My oldest is now a senior in high school, and so the college search is in full swing. She has a pretty good idea of what she wants to study, and she wants a college that is not too large, and has both cross country and track teams. So on Saturday we went down to Grove City College for one of their “Crimson Days.” This is a chance for high school seniors to get a closer look at the college.
About 600 parents and kids were there. First we heard from the President, the Dean of the chapel, the Athletic Director, the Director of Admissions, and the Director of Career Services. Then we broke up into smaller groups according to the majors the kids were interested in. Anna got to speak to two of the Spanish professors. There was also a session on financial aid for the parents. Grove City financial aid is different from other colleges, because they refuse to receive any federal funding.
My college experience is from over 20 years ago, but there are some things about Grove City that I noticed that were different from the experience Jane and I had. First of all, the sense of community in the college was obvious. The girls’ dorm hallways were decorated in a way that showed that the group was involved. Events were announced in various ways, including sidewalk chalk on the sidewalks, and it looked like most of the kids were there for the weekend.
Secondly, judging from the weather, the number of people outside, and the number of people in the dorms, they appear to be a studious bunch.
Finally, the college presented itself as having a serious and lively Christian faith. This message came from the administration and faculty, but also from the students. The bulletin boards had advertisements for people looking for, or offering, rides to churches, and there were a variety of ministry opportunities for the students. In contrast, at my alma mater, less than 5% of the students went to church. On Sunday morning, the dorms looked like disaster areas, and smelled of stale beer.
We know a fair number of Grove City alumni. (As a general rule, they come in pairs.) We already thought this would be a good choice, and the visit made it look even better. Certain of our younger children who like to shop also like that it is close to the Grove City Factory Outlets.