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  • 03/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Science majors, those who work well with smaller groups, anyone looking for the liberal arts education--it's not just for art majors! Liking the outdoors is a must. Also must be okay with a more isolated school and less of the popular night life

    Tips for prospective students

    KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE COUNSELORS. Since the very beginnings of my college search, Juniata has stood out as being the most personable and friendly with the admission process. My counselor, Josh, has been in touch with me since my junior year, and has helped answer my questions. While that should be standard, Juniata's done more. I've gotten a personal phone call from a Juniata student who wanted to check in on my college searching and see if I had any questions. Josh has also sent me local articles on things I might find interesting about the school. Even my acceptance letter felt handwritten. They take a very personal interest in potential students, just enough that you feel important to them, without being spammy and obnoxious. I also recommend the Open House events, or just visiting in general. (Plus, if you visit or apply online, there's no application fee!)

    Bang for the buck

    I think so. The high price might be intimidating, as it is with private schools, but JC is one of the most generous with merit aid I've seen. I received a Quinter Scholarship (which is now $18,000 and requires a 3.75 weighted GPA), so I feel much better about the price tag. No matter what the cost, though, Juniata's a solid place to go.

    Will enjoy being here

    Many people complain that small schools have less of a social life, and that getting to know everyone so quickly is boring. But if you're like me, somewhat introverted but still social, the balance is perfect. I don't need a good party scene to be happy--I'd much rather be kayaking on the river (looks like fun!), hiking or just relaxing somewhere. It sounds like a very friendly place overall, and though there's no nightclubs (oh, darn), there's still plenty to do. Huntingdon's a nice little town, and if you really want something bigger, Altoona and State College are just a (perilous) hour's drive away.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm looking to major in Biology, and this looks like a great place to go for it. The program is very diverse, and surprisingly varied for a school of its size. I haven't gotten to sit in on classes (I've been accepted, and they're at the top of my list right now, but I haven't made the final visit yet) but they have a lot of interesting offerings for such a small place. Particularly, their Biology department covers everything from Virology to Ecology, including some wild-cards like Herpetology (would so take that class if I go there!) and Glassblowing (it's not just for artists, but chemistry as well).

  • 11/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who wish to have an education that can make a difference in their life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage at what Juniata College has to offer. The college gives so many opportunities to be active and to make a difference.

    Bang for the buck

    The education here is worth every penny. The professors are top quality teachers and will not disappoint anyone.

    Am enjoying being here

    Juniata always has activities and events happening on campus for students to attend.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors know what they are doing and teaching.

  • 02/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Juniata is great for students who like the atmosphere of a small classroom setting and a small student to teacher ratio.

    Tips for prospective students

    Juniata is a wonderful school with a small class setting and friendly environment.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am on the women's volleyball team. It is a lot of hard work but a lot of fun at the same time! I like the challenge!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors I have had so far at Juniata College genuinely care how their students do inside and outside of the classroom. The professors are very passionate about subjects they are teaching and can explain it to the students in a way they understand.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone is welcome no matter your race, sexual orientation, or nationality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a car, Juniata is out in the middle of nowhere and to go anywhere interesting you need a car (or a friend with a car). Pack for all sorts of weather, you can experience all four seasons in a week sometime. Go to Lobsterfest to scope out all the clubs and societies but don't actually eat the lobster.

    Bang for the buck

    For me the cost is worth the education that I plan on getting there. It is a bit pricy but with scholarships from the college and applying for others it ends up being relatively less.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and the people are amazing. You are surrounded by the wood and mountains and it is a very small cozy college. The teachers take time out their day to talk to everyone and even give out home phone numbers if their office hours don't work for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Because Juniata is a Liberal Arts school, students are exposed to many different subject areas than just their intended major. Classes are usually small and professors are always willing to help. You do have to apply yourself though, slacking won't get you very far.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    JC Police are great - they're available around the clock, and they are good at fulfilling their job and upholding policies without ruining Saturday night fun.

    Greek Life

    None. But that doesn't mean that Juniata lacks parties, or various social activities. Private or campus-wide, parties and social groups are easy to find.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's always something to do at Juniata. About half the students are involved in sports, and there are club and intramural options for students (like me) who don't have time to compete and train full-time. There are also numerous music groups, art clubs, role-playing and gaming groups, and various field-trips and out-door activities available year-round for those who are interested. Some of my personal favorites include playing club Frisbee, touring in Ireland with Concert Choir, helping to sew costumes for various theater productions, and organizing events with the Alumni Association.

    Great for these types of students

    Juniata is a community of all kinds of people, but I think the students who like it best are those who want to learn, socialize, and be active in a variety of different disciplines. Many students create study programs that allow them to take classes in a variety of departments, and most are also involved in sports, music groups, and other extra-curricular clubs and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many traditions at Juniata! For Mountain day (which is different every year), classes get cancelled and everyone goes to Raystown lake for a fun-filled day of games, activities, and food. Then there's Pigroast, Lobsterfest, Madrigal dinner and dance, Storming of the Arch, Mr. Juniata Competition, and more. Inbound, the number one freshmen transition into life at Juniata is a great way to start the school year.

    Bang for the buck

    Juniata, being a private school, is definitely not cheap. But it offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships, along with various payment plans that help to make it a feasible investment for families of all income backgrounds.

    What to do for fun

    Juniata is located in Huntingdon, a small town in the middle of nowhere in central PA. Being about 30 minutes from State College (driving), there are places to go shopping, but if you don't have a car, it's a little hard to get anywhere on your own. Huntingdon does have some neat little shops, bars, cafes, and an old movie theatre. Since I was so busy last year on campus, I didn't miss not being close to a large city. There was so much to do through the clubs that I was part of, and I had fun organizing my own parties and events as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few choices for dining on-campus, besides cooking your own food. Baker is the main cafeteria, which offers standard food, such as pizza, grilled food, a home-cooked line, salad bar, and the local, organic option offered 3 days per week. Otherwise, there's 3 other venues where meal exchange is possible for take-out, or you can buy Starbucks coffee, snacks, sandwiches, fruits, etc. with DCB or cash.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms, from the standard doubles to quads, apartments, and off-campus housing, are generally pretty decent. Freshmen are mostly housed together, sophomores often live in East, Lesher (the all-girls' dorm), or South, while Juniors and Seniors are given a greater variety of options such as living off-campus. All dorms are equipped with cooking, laundry, and lounge facilities. The dorms that I spent time in were all pretty pleasant and clean (though this sometimes varied dramatically depending on the occupants). The rooms had big windows, good closet spaces, and were generally furnished well.

    Academic Rigor

    Juniata's Bachelor of Science programs demand classes that aren't easy, like Organic Chem, but most of the professors are more than happy to help out. Art and Humanities classes aren't easy either, but as long as you are focused in class and stay on top of your work, the academic stress is definitely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things or to ask questions. Find your passion(s), be dedicated, stay busy, and you'll have a blast! Also, keep a good balance between your academics and social activities. Leave time to relax and have fun on the weekends, but stay on top of your workload.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a perfect school if you like knowing students and professors on campus. It is small (about 1,600 students), with challenging professors, who love what they teach, and provide a learning environment that is both challenging and lots of fun. Their's always something to do outside of class, with a community of people who support whatever it is that you are passionate about.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. Campus security is great. I've never had any problems. A word about drinking off-campus: Do NOT get caught. The school knows that students will drink on-campus and don't really make a huge deal about it, but getting caught off-campus will probably get you a night in jail.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at Juniata, one reason why I chose the school. Everyone looking for greek life, this isn't the school for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Advocacy, politics, religion, recreation--there's a club for pretty much everything. If you want to create a club, you can. I don't think there's much hassle in the process.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't mind the small-town environment. If you don't have a car, you'll have to make friends with someone who does, or just walk like my friends and I do. Downtown is only about a 20-minute walk away. Also, the students here are more or less very open-minded and accepting of others (there are a few exceptions, of course).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lobsterfest! It's the fall club fair, where all the clubs set up a table and basically talk about themselves. Students get to sign up for as many clubs as they like, and afterwards, everyone gets their own lobster (or steak) to eat. It's fantastic.

    Bang for the buck

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, I wanted a school that was much smaller and rural, and Juniata is a perfect fit for me. It's an expensive school, but they are very generous with their aid, and if you ask them for help, they'll do what they can. This is one of the few schools I know of where you can combine pretty much any major with any other major.

    What to do for fun

    For those looking for parties, this isn't a huge party school. Pink and East Houses are mainly where the parties are. They can get pretty rowdy, but everyone has fun as far as I know.

    Food and Dining

    Okay, campus food: You will likely get bored after a while. There are two eateries, Baker Refectory and Eagles Landing (which everyone on campus calls Muddy). Baker has lots of options, from pizza to classics to an exhibition line where they cook more specialized foods. There's a vegan area as well, and I believe there are gluten-free options available. On weekend mornings, Baker is the only eatery available, where they do brunch. (If you're going to the omelet line, be ready to wait, as it gets long! The cook makes six at a time, so the wait isn't too bad.) Muddy is kind of like a food court at the mall with different areas catering to different tastes (asian, grill, mexican, salads, and a sandwich line like Subway). The food here is available for meal exchange, and you usually get two or three options per line. The food up here is better than that in Muddy, but you have to be careful about not getting meal exchange items during their scheduled times: For that, you have to pay. I'm hooked on the make-your-own stir fry line in Muddy. I have to pay for it each time, but they're not stingy with the portions and it's worth it. There are places to eat in town--Boxers and OIP are great! There's also a Sheetz only a few blocks away for ready-made food and a Weis if you want to pick up ingredients or frozen foods to cook.

    Dorm Life

    I've lived in two dorms so far, the third floor of Terrace and the second floor of Lesher (the all-girls dorm). The rooms in Lesher seem much larger; the closet and mirror spaces are definitely twice as large as the spaces in Terrace. TnT (That's Tussey 'n' Terrace) are a bit farther away from other points on campus (with the exception of East Houses, which are WAY off compared to everything else), but right across the street from the ceramics studio. Both rooms I lived in were great; there weren't any problems that were so terrible that I wanted to leave.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't come here expecting to breeze through! This is not a school where you can just sit back and walk out with high grades. I've attended Juniata for one year so far, and several teachers had attendance rules where you'd lose points if you were excessively absent. Basically, come to class, put effort into your work, and you'll be fine. Talk to your professors if you're struggling. They are willing to work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work. Some classes are, of course, more intense than others, but for the most part, there are no easy As here. You will be made to work for your grades, but if you put in the effort and show that you're trying, teachers here are very receptive to it.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. They worked with me when I applied (after getting laid off from my job) so I could attend. The people and staff I've met are wonderful, and I know I'm building friendships that will last for a very long time.

  • 03/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Science majors( Biology and chemistry are really tough but good here!) You will work like crazy but get a great science education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! It really is a nice small yet very very beautiful. It has a great layout.The surrounding town doesn't have much to do, but State college and altoona are 1 hour, 30 mins away respectively.

    Bang for the buck

    Really pretty pricy...

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot of drinking and partying going on. If you don't like to get drunk all the time, DO NOT choose to live in east dorms.There are a fair number of clubs you can get involved in. The facilities are pretty nice though and they have macs available to students.

    Am learning a lot

    (I am a high school student doing dual enrollment) I learned a good deal of information and remember taking lots of notes! It kinda depends though on the type of class and teacher.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are an average student, dont really care about being in a small town this is a great school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont come here if you are a liberal, or are looking for intellectual conversations.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is great, a little pricy if you dont get scholarships. But the school gives mant scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are too many hics, the students do not provide and nurturing academic environment.

    Am learning a lot

    I am doing biology at this school and the program here is great. The classes are challenging and the professor engaging.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very kind. won't bust you for doing stupid things. helpful and polite, make me feel generally safe!

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's over 50 and there are more added each year so i'm not going to even try and list them. if you want to do it there's a club for it!

    Great for these types of students

    artsy, independent, unique, intelligent, dedicated, fun-loving, out going, and kind!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are so many unusual tradition like storming of the arch, lobster fest, madrigal, and the peace chapel, just to name a few. storming of the arch is to initiate freshmen. the freshmen class storms towards the upper class-men to try and break through the arch. the peace chapel is this beautiful place to hang out with your friends. there are just so many!

    Bang for the buck

    the education and experience is most definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    there's so many things, it depends on who you are. monthly juniata puts on shows or concerts. a few times a month they host friday night live where they bring in a comedian or act. the community has tons of great shops and restaurants to hang out at. they have a fantastic gym to swim at or work out at and there's lounges with televisions, pool tables, and games, all over campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food is relatively mediocre. it's not terrible but it's not fantastic. the cool thing is that they have multiple restaurants on campus that take your meal plan money.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are really small to be shared between two people but you won't spend much time there anyways and they all have awesome lounges and kitchens.

    Academic Rigor

    classes aren't simple by any means but they are definitely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard, have varied interests, and love thing to be a little bit different.

    In three sentences

    there almost always something to do. the people are extremely polite and the atmosphere is great. i love this school!

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    juniata college doesn't support fraternities or sororities because it would single out students from large associations.

    Great for these types of students

    science and business majors. environmental science majors love this school due to the eco-friendly initiatives.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are average sized and the maintenance is superb. you get awarded better dorms if you do well academically.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes for the natural sciences are definitely competitive. i interned at a research position at another school during the 2011 summer and they definitely want more students from juniata college now.

    Tips for prospective students

    juniata college if definitely an institution you should consider if you want professors and advisors to help prepare you for your future. it is a small school but it comes with obvious advantages such as small classroom sizes, better opportunities for advancement, and friends you will get to know.

    In three sentences

    juniata college is an absolutely amazing school. the professors know you, the college is a close-knit community, and after graduation you will understand how much more you appreciate the institution. i do not have a single ounce of regret for choosing this college; it has definitely prepared me for my future.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No issues with campus safety.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most students are involved with clubs and activities. They are plentiful on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for anyone who is focused on a good education but also wants to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain day, Lobsterfest, Madrigal, the traditions are campus wide events.

    Bang for the buck

    You reap what you sow. the education you will get at Juniata more than makes up for the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Juniata Activities Board tries to make sure there are campus on a very regular basis.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the greatest.

    Dorm Life

    If you are living near friends you will be perfectly happy.

    Academic Rigor

    Juniata is a very good school that takes its academics very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a group of close friends. Regardless of whether there is anything to do on or off campus, if you have close friends, you will never be bored.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a very good school that values its academics highly. The social aspects are valued just as much as academics. I tries to make each student happy with their experience.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 36

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Concert, sports,

    Academic Rigor

    Talk and talk and talk

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard

    In three sentences

    Very warm environment gets hands on with everything, changing life.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Just know, that it is very rurally located.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a very safe place. Everyone is friendly. The professors are awesome.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    14 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus officers can get to just about any area in under 5 minutes and they also carry guns on their person now, not that they have ever had to use them, but it is an extra precautionary measure.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    For those active in clubs or sports and those that enjoy the outdoors and small town experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day, Lobster Fest

    What to do for fun

    Small Theatre in town, but other than that students generally make their own fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food from the dining hall isn't that bad and the choices change from day to day, with vegan options all the way to meatlovers.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a bit small, and the hallways can get crowded but other than that it is a cozy place that allows for plenty of interaction!

    Academic Rigor

    They have a academic program designed around Chemistry and Biology but the Biochemistry program excels in more than one area as well. There are also various options availiable to those that exceed academic expectations and are able to take other courses for fun!

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 36

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    On campus, weekends can be spent doing a variety of activities. Many clubs offer events that take place on the weekend for people who are not interested in attending any larger parties. There is also the school pool which is open on the weekend to the students and various outings offered by the college to do owl prowls, canoe rides, and other outdoors activities at Raystown Field Station. Off campus, the Cliffton 5 movie theater shows the latest films at a very reasonable price which is often discounted on the weekends, and scenic areas such as the Peace Chapel and the Cliffs offer students an area to unwind and relax in solitude.

    Food and Dining

    With all of the food services on campus being provided by a single catering company, once at the college for a length of time, the food can start to feel mundane and repetitive. However, each meal at the dining hall is served buffet style with multiple stations offering menu items such as pasta, pizza, and burgers and fries simultaneously, so you'll always have a choice. Smaller eateries located in some of the academic buildings on campus add convenience to eating at Juniata College if you are in need of grabbing a quick bite to eat on your way to your next class.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fully furnished with all of the basic furniture necessities a college student would need. Most of the dorms also have a full kitchen to cook meals in if you are not interested in eating at the dining hall. The hallways are clean, and the dorm lounges possess vending machines if you have the late-night munchies. Resident Assistants are not out to condemn you on any small misdemeanor, but will enforce the rules if someone is proving to be a disturbance to other members in the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a large disparity of difficulty found between the courses taught by the various science departments and other departments on campus. Intro level science courses at Juniata boast larger class drop rates than other courses, with students frequently citing the overall difficulty of the course as the reason for dropping. If you are planning on getting a science degree at Juniata College, be prepared to work long and hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students looking to apply to the school, it can not be stressed enough how important a visit to the campus is. There is no other substitute for gauging the atmosphere of the place where you will potentially spend the next four years of your life. If possible, seeing the campus in the Fall as the maple trees start to change colors will be sure to leave you with a lasting image of the campus.

    In three sentences

    Juniata College is a place where you will cultivate new friendships, explore new ideas, and challenge the principles that currently define who you are both in and out of the classroom. The town of Huntingdon where the college is situated offers a diverse range of outdoor activities and scenic Pennsylvanian landscapes to be enjoyed. The greatest asset of the college is its dedicated staff, always present to assist its students in whatever way may be needed.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    16 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The entire town over all is safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not sure what is meant by it but there are Greek students there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and so many things going on all the time on campus. Also, there are so many cultural and ethnic clubs that do so many events both semesters to introduce them to other students.

    Great for these types of students

    International students, students who want to make the best of their education and college years, students who want to study abroad, political science majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Storming of the Arch is one interesting special tradition at JC where Freshmen have to beat usually rughby players and football players to literally storm what is called The Arch on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive, as are almost all good schools in America. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth your money. I am trying to come up with enough money to go there because I know I will get a wonderful educational experience having attended classes there.

    What to do for fun

    Go hiking, mountain climbing, exploring, visit the famous cliffs, the Peace Chapel, downtown area, take a walk around town to enjoy the beautiful buildings and definitely take trips to neighboringing towns for bowling, ice-skating or such activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is limited within the main dining hall as I personally do not like American food very much. But, you can cook your own meals or choose the different options offered in different halls on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Being on campus and engaged in the different activities on campus is definitely an experience.Howevere, most typical American students tend to waste such an experience by consuming alcohol and drinking on most weekends. I loved living on campus and enjoyed attending all the activities. Nonetheless, I hate drinkers and drinking.

    Academic Rigor

    Juniata College is one of the best teaching systems I have been through. The professors are very personal and care about the students, the staff are very helpful and kind and the overall learning experience is highly grueling and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, especially from major cities, try to visit before you make up your mind on going as it is a very different kind of college life experience. Oh, and have a car or a friend with one.

    In three sentences

    Juniata College is a beautiful campus that offers students a peaceful private study environment. It provides students with a wide range of extracurricular activities and entertainment events. I love the mix of peacefulness, dedicated staff and professors, along with the wonderful community in Huntingdon, PA.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    We have no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are no frats or sororities so the clubs play a huge role at JC.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a small school, don't mind rural locations, and are ready to be challenged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day. All classes are canceled on a random day first semester. All the students are taken out to a lake and given food and it's a lot of fun.

    What to do for fun

    The school sometimes has activities for the students. There are also weekly parties if you are into that sort of thing.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better.

    Dorm Life

    You have real sense of community in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've learned a lot at JC and classes were mentally stimulating and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a mattress pad or two. Bring a few fans. Lower your meal plan after the first semester because the food gets tiring after a while.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a wonderful small school and a community. You become close to students and professors alike. It also has a beautiful campus.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel perfectly safe on this campus. Small town area and not alot of crime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations to join and get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Small town atmosphere and great for students that do not like the hustle and bustle of big cities - Laid back and quite area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Really like the mountain day and founders day celebrations. The LOBSTER FEST is awesome and inbound programs are nice too.

    Bang for the buck

    alittle pricey but education and prestige is worth it in the long run

    What to do for fun

    Locally there are several things to do and also seems like something always going on at the campus.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT choices for meals.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm room you end up in will determine how you feel about it. South is nice and East apartments but others might be a little cramped. The closeness though made life interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    Great curriculum choices and love the POE that you can make.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the high tuition for private school deter you. They offer great financial aid packages for students in need.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    19 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Juniata Campus is one of the safest campus I have ever visited. You can actually leave your personal stuff in the library and no one will steal your stuff.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    Juniata has several clubs and activities. Also you an start a club if what interest you is not available.

    Great for these types of students

    Juniata college is great for students who are pursuing a career in medicine or law.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have unusual traditions that is called storming of the Arch, pig roast, lobster fest for incoming freshman. Also a Mr. Juniata Pageant.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the college is bang for the buck. It has a lot to offer to its students. Great curriculum and friendliness amongst professors and students.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do for fun. Many activities are planned for weekends to help you adjust to college life.

    Food and Dining

    the food was great

    Dorm Life

    I spend an overnight at orientation and is was wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that the academic rigor is highly rated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming in as a freshman they have a program that is called inbound. I cannot wait for August 18th.

    In three sentences

    Friendliness close knit community lots of activities on the weekend.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 36

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    If you enjoy doing outdoor activities, such as hiking and boating, then you will have no problem finding fun things to do. There are hiking trails minutes from the campus, and Lake Raystown is nearby for when the weather is nice. If you are not a big fan of the outdoors however, then you might not be able to find many things to do because Huntingdon is a fairly small town.

    Food and Dining

    I personally was not very impressed by the main dinning food, but there are other areas, such as Muddy Run, where you can get more specific foods, like subs, Mexican, and salads. Overall, I think the food provides something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very small and provides little for storage, but there are lounges and kitchens in all of the dorms where you can spend your time instead.

    Academic Rigor

    For anyone who is interested in science, Juniata is the place to go. The work is very challenging, but in the end the knowledge you will gain is worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to Juniata be prepared to work hard and expect to be challenged. Also realize that Juniata College is located in a small town and there is not whole lot to do outside of the college.

    In three sentences

    Juniata College is a great college for anyone interested in getting a fantastic education in anything to do with science. Located in a small town, the college provides for a very close knit community. The staff is clearly dedicated to the students' education and it shows both in and out of the classroom.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The public safety team is awesome. There are boxes equipped with buttons around campus to push if you do not feel safe. The public safety men will be on their way immediately.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life. And Juniata students are okay with that.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities. Lobsterfest is dedicated to signing up for clubs, activities, and club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Many students fit in at Juniata. The best way to decide if you will fit in, is to come and visit us!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions? They are ALL unusual. That is what makes Juniata great.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of Juniata may seem expensive. But the financial aide office is fantastic at getting students more funding when necessary. They will become your savior.

    What to do for fun

    Huntingdon is a small community, there really is not much to do off campus. On campus, there are a plethora of student clubs and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Baker food is not too great. Muddy food is better, but the lines can be long. Pick your battles with Baker wisely.

    Dorm Life

    Some buildings are better than the others, but the room sizes aren't too bad. Some of the rooms can be tight, but bunking the beds is always an option.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are harder than the others. Most keep you challenged throughout the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. The staff are very friendly, and the students as well. Just be yourself and have fun.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a one-of-a-kind school. It has a friendly atmosphere and a wonderful staff. It will become your home away from home.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Juniata College Public Safety Department is constantly on patrol. There is never much for them to do though, as this school is very safe.

    Greek Life

    It does not exist. Period.

    Clubs and Activities

    There clubs ranging from Quidditch, to clay crafting, to fruit and wine. There are very many clubs, and it's easy to start a new one at any time.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for countless opportunities, and who want to be involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Storming of the Arch - Freshmen attempt in 10 runs to get through all the arch of the Cloister. If they do they get first choice of next year's dorm. Mountain Day - One random fall day at 5AM there will be knocking on doors and loud noises saying IT'S MOUNTAIN DAY! That means all classes are cancelled for that day and the students go to the lake for a fun day. Lobsterfest - All of the clubs on campus gather and students are served lobster as they sign up for clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    The sticker price seems high, but all college costs are rising. They also do a great job of financial aid. It is affordable and worth it.

    What to do for fun

    On Saturdays a student could head over to East for a party. There are unlimited other options though. Hikes to the cliffs, movie nights, many clubs, just hanging out with friends. There is never just one thing to do.

    Food and Dining

    This is not five star dining. The food company, Sodexo, does try it's best though, and there are always options to satisfy any students' palate.

    Dorm Life

    My RA quickly became one of my friends, and there's always something to do. The rooms are a decent size, and the bathrooms could be better. but are far from bad.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging, yet manageable. Learning is the only focus. Memorization isn't important, real learning is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn good study skills; they'll help you more than anything else. Be open to trying new things, and meeting new people.

    In three sentences

    The community atmosphere is wonderful. The support structures make the difficult classes manageable. There's always something to do.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Lobster fest is a day where the students get to go around to hundreds of tables and sign up for clubs (not to mention eating lobster). There are clubs such as Quidditch, Ministry of Gaming, Archery, Camping club, Science club, etc. The list goes on because there are so many clubs!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the unusual traditions include Storming of the Arch, Mountain Day, and Mr. Juniata. Storming of the Arch is where freshmen gather in a group and try to rush past the Rugby players through an arch. No one has ever made it, but the winner is rewarded with any room of their choice on campus. No one ever knows when Mountain Day will occur. In the early morning hours, upper classmen will blow air horns, run into the dorm buildings, and scream It's Mountain Day. This means that all classes, quizzes, and tests are canceled for the day, and the entire college (student and staff) gets to go to the lake. They have moon bounces set up, games, and food. Mr. Juniata is a annual tradition where a select few male students participate in a talent show. They show off their skills, and then model their best evening wear. At the end of the show, only one student is crowned the winner.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of nature areas nearby such as the lake, the Cliffs (which is just a 10 minute walk away), or the river. If you aren't such a huge fan of nature, there are tons of clubs to sign up for and participate in. There are club and sports activities going on all the time. Every weekend, Juniata has some kind of event to bring students together.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food places to choose from when you are searching for food. The main cafeteria is a buffet where you can get ice cream, smoothies, cookies, and cake daily. They have a wide variety of foods. If you dislike the food choices in the main cafeteria, you can walk right upstairs and get food such as quesadillas, Chinese food, subs, salads, or sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorms to choose from on campus. A lot of the freshmen stick together in the first year, but everyone is friendly and welcoming. In the freshmen dorms, the rooms do get a little small if you put the beds side by side. Bunking is the best bet if you are trying to save space.

    Academic Rigor

    Students have to remember that this is college, and there is a little bit more work required than High School; however, lots of students still have free time to participate in activities they love.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all classes, and take some classes that don't have anything to do with your major. College is about exploring, and Juniata College is a great place for that.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a great college for those pursuing a science career or for those wanting to create their own major. Juniata uses Programs of Emphasis instead of majors, so you can design your own path. While the academics are great, the surrounding area is also a great place to spend your free time.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The campus police do their job very well and create a very safe atmosphere.

    Greek Life

    There aren't any fraternities at Juniata. The closest thing I can think of would be the rugby team.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I said before, there are numerous clubs to join. There are also social events almost everyday to attend.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone can find something about Juniata to love. They're are an immense amount of clubs to satisfy many interests. If you're more studious then you can stay in your room and study, but if you want to go wild it is quite easy to do that as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition that sticks out in my mind is the storming of the arch. This is where the freshman students attempt to run along a path and make it into an arch while the upperclassmen (including the rugby team) try to stop them. To date, no one has ever made it into the arch.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it's a private school and can initially seem very expensive, there is a lot of aid given out. If you come from a low income household you will pay very little.

    What to do for fun

    You can sign up for a club for just about anything. Then of course there are parties every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty decent. There are two options on where to eat. Upstairs in the dining hall is Muddy's, where the food quality is generally better but you can only get one meal. Below is Baker, which is buffet style but generally has lower quality food.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are standard college-sized rooms. The people are friendly and everyone is more than happy to help you out if you need anything. It's very easy to make new acquaintances. It's easy to study if you need to and at the same time there are plenty of opportunities to party. The staff keeps the buildings very clean.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a fair amount of homework, but this makes it so that exams aren't such a big deal. If you're planning on majoring in a science class they can be a bit difficult, but it isn't overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to schedule classes as early as you can, they fill up fast.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a small, liberal arts school with a friendly atmosphere. The campus is beautiful, the staff are extremely helpful and the atmosphere is one of intelligence. Everyone is very personable and if you need help with anything it is very easy to get it.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always, ALWAYS feel safe on campus. I've heard of no problems otherwise.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Juniata has HUNDREDS of clubs to choose from and many different activities you can be involved in--it's you who choose to have fun or be bored.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who like smaller class sizes, one-on-one time with professors, don't mind living in a small town, and in general love learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of multicultural events that you might not have been exposed to, but they are all very interesting and worth going to.

    Bang for the buck

    Juniata is very expensive, but the financial aid office WILL work with you to figure out payment plans if you are struggling. I'm an independent student, and I talked with Diane in the office and she helped figure out everything to me. There's always something that can be done!

    What to do for fun

    Numerous events on campus, movies, bowling, go to Altoona/State College (45 min car ride away)

    Food and Dining

    The food is basic school food--sometimes good, sometimes bad. You can get really sick of the food after a while, but I've had worse.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others, but I've had all good experiences with where I've lived. You just have to know how to play your cards.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes get a bit overwhelming, especially at the end of the semester, but it's do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions! The tour guides are not afraid to answer anything for you! They know all the facts about Juniata.

    In three sentences

    It's worth it!

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want small classes and personal attention.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Storming of the Arch where Freshman charge the rugby team.

    What to do for fun

    Huntingdon is a small town, but there are still things there. The Juniata river and Lake Raystown are very close. Also, there are movie theaters, restaurants, and shops in Huntingdon.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions! No one knows Juniata better than students and staff.

    In three sentences

    Very good school. It is very close knit. The staff is friendly and always willing to help.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The aria is very safe, especially compared to other colleges.

    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    studious, open-minded

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mountain Day: One school day fall semester, JAB members will come screaming down your halls, banging pots and pans, screaming its mountain day! at around 4am. This means all classes have been canceled and Juniata will provide buses to a mountain where there are games and activities prepared for you to do.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, but you will get a great education and Juniata provides many scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Although it is located in a very small city there are things you can do. Being around mountain ranges, it is a very beautiful aria, two common destinations for students within walking distance are The cliffs and The peace chapel. A little farther of a walk, the city also has a movie theater, coffee shop, a few restaurants and a sheetz! Juniata itself hires entertainers and plans many events throughout the semester to keep its students occupied.

    Food and Dining

    Juniata is small, so we only have two dining arias located in the same building. The first Eagle's Landing is good, but the menu never changes so it gets repetititve very fast. Baker is an all-you-can-eat set up where there are more options, but it also gets repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on the dorm building you end up in. Overall the rooms are bigger than the average dorm room and the views vary from blocked windows to a nice view of the campus. While there is heating, most of the dorms do not have air conditioning which can be very uncomfortable in the hot PA summers. The dorms are pretty clean, even the bathrooms you almost always share by floor. They have reasonable and enforced quiet hours.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any school, how much work you will have and how many credits you will be required depends greatly on the major you choose. Comparing with friends attending other institutions (both public and private) Juniata has a higher work load and the classes are much harder. On the other hand, I had a better understanding of subjects and overall enjoyed my classes more since the Professors were both the ones that were teaching us and very engaging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Juniata is a great school that I highly recommend! School is taken very seriously here and it will take some time to adjust, there will be work! Just stay on top of things and you will be fine. The people here are great! Keep your mind open, without a doubt Juniata will change your perspective on life.

    In three sentences

    Juniata has the most inspiring population (speaking about both students and staff). Great small school experience, you are always taught by a professor and never competing with graduate students for special opportunities. You also get the small town experience, not as exciting as a city, but provides a great environment for someone who is studious.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lobsterfest

    What to do for fun

    we always have performances and events going on in the rosenburg auditorium. there is a cozy little cafe a few blocks outside of campus with great coffee. lots of sports events year around. and there is always weekend partying.

    Food and Dining

    there are 2 main cafeterias: Baker and Eagles Landing. Eagles will tend to have food that is healthier than Baker. we also have a few cafes across campus that have sandwiches and snacks in case people can't get to the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    living in the dorms is a lot of fun. freshman dorms tend to be on the louder side, but you can easily make friends with everyone in your dorm within the first week of school.

    Academic Rigor

    classes tend to have a good amount of homework, whether it is reading chapters or doing problems/papers.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is very friendly and open to newcomers. the classes are small and students get to have a student-teacher relationship. the campus is beautiful, but small, so students can walk to all the buildings.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Feel very safe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    College provides lots of activities for students. There are many clubs and clubs are easy to start as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't know what they want to do, are looking for new experiences, or want to get a good education while making lifelong friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many, many traditions! Storming of the Arch, Mr. Juniata pageant, Mountain Day, and Lobsterfest to name a few. There are many and they are all very fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Love it here! Tuition is very expensive, but lots of aid is given. A Juniata degree is a prestigious one!

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends is very common... there isn't much to do in Huntingdon. State College and Altoona aren't too far away though.

    Food and Dining

    Just keeps on getting better and better every semester. There are more and more options all the time and it is just great for such a small college!

    Dorm Life

    Good sense of community. Could be a little cleaner, especially on weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of work, but it could be worse.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to work! There is time to have fun on weekends, but not very much during the week.

    In three sentences

    Juniata College is a place for everyone. People from all different backgrounds with all different attitudes come here, and it is a great place to be! I love Juniata!

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Probably as safe as it gets, so far as college campuses go.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Thinkers, friendly folks, outdoors enthusiasts, passionate people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Storming the Arch is a tradition whereby freshmen attempt to barge through the men's and women's rugby teams to make it into the Cloister Hall Arch. In its many years, no one has yet made it through.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive private school, but its financial aid program makes Juniata an affordable school

    Dorm Life

    Again, the best part of Juniata is its unique community atmosphere. Everyone can find a diverse group of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is not particularly selective, but it definitely offers the kinds of professors, course offerings, and standards as some bigger schools' honors programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a small school with a comfortable and caring atmosphere, definitely look into Juniata.

    In three sentences

    The classes are thought-provoking and engaging. The facilities and surrounding geography is are beautiful. The community is the best part.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Expect assault to be swept under the rug as Juniata cares more about reputation than safety.

    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Storming of the arch Pig roast

    What to do for fun

    Drink.

    Food and Dining

    Terrible. The local prison has a higher meal plan with sodexo. They will not allow you to cancel your meal plan either, as they believe college students are unable to cook for themselves. Do not expect to be given healthy choices at Juniata.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be prepared for graduate school. There is little to prep you for the working world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect to be safe when you go out.

    In three sentences

    A good education, however it is run poorly and there is little concern for female student safety.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 36

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    State College and Altoona are only half an hour away which is nice because all students are allowed to have a vehicle. There is a movie theater in town and a bowling alley nearby. Also, restaurants line the highway near the school giving kids the option to dine out when necessary. Juniata always have some kind of activity during the weekend to encourage kids to stay on campus and to enjoy some fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Juniata is a little disappointed but it is better than cooking canned food every night. They tend to put all the good food in one meal during one day of the week but there are different dining options available so you probably will not get tired of a certain food. And after all, they are renovation the cafeteria and changing the way the food is going to be served for the 2013 school year!

    Dorm Life

    Juniata's dorms are really quite fun to live in. The dorms are not far from other parts of campus and walking from one dorm to the other is a breeze. Each different dorm has its own benefit but one is not supremely superior to any other.

    Academic Rigor

    Juniata is a top ranked school and proves it with the vigorous academics it provides. Due to the high academic standing Juniata is much harder than i expected and did not compare to how easy high school was. Juniata will prepare you for your field not matter what study you are in.

    Tips for prospective students

    College may seem like freedom due to the lack of parents but it is not all fun and games. College is meant to prepare you for your occupation and life down the road. Sure it may be fun to fool around every once and awhile, but do not forget the meaning of why you are at college.

    In three sentences

    Juniata College is a home away from home where it is very simple to find a group of people to whom you belong. Going to Juniata was a smooth and almost seamless transaction because I was able to quickly find a group of friends. The studies also challenge me and help me to learn so that I will be the best professional I can be.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There really aren't any security problems on campus, dorms are secure, and theft is rare if not unheard of. Students trust the system enough to leave backpacks and laptops out in public areas unattended without fear. The campus really feels like a family, rather than just different people living close together. That's the thing about a small campus, it has to be that way to work.

    Greek Life

    There are no frats or sororities on campus... officially at least. The club sports teams sort of take that place, but parties are mostly contained to the upperclassmen dorms of East on Saturday nights and are nondiscriminatory. If someone wants to party, they definitely have the opportunity, but parties at Juniata are also easy to avoid for anyone who doesn't want to be involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student run organizations are a big deal on campus. A big festival called Lobsterfest introduces them all to students during the first few weeks and students are free to choose what to participate in from sports to comic books to environmental coalitions. The variation is incredible.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want their professors to actually know their names, students that want small classes, students that want to travel or study abroad, and students that want to embrace diversity and get to know the people at their school on a personal level would love Juniata. The college's international and study abroad programs are unmatched in participation and provide great opportunities for students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the secret unannounced mountain day students on the activity board are called and provided air horns at 5am to wake all the students on campus. Classes, meetings, and jobs are cancelled for the day and the school hosts a huge number of activities on campus for students and faculty to get outdoors and enjoy the good weather. Mountain day is 'always tomorrow' until it actually happens!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Juniata College is small and private, so it is very expensive but holds the potential for great scholarships and huge reductions in cost based on both academics and financial need. The education offered by this institution is well worth the price, and they work to get scholarships, jobs, and internships for any student who expresses interest.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoorsmen and the environmentally inclined will love the numerous hiking trails, walking/running paths, and cliffs within a ten minute walk of campus. The nearby Juniata river provides an opportunity for many recreational activities. Raystown lake is about 20 minutes away, and Juniata offers free kayak, canoe, and watersport equipment rentals to students and faculty. Monthly bus trips take students to State College (40 minutes away) on weekends for shopping, etc and many students carpool to tailgate or go to football games. There are local caves that offer tours as well. Juniata also provides many on-campus activities such as movies on the grass, concerts, game nights, etc to bring people together on weekends and evenings.

    Food and Dining

    Dining services at Juniata College are provided by the food company Sodexo. There is great variation in the buffet-style dining area. The pizza and pasta line, sub line, self-created stir fry, and grill area always offer varied options (including vegan, etc) to accommodate each student's needs. Various food areas around campus offer meal exchange that allows students to grab quick meals between classes without crossing campus and counts them on their meal plan like a normal meal. Dining hours can be inconvenient for some sports teams and depending on how students schedule, but the school is good at leaving doors open for specific teams and events as they learn of schedule conflicts.

    Dorm Life

    Juniata College dorms are, well, college dorms. Our dorms are clean and well maintained, but everybody wants more space. The dorms are a little overcrowded this year, forcing some groups to triple in a room meant for two, but a new super eco-conscious dorm building is being constructed to alleviate this over crowding. Dorm goers in different buildings have different levels of social interaction, but overall dorms are easy to travel between and are generally clean. Each student's gold card / ID will swipe them into any dorm building at any time of day or night, which is a luxury. Individual room doors have manual keys, which just means student's can't accidentally shut themselves out of the room!

    Academic Rigor

    Juniata's Program of Emphasis approach to Majors makes everything highly individualized and open to manipulation by students if they so choose. The courses here involve the same standard amount of work as courses at other colleges would, but Juniata also offers many less traditional courses (such as classes on Field Research where students travel across the country and do field research in the desert for credit). Each student can decide what he or she can handle and wants to be involved in, whether traditional or not, and course loads are manageable to encourage students to participate in Juniata's many extracurricular activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students really need to visit the campus and sit in on classes while students are here to understand if Juniata College is going to be the right fit. The atmosphere of the campus, students, and faculty is one thing unique to this school and is either a hit or miss with many people. The small highly personalized classes and Programs of Emphasis (POE's, comparable to majors) are things that students really need to experience and hear about first hand from students to understand their uniqueness and significance in higher education.

    In three sentences

    Juniata College has a small town big community feel that is comfortable and relaxed. This college is relatively small, but provides large opportunities particularly through stellar academics and a strong push to travel and expand upon the curriculum outside the classroom setting. Faculty, staff, and community members are very approachable and make this campus feel like one big family.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Baker is generally not very good, especially for vegetarians. There is a new vegetarian line though and a Mongolian grill, which are decent vegetarian choices. The upstairs dining place, Muddy, also has vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    Dependent on dorms. TnT is probably best for freshmen and Lesher for girls only.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of homework, although this is major and class dependent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are okay with a small rural campus. The tours here are great and very personalized. Apply early. Do inbound.

    In three sentences

    Juniata is a small school and the professors are mostly very nice and easy to meet with. Students here are also generally very nice. The food could use improvement though.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 36

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe on campus. Students leave their bags out in the middle of the floor outside the dining hall and nobody takes them. You can also leave your bathroom supplies in the bathroom and nobody will take your belongings.

    Great for these types of students

    Quirky, out-of-the-box thinkers, and people who learn through talking or doing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They cancel classes in the fall without telling there students. Everyone gets waken up early in the morning with air horns. Everyone goes out to enjoy a nice break from classes by the lake. It's fun. Only here would you have students willingly camp in the middle of campus for tickets to a formal dinner. Storming of the Arch is fun to watch...

    Bang for the buck

    They're good with financial aid. They do their best to make it affordable for you. I feel as if it is worth the amount of money I pay. I have had opportunities here (study abroad in Germany, internships, jobs) that I wouldn't have gotten had I gone elsewhere.

    Food and Dining

    They just redid the dining hall. It looks nice. The food could be better, but they are planning on improving the quality of their food. You can always find something to eat in Baker though.

    Dorm Life

    They are building a new dorm with all singles. Juniatians are excited about that! They are clean and usually quiet. There is one all-girls dorm on campus. The rest are coed.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are interesting. A lot of classes are discussion based, and we will do hands-on activities. The professors use a variety of textbooks ranging from autobiographies to novels to graphic texts. It is a unique learning experience. They also offer Special Topics classes and interesting classes. I've taken Gendering the Raj, Islam:Real and Imagined, History of Food, Public History, and Women in Africa. Super interesting classes. I learned so much in them!

  • 06/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Non-existent

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't share the awesome secret places on campus you have to discover those for yourself.

    What to do for fun

    Um this depends on the person. I love hiking so the Cliffs, the peace chapel and a thousand steps are great! Also, lake raystown.

    Food and Dining

    Very repetitive. Required to have a fairly large meal plan unless you live off campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's not terrible, but it could be better.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open mined about everything. Be honest with yourself and want you want. Don't let what others want for you get in the way of what you want.

    In three sentences

    Awesome, Challenging, Life-changing