Grove City College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Grove City College

Grove City College is a private liberal arts college situated in Grove City, Pennsylvania. The college has outstanding retention and graduation rates. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A healthy student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Grove City Wolverines play in the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,338 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male/48% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $18,470
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $10,060
  • Other Expenses: $850
  • Total Cost: $30,380

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 61%
    • Loans: 44%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,613
    • Loans: $ –

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Mechanical Engineering; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Accounting; and Business Administration and Management

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Overview of Grove City College Admissions

Grove City, with an acceptance rate of 79%, is an accessible college. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                       

  • Grove City College Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 590/640
    • SAT Math: 495/635
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 24/30
    • ACT English: 24/32
    • ACT Math: 23/28

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Grove City College, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Grove City College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Pace University, University of North Texas, San Jose State University, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Grove City College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

Seton Hall University, University of Houston, San Diego State University, University of California, Riverside, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, Florida International University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Grove City College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Texas at Dallas, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy

Applying to Grove City College

Application Deadline: March 20

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