History

Grove City College History

​History​

When the 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. They were committed to the advancement of free enterprise, civil and religious liberty, representative government, arts and letters, and science and technology. 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. They hoped that through its program of intellectual, moral and spiritual education, Grove City College would produce young leaders, whatever their creed or confession, capable of pushing civilization forward on every frontier.

Grove City College remains true to the vision of its founders. Rejecting relativism and secularism, it fosters intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom. Rather than political, ideological, or philosophical agendas, objective truth continues as the goal of liberal learning. The core of the curriculum, particularly in the humanities, consists of books, thinkers and ideas proven across the ages to be of value in the quest for knowledge. 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.

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Regional Attractions

​Grove City College’s location in a small town lends itself to the studious nature of the college, however regional attractions make the area both unique, beneficial and entertaining. Some of these attractions include:

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Visiting Campus

​Grove City College is located in Grove City, Pennsylvania, a quaint community of 8,000, just 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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Past Presidents

Grove City College was the dream and lifelong work of the Ketler and Pew families. In 1876, Grove City College began with 13 students. By the turn of the century, the enrollment had grown to 660 students.

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Who We Are

​Grove City College provides a liberal arts education in the classic sense. Education’s first true purpose, and ours, is to provide a well rounded curriculum that helps students see the broad intellectual landscape of ideas, people and events that have shaped, and continue to shape, our world.

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Alumni Council

​The Grove City College Alumni Council is a body of alumni who serve in an advisory capacity to the College on matters crucial to the College’s more than 25,000 living alumni. Each year, three Alumni Council members sit on the Board of Trustees.

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Benefits of Independence

​Grove City College teaches, advocates and operates under the principles of free market economic theory. By putting that theory into practice, the College maintains competitively low costs and a superior academic program.

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