Jennifer Biddison

It’s no secret to Townhall.com readers that liberalism is running rampant on college campuses nationwide.  Mike Adams, the Collegiate Network, Young America’s Foundation, and Campus Report Online regularly convey horrifying tales of misbehaving Leftists academics. 

It can lead one to wonder: What’s the good news?

Enter Grove City College, a 2,300 student private institution nestled in rural Pennsylvania.  For nearly 130 years, Grove City has led the charge for quality and integrity in conservative Christian education. Few schools in America today have done more to set themselves apart from the morass of politically correct hypocrisy found in most schools today.  And to top it off, total costs (tuition, room and board) for Grove City students average around only $15,000 a year – making it the #1 “Best Value” in its U.S. News & World Report category for four years running. 

In 1984, before the majority of today’s college freshmen had even been conceived, Grove City made history by scoring a Supreme Court victory over the U.S. Department of Education in Grove City College v. Bell.  For seven years, the school had resisted signing a government-mandated Title IX assurance of compliance form, since the school did not receive any federal funds except those paid directly to students through federal grants and loans. 

The Supreme Court eventually ruled that government regulations only applied to Grove City’s financial aid department – an opinion that most perceived as a victory for the school.  Even so, to minimize future complications, Grove City chose to withdraw from all federal student grant programs affected by the case, and started a fundraising campaign to help those students affected by the decision.  Twelve years later, the school withdrew from all federal student loan programs as well, partnering with PNC Bank to develop a private student loan program that some have said is even more generous than the federal loan program.