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Geneva College
Geneva College is a rigorous, Christ-centered institution offering intellectually demanding courses that will equip...

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Step Forward. Leap Ahead.


Geneva College offers 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 five master’s degree programs. In addition, the school’s liberal arts core courses will help you develop as a well-rounded and adaptable critical thinker…


Geneva’s evangelical Christian faculty challenges students with curriculum grounded in the inerrant truth of the Bible. 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 step forward and leap ahead through outstanding preparation that is highly valued by graduate schools and employers.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,464 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
26% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
91 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
15 to 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

Retention Fall 2015

83% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 9%
White 84%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
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, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the NCAA Division III.

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

More Distinctions

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

  • 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.

  • 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 one of 20 institutions 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).

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 40 study-abroad choices to help students stretch their horizons. From Geneva’s own Semester in Scotland program, to integrated courses in China and Israel, students have numerous opportunities to discover their unique places 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 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 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.

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.

Affiliated Programs

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)
  • 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.

Honors Programs

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, 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 specific purposes such as off-campus study, academic research and conference attendance.

Talented Faculty

  • 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.

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 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.


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.


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.


Competing in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), Geneva’s Golden Tornadoes are members of the NCAA Division III and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The school’s varsity sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field, and soccer; men’s baseball and football; and women’s 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.

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 that 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—70%—complete internships during the course of their study.

Fast Facts

  • Within six months of commencement, nearly 90% of 2013 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.
  • 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 Fall 2015

1,678 Total Applicants 
1,230 Total Admissions 
335 Total Freshman Enrollment

73.30% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 590
SAT Math 450 590
SAT Writing 430 560
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math 20 27
ACT English 20 26
ACT Writing 6 8

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.


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $25,450
Room and Board (on campus) $9,630
Estimated Total On Campus $35,080


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$14,961 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,413 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates