Academics

Location
Grove City, PA
Undergrads
2,469
Tuition
$14,880
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

Academics: I feel challenged for the first time in my life.

5 College Junior

Academics: vigorous academics for sure!! Professors are first-class and insanely educated! The registration process is online and only open to certain classes at certain time - you'd best be ready to register or you could miss your first class choices!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a psychology major and so far I have been very impressed with the academics. The work load can be overwhelming but the professors are very helpful and are extremely available to the students.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process can be frustrating for freshmen because they sign up for classes last, but professors are almost always willing to sign you into a class if it's full. The work load is daunting but as long as you manage your time it isn't too much.

1 College Freshman

Academics: I was majoring as an Elementary Education major and I was severely dissapointed in the lack of knowledge of current happenings in the Education world. While the teachers know a lot, questions about the Common Core were answered with I don't know. This happened in a class as we talked about the pros and cons of different forms of assessment.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 970th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1019th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1049th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 1049th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1160th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

John Kloosterman
Hometown
Kalamazoo, MI
Major
English
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Professors set high standards and students often sweat to reach them. In fact, some freshmen gulp when they get their first-semester midterm grades. Many students live out Edison's maxim about genius-"one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." There are very few slackers around, and even students with traditionally less stressful majors typically add a minor or take a few tough classes to expand their minds. Engineering and biology majors are known for long hours at the library, and education majors seem forever occupied with lesson plans and projects. All these hard workers blend in with their peers because the student body is known for its strong work ethic and wide range of interests.

Hard-working students rarely outdo their professors. Profs at GCC carry more classes and focus less on personal research projects than their associates at other highly-ranked institutions. Even busy schedules and an occasional book publication don't keep our professors from stated office hours, posting home numbers on syllabi, and even hosting activities at their own homes. They are almost always there for their students. Students expect their profs to challenge and help them. Profs, in turn, expect their students to think hard and participate in discussions-especially in social sciences and humanities classes. Often, professors incorporate their faith into class by prayer or discussion about Christian viewpoints. Of course, there are a few less-than-wonderful professors around, so be sure to talk to an upperclassman and get the scoop on the best profs and the few you should try to avoid.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Total FT Faculty
139
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Transfer-Out Rate
7%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
40
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 40%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 53%
  • 50 or More Students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Albert A. Hopeman Jr. School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Molecular Biology: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • HAL (Hall of Arts and Letters) student union
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend a local church and get to know the families there.
  • Be friends with your RAs.
  • Don't come to Grove City to party.
  • Don't even think of plagiarizing.
  • Go to class, every class.
  • Take advantage of your professor's listed office hours.
  • Write at least one article for the school paper.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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