Grove City College: Narrative Description

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100 Campus Dr.
Grove City, PA 16127-2104
Tel: (724)458-2000; Admissions: (724)458-2100; Fax: (724)458-3395; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 150-acre small town campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Total enrollment: 2,314. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,199 applied, 41% were admitted. 62% from top 10% of their high school class, 89% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 18 National Merit Scholars, 2 class presidents, 66 valedictorians, 256 student government officers. Full-time: 2,279 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 35 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 13 other countries, 47% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Hispanic, 0.2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 90% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 88% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 3/15, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $14,378 includes full-time tuition ($9376), mandatory fees ($150), and college room and board ($4852). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 123 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 13% of eligible men and 16% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Salt Company, Warriors for Christ, orientation board, Orchesis, touring choir. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, President's Gala. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, monitored women's residence hall entrances. 2,030 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Henry Buhl Library with 139,000 books, 263,000 microform titles, 550 serials, and an OPAC. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Grove City, population 8,000, is an urban community that produces compressors, gas and diesel engines, soldering equipment and linemen's supplies. The city has a hospital, several churches, a library, theatre, YMCA, and various civic and fraternal organizations. You can experience big-city shopping at the Grove City Factory Shops located just outside of town. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, golf, football, baseball, swimming, tennis, basketball, bowling, boating, and ice and roller skating.