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As a new freshman at Grove City College, you’ll be one of 2,300+ students. Grove City College is unusual because its entire student body is made up of bachelor’s degree students only—no associate degree-seekers, master’s degrees, or doctoral degree students, either. As you walk around campus, you might soon realize that some of your classes are located across campus from each other. For housing and educating such a small student body, the college’s footprint is fairly large. However, Grove City, Pennsylvania itself is a small city, which means you’ll be able to become familiar with where everything is located quite quickly. You should also be able to find fun activities and restaurants you’ll enjoy patronizing.

Overview of Grove City College

You don’t only have to earn credits in your college classes. You could also enroll while still in high school, so you earn dual credits (high school and college) simultaneously. And, once you take your advanced placement exams, and pass one or more, you’ll be able to have those exam scores converted into college credits - this could give you the chance to get ahead of other students, depending on the credits that are assigned to your AP exam scores.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 85%
Year Founded 1876

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,338


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,216
Female 1,122

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 924
Female 773


Male 693
Female 657

Acceptance Rate79%

Male 75%
Female 85%

Enrollment 483

Male 183
Female 164
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline March 20
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

As you discuss the costs of your education, you may hear the total cost of your schooling mentioned. Why don’t they just call it tuition? Well, the total cost includes a few other things; it includes all of the costs associated with your education such as tuition (in- or out-of-state), room and board, books, lab fees, supplies, and a small amount of other various expenses like a parking permit or a cafeteria plan. At GCC, this total price is $30,380.

You and your parents don’t have to pay every penny. Colleges and universities track their average net price, which refers to how much a family is expected to pay once financial aid has paid for a portion of the cost. For a recent academic year, this amount was $22,344. At Grove City College, this is the amount that families in several income categories pay.

Freshmen students, 470 or 77% of the freshmen class, qualified for financial aid in a recent year. About 388 received an average of $7,055 in grants and scholarships and 386 received an average of $13,005 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $22,344
Average Total Aid $7,055
Students Receiving Financial Aid 77%
Room & Board $10,060

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $18,470
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $18,470
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $10,060
  • Other - $850


After your freshman year, you’re likely to decide that you want to continue your education here, maybe because the classes are excellent or maybe you just like the other students you meet. This makes you one of an important percentage for Grove City College; the retention rate, which is 88%. This is an excellent rate, showing that most students appreciate the education they receive from this school. The graduation rates are also fantastic, with the 4-year rate at 82% and the 6-year rate at 85%. These are significantly higher than the average graduation rate.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1, which should make it easier for you to see your professors if you need assistance. If you find that two of your classes are in conflict with each other or if you are working during part of the day, you may need an alternative way to take one or more of your classes. GCC doesn’t offer evening classes, but it does offer distance learning (online classes), which you may be able to work into your schedule.

The five most-popular degree programs, from most to least popular are: business, management, and marketing; education; biological and biomedical sciences; engineering; and communication, journalism, and related programs.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,338

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 130 Total Graduates / 26%
Business Administration and Management, General 31 Graduates
Accounting 25 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 25 Graduates
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 18 Graduates
Finance, General 18 Graduates
All Education Majors 64 Total Graduates / 13%
Special Education and Teaching, General 19 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 18 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 8 Graduates
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 5 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 57 Total Graduates / 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 38 Graduates
Biochemistry 14 Graduates
Conservation Biology 2 Graduates
Molecular Biology 2 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 54 Total Graduates / 11%
Mechanical Engineering 35 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 19 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 38 Total Graduates / 8%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 38 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 32%

Outcome & Salary

Once you graduate from college, you’ll be ready to begin working. Grove City College graduate’s early-career salaries average around $55,000. Their average salary altogether is closer to $65,890, and their mid-career salary rises to $105,500 on average.

Your 4-year cost of education will be somewhere around $89,376. This affects your return on investment (ROI) when considered alongside your possible salary. A graduate from this school has a 10-year salary earnings potential of $658,900 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,713,900. After deducting the cost of education, that puts their 10-year ROI at $569,524 and their 20-year ROI at around $1,624,524.

A high school graduate earns a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $55,000
College Grads Average Salary $65,890
College Grads Mid Career Salary $105,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $658,900
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,713,900
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $89,376
10 Year Projected ROI $569,524
20 Year Projected ROI $1,624,524
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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