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Grove City College

Grove City, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate71%

Grove City College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Grove City College. Around 71% of applicants get into Grove City College each year. Last year, 2,174 students applied to Grove City College and 1,543 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Grove City College, the regular decision application deadline is March 20 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who apply to Grove City College for fall should hear back from Grove City College by April 15.

Grove City College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Grove City College's admissions stats.

Grove City College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Mean SAT Score 1250
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 54%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%
Waitlist Yes

Grove City College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Grove City College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes December 1 January 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 3 20 April 15

Considering Applying Early to Grove City College?

Grove City College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due December 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Grove City College is 95%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 71%. Last year, Grove City College admitted 336 of the 353 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Grove City College Admissions

Transferring to Grove City College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Grove City College

In 2022, Grove City College waitlisted 146 students and 59 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 19 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Grove City College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Grove City College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Grove City College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Interview Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Grove City College for more information on admission factors.

Grove City College Application Requirements

To apply to Grove City College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Grove City College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Grove City College?

Students admitted to Grove City College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Grove City College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 54% of Grove City College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Grove City College?

To be competitive with other Grove City College applicants, you should aim to score between 1130 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Grove City College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Grove City College student is 1250.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Grove City College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Grove City College students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

To be most competitive at Grove City College, you should strive to earn between 25 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Grove City College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Grove City College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to Grove City College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Grove City College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Grove City College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Grove City College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Grove City College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Grove City College.

Does Grove City College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Grove City College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Grove City College accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does Grove City College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Grove City College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Grove City College?

❌ No, Grove City College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Grove City College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Grove City College's acceptance rate is 71%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Grove City College?

βœ… Grove City College's early decision acceptance rate was 95% in 2021.

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Grove City College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Grove City College? Grove City College is a somewhat selective institution. The Grove City College acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.


Grove City College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 20

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Grove City College is Mar 20.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Grove City College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Grove City College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1360


Math SAT Range

550 - 670


Reading SAT Range

580 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1360 and Above


1130 to 1360


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Grove City College students is 1250. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Grove City College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Grove City College.

Grove City College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Grove City College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Application Deadline

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