Inside Colleges: Juniata College

Juniata students can develop their own major, called a Point of Emphasis, and 30 percent of students do. Classes are small and professors are available.

Just the Facts - Juniata College is a private, residential liberal arts and sciences college of 1600 students on a 110-acre main campus with a 315-acre Nature Preserve and a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station. The school is located in the small town of Huntingdon, in central Pennsylvania.

Academics - Juniata students can develop their own major, called a Point of Emphasis, and 30% of students do. Every student has two advisors, to help them every step of the way. Classes are small and professors are available. The school is well known for its science programs.

Study abroad is very popular. 48% of the class of 2012 had an international experience. Juniata is one of 5 schools to receive the Paul Simon award for promoting internationalism.

What’s new - Juniata will be getting a new college president. They are down to 4 candidates and the students have been involved in the selection.

Juniata received a $1 million research grant in May to implement and integrate a Genomics Leadership Initiative. They plan to establish a structured research program, with 40 summer research fellowships in which undergrads use state-of-the-art science and technology related to genomics.

The food court is being renovated. A new residence hall with singles will be built.

Socially - There are more than 90 clubs and organizations. Popular clubs include Star Wars, Circle K (volunteer), ultimate frisbee, and student government. Seventy percent of students are involved in community service. Volleyball is most popular sport to watch on campus. There are no fraternities or sororities at Juniata.

Fun things to do on campus include Mountain Day (classes cancelled for a day of outdoor fun), Madrigal Dinner (formal dinner and dance), Springfest, Storming of the Arch, Mountain Day of the Mind (conference for undergrad research), artist series, movies, speakers, and the Pig Roast.

Financial Aid - Juniata has both need-based and merit-based aid. On the average, the college meets 90% of need. There are significant merit scholarships with values up to the full Cost of Attendance.

After college – 95% of graduates were employed or in graduate school six months after graduation. One hundred companies were represented at the February career fair for jobs and internships. 94% of pre-med and health profession students are admitted to medical or professional school. 100% of students applying to law school were admitted.

What's your experience with Juniata College?

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Tom Kepple November 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Rana, you have done a great and very up to date description of Juniata - good work. The "Point" of Emphasis is actually the "Program" of Emphasis but your description is right on. Thank you for doing this. Tom Kepple, President
Rana Slosberg November 30, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Rana Slosberg November 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Tom, I am honored to receive comments from you, the outgoing president of Juniata College. Thanks for the correction.
Rana Slosberg November 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Update - I visited Juniata College on 11/15. Since then, the new college president has been announced. The Juniata website says, "James Troha, vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Heidelberg University since 2009 has been named the 12th president of Juniata College by the Juniata board of trustees. Troha will begin his official duties on or about June 1, 2013."
Wayne's World November 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Rana - A lot of financial experts and economists are coming around to the viewpoint that the value of a college degree is highly diminished and that many who go to college shouldn't be there in the first place. Heck, I could have told anyone that in the early 1990s when I graduated a large state university with a good reputation. I would guess that at my top 25 public university, at least 1/3 of the student population was not equipped to be enrolled in university level classes, never mind that university study outside of math, science and business is woefully behind the curve in preparing students for gainful employment. In a society where gainful employment is harder and harder to come by, universities must shoulder a lot of the fault for this under-preparedness. The cost of most colleges is outrageous, and the lack of a meaningful curriculum combined with a lack of supervision (the old in loco parentis) is a recipe for failure for all but the most motivated of students. Add in a university's tepid reputation and families are being hopelessly led down a death-spiral of unmanageable debt. I would hope that the professionals in your business would be providing parents with meaningful insight and candor about their child's chances of success and return on investment. The following articles may be helpful but this is a HUGE issues which most of the public is unaware. Below is just one article on topic http://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/too-much-for-too-little/30220


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