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| Grove City is a unique place. I had a great four years there, but oftentimes found myself frustrated with the bureaucracy of the administration. |
The school views its role as "in loco parentis" - in the place of the parent - which is why they institute the rules such as same sex dorms, intervisitation rules, no alcohol on campus, etc. While a good number of students break these rules, it still sets a standard at the college which gives it a sense of integrity that is difficult to find at your standard university where it's an absolute free for all. And even though I didn't always fall in line with these rules, I am still grateful that these standards were in place and upheld.
If you're looking for a social life, you're either regulated to Friday night ice cream socials and board games, or Greek life. I went the Greek life route, and was really happy with it. Of course, this depends on which group you join, and you'll see that some sororities and fraternities are just glorified Bible studies while others can rival Animal House. Parties are underground and hard to come by unless you're in the proverbial "circle of trust." There is a bit of tension between independents and Greeks on campus, and everyone is pretty clique-ish.
The school likes to censor any negative news, so if you're entering Grove City with rose-colored glasses, you can choose to either keep them on or take them off. Many of the negative reviews of GCC come from students who shouldn't be at Grove City in the first place. It's a school dedicated to a Christian education, and if they don't like it, they really should transfer. The academics are pretty difficult, and sometimes seem worthless. Professors are a hit and miss - some are absolutely fantastic while others will subject you to 'death by PowerPoint.' There is rarely any class discussion because a lot of professors think that it's best to cram your head with as much information as possible instead of actually allowing you to process that information. I think that was the biggest downside to the classes: Most students are just going for the 'A' instead of having a desire to learn.All in all, I really valued the education that I received here and I know that I am better educated than many of my peers who didn't receive the classic liberal arts education from state schools. You also can't beat the tuition. The social scene is lacking but still exists if you join the right group. Yes, most students are Christian and Republican, so if you share that same view, you will thrive here. If not, look elsewhere - you'll end up writing ridiculous, angry reviews just to vent your frustration.
|Apr 28 2009|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |
| Going to a four year institution isn't meant for everyone, and that's not to say that only the smartest high school students should go to college. I believe myself to be a fairly intelligent person, but in retrospect I don't think that a four year degree was the right choice for me. I'm currently going back to school for nursing, and while my bachelors degree will serve me well, at the same time I can't help but think that it was the wrong choice at the time. Students should evaluate all of their skills and interests before allowing themselves to be swept up into the "next step" mind set where we are conditioned to believe that after high school the "smart" kids go to college, and the "not so smart" go to community college or tech schools. Reflecting on my current situation, I wish I had considered a tech school or community college the first time around. It's a viable option that should be thoughfully considered. |
|Apr 28 2009|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Grove City College is my favorite place in the world. No joke. It's a beautiful campus that will provide you with a fantastic education, but more importantly, there are some absolutely amazing people here who will impact your life for years to come. From the moment you set foot on Campus, you'll be amazed by the beauty of the old buildings, the vegetation, the pristine Lower Quad (which, yes, you're not allowed to walk on). The Orientation Board will grab your bags and bring them to your room, and your adventure will begin.|
It's awesome. You will meet some amazing people, and if you enter it with an open mind, you will have the time of your life.
It's not perfect. Intervis (you can only hang out in opposite-sex dorms on weekends) is annoying, but far less annoying than it would be if my roommate's girlfriend was in my room all the time. The faculty can be closed-minded, but that is because of there devotion to the values set out in scripture. There isn't much to do in town, but you won't have to. You'll be able to have a great time with friends, doing whatever. There is plenty to do if you're creative and open minded.I love GCC, I can't recommend it highly enough. It's certainly not for everyone, but if this is where God is calling you, by all means, don't ignore him!
|Apr 28 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |