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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Almost all of the professors are very personable and friendly. They genuinely care about each student, both academically and personally. There is a nice selection of possible classes. It is fairly easy to register for most classes, except a few of the core classes and classes taught by certain preferred professors. The work load is sometimes overwhelming, but it pushes students to learn how to manage their time well. There are a few on campus study areas, as well as places off-campus.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Although it can get very stressful and is very different from High School curriculum, the work that the professors make us do is very helpful. They push us to do the best that we can so that we are better prepared for the future. They also incorporate faith into the academics which is phenomenal.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love the academics and the courses that are offered at Geneva. I also love that they are challenging and they make me work for good grades, that way I feel more accomplished upon finishing.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are not as many options as other colleges. However, the majority of professors here are passionate about their area of study and care about their students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great here, and they provide a challenging curriculum but not impossible for students to manage. Workload does add up especially for the engineering majors as many semesters they are taking 18 or more credits. There are a few study areas that are generally very quiet and workable in.

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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 39 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 14 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% This was my dream school.
  • 64% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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