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| Overall, my experience at Grove City College has been positive, though not perfect. The academic work is usually challenging and relevant, although there is the occasional busy work assignment or mind-numblingly dull/irrelevant class. The Humanities Core Classes required of all students tend to be watered-down ConservaChristian value speeches. It's not hard to do well in them, so long as one remembers to parrot the party line. These classes aren't really about intellectual stimulation: they're about Grove City's image and making sure the alumni dollars keep flowing. It's the other humanities/liberal arts classes that will stimulate and teach.|
Most professors are more open-minded than some students like to give them credit for. While most end up coming down on the Grove City College Party Line, most are also able to be respectful and engaging when challenged, and provide a strong defense for a particular point of view (even one that is not their own). Professors also will occasionally challenge the Party Line itself, which upsets those not already upset by the consensus GCC viewpoint.
The student body is known for being undiverse, and this is mostly true. Just about every student is a middle class white kid, and carry the typical presuppositions/worldviews/angsty naivete of any other. This is magnified for many students because they've been sheltered in the evangelical Christian subculture their whole lives. There is this naivete about many students, and this is certainly not limited to the classic "Grover" group, either: many of the proudly non-Grovers are just as clueless as those they mock. Nonetheless, students in the two groups both tend to be extraordinarily arrogant about their beliefs, but safety can be found in the middle ground of students who don't really care so much about being "cool" in either a Christian or non-Christian way. Either group tends to be very close-minded about nonmembers, while decrying the intolerance of the others. In essence, human society as usual.Complaining about the rules or the weather is cliche by now. The rules are generally made clear before applying, and it's not that difficult to find them out ahead of time anyway. And nobody is forced to come to GCC: arguments about "unfair", "fascist" and whatnot go out the window when one voluntarily signs the acceptance form. While the rules are much stricter than your average state school, GCC is also a lot safer than your average state school and fosters a much quieter, calmer atmosphere for those of us that care about academics. For the vast majority of students, the rules never rise above being a mere annoyance. Most students are from western and central Pennsylvania: Grove City weather really isn't any different than most of the state, despite what you may hear. About a month of warmish sunny weather at either end of a long, cold, windy, snowy winter. Whatever is so strange about this is beyond me.
|May 03 2005|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| I just endured a year in this place, and unless you endure neo-fascist environments, do yourself a favor and don't come here. Luckily, I decided to bail out of here, and it was something I thought about doing from day one.|
You will have no freedom if you attend this college. Mark my words. I had more freedom in high school than I did when I was in GCC. If you like freedom and want to be treated like an adult, then please look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you like a neo-fascist environment and like being treated like a child when you're 19, then GCC is your cup of tea. There is a curfew for freshmen first semester...no joke. At GCC, they actually block Internet pages, and not just Playboy. I'm a big fan of the New York Yankees, and TWO fan sites about the Yankees ended up blocked here. It's freaking baseball, but then again, these people take "Christian conservative" to unbearable extremes. In the minds of these crazies, I may be old enough to vote and own a gun, but I'm not old enough to read what I want to. The policies they have with regards to visitation are absurd, as they hold the ridiculous view that every time a guy and girl are in a room that they will have sex. Even if that was true, there is nothing illegal with that due to a concept called "consenting adults," but oh, I forgot that the United States Constitution doesn't apply here. The people here are as closeminded as you could imagine. The town takes "one horse town" to the extremes, and there is no social life here. Tolerance does not exist here. It is sad to see how many minds are filled with hate. All these prudes like to do is moan about gays, liberals, and abortion. If you're not a conservative, not a fundamentalist Christian, or worst of all, gay, you're in huge trouble.
The classes aren't that bad, but if you're looking for a fair, balanced presentation of facts, you won't find it here. The "civilization" series is dreadful, as it is basically candy-coated propaganda. I had one prof that ranted and raved about how much he hated everything and how much he hated gays, all class long. The history classes are actually pretty good. The academics are definetely a strong suit.GCC may have good academics, but unless you're either a conservative to the point of being a neo-fascist or a glutton for punishment, don't go here. In time, the closeminded students, the propaganda-like classes, and being treated like a little child at age 18-22 will drive you to the point of insanity. Please, don't make the mistake I did, and please apply elsewhere. If you don't go here, you'll be glad you didn't apply here.
|Apr 17 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| Grove City is a great school, as long as you know what you're getting into. It gets so old to hear people complain about the rules. While they may be way too strict, every student knew what they were before going, and still chose to go. Be prepared for lots of whining about that, like they were forced to go, or were unaware of the rules until they got there. Most of the students seem fake and/or sheltered, while a minority is the total opposite, but it is hard to find those in the middle. The professors are all great. They are very helpful. |
|Jun 05 2003|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |