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Grove City, PA
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. I often walk alone at night and have never had any concerns.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus - not many "outsiders" are on campus and not many commuters. The college uses technology well to keep students updated and aware of any issues.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety does a great job with keeping Grove City crime free. Seriously, there is no crime here. I've never been anywhere else where you save your table at the cafeteria with a wallet, or can leave your computer and textbooks set up unattended in the library for hours without anyone touching them. I never worry about my safety at Grove City.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This is one of the safest college campuses that I've heard off. The only thing that's happened all year is a small black bear was spotted at 2am one morning. Drugs and violence are unheard of. The health care staff is very helpful.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bullying is a HUGE unspoken problem at Grove City. Part of it is that the victims are told to talk out the problems if they want to switch rooms making the bullying worse and then if they seek out help, everyone is too busy working to notice others are struggling. Personal safety is hard especially in the cases when your bully is your roommate and the college refuses to move you out.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 124th
    Safest Campuses
  • 779th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1241st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

John Kloosterman
Kalamazoo, MI
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Close your eyes and imagine a place where students leave laptop computers unattended in the library, don't lock their dorm rooms, and misplaced ID cards are returned before they are even discovered missing. Open your eyes-no, it's not Eden, just Grove City College. Of course, the college strongly suggests keeping valuables under key, but many students don't feel the need to watch their stuff very closely. Petty thefts have occurred on campus, but the fact remains that GCC is a safe place-day or night. In the women's residence halls, all doors except the lobbies are locked and alarmed at 9 p.m. After midnight (or 1 a.m. on the weekends), male student security guards secure the dorms and check student IDs in the women's residence halls. Some women are inconvenienced and frustrated by the double standard, but most feel more secure, and it is no surprise that sexual assault is a foreign concept at Grove City College.

GCC security guards maintain a visible presence on campus and are friendly. However, some students have registered complaints about slow responses to car troubles. Security services like dusk-to-dawn escorts and RAD courses ensure basic safety. The Zerbe Health Center offers a free health service through a local doctor. If a student urgently needs more than a friendly smile, homemade chicken soup, and cough drops, the best bet is to head over to the local hospital. In case of emergency, campus security willingly transports students to the emergency room at the local hospital.

Facts & Statistics

Security Office
Campus Safety Department
Crawford Hall
(724) 458-2111
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key and security card)
  • Lighted walkways
  • Rape Aggression Defense courses (RAD)
  • Student escort service
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Zerbe Health Center
(724) 458-3850
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Counseling Services
  • First-Semester Freshmen Regulated Hours
  • Health Insurance
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 24 responses

  • 65% None
  • 6% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Theft/robberies

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 67% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 44% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 19% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 78% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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