Grove City College is one of America’s best, according to Princeton Review’s just-released “The Best 381 Colleges” guidebook for 2017.
In addition, the College is identified as a “Best Northeastern” school and a “College That Pays You Back” in the educational testing and prep company’s annual rundown of the nation’s top colleges and universities. The influential guide selects the best of the best from more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities, placing Grove City in the top 15 percent of schools nationally.
Outstanding academics, accessible and interesting professors and a high quality of campus life are among the factors that students value most at Grove City College, Princeton Review reported.
“When it comes to challenging students to grow intellectually and spiritually, our high expectations produce outstanding outcomes resulting in well-prepared graduates eager to pursue their life’s calling,” President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said. “Our living and learning environment provides a strong spiritual foundation and delivers unsurpassed academic experiences at an amazing value. These rankings affirm our vision to be one of our nation’s finest colleges and universities.”
Grove City College “keeps traditional values and top-of-the-line academics at the heart of everything it does” while professors “encourage students to learn and think for themselves, rather than trying to indoctrinate them,” according to student surveys compiled by Princeton Review. The guidebook offered this take on Grove City College: “What is universal at Grove City is this: everyone is described as ‘dedicated, motivated, conscientious and responsible.’”
According to The Princeton Review’s survey, Grove City College students say:
• There are lots of conservative students.
• Students are happy.
• Career services are great.
• School is well run.
• Students are religious.
• Intramural sports and theater are popular.
Grove City rated high in five categories that The Princeton Review evaluates on a scale of 60 to 100:
• Academic rating – 81
• Accessible professors – 90
• Quality of life – 87
• Admissions rating − 87
• Financial aid rating – 78
"We base our rankings entirely on what the colleges' customers, their enrolled students, report to us on our surveys. As such, they provide unique insights into the campus cultures, aid offerings, services, and student body communities at these schools. In the end, it's all about the fit," Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP-publisher and lead author of the book, said.