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Get to know the faculty (as in theSuper BrilliantPolitical Science
Get to know the faculty (as in the professors, not the bureaucrats) here on a personal level (through office hours, clubs, etc...), they are wonderful. Honestly, the faculty members are about the only feature of GCC I will really miss after graduation. I owe my professors a lot for setting up me for success the rest of my life.

Don't come to Grove City expecting much openmindedness on any area of debate. The professors are always open to civil discourse, but I can't say the same about the student body or the administration. The students and administration here are set in their views and do not change their positions lightly (for instance, the admin not allowing a gay-straight alliance because it would be "unbalanced").

If Disney movies, pizza, and soda don't sound like something you would want to do every Friday, do NOT come here. The weather is atrocious from mid-October through late April (try mid-30's and rain all the time) and Grove City's rules prevent parties from getting much wilder than pizza parties with Disney movies and soda.

Do not come to Grove City if you are not prepared to study. Earning a 3.2 at Grove City may be like earning a 4.0 at nearby Slippery Rock, but employers or admissions officers at grad school will always take the 4.0 from Slippery Rock all things equal. You will learn a lot at Grove City, but it will be meaningless if you don't have the grades to show for it (especially outside of the Western PA region). The only possible exception would be the poli sci faculty's connections to DC think tanks and conservative politicians. Other than that, though, you will need to study hard to academically succeed here. If you do succeed, though, the opportunities are endless!

Next, just be yourself when you are here. You will most likely find someone who will accept you for who you are, and I think people here are really starting to get fed up with the phoniness of a lot of Grovers. Don't bother to try and keep up the facade of being a perfect Grover, because you will fail at some point in the four long years of being a Grover. Be yourself, and everyone wins!Finally, bring an umbrella and a water purifier! It rains ALL the time here and the tap water has a terrible taste.

4th Year Male -- Class 2013
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Surrounding City: D
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There are good things and bad things aboutQuite BrightPolitical Science
There are good things and bad things about the Grove. The best features of the school are the academics/faculty and the low tuition price. I have learned so much from my time here at Grove City and I feel well prepared for graduating from the bubble. Thankfully, they keep their costs low enough that I won't be in debt for the rest of my life from attending GCC. Also, you never feel unsafe at the school, but that is a testament to the town and to the integrity of the students, NOT to the skill of Campus Safety.

There are some drawbacks to GCC. First, Student Life and Learning has far too much power and too many ambiguous rules (there is even a clause in the Crimson granting the SLL Director the power to cast aside rules that would theoretically restrain his power). Second, Campus Safety really only functions as the enforcers of Student Life and Learning's Orwellian policies. They do nothing to make the campus "safer," absolutely nothing. Third, a good portion of the student body comes into the college with little-to-no interaction with people who are not as fundamentalist as they are. This results in them either being extremely awkward or hostile to others who are not like them. Fourth, the weather is terrible. If you don't like rain, clouds, and cold, consider attending somewhere else. Fifth, the economics department is rather useless unless you want to work at Cato or FreedomWorks after school. Seriously, few academics and mainstream economists take the Austrian School seriously, meaning that Econ credits from GCC are useless in most grad schools and on many job applications. Also, the Austrian professors tend to dismiss any intellectual challenges to their ideology. Finally, there really is nothing to do in Grove City over the weekends. Not only does the weather limit activities, but the "city" of Grove City offers little for college students to do, other than see one of the two movies showing at the Guthrie. Even on campus, there is not a whole lot to do, especially if you're not in a Greek organization. Instead, most people voluntarily imprison themselves in the library over weekends. It gets old after a while.This overall review may have sounded bleak, but GCC has been a decent experience for me. The academics have prepared me for life after the Grove and I have made some incredible friendships here. I have just grown to dislike some of the characteristics of this school that make me (a solid political and theological conservative by most standards) look like a social and fiscal moderate (since I don't want to burn homosexuals at the stake, enjoy alcohol and think Milton Friedman was a better economist than Ludwig Van Mises). Grove City is a great school, just know what you are getting yourself into when applying. One final note, the Poli Sci Dept. has four of the greatest professors you could ever hope to take.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A, Social Life: D
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I really do enjoy living at Grove CityQuite BrightPolitical Science
I really do enjoy living at Grove City College. The students are friendly and I have really grown in my faith. I am very involved with Greek life and I participated in multiple IM sports. The professors are very approachable and they help you actually learn the material. You do have to study, even if you did not study in high school. Do not expect to get an easy A. However, this is what I had hoped for in a college. It will prepare you for a future career or grad school.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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