Academics

Location
Beaver Falls, PA
Undergrads
1,467
Tuition
$24,480
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: For the most part, the academics are excellent. Again, it is an all graduate institute, so there are only MA and PhD students. The interdisciplinary programs are by far the most popular and reputable, but the disciplinary departments are growing. Like anywhere, the quality of the faculty varies.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My department is standard for workload at the Institute. We are the newest, which is both good and bad. There are still many kinks being worked out and the faculty is growing and (slowly) becoming more diverse. On the other hand, it also creates a dynamic and exciting atmosphere.

4 College Junior

Academics: You can get a respectable degree at this school.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are very strong. The professors are all very caring, and they genuinely want you to succeed.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great professors! At least in the Bible department. Not to easy on the students, but still gracious.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 329th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 647th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 656th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1087th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1107th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sarah Felton
Hometown
Fort Ashby, WV
Major
Writing
Grad Year
2012
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As a liberal arts college, Geneva seeks to cultivate well-rounded students that are knowledgeable in both the sciences and the humanities. As a Christian institution, the College also presents a Christian worldview; professors must make a profession of faith and are encouraged to integrate their faith within the course content. Old and New Testament survey courses appear alongside core classes like "Intro to Natural Science" and "PoliSci: Great Issues."  Even so, Geneva intentionally strives for diverse religious views within the student body, maintaining a percentage of professing non-Christian students. The faculty cultivates genuine relationships with its students—which is easier to do with an average class size of 17. Professors welcome office visits and make themselves available for counsel, not only concerning academics but also life plans and difficult times. It is not uncommon for students to dine at a professor’s home.

Academic rigor at Geneva is largely up to the ambition of the student. Those who are content with B's and C's can achieve them with little effort, while those who self-motivate and strive for excellence can claim A's. Some programs, such as engineering, allow no room for slacking, while other programs, such as student ministry, have a reputation for being easier. Class registration is completed online at scheduled times, depending on credit hours. While classes do fill up—especially electives like bioterrorism and fiction writing—the majority of the time, students can enroll in the classes they desire—and if not, most professors will write students into necessary courses. Elective space varies by major. Some, like writing, allow a lot of freedom, while majors like biology are less flexible. Geneva also recently began a highly popular humanities study abroad program in Rome, just one among several study abroad options, from Scotland to Los Angeles to Australia.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
86
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
130
Total FT Faculty
86
Faculty with Terminal Degree
76%
Average Faculty Salary
$60,335
Full-Time Retention Rate
79%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
12%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
43
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Human Resources Management: 4%
  • Human Services: 5%
  • Urban Ministry: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Online Bridge Courses are "hybrid" courses; at least two of the class sessions are face to face.
Best Places to Study
  • Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea Company
  • McCartney Library, West Reading Room or in the stacks
  • Riverview CafĂ©
  • Skye Lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Double-check everything your adviser tells you because it may not always be right.
  • For the best food, mix ingredients from the food stations in Alex's, like chicken-bacon-ranch pizza.
  • Get a meal plan with flex points. Also, if you like to cook, the 140 block plan will save you a little cash.
  • Go to your core classes with an open mind, and trust your professors have a reason for teaching you the material. You'll need that information in your future classes (and life), so pay attention.
  • If your rooming situation sucks, just move! A weekend of moving across campus is well worth avoiding misery.
  • Pay attention to The Cabinet (student newspaper) and get involved in campus issues.
  • Visit Career Development often to avoid unemployment after college.
  • Work hard in English 101 because it prepares you for all your future courses. Also utilize the Writing Center.
Did You Know?
  • Each student must attend 11 out of 14 chapel events per semester. Chapel is held in the fieldhouse every Wednesday at 10:10 a.m., featuring speakers from both within and outside the College.
  • Joe Namath played high school football on Geneva's field.
  • Cal Hubbard, a Geneva grad, is the only athlete to be member of the college football, professional football, and professional baseball halls of fame.
  • The College is named in honor of Geneva, Switzerland, which was the center of the 16th Century Reformed Christian faith movement, headed by John Calvin.
  • Geneva College was originally founded in Northwood, Ohio in 1848 and was moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1880.
  • Geneva is one of only 105 colleges in the United States (and only one of two colleges in western Pennsylvania) to be approved for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
  • Madonna's dad, Silvio "Tony" Ciccone, went to Geneva.
  • The motto of Geneva College is "Pro Christo et Patria," which means "for Christ and country."
  • When Geneva was still in Ohio, it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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