Juniata College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
Challenging, worth it, time of my life and prepared me for graduate school. Graduate school Was easier than undergraduate!
High class education in an intimate and involved small town setting. Trendy and outdoor rooted campus with lots of opportunities to learn, worj and grow as a person.
Very personalized, meaningful experience with mentorship and sound science training.
Wonderful college that allows you to create your own major, while building meaningful relationship with teachers and students. The campus has a lot of growing to do in terms of diversity however I feel that the staff and students within the last couple years are working hard to help and they are improving.
I originally found Juniata College through an old email of unusual scholarships that occasionally makes its rounds on the internet. Juniata had (has?) a left-handed students' scholarship, and being left-handed, I was interested. I visited the school's website on and off for a year--I was working full-time and taking classes at a community college, and was trying to figure out a) whether to transfer to a 4-year school, and b) where that 4-year school would be located). I visited the school for a weekend one winter and loved how welcoming everyone was: I immediately had the sense that I was home. The people are wonderful. I ended up spending three years at Juniata due to having to take some college-required classes (more on that later) as well as the ones that ended up contributing to my major. (Take note: Changing majors is completely normal at Juniata and nothing to be ashamed/feeling guilty of. Because you can create your own major (as long as you can justify it, but that isn't particularly hard with your two advisors helping you along the way), some students go in thinking they want one thing and end up altering their plans, whether slightly or completely.) Because I got most of my general education requirements out of the way in community college, most of the classes I took were simply things that interested me, which was a great experience. I definitely recommend going that route if you can. I never had a professor I didn't like, and they were all so helpful and accessible. Some teachers even give students their home number in case of emergencies. Juniata is a liberal arts college and they are very big on experiencing new things, so there are general education requirements that they have all students fulfill while at the college, called FISHN (Fine Arts, International, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science), as well as two special requirements, IC and CA (Interdisciplinary Colloquia and Cultural Analysis). When you're registering for classes, you can see what requirements those classes fulfill, and it's not too difficult to find classes that you want to take to get these things done. However, because there are classes that are only run at certain times, fitting them into your schedule can sometimes be a juggling act. Regarding financial aid, the school is very understanding and wants students to be able to attend. However, I will advise anyone considering Juniata to try and put some money away for senior year. In my experience, they were willing to help me out until my last year--the year when I'd be leaving and wouldn't be back to give them more money in a few months. It wasn't a great feeling. I'm not a party person, so I can't speak to that aspect of college life, but I will say that the school always has something for you to do. There are concerts free to students almost every month, special workshops, campus traditions like Lobsterfest and Madrigal, and musical, comedy, or other types of performances on Friday evenings in Baker Refectory. On top of that, there are a LOT of clubs. You sign up for them at Lobsterfest (and get to enjoy some delicious lobster, or steak/chicken/I think a vegetarian option if you don't like or can't eat shellfish). For the most part, if you want to make a club, you can. There tend to be weekend parties at East, the apartment-style dorms on the far end of campus. There's also a small movie theater in town that runs movies for pretty cheap (at least coming from NYC!). The food is okay. Baker Refectory is the main cafeteria, where there's some variety to what's offered. There's a stir fry line where you can put in your own vegetables, then pick a protein and a starch, and have them cooked right in front of you. There's also a grill line, a deli counter, a dessert area, and a line called Simple Servings. Upstairs is Eagles Landing, which everyone on campus calls Muddy, and that has meal exchange items that can be carried out. Muddy has a grill, salad line, sandwich line, and Mexican line. I spent a lot of time at Muddy: As a picky eater, it was nice to know that if Baker didn't have anything I wanted, I could always get something familiar upstairs. Overall, I would definitely recommend Juniata. There are pros and cons, but the pros definitely outweigh any issues I experienced, and the issues were few and far between.