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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school is not very handicapped accessible unfortunately. It does not have the size or the space to make these accommodations. There are many jobs on campus. Everywhere you look you will find an opportunity to make some money to pay for college.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's a beautiful campus and I love it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many areas to go on campus for students to hang out and traditions such as Inbound and the Storming of the Arch provide ease while transitioning and cultural assimilation.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The academic programs are extremely flexible and the amount of required courses are much less here. There is a large degree of freedom when choosing academic programs while earning a degree.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Juniata students know how to get along. The gym feels judgment-free, and the library is full of couches and quiet spaces to study (my favorite place to do so).

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As a general rule, when it comes to facilities, the ones that are good are very, very good, but the ones that are older could use a little work. Facilities on campus are at their best for students involved in the sciences or the theater. The newest, biggest, and most impressive additions are the von Liebig Science Center and the Halbritter Center for Performing Arts. "Von RealBig," as it is often called, is a state-of-the-art science geek's dream (and the home of Jitters). Halbritter is the physical manifestation of the small but skyrocketing theater department. Students frequent the gym, and athletes or the athletically-inclined on campus are generally pleased with the actual facilities provided, though those who aren't members of varsity teams will sometimes gripe about their ability to access the equipment.

While there is much to applaud about the facilities on campus, there are a few complaints, as well: The lack of a true student center tops the list, and the art studios and Good Hall—while they get the job done—fall far short of campus's newest additions. As for a student center, Muddy Run Café tries hard to fill in, but an actual center for students to congregate is nonexistent, and it's a noticeable absence. But overall, all of the facilities are quite nice and very well-kept, regardless of their age.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
54
Campus Size
840 acres
Student Centers
Ellis Hall
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Beeghly Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The benches and lawns
  • Ellis Hall couches
  • Jitters
  • Muddy Run Café
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jitters in the von Liebig Center for Science
Movie Theater on Campus
Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center
"Green" Initiatives
"Going green" is something in which Juniata is very involved. Some "green" facts about the campus: Ellis Hall's men's urinals are waterless; Juniata offers organic, fair-trade coffee; and the College's biodiesel program takes used fryer oil and makes it into a sustainable fuel source.
School Slang
  • The Arch: The archway of Cloister Hall, and the home of some upperclassmen
  • The Arch (other Arch): The Juniata Web portal. There is a general information site in which you can find such listings as daily events and announcements, the menu in Baker and Muddy, and the Juniata forums. Students also have a personal page, and can access their class schedule, transcript, and grade point average.
  • AWOL: All Ways of Loving, a club that celebrates relationships, regardless of sexuality
  • BAC: Brumbaugh Academic Center
  • Baker: The main dining hall
  • BCA: Brethren Colleges Abroad, a study abroad organization that sends some Eagles Abroad to international program locations
  • Blue and Gold Rooms: Rooms in Ellis Hall where club meetings are often held
  • CA: Cultural Analysis. Required class for graduating, usually taken by sophomores. Occasionally accompanied by eye-rolling or dragging heels, but this is subject to debate.
  • The couches: The couches in Ellis Hall, a main meeting spot for students
  • CWS: College Writing Seminar. Your standard freshman writing class, loathed by English majors, as it steals their professors, and thus their class options, for every fall semester.
  • Cyber Café: Ellis Cyber Café, right outside of Muddy Run Café
  • DCB: Declining credit balance, which can be used to get coffee and food with your meal plan
  • Eagles Abroad: The name for students who like adventuring to far-off places with one or more of Juniata's multitudinous study abroad programs
  • Founders: Where you'll register and find all forms necessary for transcripts, transfers, and anything else you'll need to choose your classes and declare your POE. Also where you'll find the offices of the deans, provost, and president of the College.
  • Freshman Fun Bunch: Term for freshwomen who like to party harder than the average incomer
  • Help Desk: They will try to help you with your computer.
  • HOSA: Health Occupations Students of America; the organization for the future doctors, nurses, and other health professionals
  • IA: Information Access. This is a required class for incoming freshmen to get them accustomed to technological life at Juniata.
  • Info Desk: They will help you find phone numbers, buy concert/event tickets, and provide you with information for anything happening on campus.
  • JAB: Juniata Activities Board, run by students dedicated to bucking up campus life with weekend events
  • JCEL: Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. A program that gives monetary loans to allow students planning to remain in the Huntingdon area to start and experience what it is like to run a small business.
  • JIF: Juniata Instructors of the Future; future teachers can sign up here to get involved on campus.
  • Jitters: The campus coffee shop
  • Muddy: Muddy Run. A main congregating point on campus, and the closest thing Juniata has to a student center—you can get food, coffee, Internet access, and play pool here. It's also the only major alternative to Baker.
  • North Lawn: The main lawn in front of Sunderland Hall
  • Oller Lawn: The main lawn in front of Oller, the library, and Cloister
  • OSA: Office of Student Activities; JAB's official counterpart, run by actual employed people and interns
  • PACS: The nicknames for the peace and conflict studies POE
  • PAX-O: Peace and conflict studies organization; the club for PACS people or others interested in expanding social and political consciousness on campus. Politically, it is predominantly (and notoriously) leftist.
  • POE: Program of emphasis. This is what you'll call your major.
  • QM: Quantitative methods; a requisite math course for those looking to avoid as much math as possible
  • SIM, LIM: Science in Motion, Language in Motion; science and foreign language outreach programs to area high schools
  • Thunder Alley: The basement of North/Sunderland Hall
  • TLT: Teaching Learning Technology Center, the highest tech computer lab on campus, located in Brumbaugh. It also offers training sessions in various computer and technological services.
  • TnT: Tussey and Terrace halls
  • TSC: The Solutions Center, home of the TLT and the Help Desk
  • The Unity House: As the home of both the Campus Ministry office and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, it's centered on creating awareness and bringing people together.
  • von RealBig/von BigBig: von Liebig Center for Science
Traditions
  • All Class Night: All Class Night is an annual competition that spoofs people and events on campus. Each class writes and organizes a skit to be their potshot vehicle, and the result is an over-the-top send-up of Juniata culture. Even faculty and staff sometimes get involved. The freshmen always get booed, the seniors don't always win, and sometimes a class crosses the line.
  • Bar Walk: Bar Walk is the annual barhopping tradition sponsored by officers of the senior class. It's a walkabout held during Senior Week, after finals and before graduation. It's a time for seniors and other 21-and-over Juniata students to enjoy their last few days of college life and their remaining time together, and many of the bars in town offer discounts for the occasion.
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend: Homecoming and Family Weekend are a joint endeavor, and are usually held in October. The weekend is a chance for families to meet on campus to spend time together, as well as for alumni to reunite after graduating. The weekend centers on the Homecoming football game, but there are other scheduled activities, picnics, and reunions, as well.
  • Lobsterfest: Traditionally held on the first Saturday of the fall semester, Lobsterfest is a fair in which the student body is treated to an outdoor meal that includes whole lobsters. Student organizations line up their booths around the Cloister quad, turning out to attract new members and welcome old ones back. Later, barring rain, a second-run movie is shown on the lawn. Lobsterfest is a chance for upperclassmen to reunite after the summer break and for incoming freshmen to see what Juniata is all about.
  • Madrigal: Every year in November, students camp out for days in front of Ellis Hall to try to ensure themselves a spot at some of the best tables at this dinner. Tables are organized into sections, and each section is named after a verse of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," with everyone aiming to sit in "Five Golden Rings." Students construct an enormous tent city around the building, complete with TVs, video games, and laptops. They can be seen popping out of their tents at all hours of the night to make roll call—the one thing that can get them bumped to the end of the line and end their chances to sit in the revered section. After weathering the, well, weather, students then dress up in their finery on the last Saturday of the fall semester. They attend a formal dinner, where they are waited on by their faculty members, and after dining, they hear stories, watch musical performances, and sing Christmas carols. When it's time for "The Twelve Days of Christmas," each section jumps on their chairs and sings their assigned verse. "Five Golden Rings" is so popular because, let's face it, it's the loudest and best part of the song. Students then head off to dance the night away and end their fall semester on a high note before finals begin.
  • May Day Breakfast: The May Day Breakfast is held on Reading Day every spring. Though the event originally honored outstanding women in every class, it now is devoted to honoring both women and men, and celebrates the contributions they make on campus in terms of leadership and service. Students sign up in advance to attend the breakfast and applaud their classmates and peers.
  • Mountain Day: Mountain Day is the oldest and most beloved tradition on campus. Why? Because in the wee hours of a warm fall day classes are spontaneously canceled, of course! Students then flock to a state park for a picnic and games, taking on the faculty in tug of war and flag football. Nobody knows in advance when Mountain Day will be, though everyone places bets with themselves, each other, and the homework gods, guessing which day they'll have to have their work done, and which day will save them from the misery of potentially guessing wrong. Trying to figure out when Mountain Day will be is half the fun, and nothing beats an unexpected holiday from work and class.
  • Mr. Juniata: If you've read this far, you know a school like this has to have a male beauty pageant, and Mr. Juniata is it. Held every fall to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Mr. Juniata draws a large crowd of Juniatians eager to see what kind of madness and hilarity the smart, talented, and yes, cute guys of campus can get themselves into. It's very—and very appropriately—tongue-in-cheek. Circle K, the college version of Kiwanis, sponsors the event.
  • Pig Roast: Pig Roast is another student favorite. It's sponsored by the rugby teams and is fairly self-explanatory. Every spring, students and alumni flock to a field by Raystown Lake or a similar natural area where they roast a pig and the current rugby players take on their graduated teammates. Students make an afternoon of it, and transportation is provided. Alcoholic beverages are allowed for the over-21 set, and there's usually music and sometimes even sunshine to make it a great way to kick back in the springtime.
  • Springfest: Springfest is the last time to let loose before finals hit in the second semester. There's outdoor food (lunch and dinner) and usually musical entertainment, whether it's a live band or a DJ. Students can wander from booth to booth for games and (more) food provided by the clubs on campus. Games include sumo wrestling in puffy sumo suits and a Velcro wall. At night, there's also a movie on the lawn. The highlight of the whole event is mud volleyball. Whether students really want to play volleyball or just get dirty doesn't matter; they're in touch with their inner mud-pie children and happy as pigs in—well, you get the idea.
  • Storming of the Arch: Storming of the Arch takes place in September, and is a rite of passage for any freshman interested in a bit of limb-risking. The goal: Run from North Lawn through the Cloister Arch. Yes, it sounds easy, so of course there's a catch. So when you do it, try not to get hung up on the previous Stormers and members of the women's rugby team who will do just about anything to keep you from getting through, and keep this in mind: No one's made it yet.
  • Winter Formal: The Winter Formal is a semi-formal dance held in the spring semester. It's usually at an off-campus location, and gives students a chance to dress up and dance for a night away from studies.
Urban Legends
  • Rumor has it a student has been wandering around majoring in "happiness," a more extreme and whimsical ode to the individual POE. Another attempted a "mad scientist" POE, got it approved by a snarky prof, but was later thwarted by the Registrar for lack of credibility. For shame.
  • Some overeager pranksters lured a wayward bovine up to the president's office in Founders, not knowing that though a cow will go up steps, it will not go back down—they're physically incapable of doing so. As a result, the poor animal hailed its last chief in Founders Hall, and had to be carried out in pieces. Fact or fiction? No one knows, but whatever supposedly haunts Founders—or Cloister, for that matter—it's not cattle.
  • The most blatant fib—Juniata has a nightlife. No really, it's been supposed that Juniata once graced Playboy's pages in the '80s as one of the nation's top party schools. Students who believe it are still wondering what happened.
  • This last one is strictly Halloween, as it's by far the most gruesome of the lot. Why is the men's rugby team so independent of the College? Because in the `70s, a rival team from a medical school thought it'd be funny to kick a cadaver's head around the field as a form of intimidation, and things went downhill from there, leading to men's rugby being banned from playing on Juniata soil for a number of years. Truth or unnecessarily grotesque fireside story? Not sure, but rumors say the incident got national attention.
Favorite Things To Do
Everyone loves to procrastinate, and you won't need to look for help to do so. During the day, you can grab a latte or cappuccino at Jitters, head to the gym, watch a varsity or IM game, or play pool or grab a bite to eat in Muddy Run. Many times, you can also go to a lecture by numerous visiting speakers, and less frequently, go to sit-ins, read-ins, or other entertainment and awareness events sponsored by different clubs and departments around campus. There are always movies playing—between the $2 second-run movies in Alumni, films sponsored by various clubs, and the International Film series, odds are you'll never be without cinematic entertainment. There are many coffeehouses where Juniata bands or outside bands play for the students, and Friday Night Live events feature comedians, hypnotists, and the occasional musician. Juniata also sponsors the popular Artist Series, in which many performers—from Chinese acrobats to musicians and dancers—come to JC throughout the year, usually attracting big crowds and high praise. The international clubs often host dinners, and if you're religious, Campus Ministry is also very active. The theater department is growing at top speed; between that and the Musical Theater Club, you can count on a thought-provoking or enjoyable show.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.juniata.edu/life/clubs_sports.html
Student Newspaper
Juniatian
juniatian.com
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 29% Mountain Day
  • 14% Homecoming/Family Weekend
  • 14% Storming of the Arch
  • 14% Madrigal
  • 14% Pig Roast
  • 7% Lobsterfest
  • 7% All of them!!!
  • 0% Bar Walk
  • 0% Springfest
  • 0% Mr. Juniata
  • 0% All Class Night
  • 0% May Day Breakfast
  • 0% Winter Formal

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% The benches and lawns
  • 22% The library...oh yeah!
  • 22% In my room
  • 22% Muddy Run Café
  • 0% Jitters
  • 0% Ellis Hall couches

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 17% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 33% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 47% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 26% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 21% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 18 responses

  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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