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Geneva College: Narrative Description


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Beaver Falls, PA 15010-3599
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1848. Setting: 55-acre small town campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $28.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $15,776 per student. Total enrollment: 2,141. Faculty: 158 (82 full-time, 76 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,690 applied, 68% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 22% from top quarter, 24% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 14 valedictorians. Students come from 33 states and territories, 17 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 69% live on campus. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities, Community College of Beaver County, University of Rochester. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $23,190 includes full-time tuition ($16,030), mandatory fees ($560), and college room and board ($6600). College room only: $3440. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $535 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: marching band, Genevans A Capella Choir, ministry groups, International Student Organization, discipleship. Major annual events: homecoming, The Big Event, Midnight Madness. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 994 college housing spaces available; 970 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. McCartney Library plus 5 others with 163,734 books, 223,044 microform titles, 857 serials, 13,767 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $850,000. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Rich in natural resources and historical heritage, Beaver County supports commercial and industrial growth as well as a thriving agribusiness enterprise. 18,000 acres of park lands, excellent health care facilities, and numerous churches of various denominations help to meet needs of residents. Public transportation is accessible and proximity to Pittsburgh makes cultural and professional sports events available year-round. Part-time employment is available.

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