GROVE CITY, Pa. – Grove City College is one of America’s premier institutions of higher learning, according to Princeton Review, which once again included the College in its annual guide to the nation’s top colleges and universities.
“Grove City College offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and the author of “The 379 Best Colleges,” said. “Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall or to rank these distinctive schools one to 379 on any single topic.”
Princeton Review also tapped Grove City College as one of the best schools in the Northeast Region.
“Grove City College is a unique college that prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership,” Sarah E. Gibbs, director of Admissions, said. “The Princeton Review clearly recognizes the College’s strengths in academics, the quality of campus life and the faith and character of our students.”
The College earns high marks across the spectrum that the educational services company uses to evaluate colleges. On a scale of 100, overall academics rates 84, with an 89 rating for accessibility of professors and 80 for interesting professors. The campus’ quality of life rates 77, with survey responses indicating the school is well-run, students are friendly and career services are great. Admissions selectivity rates 87.
Only about 15 percent of the country’s top schools are profiled in the book, which was released Monday in tandem with Princeton Review’s headline-making college rankings. The rankings are based entirely on student surveys, and while they are interesting, they’re hardly scientific. Franek said they are compiled to “give applicants the broader base of campus feedback.”
Grove City College tops the list of schools producing “Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution.” The ranking is based on students’ answers to questions about their political leanings, religious activity, the popularity of student government and other questions.
“The category may sound a little square, but it indicates students are conservative, active in student government and other organizations and very religious. In short, the kind of people who are likely to be dedicated to their families, communities and churches and who will take the responsibilities of citizenship seriously,” Nick Hildebrand, senior editor in the College’s Office of Marketing and Communications, said.
That is reflected in Princeton Review’s evaluation of the student body: “Embraced by some students … the moniker of a ‘Grover’ is said to describe ‘a studious person, desiring to be involved in as much as possible while striving to still perform excellently in academics’ … What is universal at Grove City is this: everyone is described as ‘dedicated, motivated, conscientious and responsible.’”
The College made the top 10 in several other categories, including: “Most Conservative Students,” number three; “Most Religious Students,” number six; “Everybody Plays Intramural Sports,” number five; and “Stone-Cold Sober Schools,” number eight. That last ranking is based on Grove City’s placement on lists related to student alcohol and drug use. Grove City is number 10 on the “Don’t inhale” list and number eight and number four respectively on lists tracking beer and hard alcohol consumption.
Inclusion in “The 379 Best Colleges” is based on institutional data surveys, input from the Princeton Review staff and 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, campus visits and feedback from students.
To see the ratings and rankings, visit http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings.aspx.