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Geneva College
Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip...

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

A Christian Institution of Higher Education


Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor. Geneva offers over 80 traditional undergraduate majors and programs, including nursing, management, marketing, and cybersecurity, an array of fully online bachelor’s programs designed to be attainable for busy adults, and five high-demand graduate degrees in both classroom and online formats. The ABET-accredited engineering program is a Top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program in the nation.


Adhering to the truth of scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God’s word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write, and communicate well in today’s world. A full 96% of students are working or in graduate school a year after graduation.


Geneva’s faculty of 100% committed Christians challenge students with a curriculum emphasizing the liberal arts and certain professional fields within the context of a Biblical view of life and the world. Faith is integrated into all academics, activities, and athletics, which includes 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports.



Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
1,331 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
52% male — 48% female
27% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
68 full-time faculty
141 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
84% of first-year students live on campus
73% of all students live on campus

School Location

The 55-acre campus of Geneva College is located in Beaver Falls, PA, just 35 miles Northwest of Pittsburgh in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


80% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

69% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 8%
White 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


Geneva is a member of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III.

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

Mascot: Golden Tornado
Colors: Old Gold and White

Other Information

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

Whether they are spending a semester abroad, volunteering at a local ministry, 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.


Geneva’s Center for Off-Campus Study features over 100 study-abroad choices to help students stretch their horizons. From Geneva’s own Semester in Scotland and Rome Experience programs to integrated courses in China and Israel, students have numerous opportunities to discover their unique place in the world.

The Center for Student Engagement

The Center for Student Engagement helps students grow deeper in their relationship with Christ through a variety of ministries. During Spring Break each year, interested students participate in Quest Trips to serve others both domestically and internationally. Locally, Geneva students work with such community service organizations 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 Clubs

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. These clubs bring speakers to campus, take participants on educational trips, and provide valuable networking opportunities.

Pinkerton Center for Technology Development

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.

“The virtue of my Geneva experience… is that my eyes are not set on what they once were. I cringe to be cliché, but the Christ who was crucified for me, rose for me, has shifted my vantage point from self-righteous career orientation to a radical knowledge of my inadequacy (and how little it matters).” – Matthew Lines, senior

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre  
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

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.


All incoming first-year students participate in a one-credit Learning and Transitions (L&T) program to help them acclimate to college life and the Geneva core values.


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 (various locations around the globe)
  • Music Business partnership with the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN
  • 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. Students explore what it means to be a Christian scholar, all while 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 for such specific purposes as off-campus study, academic research, and conference attendance.


  • Geneva offers over 80 distinct and innovative undergraduate majors and programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, and computer science.
  • The school’s low 12-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 18 creates a welcoming learning atmosphere that encourages personal interaction between professors and students.
  • About 80% of Geneva’s professors hold doctoral degrees. 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.


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 104 135 77 24 7 10 0 357

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.


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. Past guests have included 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

The annual Film Fest event showcases student-produced movies that feature the writing, directing, and acting talents of Geneva students.


Geneva College has sponsored a number of concerts at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, including TobyMac, Casting Crowns, for King and Country, and Chris Tomlin. It has also brought artists like Crowder, Third Day, and Tenth Avenue North to campus.


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; such music ensembles as the Genevans choir, touring choir New Song, and marching and symphonic bands; and the theater program, which produces a show every semester.


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.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Well-Rounded Students

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 who are well rounded, adaptable critical thinkers—qualities that employers highly value.

Career Development Center

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—over 75%—complete internships or experiential learning during the course of their study.

Fast Facts

  • Within a year of commencement, 96% of 2016 Geneva graduates were working or in grad school.
  • For those actively seeking employment in the past three years, there is a 100% placement rate for graduates of the accounting program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Since 1923, Geneva College has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


Admissions Fall 2017

69% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Jul 15
Priority date: Nov 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 460 600
SAT Math 490 610
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 18 26
ACT English 19 26
ACT Writing 8 9

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.



Tuition $26,730
Fees $500
Total $27,230
Room and Board (on campus) $10,170
Estimated Total On Campus $37,400