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Geneva College

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

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Geneva College is a rigorous, Christ-centered institution offering a wealth of academic choices, with nearly 40 undergraduate majors, an Adult Degree Completion Program that has both campus-based and fully online options, and seven master’s degree programs. In addition, the school’s liberal arts foundation fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, social and natural sciences, and biblical studies, as well as experiential learning and study-abroad opportunities.

 

Geneva’s evangelical Christian faculty challenges students with curriculum grounded in the inerrant truth of Scripture. And the school’s top-notch academics are accompanied by a full integration of faith in every aspect of student life. Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of a high-quality, Christian education.

 

Student Profile

1,270 undergraduate students (50% male, 50% female); 35 states, 9 countries

Faculty Profile

99 full-time faculty, 66 part-time faculty. 13:1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

Geneva College is primarily a residential school, with 72% of undergraduate students living on campus.

School Location

Approximately 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh in Beaver Falls, PA

Athletics

Competing in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), Geneva’s Golden Tornadoes are members of the NCAA Division III and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Mascot: Golden Tornado  
Colors: Old Gold and White

15 Varsity Sports
Men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, track & field (indoor and outdoor), and soccer
Women’s: basketball, cross country, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), soccer, softball, and volleyball

Other Information

Geneva College, founded in 1848, is a private, four-year comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences, and professional studies affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA). Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).

More Distinctions

  • Geneva College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • Geneva College is ranked in the top 20 schools in the North region by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Geneva's four-year engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), one of only 15 CCCU schools in the nation.

  • Geneva College is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” at schools where a doctorate is not offered.

  • For over 50 years, Geneva’s chemistry department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS)—a distinction achieved by only six other colleges in the CCCU.

  • The B.S.B.A. and MBA programs at Geneva are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Counsel of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • All 50 states offer some form of reciprocity for certification to Geneva education graduates.

  • The cardiovascular science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  • Geneva College was selected to join the Undergraduate Microbial Genome Annotation Program, an initiative of the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI).

  • The Master of Arts in Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Overview

Whether they are spending a semester abroad, volunteering at a local ministry, collaborating with industrial clients or taking part in a corporate internship, the students of Geneva College challenge themselves daily by getting out of the classroom and into the broader world.

  • Crossroads: Geneva’s Center for Off-Campus Study features over 40 study-abroad choices to help students stretch their horizons. From Geneva’s own Semester in Rome and Semester in Scotland programs, to integrated courses in China and Israel, to CCCU programs such as the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville and the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., students have numerous opportunities to discover their unique places in the world.
  • The Center for Faith and Practice (CFP) at Geneva helps students grow deeper in their relationship with Christ through a variety of ministries. During Spring Break each year, the CFP organizes Quest Trips for students to serve others both domestically and internationally. Locally, Geneva students work with community service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Tiger Pause Youth Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters and others. Campus ministries include Bible studies, discipleship and a number of student-led groups.
  • Professional development clubs, like the Geneva College Business Club and Geneva’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), are very active, bringing speakers to campus, taking educational trips and providing valuable networking opportunities.
  • The Pinkerton Center for Technology Development (PCTD) offers Geneva’s engineering and technical resources to local companies through a project-based learning environment. Engineering students also obtain hands-on experience by participating in national contests such as the SAE Baja, Steel Bridge Building, and Solar Splash Boating Competitions.
  • Geneva’s Career Development Center helps students find and prepare for internships by providing many great resources, such as the online Geneva Job Link. Hands-on experience is extremely valuable in obtaining employment, and a great majority of Geneva students—70%—complete internships during the course of their study.

Overview

At Geneva College, learning takes place in an intellectually challenging, Christ-centered environment. And all courses are taught by accomplished and experienced professors who truly care about the academic, social and spiritual advancement of their students.

  • Geneva offers nearly 40 distinct and innovative undergraduate majors, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student ministry and human services.
  • The school’s low 13 to one student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 17 creates a welcoming learning atmosphere that encourages personal interaction between professors and students.
  • About 76% of Geneva’s professors hold terminal degrees, and Geneva has a larger percentage of senior faculty members than most U.S. colleges.
  • Geneva’s professors possess real-world experience. Students learn from education professors who were classroom teachers, chemistry professors who were chemists and business professors who held executive posts, not teaching assistants.
  • Geneva offers a number of affiliated programs, providing the advantages of an accredited education at Geneva in combination with specialized instruction at another institution. These include visual communication programs in partnership with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh; environmental science courses at Au Sable Institute’s various locations around the globe; a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in cardiovascular sciences with the nationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute; and the 3&3 Program through the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS), which enables students to earn a bachelor’s from Geneva and a Master of Divinity from RPTS in only six years.
  • The Geneva College Honors Programs—First-Year, Young Scholars and Academic Partners—provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves by digging deeper into the college experience, exploring what it means to be a Christian scholar and discovering the lordship of Christ in every aspect of academic life. First-Year Honors students receive a $2,000 Travel & Research Honorarium that may be used during the remainder of their college careers at Geneva for specific purposes such as off-campus study, academic research and conference attendance.

Overview

The integration of faith and learning at Geneva College isn’t simply an academic exercise. Students spend their college years within a community of believers that reinforces their Christian values while challenging them to consider how their beliefs inform their studies, their communities, their cultures and their lives. And learning doesn’t stop at the classroom doors. All campus programs and activities are designed to encourage students to expand their thinking while forming faithful Christian responses.

    • Guests@Geneva—Distinguished lecturers, well-known musicians and performers, best-selling authors, accomplished scholars, and leading religious figures are invited to campus each semester to enrich the educational experience while engaging students with cultural ideas and values. Past guests include American political commentator Fred Barnes, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Gregg Helvey, philosopher Dr. Alvin Plantinga, author Mosab Yousef, Civil Rights activist Rutha Harris, and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Roald Hoffmann.
    • Film Fest—This annual event showcases movies featuring the writing, directing and acting talents of Geneva students.
  • Concerts—Geneva College has sponsored a number of concerts at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, such as TobyMac, Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin, and has brought artists like Third Day and Tenth Avenue North to campus.
  • Chapel—Weekly chapel is a time for the campus to gather together to praise God, hear His word, and seek His favor and direction. Attendance is mandatory for students and the entire campus community is encouraged to participate.
  • Arts and Entertainment—Geneva offers a group for every interest, including student publications like The Geneva Cabinet student newspaper; music ensembles such as the Genevans choir and marching and symphonic bands; and the theatre program, which produces a show every semester.
  • Athletics—Competing in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), Geneva’s Golden Tornadoes are members of the NCAA Division III and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The school’s varsity sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, track & field, and soccer; men’s baseball and football; and women’s tennis, softball and volleyball.
  • Clubs and Organizations—Student groups include academic clubs, intramural sports teams, special interest groups and faith-based service organizations.
  • Student Leadership—Students have a voice at Geneva. Members of the Geneva College Student Union (GCSU) develop leadership skills and help make Geneva a better place for the entire community

Overview

With intellectually demanding courses and a strong biblical foundation, Geneva College prepares students to accept the challenge of serving Christ as leaders in their homes, communities and fields of study. The school’s liberal arts core curriculum produces graduates that are well rounded, adaptable critical thinkers—qualities that employers highly value.

  • In the past four years, on average, 93% of Geneva students are working or in graduate school within six months after graduation.
  • Geneva provides the versatility for accounting students to meet all the requirements for the new CPA licensure exam either as part of their bachelor’s degree or their master’s degree.
  • Geneva graduates pass the test for teacher certification in elementary education (Praxis II) at over a 99% rate in the first attempt–one of the highest pass rates in Pennsylvania.
  • Music graduates from Geneva have a 100% placement rate when applying to graduate school programs.
  • Among a recent sampling of Geneva’s chemistry graduates, 83% were able to work in an internship or research experience during college years, and 100% had employment in their field or were accepted into graduate school within three months of graduation.
  • Geneva graduates have an 80% acceptance rate when applying for entrance to medical school—well above the national average.
  • Geneva’s psychology program meets the standards required by the American Psychological Association for graduate school entrance.
  • The first biopsychology major from Geneva recently graduated and has been hired as an IOM Tech in UPMC’s Center for Clinical Neurophysiology (CCN).
  • Since 1923, Geneva College has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Admissions

Geneva College has been helping students accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education for over 160 years, Admission takes place on a rolling basis and, once all the required admission documents are received, the admission decision will be communicated within two weeks.

Students may apply online or find more information at www.geneva.edu/apply.

Application Requirements

  • Application and three short essays
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • SAT or ACT scores

High School Preparation

  • English – 4 units
  • Social Studies – 3 units
  • Science – 1 unit
  • Electives – 4 units
  • College Preparatory Mathematics – 2 units
    • In addition, math proficiency is demonstrated by a math SAT score of 470 or above or an ACT score of 19 or above. Students entering Geneva without math proficiency must successfully complete one of the following:
      • Take MAT 095 Algebra at Geneva
      • Transfer an approved math course from another college
      • Pass a Math Proficiency Challenge Exam
  • Foreign Language – 2 units of 1 language
    • Students entering with fewer than two years of one foreign language must complete the second semester of a language at Geneva.
  • Engineering students should have one unit each of chemistry and physics and four units of college preparatory math, including trigonometry or pre-calculus.
  • Music students must arrange an audition with the Department of Music.

Financial Aid

Geneva College is committed to making rigorous, Christ-centered education as affordable as possible by helping students find the programs that fit their individual situations. The admissions and financial aid staff will explore all options and maximize every possibility for receiving financial aid.

Academic Scholarships & Awards

Pro Christo Scholarship – $60,000 ($15,000 per year)
Founders Scholarship -$48,000 ($12,000 per year)
Alumni Scholarship -$40,000 ($10,000 per year)
Northwood Award -$30,000 ($7,500 per year)

Other Grants & Scholarships

Geneva Grants
Denominational Grants
Church Matching Scholarship
Music Scholarship
Federal and State Grants
Beaver Falls High School Grant