Beaver Falls, PA
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3 College Junior

Facilities: The housing is dated and the HVAC facilities break down a lot. The wifi is HORRIBLE.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Spiritual growth is encouraged. Profs are personable. The campus is small.

4 College Senior

Facilities: My University only accept students who have work experience , so they can better understand the business field .

3 College Student

Facilities: Opportunities- Study Abroad, lots of students get the opportunity to study abroad.
Social Scene- Everyone is super friendly, an awesome environment.
This is a College where your family can come up to see you at school and enjoy their visit, they won't have to worry about any trash talk, alcohol, cigarettes or trash among campus. It's beautiful to walk around on campus and very peaceful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Unconventional but Excellent – Geneva's facilities may not be cutting-edge but they're certainly not neglected. Some of the residences are old and in pretty bad shape (Kerr House, for example) but the problems are noticed and do get fixed eventually. There was a very extensive renovation project over the summer of 2011 and I imagine there will be more in the future. The campus itself is gorgeous and has some great traditions, and both of these were reasons why I chose to go to Geneva.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 946th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1142nd
    Best Library
  • 1236th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1337th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1338th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sarah Felton
Fort Ashby, WV
Grad Year
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In 2009, the school renovated the stadium and installed a pedestrian walkway through campus, lined with maple trees and park benches. The old stone buildings and flowering trees make the campus look beautiful, and the wide open lawns (complete with tire swing) make it comfortable. That’s how Geneva’s facilities are: old and comfortable. Geneva lacks the resources to update every year, so you won’t find much that’s “state-of-the-art”—some of the paint peels in Old Main and the Student Center’s exterior is straight out of the '70s—but the laboratories and classrooms are modern, and the fieldhouse offers a full gymnasium and two racquetball courts for student use. The Fitness Center includes a cardio room with four treadmills, three stairsteppers, three bikes, two ellipticals, and a rower; an aerobics room with wall mirrors; and a weight room with cable machines and dumbbells up to 100 pounds. Be warned: it gets swamped between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Geneva does lack a good venue for the visual and performing arts. While the campus offers the Bagpiper Theatre and the Geneva Studio Theatre, both are small and rundown. Art classes are relegated to an obscure room in the basement of Old Main, with one half-hearted art display each semester. Overall, Geneva’s facilities aren’t flashy or state-of-the-art, but they’re lived in and comfortable, like a favorite pair of jeans—and they’re improving as fast as the College can manage. But students don’t feel like they’re missing out; the community and academics make up for the need of a fresh coat of paint.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
55 acres
Student Centers
Geneva College Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
McCartney Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Brig
  • McCartney Library
  • Riverview Café
  • Skye Lounge
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
None, but Sim's Bowling Alley is within five minutes from campus.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Riverview Café, in the Brig
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but Student Activities does host movie nights in the fieldhouse or on the lawns.
"Green" Initiatives
The GCSU (Geneva College Student Union) began its "Go Green" initiative in 2009. Its measures have included encouraging the use of "green cups" (washable cups and travel mugs) in lieu of styrofoam or other disposable containers, and removing trays from the cafeteria to reduce water usage and wasted food. Student response is mixed. Most want to see Geneva be a green campus, but few want to undergo the necessary changes. Some believe that the current green measures are baby steps that don't confront the broader problems, like inefficient buildings.
School Slang
  • "Ring by Spring" and "M.R.S. Degree": Two phrases used to describe the phenomenon in Christian colleges for students to get engaged or married by the spring of their senior year
  • Alex's and the Brig: Alexander Hall and the Brigadoon, the two dining areas on campus
  • BFCAT: Pronounced "biff-kat"; Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea Company, a much-loved coffee shop owned by Geneva alumni (also known as "The BFCAT")
  • Bittersweet Symphony: The most popular ice cream flavor at the self-scoop station in Alex's
  • The G: The large white "G" on the hillside behind the College, the site of many legendary pranks before the movable concrete blocks were replaced with a painted tarp; also a popular hiking destination for the adventurous
  • Geneva Bubble: The state of not being informed about the rest of the world because you are at Geneva, the division between the College and the local community
  • RP: Code for Reformed Presbyterian, denoting a branch of the Presbyterian denomination defined by exclusive a cappella Psalm-singing in worship; related acronyms: PCA, OPC, PCUSA
  • Stalker's Guide: The student directory
  • Worldview: A keyword at Geneva, referring to one's system of beliefs and assumptions that affect how one views the world
  • Xander's: An alternate nickname for Alex's that never caught on
  • Film Fest: A true red carpet event. Students dress sharp to attend a classy evening of student-made films and vote on their favorites. Many past films are available on YouTube.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming at Geneva is a grandiose affair, with food vendors, a street carnival, returning alumni, and of course a loud, proud football game.
  • Midnight Breakfast: This event takes place between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. the night of Reading Day (the day before finals start). Breakfast food is served by the faculty.
  • Midnight Madness: The basketball season kicks off the Friday before Halloween. The event includes a campus-wide costume contest, a few student performances, dunking contests, and other games.
  • My Generation Night: MGN is the number one event of the year. Students audition skits, videos, cover songs-anything representative of their generation-and perform on stage. Past crowd favorites have been "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," "Don't Stop Believing [Glee]," and the Pokemon theme song. Check out past acts on YouTube!
Urban Legends
  • Adventurous students secretly climb to the bell tower of Old Main and sign their names.
  • There is a system of tunnels running under campus. Students used to use them to get off campus to go to bars, parties, and to sneak boys into the girls' dorms.
Favorite Things To Do
Students without cars like to watch movies, go to Sheetz, take walks in the neighborhood, hang out at BFCAT (Beaver Falls Coffee and Tea), work out, or go to the Underground for a widescreen TV, foosball, and other games. Students with a car can drive to Chippewa, Monaca, or Cranberry for movie theaters, restaurants, Beaver Valley Mall, shops, and of course, Wal-Mart. Student Activities and other campus groups also offer activities most Fridays. Popular events include Mystery Bus Trips, Dollar Date, Midnight Madness, the Big Bad Big Wheel Rally, Midnight Breakfast, Homecoming Weekend, and Pirates games.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Cabinet
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Geneva boasts 30 student-led clubs in addition to numerous honor societies, service groups, choirs, student publications, and other organizations. Aside from the student newspaper (The Cabinet), The Chimes literary magazine is another option for writers. The English Club frequently attends professional theater productions. Many students participate in Upper Room, a weekly student-led worship service, and God Led, a community service club. The Men's Rugby club has seen athletic success, and Geneva's own sport, Little Bat, is also popular.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • All campus organizations advertise at Connections & Cokes, held early every fall semester. Every time you visit a club's table, you get a ticket. Three tickets get you a free Coke (or other beverage).
  • McCartney Library is a member of OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center, through which it has access to 50 million library holdings worldwide. The library also participates in Access Pennsylvania, a computerized catalog and interlibrary sharing partnership of more than 2,100 libraries throughout the state.
  • Anyone can start a new club. Get a packet of information and forms from Student Activities and find 10 initial members. The club will go through a probationary period, and if it stays active, it gains full club status.
  • Geneva operates a high adventure ropes course called "Pisgah" on a hillside across the Beaver River-opposite the campus-where students can learn in a non-traditional, wilderness environment.
  • The Genevans, the College's traveling musical ambassadors, perform throughout the United States or Europe every year.
  • Geneva has sister colleges in Taiwan (Christ College) and Korea (Chong Shin College and Theological Seminary).

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 57 responses

  • 7% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 28% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 16% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 76% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 24% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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