City students really do love to have a good time! It's not a party school in the way that some schools can be (not much drugs or alcohol), so, if that's your idea of a good time, don't come here. There are dances seemingly every other week (club, ballroom, swing) and a ton of events going on each weekend that are all very well-attended. There's never a shortage of things to do! If you REALLY need to get away to a big city, Pittsburgh isn't too far away.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is a small liberal arts college in Western Pennsylvania known for its rigorous academics and authentically Christian education, and, as a student, I can honestly say they have lived up to that standard. Before I was a student at the college, I always felt drawn to it because of the people I knew who had gone there and the incredible character and influence that they exerted. Grove City is certainly tough, but I appreciate so much the level of care and sincerity that the professors and faculty have for their students and for one another, and I appreciate as well how much students really do have a role in the College's current environment and future direction.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a school that truly seeks to follow Christ and biblical principles but don't want to settle for an academically light experience, Grove City is the school for you. GCC strives to apply its faith base to every area of learning while raising the academic bar to excellence.

    Food and Dining

    The food is like eating at a fine restaurant, with dozens of options made fresh and hot and delicious. Forget the whole idea of cafeteria food!

    Dorm Life

    Relaxing, fun, and laid back.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best. There is a very solid core curriculum in Humanities that supplements all majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Relax about your application interview! It is NOT scary. Simply be prepared to have a conversation about your interests, academic achievements, and your personal values (what's important to you? What do you consider your own strengths and weaknesses to be?). But most of all, don't stress!

    In three sentences

    GCC is one of the top schools dedicated to academic excellence and committed to Christ. The campus is beautiful, faculty helpful and pleasant, and students dress and act respectively. Most impressively, GCC offers the absolute best price for its value-- tuition is about half what other schools of its rank and quality charge!

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Grove City Outlets are a major shopping attraction, and located only 15 minutes off of campus. There is also little downtown Grove City, which has shops including Beans on Broad, the local coffee shop, and The Guthrie, our local movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetit does a great job with providing the students with quality food. Sometimes the meals are a little bland, but they work well with what they have.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all very nice. Some have recently been renovated, but all are roomy and have good quality furniture. The only downside is no air conditioning - but in Western PA, you don't really need AC in the fall and spring months.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult but manageable. The professors always expect you to work hard, and when you do, you are rewarded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grove City is not an easy college. If you're looking to be challenged intellectually, then go to Grove City! Your chances of getting a good job right out of college increase dramatically with a degree from Grove City College, too.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is academically rigorous but worth the extra work! Everyone at Grove City is friendly and pleasant. The professors are helpful and the campus is gorgeous!

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very quiet. We have no nationally affiliated Greek clubs.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some of our most popular clubs are Swing Dance and Ballroom. We are well know for our IM sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Christian conservatives looking for good academics. Great for students looking for great academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wolf Creek is a popular place for celebrating proposals, namely by throwing the man in. Our lower-campus nature trails are lovely, and there is a telescope on campus. In the girls dorm is the nicest lounge on campus, termed The Princess Lounge for the grand spiral staircase.

    What to do for fun

    There is usually a dance or party or some other event every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The desserts aren't great, but the rest of the food is.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes too cold, and no air conditioning in the summer. Very roomy.

    Tips for prospective students

    We are not easy, you will struggled academically, please know how to study. You can do it. We are accepting. You will have to embrace the Chapel credits.

    In three sentences

    We are very conservative and Christian, but that doesn't mean we don't accept others. The Chapel credits aren't that bad. We have a fantastic learning and living atmosphere and rigorous academics.

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many intramurals! from ultimate frisbee to fencing to racquetball there is something for everyone. There is really no possible way to be board on this campus.

    Food and Dining

    The pizza bar is great! totally worth living off of. The food here is a lot better than most of the other colleges I have eaten at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. pretty average college dorms. With all the intramurals though I doubt much time will be spent inside them.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard a ton about the academics at this college. THey are rigorous but productive. YOu can surely count on knowing what youre doing in the workplace after graduation though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Relax and be yourself! Grove city looks at the whole picture. I did not think i had a dream of getting in but I was surprised!

    In three sentences

    Grove city is a beautiful campus. Everyone here is nice. You can't go wrong with the values taught here.

  • 06/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several parks in the area, the local outlet mall and several good local eateries.

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetite works really hard to accommodate the students needs. Sometimes it appears that the menu repeats but they do a good job. Student Government hosts Food Feedback Forum for students with the Bon Appetite manager every month.

    Dorm Life

    There are lots of activities to get involved with. Dorm halls, especially freshman halls get together and make IM sports teams. The Residence Life staff really works hard to accommodate the students and create community.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies from department to department but the professors and staff want you to be the best in your field. They will push you to be the best you can be. It is what you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Studying is important but make sure to make a balance between studying and fun. Get involved in a couple things but do not over commit by joining everything immediately.

    In three sentences

    I have really enjoyed attending Grove City College the last couple years. The professors are really helpful and want you to excel.

  • 06/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This has got to be the safest campus and town in America. I don't know of anywhere else where people can safely claim tables in the cafeteria by leaving their wallets on it! I always feel very safe walking around by myself, even at 1 am. Campus safety is frequently making the rounds so you did need help for whatever reason, you would get it very fast.

    Greek Life

    Greeks and independents get along quite well here. Most people I know have friends in both groups. Greeks make quite the scene during rush week and organize a number of the social events for the whole college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs to choose from! From fencing to ballroom dancing to rugby to the Secondary Education Society, you will find something that fits you.

    Great for these types of students

    GCC is great for students who are willing to work hard and really care about their studies and who are looking for a close college family.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition that happens when Grover guy asks his Grover girlfriend to marry him and she accepts. The guy's friends plan an ambush for him and carry him down to Wolf Creek (which runs through campus) and toss him in! His new fiance is supposed to meet him with a towel or she may be tossed in as well!

    Bang for the buck

    GCC is an extremely inexpensive school which makes up for the fact that it doesn't accept federal aid (they will take state aid if you live in PA). They also have a pretty good financial aid program and if you get good grades, you can qualify for scholarships. Even if scholarships don't cover everything and you need to go into some debt (like me!), I would definitely say coming here is worth it! I love GCC and can't picture myself anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of great clubs and intramural sports to get involved with for fun. You can also just hang out with friends in one of the two rec rooms and play pool or ping-pong. There is also a nice coffee shop in town that you can easily walk to called Beans on Broad that students like to hang out at. GCC is not a party school, so if that is what you are looking for don't come here. Grovers have a blast just being with friends and don't feel a need to go and get stoned doing so.

    Food and Dining

    Bon Appetit is the company that is in charge of the food here at Grove City College. I have heard that they have been better in years past, but recently the food has not been great. There are two main dining rooms on campus attached to two of the dorms: Hicks and MAP. The food is set up as a buffet where you can go to different stations and pick out exactly what you want. There is also a small place to get food in the students union called the Geedunk. You can either choose from a set of options and purchase with a meal credit from your meal plan (just like you would when going into Hicks or MAP), or you can order something else and buy it with money. You can also get coffee, milk, juice, soda, junk food, or baked goods there. The Geedunk is open longer than the regular cafeterias so it is nice to have it as an option if you accidentally miss dinner or something. If you want to treat yourself to really good food, go to the biweekly Food Feedback Forums that are put on by Bon Appetit and the Students Government Association. Bon Appetit always goes out of their way to make something really good for those.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of the students live in the on-campus dorms. This helps form that close family community we have. Guys and girls have separate dorms, but intervisitation is allowed on weekends and on Wednesday nights. Most of the dorms also have lobbies that are open to both genders until midnight everyday (longer on the weekends). This is very nice as during the week those who really need to study can have peace and quiet without the distraction of their hallmates and roommates having fun with their significant others, but for those who do want to get together with their boy/girlfriend there are places they can go to hang out. All the freshman resident students are placed in the same dorms (North Hall for the girls and Memorial or Hicks for they guys). This is great as it gives the freshmen a chance to really get to know their own class in a unique way. There are also some on-campus apartments available to upperclassmen. The rest of the dorms are made up of both halls with community bathrooms or suites. All the freshmen live on halls with community bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are quite challenging here, but they will help you learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the campus and experience it for yourself! Come and meet your potential professors in a major you are considering at one of the Junior or Senior Crimson days. Have a meal in the cafeteria. Talk with students walking around on campus and you will see just how friendly they really are.

    In three sentences

    GCC is a small and beautiful campus located in Grove City, PA, a similarly small, but charming, town. It has a close-knit student body family and the professors love getting to know their students personally. It has top-notch academics that will challenge you, but plenty of clubs, organizations, and intramural sports to blow off steam with.

  • 07/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Several students participate in Greek life, but one does not feel left out if they choose not to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    The intramural sports program is phenomenal.

    Great for these types of students

    Type A, organized, caring, intelligent, studious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When a couple gets engaged, several boys gather and carry the groom-to-be and throw him into Wolf Creek and if his fiance isn't there to greet him with a towel, she gets thrown in, as well.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of education that Grove City provides greatly outweighs the cost of attendance. Because the school takes no government money, tuition can remain low.

    What to do for fun

    There is an old, historic movie theater in town, along with a coffee shop and several small shops. If a student has a car, they can drive an hour to Pittsburgh or just 10 minutes to the Premium Outlets.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Grove City is fresh, delicious, and always healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Students make some of their closest friends in the dorms, especially the freshman dorms. Keep your doors and minds open to making new friends and memories.

    Academic Rigor

    Grove City provides an education that mirrors an Ivy League school, but without the title.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open.

    In three sentences

    Grove City College is a challenging, but remarkable school. Students will discover who they truly are and find friends who share the same interests as they do. Everyone feels a sense of community and togetherness, no matter what age or major.