Grove City: "Classical students are college admissions standouts"

When Grove City College Admissions Counselor Frank Ayers interviewed two Mars Hill Academy students this fall, they stood out above the rest – and it’s a trend he’s seeing among applicants from classical, Christian schools.

“Classical students often demonstrate a higher level of maturity and thoughtfulness during the admissions interview,” he explained. “Interviewing a classically-educated student often feels more like talking to a mature adult.”

This maturity isn’t the only component that helps set Mars Hill Academy candidates apart.

“They understand the importance of the liberal arts and of being a well-rounded thinker. They seek to attend a college where they will be able to grow as a whole person, not just get a degree,” Mr. Ayers said. 

Vice President of Student Recruitment Lee Wishing, who has been with Grove City for nearly 25 years,  agreed, calling a classical, Christian education “a priceless investment.”

“I want to encourage Mars Hill parents about their decision to pursue classical Christian education. Certainly there are financial and cultural factors to consider, but I can tell you as a parent and college administrator that a classical, Christian education is superb preparation for higher education,” he said. “Your child’s faith will grow, his character will strengthen, and her mind will be sharpened as she absorbs the wisdom of the ages. Your choice of Mars Hill Academy will set your child on an upward life trajectory that is likely to have a multi-generational impact.”

Mr. Ayers offered these tips for a successful admissions interview.

Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself. “As an admissions counselor, I want to get to know the students more, see how they think through questions, and what their goals are. It’s the students’ opportunity to talk freely about themselves,” said Mr. Ayers.

Dress well for the interview. Think business casual. Choose an outfit that is neat and comfortable. Avoid jeans, sneakers, ill-fitting clothing, or  anything that will be visually distracting to your interviewer or you. 

Come prepared with questions. “Do research. Many answers to basic questions can be found on college websites. Find out what you don’t know and what is important in your college decision,” Mr. Ayers said. “No question is too silly or too hard, we are here to answer your questions and help you throughout the process.”