Academics

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

Academics: I like communication because professors always help students to do well

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Because Grove City is a college, classes are taught by professors and not graduate assistants. Classes are very challenging and the workload is on the heavy side. Professors are very accessible. There are a wide range of courses from which to choose but course registration is a stressful time. Most students are able to get the courses they need.

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!

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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