Juniata College Overview

An Independent, private, four-year, co-educational college founded in 1876, located in the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania.

Our Mission:

Juniata's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Academic Program:

  • Flexible, individualized curriculum
  • 27% of students design their own major or Program of Emphasis.
  • Internships in virtually every discipline
  • Study-abroad opportunities in over 21 foreign countries

Graduation Rate:

96% of students who graduate do so in four years.

Student Life:

Athletics:

  • Nickname: Eagles
  • Colors: Blue and Gold
  • NCAA Division III; 19 varsity sports (10 women, 9 men)
  • Division III Champions: Women's Volleyball (2004 and 2006), Men's Volleyball (1994, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007)

Institutional Profile:

Founded in 1876, Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences. Located in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania, the beautiful 110-acre main campus is supplemented by the 365-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel. In addition, a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the most distinctive opportunities in environmental science in the nation.

The College has a strong reputation for excellent academics, personal attention, and state-of-the-art technological resources. Juniata students enjoy small classes, a challenging, flexible curriculum, collaborative student-faculty relationships, countless chances to learn by doing, and a lively campus offering lots to do and great new friends.

General Info:

  • Location: Huntingdon, PA (Small Town)
  • Founded: 1876
  • Status: Independent, Private, Four-year coeducational
  • Historical Heritage: Church of the Brethren
  • Motto: "Veritas Liberat" - Truth Sets Free
  • Team Name: Eagles
  • School Colors: Blue and Gold
  • Campus: 800 Acres total; Main Campus - 110 Acres, 50 Buildings
  • President: Dr. James A. Troha
  • Accreditations:
    • Middle States Assoc.
    • Council on Social Work Education
    • American Chemical Society
    • National Association of Education of Young Children
    • PA Department of Education
    • American Assoc. of Collegiate Registrars and Admin. Officers

Students:

  • Enrollment:
    • Fall 2014: 1632 total
    • 1587.1 FTE
  • Characteristics:
    • 54% Women
    • 95% Full-time
    • 9.8% International
    • 12.3% Domestic Minority
  • Geographic Origin:
    • 41 States and 34 Foreign Countries
    • 59.9% from Pennsylvania
  • Freshmen Admissions:
    • Applicants - 2281
    • Accepted - 1677 (74%)
    • Enrolled - 446 (27%)
  • Freshmen Profile:
    • # First-time Freshmen - 423
    • Average SAT: 1174; Average HS GPA: 3.76
    • SAT ranges (middle 50%): Verbal: 520 - 630; Math: 520 - 630
    • Of those students rated, 32% graduated in top 20% of high school class
  • Athletics:
    • 19 Varsity Sports offered (10 Women, 9 Men)
    • 11 Club Sports
    • 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 Men's Division III National Volleyball Champions
    • 2004, 2006 Women's Division III National Volleyball Champions
    • Division III Women's Volleyball Runner-up, 1981, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2008 Landmark Field Hockey Champions
    • 2007 Landmark Conference Men's Cross Country Champions
    • 2009 ECAC Women's Basketball Champions
    • 2010-2011 ECAC Women's Basketball Champions
    • 2012-2013 Men's Basketball Champions
  • Campus Activities:
    • No Fraternities or Sororities
    • 75 student-run organizations - Student Government
    • Activities Board
    • Choral, Instrumental, Dance, Drama/Theater, Art organizations
    • Newspaper, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, Radio Station
    • Religious, Service, Political, International, Outdoor, Sports, Subject-Related and Special Interest clubs
  • Campus Traditions:
    • Lobsterfest
    • Mountain Day
    • Madrigal Tenting
    • Madrigal Dinner
    • Springfest
    • Eid Dinner
    • Kwanzaa Dinner
    • Japanese Dinner
    • Hanukah Party
    • Chinese New Year
    • Festival of Lights
    • May Day
    • Mr. Juniata Contest
    • Storming the Arch

Academic Program:

  • Calendar: 15-week early semester system; limited summer session
  • Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
  • Curriculum: Flexible, individualized curriculum; 27% of all students design their own majors or "Programs of Emphasis" (POEs); Each student consults with 2 advisors
  • Most Popular POEs:
    • Biology/Pre-Health: 19.2%
    • Accounting/Business: 11.9%
    • Environmental Studies: 9.1%
    • Education: 6.2%
    • Chemistry: 6.2%
    • Chemistry: 6%
    • Psychology: 5.6%
  • New Programs/POEs:
    • Professional Writing
    • Arts Production
    • Environmental Economics
  • Off-Campus Study:
    • Internships in virtually every discipline
    • Study Abroad in 21 foreign countries
    • Marine Semester, Urban Semester, Washington Semester
    • Cooperative Degree programs in...
      • Law
      • Engineering
      • Peace and Conflict Studies
      • Dentistry
      • Medicine
      • Chiropractic
      • Optometry
      • Pharmacy
      • Podiatry
      • Nursing
      • Physician Assistant
      • Allied Health fields
  • Student/Faculty Ratio:
    • 13 to 1
  • Average Class Size:
    • Average Lecture: 19
    • Average Lab: 19
    • Average, all: 17
  • Retention:
    • 88% of Freshmen entering fall 2010 returned fall 2011
    • 77.9% of cohort entering 2008 graduated within 6 years
    • 94% of students graduating in 2014 did so within 4 years or less

Faculty and Staff:

  • Faculty Size:
    • Fall 2011: 105 Full-time, 43 Part-time
    • Fall FTE = 119.3
  • Full-time Faculty Stats:
    • 93% hold Terminal Degree
    • 90% Tenured or Tenure-track
    • 41.5% Female
  • Staff Size:
    • Total Employees (including faculty) as of 9/17/10: 470

Facilities

  • Library Holdings:
    • Books, Serial Backfiles, Government Documents: 500,000
    • Serial Subscriptions: 11,000
    • Microform Units: 400
    • Video/Audio Units: 2,800
    • 20 Commercial On-Line Services
    • Access to 21 libraries through ACLCP Consortium
  • Computers:
    • Campus-wide computer network with access in all dorm rooms; wireless access across campus
    • 362 computers in 16 computer labs available for student use
    • 24-hour Cyber Cafe ("Cyber Connection") in Student Center
  • Special Facilities:
    • Newly Renovated LEED-Gold Certified Founders Hall
    • 365-acre Raystown Environmental Studies Field Station; includes Shuster Hall and 2 student residences
    • Student Garden
    • 315-acre Nature Preserve and Peace Chapel designed by Maya Lin
    • Early Childhood Education Center
    • Juniata College Museum of Art; includes over 700 pieces in permanent collection and thousands of archival photographs and memorabilia.
    • Ceramics studio
    • Sports and Recreation Center including Strength and Fitness Center, Olympic-size pool, 2 gymnasiums, and racquetball/handball courts.
    • 88,000 square-foot state-of-the-art von Liebig Center for Science
    • Sill Business Incubator
    • Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts including Suzanne von Liebig Theatre
  • Residence Halls:
    • 21 Residence Halls; Capacity - 1274
    • 82% of Degree-seeking students live in campus housing

Finances

  • Cost, 2015-16:
    • Tuition: $39.840
    • Room: $5,930
    • Board: $5,210
    • Fees: $780
    • TOTAL - $51,760
  • Financial Aid, 2015-16:
    • 100% of all freshmen judged to have financial need received financial aid
    • Average financial aid package of all freshmen determined to have need: $22,544
    • % of need met of all freshmen determined to have need: 90%

Alumni and Development

  • Endowment Size:
    • Endowment and Related Funds, May 31, 2011: $110.8 million
  • % Alumni Giving:
    • 2014-15: 27.9%

Commendations

Juniata is mentioned in scores of diverse guides, articles, and measures of colleges and universities. Regardless of evaluation methods, the College is consistently praised as supportive, innovative, and a model for the best that liberal arts education can be.

  • We are a member of the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts, a group designed to help each institution create new cost efficiencies, improve the quality of academic and co-curricular programs, and enhance inter-institutional knowledge and collaboration. The consortium contributes to the national discussion to improve access to higher education and improve affordability for families. The 11 Pennsylvania colleges are: Bryn Mawr College, in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pa.; Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pa.; Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Pa.; Haverford College, in Haverford, Pa.; Juniata College, in Huntingdon, Pa.; Lafayette College, in Easton, Pa.; Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa.; Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, Pa.; Ursinus College, in Collegeville, Pa.; and Washington & Jefferson College, in Washington, Pa.
  • We are praised for our overall offerings in Baron's Best Colleges, Peterson's Competitive College Guide, U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, The Fiske Guide, Money Magazine's best Colleges Guide and Washington Monthly Rankings.
  • We are recognized for our distinctive focus on experience and excellent outcomes in Lauren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives, Weinstein's Making a Difference College Guide, the Teagle Foundation's study, "The Nation's 13 Best Performing Colleges," and The Unofficial, Unbiased, Insiders Guide to the 331 Most Interesting Colleges, and David Marcus's "Acceptance."
  • Our accessibility and openness to students from diverse economic, social, racial and ethnic backgrounds has been recognized by the Center for Student Opportunity's College Access Guide and Leland Miles' Provoking Thought: What Colleges Should Do for Students.
  • We are lauded for our commitment to service and community in guides like Rugg's Recommendations on Colleges, usnews.com's "America's Best Colleges--A+ Options for B Students," Entrepreneur.com's "Colleges with an Entrepreneurship Emphasis," Washington Monthly's College Rankings, Don Asher's Cool Colleges, ELLEgirl magazine's "Top 50 Colleges that Dare to be Different," and have been named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the corporation for National & Community Service.
  • Our students themselves talk about the College in Vault's College Buzz Book, College Prowler, and, believe it or not, Cosmo Girl Magazine's "The Top 100 Colleges and Universities."