Unfortunately, Grove City College's comfortably small size has a negative implication. Its small size contributes to a lack of diversity. While diversity is often treated like an intangible ideal thrown around with no real applicable meaning, the lack of diversity at Grove City leads to a certain amount of rigidity of thought on campus. Overwhelmingly white, conservative, and Christian, it is hard for Grovers to reach outside their self-contained world to understand and discuss important issues with people who don't hold their worldview or opinions.
I think the worst part of Grove City College is the overwhelming pressure and feeling like you are trapped in a bubble at times. The campus is rather secluded from the outside world and though the community on campus is great, after awhile you just really need to break free of the bubble. There is a lot of pressure on my campus for academic success and to find your future spouse. These two pressures combined can be overbearing at times, but nonetheless, it is a growing experience which one can certainly benefit from.
Possibly the biggest issue I have with Grove City is its lack of diversity. The college has even been facetiously named "The Bubble" because of it's predominantly white, conservative, middle-class student body. However, because I live on Long Island, New York I have plenty of opportunity for interacting with people of different backgrounds, so this is not a huge drawback for me. Otherwise, I honestly don't feel there are many things that I could dislike about Grove City. Even the cafeteria food is quite good!
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.
Some majors are overcrowded. For example, there were 40 students who needed to take COMP220 for their major, but only 30 seats in the class. They were all jammed into the class, but the number of the students reduced the quality of the class. This sort of thing is common across the science majors. Biology is particularly full.
The christians on campus (which, visibly anyways, was everyone) were so concerned with putting on the facade of perfection, morally, academically, socially, economically that , knowing my own imperfections, i found it hard to relate outside of my immediate group of friends who were also concerned with the facade of perfection.
The worst part about this school in total honesty is the location. In Grove City, the weather is always terrible. There may be 3 or 4 days of sunshine, but usually its always raining, snowing, or overcast. It gets frustrating sometimes.
There is honestly no fault that I have found yet in Grove. The work is hard yes but I am gaining such a large wealth of knowledge that the difficulty pails in comparison to my excitement in learning.
They approach the students like children. They do not do enough to encourage internship. My GPA is lower than it would be at any other school because grades are uninflated.
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.