How We Rank

Grove City College annually ranks among some of the best colleges and universities in both Pennsylvania and the United States. While we tend to measure success by things such as our 95 percent job and graduate school placement rate for members of the class of 2013, we are also proud of our other national rankings.

Money Magazine (2015)
Grove City College is ranked in the top 12 percent nationally on its “Best Colleges” for your tuition dollars nationally and number seven among Pennsylvania schools. Money looks at educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. Read more>>

Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges (2015)
The College is highly ranked nationally, among private colleges and schools in the Northeast region. The financial magazine cited Grove City’s excellent return on investment for students, low student to faculty ratio, high four-year graduation rate and overall student satisfaction. Read more>> (2015)
Grove City College is ranked as the 11th Best Small Town College in the U.S.A. by Best Colleges. The website noted Grove City’s revitalized downtown, which is “bustling with shops and eateries in a safe, neighborly atmosphere.” Visit site>>

U.S. News & World Report (2015)
The College is ranked in the top tier of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges based on a number of factors, including graduation and retention rates, faculty quality, student selectivity, financial resources, assessments by other colleges and high school counselors and alumni giving. The College posted strong numbers in several categories, including a 90 percent freshmen retention rate, 83 percent graduation rate and number of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Read more>>

A separate ranking shows that Grove City College continues to be a top choice for accepted students. The College is one of just 15 schools to achieve an enrollment yield (percentage of accepted students who attend) of greater than 50 percent. Visit site>>

Princeton Review (2015)
The College was included in Princeton Review's "The 380 Best Colleges," placing Grove City among the best of the best from more 3,000 four-year colleges and universities and in the top 12 percent of schools nationally. Overall, the College’s accessibility of professors, academics and campus quality of life were all in the top 25 percent. Read more>>

In addition, the College earned a place as one of 200 schools included in Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition.” Inclusion is based on a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating developed by Princeton Review. Read more>> (2015) ranked the College 82 on its list of “The 106 smartest Liberal Arts Colleges in America.” Colleges and universities on the list emphasize undergraduate studies in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Read more>> also ranked Grove City as one of 50 colleges that is “underrated,” a distinction based on a comparison of U.S. News & World Report rankings and mid-career salary data culled from Read more>>

Christian Universities Online (2016)
Grove City College is number 14 on the “Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations 2016” list, which highlights “schools which have proven to go above and beyond when it comes to students’ academic achievements.” Schools on the list significantly surpassed their predicted graduation rates. Grove City’s 83 percent graduation rate is 10 percent higher than its predicted rate. Read more>>

Best Choice Schools (2014)
Grove City College is the number one most affordable college with a high four-year graduation rate. The College’s 78 percent graduation rate and $14,880 a year tuition secured it the top spot on the 20-school list, ahead of some of the nation’s leading private and public schools. Read more>>

Great Value Colleges (2014)
Grove City College is ranked sixth out of 25 private schools on a list of Greatest Affordable Colleges in the Northeast by Great Value Colleges. The website cited the College’s high freshmen retention rate and that 96 percent of alumni are working or in graduate school within six months after graduation. The website also noted that students have many opportunities to join clubs, organizations and activities on campus. Read more>> (2014)
The College ranked 11th out of 50 in the “Top Christian Colleges” list. The website ranked Christian colleges that offer the best academic programs, student experiences and cited Grove City College’s high retention rate. Visit site>>

Christian College of Distinction (2015)
Grove City College received the Christian College of Distinction recognition for the third year in a row. Colleges of Distinction stated that Grove City excels in the “Four Distinctions” of engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Read more>>

Niche (2014)
Grove City College was ranked as one of the top 20 colleges in the country with the friendliest students according to Niche. The website, formerly known as, surveyed over 55,000 current students and recent alumni to find which schools have the friendliest students. Visit site>>

Consumers Digest Magazine (2014)
Consumers Digest Magazine ranked Grove City College the number one Top Value Rated private liberal arts college in the nation. Consumers Digest selected colleges based on a formula that blended academic excellence of students with the educational quality as assessed by four- and six-year graduation rates. Visit site>>

Young America's Foundation (2014)
Since 2009, the Young America’s Foundation has consistently listed Grove City as a “Top Conservative College.” The list ranks the overall experience colleges offer, and weighs whether an institution provides a holistic conservative experience for students. Visit site>>

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College Fairs

​​Grove City College representatives will be at college fairs across the nation this year. Our staff would be glad to help you learn more about Grove City College. See you soon!

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Music Applicants

​Students desiring to major in music at Grove City College must complete an audition before a faculty committee for acceptance into the music department.

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Commuter Life

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Academic Life

​Grove City College has a reputation for high academic standards.

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First-Time Freshmen Applicants

Students applying to Grove City College as freshman applicants can submit their application for either through Early Decision or Regular Decision.

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