Juniata College is an independent, private, four-year, co-educational college located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Juniata College was established in 1876 and is historically affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Juniata College boasts a particularly strong reputation for the excellence of its academics, personal attention given to students, and state-of-the-art technological resources; classes are kept small with a challenging yet flexible curriculum. The College is located in the Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania on a beautiful 110-acre main campus which is supplemented by the 365 acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel. The College’s Environmental Studies Field Station, located on nearby Raystown Lake offers one of the nation’s most “distinctive opportunities” in the field of environmental science.
Academic ProgramsJuniata College’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.” The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are offered by Juniata College in a variety of majors, or “Programs of Emphasis” (POEs), as they are called. The most popular POEs have included Biology/ Pre-Health; Accounting/ Business; Environmental Studies; Education; Chemistry; and Psychology. Recent additions to the College’s list of POEs include Professional Writing, Arts Production, and Environmental Economics.
Juniata College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. The College’s curriculum is both flexible and individualized – nearly 30% of students choose to design their own major or POE. Internships are available in nearly every discipline (at least 80% of recent classes have participated in one or more internships) and study-abroad opportunities are available in more than twenty countries.
Student LifeJuniata College has a total enrollment figure of well over 1,500 undergraduate students; approximately 55% of students are female and nearly 10% are international, coming from more than 30 foreign countries. There are no fraternities or sororities on Juniata College’s campus, though students may participate in more than 90 student-led clubs and organizations, including religious, service, political, international, outdoor, sports, subject-related and special interest clubs. Juniata College also features an Activities Board and boasts choral, instrumental, dance, drama and theater, and art organizations as well as a student newspaper, literary magazine, and radio station.
Juniata College’s campus traditions include the Lobsterfest (held the first week of classes to welcome students back to campus after summer break), “Storming the Arch”, Mountain Day, Madrigal Dinner, All Class Night, Springfest, EID Dinner, and Mr. Juniata Contest (a tongue-in-cheek spoof of beauty pageants). More than a dozen varsity sports are offered, including both men’s and women’s teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III.