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2 Recent Alumnus

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

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).

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Pittsburgh isn't too far of a drive, and Slippery Rock is down the road. There are plenty of things to do on and off campus. The shopping outlets are great!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Grove City students are encouraged to take part in the community. Since there is no Sunday chapel, most students venture into the town for services. There is a small shopping area with a movie theatre, comic book store, and food stores. There does not seem to be any animosity towards students. Grove City is famous for its outlets and the Wendell August forge.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: cute coffee shops, farmer's market, movie theatre


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John Kloosterman
Kalamazoo, MI
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Grove City is a safe, small town surrounded by the rural landscape of Western Pennsylvania. Well protected from the bustle of an urban environment, it has existed as a dry town since the prohibition days. While the town recently decided not to re-introduce alcohol, it does plan to beautify a somewhat shabby Main Street. Understandably, the few students who are desperate for a little nightlife or bar life find Grove City a bit of a drag. Likewise, Grovers who need a taste of arts and culture sometimes jump in the car for a short 60-mile road trip south to Pittsburgh.

Despite the deficit of local hotspots, students can find a myriad of banks, beauty shops, and churches within walking distance from campus. Grove City businesses, especially local beauty shops, target their temporary neighbor-patrons and often mail students special discounts. Student shop-a-holics discover early on that the Grove City area will support their habit. The Grove City Prime Outlets, just a couple miles down the road, offer shopping at 140 outlet stores. Students should try at least one movie at the Guthrie-a retro single-screen theater just a 10-minute walk from their dorm rooms. While campus security discourages students from jogging unattended, Grovers frequently take advantage of nearby running paths without any qualms. Students also explore local service opportunities at nursing homes, schools, and a juvenile detention center. Sometimes, Grovers get to enjoy a home environment-usually through their local church or friendly professor.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In the past, Grove City was a leading manufacturer of carriages, gas engines, foundry products, motor trucks, and steam engines.
  2. As of the 2000 census, Grove City Borough has a total population of 8,024-25 percent of which are Grove City undergrads.
  3. Grove City was home to one of the first "Odd Fellows" homes. In modern times the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have been in the forefront of nearly all organizations in helping to make this world a better place in which to live. They are associated with the free masons, but not as underground. The houses are located on Orchard Drive.
  4. The Grove City outlet mall is rated as one of the top 20 outlet centers in the United States by Value Retail News (August 2004).
  5. Grove City is home to one of the most spectacular Fourth of July celebrations in the state of Pennsylvania.
Local Slang
  • Fives: To call "fives" on one's seat would entail that someone wishes for their seat to remain occupied for the next five minutes until they return.
  • Gumband: A rubber elastic band
  • Pop: What many locals call their soft drinks
  • The Rock: Neighboring Slippery Rock University, just down the road from GCC
Points of Interest
  • Grove City Outlet Malls
  • McConnell’s Mill
  • Moraine State Park
  • North Country Brewing Co.
  • Stoneboro Lake
Shopping Centers
Grove City Prime Outlets
Movie Theaters
Guthrie Theater
232 South Broad St.
Grove City
(724) 458-0900
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas
300 Moraine Pointe Plaza
(724) 282-0800
Major Sports Teams
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: hockey
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: baseball
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Philadelphia: PA: 5 hours
  • Pittsburgh: PA: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 69% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 23% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 35 responses

  • 23% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 74% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 9% Totally.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 46% No way.


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