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Reviews 934 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The education department is one of the best of many schools. It is rigorous and adequately prepares for future jobs.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school is really supportive in the sports.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The students are well rounded individuals and most are great people to know

5 College Freshman

Majors: The work load if very rigorous which helps prepare for future endeavors. The professors truly care about educating the students rather than producing diplomas.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship

2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of courting.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Really nice apartments in different part of campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: GCC provides money when it is needed, and they don't mark up their tuition price just to mark it back down.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Great opportunity at GCC. Joined my freshman year and I don't regret it.

4 College Senior

Majors: Electrical and mechanical engineering are great options at GCC.

3 College Senior

Majors: Very hard to get into, electrical moreso than mechanical.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food is salty and dry most of the time. Meat is always overcooked.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: The greeks and non-greeks tend to get along. Some non-greeks don't appreciate the distractions presented in pledge week but that's about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Theres really nothing good or bad about it. Just a solid place to live.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There is virtually nothing to do in Grove City, though Pittsburgh is just an hour away.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is not that great. Bon Appetit (the company that provides the dining options) has its good days, but mostly not that great and occasionally borderline horrific. I have heard that the food has been better in past years and is just declining in quality. Bon Appetit loves to post signs and talk about how wonderful, organic, local, and "cage free/free range" their food is, but quite frankly, it just isn't all that great as a whole. Sherry runs a great omelet station for breakfast in MAP that is hugely popular (get there early to get in line!) and the crepe station is also a big hit. The pork is usually good as well. The Geedunk (in the student union) has a nice dining option that can be used with a meal credit (you can bag up the food and take it anywhere with you) but the options are limited and get old after awhile. If you want really good food, go to the Food Feedback Forums that are every other week. They are put on by Bon Appetit and the Student Government Association and there is always really good food, proving that Bon Appetit CAN make really good food when they want to!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a Greek myself and I don't think I ever will go Greek, however I have a number of good friends who have gone Greek and like it. Greeks make a big scene during rush week and organize a lot of the campus social events. There is generally no partying among them, although a few of the groups are known to host off-campus parties sometimes. The Greeks have designated halls in the dorms with independents in between and around. Most people seem to have a mix of Greek and non-Greek friends.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is truly very beautiful to walk about. Students like to spread out on the quad to study or socialize on sunny days. The rest of the time, most people go to the students union. For hardcore studying (which happens a lot!) students go to the library or the lobby of HAL (you can also sign out a classroom there with another student or more for a private place to study). A fun campus tradition is that of "creeking." This happens when a guy asks his girlfriend to marry him and she accepts. His closest friends later ambush him and carry him down to Wolf Creek (which runs through campus) while chanting "Wolf Creek" and toss him in! His fiance is then supposed to meet him with a towel or she may be tossed in as well!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The one thing that sets GCC apart the most is the unique and special Christian spirit. Students are vibrant in their expression of their faith unlike at most colleges. That is the first thing that stood out to me when I visited and it is what made me instantly fall in love with GCC!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My major (History with Secondary Education) was no different to get into than any other major as an incoming freshman. I just put it down as my major on my application. As a sophomore, I will need to officially apply to be apart of the education program. The most important criteria for admission would probably be grades/test scores, diverse extracurricular activities, and your personal statement/essay. Try to aim for an ACT score of a 30 (retake it if you need to) or the equivalent in the SAT (I forget what that is at the moment). That is the average score accepted at GCC. While diverse extracurriculars are a plus, make sure you have something that you have stuck to over a number of years to show that you have dedication. I strongly recommend coming in for an interview. I had a very positive one and I feel that it was a big factor in my getting accepted. Through both your interview and statement/essay, show that you feel a personal connection to the campus community and that you want to be apart of it. Come to the campus and get a feel for it; write or talk about what about it exactly makes you excited and long to come here.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I really enjoy my program here. I particularly love the education program. I have not met a lot of the professors yet, but I love all the ones that I have and have heard great things about the others. The History department is wonderful as well, but some of the classes can be extremely difficult and a little frustrating when you need to keep your GPA up. My major (History with Secondary Education) is a very full one as I only have two credits of general electives. Most majors are not like this.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Grove City college. It is a small and close family that I am proud to be apart of. I have made some great friends here across different class years. After just one year I can honestly say that I would recognize most people on campus, even if I don't know them personally. I've meet some great professors that really care about each one of the students. The academics challenge me. There are many, many campus groups - so many that it is difficult to chose between them! The campus is absolutely beautiful (even on rainy days, which we get a lot of)! Most everyone on campus is very friendly. If you come for a visit, just stop someone and talk to them, and you will find this out for yourself. I am very happy that I chose to come here!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The guys and girls are in separate dorms, but there is intervisitation on the weekends and Wednesday night. I personally like that there is no intervis most of the time as if allows students peace and quite in their dorms without distractions from the presence of the opposite sex to study. It also permits students of each gender to get to know each other in a better way without the pressure to always be dating. There are some on-campus apartments for upperclassmen where intervis is allowed every night. During intervis, the door of the room with someone of the opposite gender in it much be kept open at least four inches (just put a shoe in it) and a light other than a TV much also be on. Guests must also be signed in and out.The dorms have lobbies where students of both genders are allowed in until midnight during the week and I think 1 am on the weekends.There are absolutely no alcohol or drugs allowed on campus as anytime. Students of age are allowed to drink off campus, but are expected to behave soberly when they return to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Grove City is small, but it's awesome! There is an outlet mall not far away that is popular. Grove City is one of the safest places in America. As a female, I feel perfectly safe walking around campus by myself at night. Other than visting a local restaurant, taking in a movie at the local small theater, or shopping there isn't that much to do with out having to drive closer to Pittsburgh (about an hour away). The local community loves the GCC students! There are also a ton of churches in the area, as Grove City is very strongly Christian (especially the college community).

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most of the students look great; the girls tend to look more put together than the guys. While there are always some students that will wear the typical lazy college look of sweats and a tee-shirt, most people dress in nice casual wear. Girls frequently wear fashion conscious, casual dresses or jeans and flats/boots with nice tops. Guys usually wear jeans or khakis with a tee-shirt or polo/button down.

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The Quad The Quad The quad of Grove City College, with Harbison Chapel, opened in 1930, on the left, and North Hall, a women's dormitory, on the right.

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John Kloosterman
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Freshmen might be a little skeptical about the "Grove City family" lingo that they hear during orientation and opening convocation. However, by graduation, many undergrads admit that Grove City College is a second family. Like almost any real family, Grove City College has its unpopular rules, its rebels, its squabbles, and its quirks. But also like a real family, there's a bond-despite the blemishes. Not everyone is in love with their college family, but Grovers have no excuse to feel like just one of the crowd.

Some students complain their way through four years of killer academics, narrow-mindedness, and local boredom, but by the time most of them actually finish, they have enjoyed Grove City College, despite their gripes. In contrast, many students rave about the school right from the start. They thrive on the academic challenges, accept Christian values, and change the local atmosphere with their passionate desire to serve God and others. The popularity of activities like Orientation Board, Homecoming Committee, and tour guiding are sure signs that students love their school. Grovers, the mainstream and rebel alike, make life-changing connections here.
They become the happily-married, successful alumni who bring their kids to Homecoming for an extended family vacation or reunion.

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