Grove City, PA
Grove City College


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Sadie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Excellent academics, strong christian values

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Excellent academics, strong christian values

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Each student is different; therefore, not every college is a good fit for everyone. When selecting a college, make sure you take the following questions into account. What is the program like in the degree I am interested in pursuing? Do the professors offer one on one time with their students? In labs and other workshops, is the professor present, or is it run by a teaching assistant? What is the social environment like? Do the students enjoy the same activities I do? What is the religious life on campus like? How well known is my college, and is it likely that I could easily get a job upon graduation? What does the campus look like? These are all important questions to ask to see if a school is right for you. Selecting a college is an important decision, and it is important that you enjoy the school that you chose, since you will most likely be spending about four years there.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A self-motivated, good student. Very intelligent and interested in excellence no matter what the cost. Christian or conservative.

jared
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

FInd the one that you like and make sure you agree with the school's philosophy. You have got to do this because the school's philosophy will be pushed on you for all four years, and you dont want to have to fight something for four years. Make sure it is the right distance away/close to home. To make the most of your get involved with groups, sports, clubs and other things on campus, you will have lots of fun. remember to meet people and make friends, you will remember these people for the rest of your life, they will become closer to you than your high school friends. And most of all just have fun, don't get stressed about things it will just make it harder.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

hard academics, too much pressure placed on it, very uneeded

Rachel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Before starting your search, write down 1 or 2 key things you absolutely must have in a college, and 2 or 3 you would really ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Before starting your search, write down 1 or 2 key things you absolutely must have in a college, and 2 or 3 you would really like. Grove City had my main qualification, and my 3 important ones! Also, make sure you visit the campus, and don't underestimate the importance of a beautiful campus. It's so relaxing to just walk from my dorm to class and vice-versa because of the beauty of Grove City's campus. I also love how close the dorms are to each other, so it's easy to visit your friends. Distance from home is also important, as you might want it far enough away to keep you from driving home every weekend, but close enough so you can still go home for breaks without too much trouble. (I would recommend the neighborhood of 6 hours.) Most importantly, don't get too obssessed with school work. When it's all said and done, it's the memories of the relationships and good times you had that last the longest. Pick a school we're you'll click with the people, the culture, and the community, and you won't regret your decision.

What's unique about your campus?

The friends I've made here are the most genuine and real people I've ever met in my life. The friendships I'm forming will last my whole life. Some of my friends I'll keep consistent contact with, and others I may let drop. But even if I don't speak with them for many years, I know if I ever run into these friends later down the road, they'll be there for me whether my life is going great or really a struggle. They got my back.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

We're a small school, but sometimes the adminstration tries to treat students like we're a huge university. Some professors (few and far between, but a few) share the large-school mentality and arne't willing to work with students when they have extensive medical problems.

Tamara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Strong academics, Christian perspective, Amazing professors, Great friends for life

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Strong academics, Christian perspective, Amazing professors, Great friends for life

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When it comes to finding the right college, it is important to have goals for your education experience and seek a school that will best fit that mold. The right college will look different to everyone but the best fit is always out there. Visit campuses and talk to people from the school. Find out what other student?s opinions are of the school. To make the most of your college experience, get involved on campus and with friends in activities that will last even beyond your college years. Friendships from your college time of life last a lifetime. This is your time to experiment in different areas of life in trying out new things and expanding your horizons. You will never know how much you could love something if you have never tried it. Be bold and confident and stick to your opinions. Take advantage of all the experiences your college/university can offer. Start new programs to share a love or talent you have with others. This is an incredible time of life, make the most of it!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It is in cold Western PA and the population is not very diverse. It isn't very close to a major city.

Brandon
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rigorous academics, Christian worldview

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rigorous academics, Christian worldview

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As our country heads into harder times and people are beginning to pinch their pennies, it becomes very clear that price tags do not necessarily reflect quality. Before getting set on a certain option, make sure that you know what you're doing this for. For students who want to get anywhere, the time for just going to college for the sake of going and having fun are over. Sure, there will be certain students who will do well despite their social life, but college shouldn't be based on the social aspect. It's been built up that way to the incredible disadvantage of our student base.

Elise
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First: the best way to find the right college is to broadly research. Reading up on and visiting several schools in different...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First: the best way to find the right college is to broadly research. Reading up on and visiting several schools in different geographical settings can give you a good idea of what you like in a college and what degree you wish to pursue. Second: don't expect perfection. Every college has flaws--you want to look for a school that has negative aspects that you can deal with. Making the most of your college experience is achieved by keeping a positive outlook. Adjusting to new places is always challenging. The first semester of freshman year is especially difficult, and a lot of students leave a few weeks after the beginning of school because they are unhappy. Sticking it out for at least a semester before leaving is usually the wisest course of action. On the other hand, though, do not be afraid to transfer if you rationally deduce that the college you originally chose is not a good fit for you. Furthermore, get to know as many students and professors as possible. The more friends that you have encouraging you and the closer you are with your professors, the more you will learn and enjoy your college years.

What's unique about your campus?

The students and professors are the best things about this school. The students are generally friendly and helpful, and the professors want to get to know their students individually and do all they can to help them learn.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The amount of stress from academic work is really high. "A" average students in high school generally start out with a "C" average their freshman year here.

Valerie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't feel pressured in to picking a major right away. I went in to college with a major in place already. Now, looking bac...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't feel pressured in to picking a major right away. I went in to college with a major in place already. Now, looking back on it, I wish I had taken a broader range of classes and my major may have changed. Also, there are lots of schools out there and the perfect fit for one person could be the worst place for another. If you begin school at one place, but are not happy, there is no shame in switching schools. Go where you'll be happy and learn the most. That is what will best prepare you for your future. College is a great time of life, so don't spend it being miserable.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Very stringent on rules- even when a situation may better be served without the rule

What kind of person should attend this school?

Academically focused, conservative, Christian

Emily
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

"Look to your left, look to your right, your future spouse might be in sight." That's how my freshman orientation to college...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

"Look to your left, look to your right, your future spouse might be in sight." That's how my freshman orientation to college began. Many (if not all) campuses seem to have sayings that are unique to them. Pay attention to these gimmicks. Find someone on the campus you're looking at, and ask them to use a student-perpetuated quote to describe thier campus community. If you asked my friend Matt, for example, to describe his rustic forestry school, he would call it a place where "the men are men and the women are too." Students have a way of using catchy sayings like that to cut right to the essence of their environment. Beyond learning campus catchphrases, my advice is simple: don't stress. When my friend Jonny was in high school, he drove a state away to look at a college he was interested in. He got out of the car, took in a deep breath, and said, "Smells like home. I'm goin' here." You, like Jonny, are an intelligent person. You know what's right for you and what's not. Identify your needs and wants, and if a place just smells right, go there.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Being so academically intense, my campus has quite a way of breeding perfectionism. With perfectionism comes all sorts of other issues, like depression (often resulting from diminished self esteem), eating disorders, and the like. Although I view academic competition to be a good and healthy thing, I wish that campus faculty and staff would be more attentive to the fact that students are often responding in unhealthy ways to the level of stress generated by said competition.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is lazy, easily discouraged, or very different from the average Grove City College student would likely have a hard time there. GCC students tend to be very much alike in a lot of ways, and people who are dramatically different from most have a hard time establishing a social network.

Barry
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is compiled of conservative, sometimes narrow-minded, people in a rigorous academic atmosphere.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is compiled of conservative, sometimes narrow-minded, people in a rigorous academic atmosphere.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise that they would take their time to find the place that fits them the best. Colleges are businesses and we can sometimes be drawn into their marketing schemes with beautiful pictures and eye-catching statistics that they use to advertise. It is important to find out the bad things about the school...those things that they do not want you to know. I would also recommend visiting the college and spending a few days and nights there with other current students to get a better feel of what the college is all about. I would suggest that you do not choose a college simply based on the fact that your parents/relatives/friends went there and they had a great time. Experiences are relative and college life at a particular school changes from year to year, not to mention over generations. So the most important thing is to get out and visit many different colleges in many different regional areas. Go with the one that you feel the most comfortable being there and makes you feel like you are at home.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish i would have know how narrow-minded some of the people were before I came to this school. And maybe if i would have realized how rigorous the academics were beforehand, I would have went to another school and would have been able to get the same job by doing half the work and getting twice the GPA.

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