Grove City College

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Summary

Grove City College is a highly-ranked, private liberal arts school that offers a top-quality education in a thoroughly Christian environment for about half the cost of other schools. Founded in 1876, and located an hour north of Pittsburgh, the College is committed to the principles of faith and freedom, a pioneer in independent private education and accepts no federal funds.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, PA 16127

Website: gcc.edu

Phone: 724-458-2100

Email: admissions@gcc.edu


Organization details

EIN: 251065148

CEO/President: Paul J. McNulty

Chairman: Edward D. Breen

Board size: 35

Founder: Isaac C. Ketler

Year founded: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Grove City College strives to be the best Christian liberal arts college in America. Grounded in conservative values, we develop leaders of the highest proficiency, purpose, and principles ready to advance the common good.


Mission statement

Grove City College equips students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience distinguished by a commitment to affordability and its promotion of the Christian worldview, the foundations of free society, and the love of neighbor.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating677 of 94091 of 112
Fund acquisition rating348 of 94238 of 112
Resource allocation rating648 of 94277 of 112
Asset utilization rating739 of 94099 of 112

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
15%12%12%12%24%33%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
2%3%2%2%3%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
13%22%21%19%11%8%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
2%3%3%3%3%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
87%78%79%81%89%92%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%81%78%80%79%80%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%94%90%89%101%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%76%70%71%81%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%6%10%11%-1%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%2%3%3%0%1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%16%20%17%18%18%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.500.240.240.250.250.25
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
2.742.973.012.772.952.96
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.640.720.740.680.740.74
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.0713.1017.4116.4916.3311.60
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.160.080.060.060.060.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.8615.3815.3716.5315.1514.85
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
27%8%8%8%9%11%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
16%2%2%3%4%4%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
140%381%378%373%361%355%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$500,322$1,959,869$2,175,125$999,201$2,098,280
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$11,384,003$12,190,868$7,299,526$7,932,122$6,946,049
Short-term investments$97,860,605$94,279,577$103,331,251$92,476,045$90,144,721
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$109,744,930$108,430,314$112,805,902$101,407,368$99,189,050
Long-term investments$56,023,414$58,092,138$37,736,238$34,245,043$29,777,630
Fixed assets$157,618,651$156,656,601$158,770,792$160,653,230$161,959,129
Other long-term assets$3,090,641$3,240,779$3,237,084$3,150,516$2,988,082
Total long-term assets$216,732,706$217,989,518$199,744,114$198,048,789$194,724,841
Total assets$326,477,636$326,419,832$312,550,016$299,456,157$293,913,891
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$4,397,765$4,185,488$5,076,938$4,429,080$6,687,607
Other current liabilities$3,982,786$2,044,096$1,765,215$1,779,002$1,864,021
Total current liabilities$8,380,551$6,229,584$6,842,153$6,208,082$8,551,628
Debt$6,766,874$7,897,220$9,213,737$10,524,867$11,819,070
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$10,081,653$10,415,885$9,538,202$10,317,943$13,362,498
Total long-term liabilities$16,848,527$18,313,105$18,751,939$20,842,810$25,181,568
Total liabilities$25,229,078$24,542,689$25,594,092$27,050,892$33,733,196
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$143,787,384$145,366,830$146,836,494$146,340,985$149,552,884
With donor restrictions$157,461,174$156,510,313$140,119,430$126,064,280$110,627,811
Net assets$301,248,558$301,877,143$286,955,924$272,405,265$260,180,695
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$18,323,543$18,460,882$16,371,263$8,390,822$6,016,191
Program service revenue$60,250,217$64,934,162$62,789,252$61,224,878$61,046,219
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,577,332$3,820,372$5,762,914$3,588,144$6,811,719
Other revenue$834,681$1,009,833$1,069,920$1,117,340$1,024,109
Total other revenue$65,662,230$69,764,367$69,622,086$65,930,362$68,882,047
Total revenue$83,985,773$88,225,249$85,993,349$74,321,184$74,898,238
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$64,121,306$61,865,197$61,480,116$59,836,602$58,382,609
Management and general$12,827,215$15,725,337$13,414,976$13,562,413$12,918,510
Fundraising$2,156,208$2,180,762$2,027,325$2,016,589$1,960,262
Total expenses$79,104,729$79,771,296$76,922,417$75,415,604$73,261,381
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$4,881,044$8,453,953$9,070,932($1,094,420)$1,636,857
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,881,044$8,453,953$9,070,932($1,094,420)$1,636,857

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Paul J McNulty JdPresident$498,208
David AyersProfessor of Sociology$213,820
Michael BuckmanVice President For Busines$207,093
Paul KengorSenior Chief Academic Fell$206,815
Lee WishingVice President For Student$175,703
Vince Distasi PhdVice President and Chief I$174,583
Jeff ProkovichVice President For Institu$164,556
Mark ReuberProfessor and Field Direct$158,204
Larry HardestyVice President For Student$142,914
Paul KemenyDean, Calderwood School of Arts$139,736
James LoprestiVice President For Operati$137,311
Myron BrightProfessor of Engineering$134,619
John Inman PhdVice President For Enrollm$132,532

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


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History

Grove City College was founded in 1876 as Pine Grove Normal Academy. The leaders of the school hired 22-year-old Isaac Ketler to serve as principal. The school was small but grew quickly under Ketler's leadership. The Academy soon began collegiate level coursework and received its charter to become Grove City College in 1884.

While many local people made significant contributions to the establishment of Grove City College, the school was the dream and lifelong work of Isaac C. Ketler, the College's first president. When Ketler became president, only 13 students were enrolled and by the turn of the century, the enrollment had grown to 660 students, the faculty was enlarged to 20 members, and the campus had increased to 40 acres with four substantial buildings.

1895 - Joseph Newton Pew, founder of the Sun Oil Line Company, was elected President of the Board of Trustees and gave generously to the College. He served as board president until his death in 1912.

1913 - Dr. Alexander T. Ormond, the College's second president, expanded faculty and revised the curriculum to become more competitive. He introduced Greek life to campus and created a hymnal for the College.

1916 - Dr. Weir Ketler '08 was welcomed as the third president of Grove City College. He was a product of the school, a familiar and beloved professor and coach. During his tenure, Ketler led the College through extremely difficult times for our country: an economic depression and two world wars. During World War II, enrollment dropped more than 50%, but the College responded by operating several defense training programs for the government, making it possible for the school to survive.

1956 - Dr. J. Stanley Harker '25, a Presbyterian minister, returned to his alma mater in 1956 to become Grove City College's fourth president. The student body grew from 1,200 to 2,050 and the number of faculty increased from 80 to 120. The curriculum underwent extensive revision, the number of books in the library more than doubled, and eight buildings and several additions were constructed. Homecoming, Parents' Day, and the sports program were expanded, and greater emphasis was placed on alumni and public relations.

1971 - Dr. Charles Sherrard MacKenzie was a newcomer to the College in 1971. During his term there was an increased emphasis on religious life on campus and three major buildings were constructed: Mary Ethel Pew Dormitory, J. Howard Pew Fine Arts Center, and the Weir C. Ketler Technological Learning Center. Perhaps the most significant change was the introduction of the Keystone Curriculum, which consisted of four courses required of all students, providing a common grounding in the liberal arts tradition.

1977 - In 1977 the College went to the Supreme Court over Title IX requirements. Availability of student federal financial aid had become the target of the government as a means to assert control over certain aspects of the College. In the end, Grove City College did not accept Pell Grants from students thereby making it a truly independent institution.

1991 - At the time of Dr. MacKenzie's retirement, Dr. Jerry H. Combee was promoted to president from the position of academic dean at the College. Combee was instrumental in moving the College into a position of national prominence through an expanded marketing and public relations program. He placed great importance on improved relationships between the College and the community.

1996 - Dr. John H. Moore came to Grove City College in June 1996 with an extensive resume and left a profound legacy of excellence and service. In October 1996, Moore led the College through its withdrawal from federal student loan programs, which completed the College's break from government oversight and regulation. An experienced international educator, Moore encouraged the College to prepare students for Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships, and he instituted student exchanges to Japan and South Korea. He kept the College at the forefront of technology, and he and his wife, Sue, were instrumental in the design of the College's 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2001. The U.S. Department of Education insisted that the College sign a complex participation agreement that would expose Grove City College to extensive regulations and require the disclosure of the College's financial reports. The College had no choice but to withdraw from the federal loan program and forbid its students from using Stafford/PLUS loans. To do otherwise would have ultimately resulted in federal control of the management of the College through regulations and other means.

1997 - The School of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics was dedicated in honor of Albert A. Hopeman Jr., who selflessly served for 44 years on the Grove City College Board of Trustees.

2000 - President Moore launches the $60 million 'Change & Commitment' Campaign, marking the College's first capital campaign in history. During this campaign, donor participation among the College's 23,000 alumni grew by more than 55%. The Hall of Arts and Letters and the Breen Student Union were constructed and a $4.5 million expansion of the J. Howard Pew Fine Arts Center were completed. In addition, a planned multi-million dollar renovation and expansion of the Carnegie Alumni Center was completed, and the campaign added $26 million to endowment earmarked for scholarship aid.

2002 - The School of Arts and Letters was dedicated in honor of Dr. Alva J. Calderwood, an esteemed professor for 53 years and Dean of the College for 35 years.

2003 - Under the leadership of Dr. Richard G. Jewell '67, the College grew physically, academically, and spiritually. Jewell saw the campus through the construction of Breen Student Union, Colonial Hall Apartments, Rathburn Hall, and STEM Hall, along with major renovations and significant upgrades to additional campus buildings. Jewell started and ended his term of office in the midst of massive capital campaign undertakings. The first campaign raised a record-breaking $69 million, the most ever for the College at the time. And the second, Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College, shattered that record by generating over $90 million through the generosity of thousands of supporters, alumni and friends.

2011 - In May 2011, Grove City College's $90 million capital campaign, focusing on providing more student scholarships, updating the science, engineering, and mathematics buildings, and constructing a Christian activities building to house conferences, offices, and student groups continued with an increased emphasis on merit and need-based scholarships.

2014 - Paul J. McNulty '80 takes the helm as Grove City College's ninth president. The fourth alumnus to serve as president, a former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. He oversaw the prosecution of terrorists in the aftermath of the infamous Sept. 11 attacks, set policy for prosecuting corporate fraud, and is considered a leading expert on business ethics, corporate governance, and regulatory risk management.

Under President McNulty, the College developed a strategic plan for a strong and faithful future, codified the institution's core values - faithfulness, excellence, community, stewardship, and independence - and created a statement of vision and mission to guide Grove City College with purpose and principle.


Program accomplishments

The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others. Consumers Digest calls Grove City College a Top Value and Money magazine lists it among the Best Schools for Your Money. It is one of the Top Conservative Schools in the country, according to The Young America's Foundation and a Christian College of Distinction.


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