Grove City College has been recognized again as one of the country’s best institutions of higher learning, this time in Forbes 2021 “America’s Top Colleges” rankings.
Fewer than 10 percent of the nation’s 7,000 colleges and universities made the Forbes’ cut. Grove City College was in the top third of that elite cohort of 600 schools at number 194.
In breakout rankings, the College holds the number 45 position in national Liberal Arts Universities; number 79 in the Northeast; and 105 in Private Colleges. Of the 35 Pennsylvania Colleges ranked by Forbes, Grove City College is ranked 14th.
- Alumni earnings: Grove City College graduates earn an average of $70,000 a year, 30 percent above the national average for college graduates, according to compensation tracker PayScale, which Forbes relied on for the rankings. Alumni starting salaries average $59,700 and midcareer earnings of $113,500.
- Return on investment: Over the course of 20 years, Alumni see a return of $476,000 on their investment in a Grove City College education.
- Retention: The College’s freshman to sophomore retention rate is 90 percent vs. a national average of 75 percent. Retention is a key indicator of student satisfaction.
- Graduation rate: Grove City College’s 84 percent four year graduation rate is nearly 25 points higher than the national average and thanks to online courses and intensive winter and summer class offerings, many students actually graduate early, saving them time and money on their way to rewarding careers.
Forbes also ranks Grove City College as a Best Value College based on affordability and outcomes. At an annual cost of less than $30,000, the College is one of the least expensive private colleges in the country.
Last month, the College was identified as one of America’s Best Colleges by The Princeton Review in its annual higher education guide, which also recognized it as one of the 25 best schools in the nation for career services.