Juniata College: Narrative Description

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1700 Moore St.
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2119
Tel: (814)641-3000; 877-JUNIATA
Admissions: (814)641-3432
Fax: (814)641-3100
Web Site: http://www.juniata.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Church of the Brethren. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 110-acre small town campus. Endowment: $57.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7080 per student. Total enrollment: 1,427. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,761 applied, 74% were admitted. 38% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 10 National Merit Scholars, 16 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,379 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 48 students, 42% women, 58% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 26 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 4% 25 or older, 84% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: biological/life sciences; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Duke University, American University, Philadelphia Urban Semester, Washington Center, Institute for Experiential Learning. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/30 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $33,130 includes full-time tuition ($25,260), mandatory fees ($630), and college room and board ($7240). College room only: $3800. Part-time tuition: $1055 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 86 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Activities Board, HOSA, International Club, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: Mountain Day, Springfest, All-Class Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, fire safety training, adopt-an-officer program, security website, weather/terror alerts, travel forecast, crime statistics. 1,175 college housing spaces available; 1,162 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Beeghly Library with 275,000 books, 400 microform titles, 1,000 serials, 1,700 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $759,140. 375 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:

Huntingdon, population 8,000, on the Juniata River, is in one of the most scenic sections of the state. It was founded on the site of an Indian Village called Standing Stone. The city is the county seat and lies approximately 30 miles east of Altoona. The area is served by railroad. Penn State (32 miles away) offers cultural and social activities. Nearby state parks, forests, and the Raystown Lake recreation area provide excellent camping, fishing, canoeing, hunting, swimming, and boating opportunities. In winter ski slopes are less than 40 miles away.

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