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| If you plan on living in the Pittsburgh area, Grove City does have a really good reputation. HOWEVER, if you plan on working anywhere else, Grove City is not a well known school and since your GPA will most likely be lower than the average person, you won't stand a chance getting a job against people who went to a state school. |
|Nov 18 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Grove City was a poor fit for me. This is not to say that someone else might not appreciate it. Let me outline some of the prerequisites for Grove City success:|
1) If you are able to focus intently on your studies and don't need much social interaction to "recharge your batteries," you should be able to do well at Grove City. Social life definitely takes a backseat at this school.
2) It also helps if you live within an hour of the school and know where to go to have fun if you need to blow off some steam. Those from out of town will quickly learn that the immediately surrounding area has little recreation to offer (although the Guthrie theater is very nice).
3) If you are a committed evangelical Christian with a conservative viewpoint, you will be well aligned with the views of the rest of the staff and student body.
4) If you are very confident about your ability to attract the opposite sex, you should be fine with the dating life. However, if your dating resume is limited, if you feel like you just don't understand girls/guys very well, or if you enjoy having platonic opposite gender friendships, I would strongly suggest that you consider a school without such strong restrictions on cross-gender interaction.
5) If you are a person who is naturally cliquey and likes being part of a homogenous social group, then you should be okay. If you are more of an independent, free-spirited type who likes to have a diverse set of friends, Grove City will not give you many opportunities. You really have to choose your allegiances by the end of freshman year or you will find yourself in no man's land (at least if you are a guy).I didn't fit any of the above criteria, so Grove City was a nightmare for me. However, I saw those with a different personality or upbringing do very well there.
|Oct 22 2008|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2001 |
| Grove City College is not for everyone. It's a small Christian school in western Pennsylvania. If you're looking for constant fun or pleasure in life, Grove City is not the place to be. Also, the students are definitely unlike any people I've met before. Never have I seen such a high concentration of people that just act different than most other people you meet in society.|
However, I must say that I absolutely love this school. Before coming to GCC, I was thinking about going to a high profile tech school school to study engineering. I was very concerned with being a success and making lots of money like many people out there today. However, my experience here has changed me in ways that I am grateful for. I have never encountered so many people that are so interesting to talk to in such a concentrated environment. So many people here are concerned with making a difference in this world instead of putting themselves in an optimal financial situation down the road. I've never met so many people that live their lives with a such a selfless purpose. It's truly amazing and will make you think twice about your own goals.
Anyway on to the education you get at Grove City. One awesome thing about Grove City is that every class is taught by a professor instead of a TA. All the professors speak fluent English. The professors are very easy to talk to and really care about your input. The only reason why most of them are here is because they care about their students. The professors are very good as well. The dean of engineering used to head the plastics engineering department at the University of Michigan. The head of the Mech department is from MIT and has performed extensive research in developing the aluminum frame for Audi's automobiles. This is just a taste of some of the great professors that the deparment has. These professors will challenge you behind what most schools will. The tests are very hard and there are extensive projects. Last semester I had to write five lab reports, design an improved energy storage device (on paper), reverse engineer a mechanical fan and give a presentation on how it incorporates fluid mechanics, take five tests, and do a ton of homework in the last week of class. The grading isn't easy either. Your fellow students are very competitive and sometimes it means that a fairly straight forward test here would get an average of around 90%. To make up for this the bell curve is very tough. However, you will be more than prepared by the time you leave. I'm interning at a MEP firm in downtown Cleveland and the work is easy after what I've beent through here. Load calcs? no problem. Calculating total head in a piping system. Not too bad.
It's gotten to the point where I could help friends with thermo problems over the phone or computer last year.
However, there are one or two professors that I encountered that left a lot to be desired. They were unfair in the grading and created arbitrary tests to trip you up. Also, the humanities classes can be bad. My Huma 101 prof was horrible. However there are some really good huma classes such as Civilization and literature. Overall, I have felt the education has been excellent here.
In conclusion, GCC is a great school if you're serious about studying or religion. However, there is no diversity, not a whole lot of fun in the night club sense, and little challenge to your viewpoints since everyone thinks pretty much the same on major social issues. Deviation in thought is not too common (probably cause most are Christians or say they are). It's not for everyone but it was a great experience for me.
|Jul 04 2005|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |