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A Look Back

Princeton Review touts Grove City College as one of the best.

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Grove City College is one of America’s best, according to Princeton Review’s “The Best 381 Colleges” guidebook for 2017. In addition, the College is identified as a “Best Northeastern” school and a “College That Pays You Back” in the educational testing and prep company’s annual rundown of the nation’s top colleges and universities. The influential guide selects the best of the best from more than 3,000 four-year colleges and universities, placing Grove City College in the top 15% of schools nationally.

Christian thought leader Os Guinness delivers annual MacKenzie Lecture.

Arthur Guinness talking at the annual MacKenzie Lecture.

Grove City College welcomed noted author and social critic Os Guinness to deliver the College’s annual MacKenzie Lecture. He has made his mark on the world as a writer, moving from the world of journalism to Christian thought leadership.

Wolverine Giving Challenge raises $1.25 million in a week.

The Wolverine Giving Week Challenge logo.

The Wolverine Giving Week Challenge netted Grove City College $1.25 million in support, beating previous records for money raised and donor engagement. This year’s goal was not only to raise money to support the College’s Full Circle annual fund, scholarships, and other mission-critical initiatives, but also to increase the number of gifts earmarked for Grove City College’s mission to equip students to pursue their unique callings. College presidential families, past and present, including President and Mrs. Paul J. McNulty ’80, past President and Mrs. Richard G. Jewell ’67, past President and Mrs. John H. Moore, and past President and Mrs. Charles S. MacKenzie led the Challenge campaign with matching gifts.  

McNulty announces strategic plan to be the best Christian liberal arts college in America.

President Paul J. McNulty speaking.

Grove City College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 announced a new, five-year strategic plan for the College during a State of the College address. The goal of McNulty’s ambitious agenda is for Grove City College “to be the best Christian liberal arts college in America.” The plan includes a renewed statement of vision and mission that reaffirms and strengthens the school’s commitment to its historic identity as a Christian and comprehensive liberal arts college.

Buckman named VP for Business and Finance.

Michael R. Buckman standing in a garden.

Grove City College announced the appointment of Michael R. Buckman ’82 as Vice President for Business and Finance. In this newly restructured role, Buckman serves as an officer of the College and as a member of the senior leadership team, providing direct support to the Office of the President, and the Board of Trustees and its key committees. He is responsible for a wide range of enterprise matters including financial planning and analysis, budget development, investment management and revenue stream, in addition to human resources and the implementation of best practices across the organization.  

Class of 2017 is largest in College history.

Students standing on graduation day.

The College conferred 606 bachelor’s degrees in the arts, science, music, and electrical and mechanical engineering, making the class of 2017 the largest graduating cohort in the school’s 141-year history. Grove City College’s four-year graduation rate has climbed to 78%, while its six-year graduation rate has reached 83%, more than 20 points higher than the national average.

U.S. Vice President to grads: “You are called to lead.”

Vice President Mike Pence at Grove City College's graduation day.

Making his first commencement address as Vice President, Mike Pence cited Grove City College’s history of standing firm to its core values and told graduates they had earned a degree “minted in an institution of principle and independence, and you can be proud of it your entire life.” 

Pence, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the College, broke with tradition and joined College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 to shake the hand of each and every graduate, offering some a pat on the shoulder or quick hug as they moved across the stage to receive their diplomas.