When Grove City College was chartered, a broad,
Christian-based cultural consensus prevailed in America. By charter, the doors
of the College were open to qualified students "without regard to
religious test or belief." The founders of Grove City College, consciously
avoiding narrow sectarianism, held a vision of Christian society transcending
denomination, creeds, and confessions. Believing that the fruits of
civilization would be destroyed if religious and ethical roots were allowed to
wither, the founders intended that the claims of Christ as God and Savior and
of inspired Scripture be presented to all.
Chapel services, convocation programs and Sunday
vespers are designed to stimulate the campus community to think creatively and
critically about ultimate issues in the light of the Word of God. Although
historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Grove City
College is not narrowly denominational. The College aims to give young people
the best in the liberal arts and sciences in a wholesome Christian environment.
Grove City College’s religious program, evangelical in its orientation, offers
ample opportunity for young people to fellowship with Christian leaders who are
dedicated to helping youths to understand the application of Christian
principles to everyday life.
Intellectual inquiry remains open to the questions
religion raises and affirms the answers Christianity offers. The ethical
absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ's moral teachings guide the effort
to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel, and co-curricular
activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College
unapologetically advocates preservation of America's religious, political, and
economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.