Huntingdon, PA
Juniata College


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Rachel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing what i know now about college, I would definitely go back in time and tell myself a few hints about college life. Fir...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing what i know now about college, I would definitely go back in time and tell myself a few hints about college life. First I would tell myself not to bring the clothes that I originally packed. Yes, I like to get dressed up for class most of the time but I do need more lounging clothes. More storage boxes and hangers are a must especially when you don't have a lot of room to work with. More board games or cards for the weekend parties- especially new ones that most people haven't heard of. It's really fun to make up new rules to make them into a drinking game. Even though my mom says you shouldn't bring all your shoes- take all of your shoes! Finally better life advice, don't go into college with a boyfriend because you're going to find the love of your life playing pool in the student lounge on your first day and you two will be inseparable. Just a heads up ;)

What's unique about your campus?

The accepting atmosphere of all races, religions, orientations, and incomes

Hannah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Juniata has wonderful traditions. Toward the beginning of the Fall semester, we have Storming of the Arch and Mountain Day. S...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Juniata has wonderful traditions. Toward the beginning of the Fall semester, we have Storming of the Arch and Mountain Day. Storming of the Arch is a rite of passage for Freshmen and all Rugby players. The Freshmen who wish to participate line up in front of "The Arch", a brick arch located in Cloister, the oldest residence hall, on the quad. Then through a series of ten unsuccessful trials, the Freshmen attempt to run through the Arch, which is guarded by the merciless male and female rugby teams. Some students get very creative with costumes and evasive efforts. No one has gotten through to this day. After you've stormed, as an upperclassman you can also defend the arch against the freshmen. The hype about Mountain Day begins around the second week of classes. It's a day when classes are randomly cancelled and everyone has the opportunity to spend the day at Raystown lake enjoying the lovely weather. At 5am, students on the "wake-up" committee run through the hallways in dorms, banging on doors and blowing air-horns around campus. Then students go back to bed until it's time to head to the lake! Remember, tomorrow is always Mountain Day!

Describe the students at your school.

Coming to Juniata, I assumed everyone would be relatively like-minded. I thought that because Juniata was pretty progressive as a school, the students would reflect that perspective. However, I was surprised to find that Juniata students have quite differing opinions. I learned that this is not only normal for human beings, but it is also positive due to the dialogues and learning that can occur between people of differing views. Juniata provides a space for discussion. Think, Evolve, Act. As for diversity, Juniata experiences some problems even though it is very supportive of equality and encourages respect among its Students and Faculty. Many Juniata students are openly gay and I have never heard of any discrimination toward LGBTQ students or faculty members on campus. However, the surrounding area is very conservative and some students have experienced some uncomfortable encounters off campus. Most students who go to Juniata are white, and although Juniata is trying very hard to build up their enrollment, there are not very many black students. This is a problem for some students who feel out of place and in some cases, discriminated against by other students. There is only one black professor. There are a lot of international students, especially from different parts of Asia, but they do not interact as much with American students as they do with each other, which is probably related to cultural and language barriers. Juniata is very keen on remedying these circumstances. The office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the "Beyond Tolerance Series" which is a series of performances, discussions, and speakers throughout the year which are geared toward helping students to consider and understand different perspectives.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

A Stereotype that is held of Juniata students is that we are very studious to the point where we are so concerned with our studies that we don't have time for any other activities. Juniata's academic rigor depends upon the department. Many students strive for excellence academically, but that does not mean that these students don't have time for anything else. I've found that many Juniata students are very well-rounded. Students who are brainy also engage in clubs and music. The plethora of interests among students forces individuals to properly manage their time.

Scott
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

A creative and free-spirited approach to liberal arts education.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

A creative and free-spirited approach to liberal arts education.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Just do it. Don't be so scared. It is unbelivably easy to talk yourself out of things. The first step to being good at something is to be absolutely awful at it. You have to be a little bit dumb to get ahead, just jump into something and you'll be fine. If you stand to the side and wait for the optimal moment, it won't come- There's that old adage about luck being 90% preperation. That's true. You have to be ready to get out in front of things. Nothing gets delivered to you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That it was turning from a unique, one-of-a-kind school into a diploma fill for science grads.

Linda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don’t give up what you want for your future for what you want to do right now. There will always be another party, another mo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don’t give up what you want for your future for what you want to do right now. There will always be another party, another movie and another distraction. This is the opportunity you waited for, the chance to earn your degree and make something of yourself so don’t get distracted by the unfulfilling allure of “college life”.

Joyce
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small, friendly, and tries really hard, but doesn't always quite get there.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small, friendly, and tries really hard, but doesn't always quite get there.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's okay to make friends. Having a lot of friends and hanging out with them is not going to ruin your academic life, although you do have to be ready to communicate with them when you're having a hard time, whether that's with schoolwork, or some other problem. You're really going to need a good support network here, especially with adapting to a new environment and lifestyle. So put yourself out there a bit. Try something new, meet new people, and try not to be too shy or close minded.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That this is actually a very academically advanced school that also teaches its students to be well-rounded people. I wish I had known that there was no shame in going to a small school nobody had heard of.

Jessica
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose to start your undergraduate education at community college. It will give you the opportunity to get used to college wo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose to start your undergraduate education at community college. It will give you the opportunity to get used to college work without a complete change of scenery. Secondly, starting part time and taking care to learn how to be a good college student will save you the worrisome effort of going straight to a four-year university and essentially be taking a gamble on all the expenses incurred in doing higher education in that way. While at community college, take care to join student honors societies such as Phi Theta Kappa, which will give you access to scholarship opportunities you will not have elsewhere. In short--take advantage of your resources and build an education piece by frugal piece. It will help you figure out who you are.

Lauren
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Volleyball, it isn’t everything! As you know, mom and dad have been telling you repeatedly that you are going to college for ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Volleyball, it isn’t everything! As you know, mom and dad have been telling you repeatedly that you are going to college for an education. You will realize the $122,000 debt you accrued was just to pay the school for you to play volleyball. Just so you know you will realize volleyball will get lost in the shadows. As a gift for graduating, mom and dad will finance 80% of your debt because they feel it is their parental duty since you are their only and only. Unfortunately, during the fall of 2011, mom will inform you that she has been laid off and can longer pay for your student loans. Thankfully, you found yourself a job and lift the burden off your parents’ shoulders and take over the responsibility of paying Sallie Mae monthly. Please know, during your college years you will become the most influential person on campus. Professors, students and faculty will gravitate to your inviting personality and want to be a part of your life. It may not feel like it now, but you will have a positive impact on each person you come into contact with. You will save your best friends from suicide.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were driven, ambitious, caring and passionate.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have been taught how to be mentally prepared to handle to stress of being a full time athlete and full time student.

Jen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Though you might hear students grumbling about the small size or the rural location, overall, Juniata is a very warm and welc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Though you might hear students grumbling about the small size or the rural location, overall, Juniata is a very warm and welcoming campus. Everyone knows everyone, and students are generally friendly. Professors are open and inviting, and you get the impression that they care about you as individuals.

How often should I phone home? Is once a day too much?

Nobody needs to phone home everyday; it's better to adapt to the college environment by not constantly talking to your parents I think.

I don't drink. Will it be hard for me to go to parties?

I know several people who don't drink and still go to parties. Though most people who go to parties obviously drink, I don't think it will be a huge deal if you don't.

What do students complain about most?

People tend to complain about how small Huntingdon is and the lack of things to do surrounding campus. In addition, some people feel that Juniata is not hard partying enough.

What do people really wear to class?

Most students here are very casual and will even wear sweatpants often to class. However, there are those who dress up too, me included.

What's the hardest thing about freshman year?

The hardest thing about freshman year is finding the people who you're truly compatible to be friends with. Freshman year, everyone wants to be friends because they don't know many people, but you have to realize who are genuine or not.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish someone had told me to find an internship the summer after my freshman year. Internships are really important for your resume and post-college opportunities, and I feel that I didn't know that my freshman year.

Why did you decide to go to this school?

I decided to go to Juniata because it is one of the few liberal arts colleges that have a Communication department and major. Overall, I don't regret coming here at all because I've grown so much, discovered my academic passion, and met some lifelong friends.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Certain athletic events, such as volleyball or basketball, draw many students. Greek life is nonexistent here, so many people meet their friends through sports teams or clubs. Though many couples do date on campus, in general, many students prefer to stay single during their undergrad years.

Describe the students at your school.

Juniata is a pretty liberal campus, and I feel that the LGBT community is relatively accepted and integrated here compared to many other schools. Students come from mostly middle-class backgrounds, and there are many international students on campus.

What are the academics like at your school?

Juniata's science program is well-known and difficult. In addition, students here have a heavy courseload compared to many other liberal arts colleges. Unlike at many other schools, students seem to place a priority on studying over partying. Like any liberal arts education, you are required to take a variety of classes, which serve to make you a more well-rounded person overall.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype of Juniata students is that we are all a bunch of hippies or a bunch of science nerds. Though there are plenty of both on campus, there are also a wide variety of other people at this school.

Joe
What are the most popular student activities/groups?

What are the most popular groups/organizations/clubs/teams on campus? There are plenty of organized sports: football, field...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

What are the most popular groups/organizations/clubs/teams on campus? There are plenty of organized sports: football, field hockey, m & w rugby

What are the academics like at your school?

Usually a fairly high workload and good teachers. Most teachers here care deeply about their subjects. These aren't giant-school PhD's who only care about research. Some teachers are not so good, some mediocre, most good, a few truly spectacular.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Stereotypes are for high schoolers. Freshmen come in thinking that stereotypes are still a part of school culture and behave as such. Oh silly freshmen. Sure there are science kids and rich pre-med students, but college is about becoming an individual

Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Juniata is good for people looking for a small school. It is not a party school, and not a lot of exciting stuff happens, so ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Juniata is good for people looking for a small school. It is not a party school, and not a lot of exciting stuff happens, so it is best for people who want to study. The biggest complain that students generally have is the food at Baker Refectory. The people are nice, and the professors are generally very helpful.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Volunteer groups, such as Habitat for Humanity, are very popular. People go to the events on campus, but they are not a huge deal to most students. The parties at Juniata are on Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday nights, the school-sponsored events are always available, but people spend a lot of time just hanging out with friends.

Describe the students at your school.

There is not a lot of diversity at Juniata. There are people of many races, religions, political beliefs, social classes, and sexual orientations, but most of the students seem to be white, vaguely-Christian, heterosexual, American, upper-middle-class democrats. However, most of the students of Juniata are open to others' opinions, characteristics, and lifestyles. There are groups of students devoted to different political and social causes, with varying levels of involvement.

What are the academics like at your school?

In such a small school, professors generally know who you are and are very friendly. The smaller classes put a lot of value in participation. As a liberal arts school, a variety of classes are required, so the school is best for people interested in learning more than just their major.

Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

I will never forget the Earth and Folk Festival. Not very many people came because the weather was bad and there was confusion over scheduling and most of the performers canceled at the last minute, but I had fun with the people who did come. We drew on the plaza floor with chalk, and we blew bubbles, and we played with the unused sound equipment, and we listened to an eclectic selection of music. Good times.

Describe a typical weekend.

East Housing is the place to go for getting drunk and partying. Usually there are a few other parties going on during the weekend. The college has events on the weekends, including concerts, comedians, plays, dinners, and school-sponsored parties. Most students spend their weekends with hanging out or studying or partying, depending on their interests. When the weather is nice, there are lots of students hanging out or playing outside, but the campus looks dead when the weather is bad.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Mountain Day is always fun. It is a random, unexpected day in fall when classes are canceled, and students can go on a trip (usually to the lake). There is also the Storming of the Arch, when freshmen try to run past upperclassman rugby players and through an arch. This event is moderately violent and very entertaining to watch. Lobsterfest is also enjoyable, when all of the clubs set up tables and students look around and sign up for clubs. Lobster is also served on the quad. Juniata has lots of fun traditions.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The students at Juniata are known for being geeks and nerds, and this is mostly true. Stoners and jocks and partiers go to Juniata, but they are not in the majority. Still, if you want to go to Juniata, you can find people with non-nerdy interests; you might just have to look a bit harder.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

The main eating areas in Juniata are Baker and Muddy. Baker has a cafeteria format, with several areas with different food options that change each day. As a result, the quality can be hit-and-miss. One day they might make an amazing baked chicken; the next day, there might be bland fish. There are sometimes vegetarian, organic dishes made of ingredients from the school's farm and cooked by students, and those are generally good. Muddy was originally called Muddy Run after a river near Juniata; now it is officially Eagle's Landing, but no one calls it that. It is set up like a food court. The food is pretty good and consistent, but it can be repetitive. People usually go there for quick meals. There are some restaurants and coffee houses in town, like Boxer's and Standing Stone, and they are pretty good, but students mostly go to those places for special occasions.

What's unique about your campus?

POEs, or Programs of Emphasis, are basically majors, except that they allow more flexibility. Students are able to create their own POEs, and their advisers will help them find classes that match their field of study.

When you step off campus what do you see?

Juniata is in a small town called Huntingdon. The town has a Sheetz store and a grocery store and several thrift stores and a small movie theater and some restaurants and a Dollar General; those are pretty much the only interesting places that students can walk to. There is also a Wal-Mart about two miles away. Huntingdon is nice enough, and the people are polite, but don't expect a lot of excitement.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

There certainly are sports at Juniata, but they aren't a big deal to most students. Juniata is mostly known for its awesome volleyball team. Students don't seem to get very excited about sports events, and generally go to them just to hang out.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The campus is mostly the quad, the buildings around the quad, and the buildings on the other side of the street from the quad, with a few buildings scattered farther away. You are unlikely to have to run very far from class to class. It is small, but there are lots of trees and open spaces. The buildings generally have large, white columns and red-brick walls. The campus is well-cared-for and beautiful all year long.

What are your classes like?

Some classes, like Organic Chemistry, are very large, but most classes have fewer than thirty people. In small classes, students get a lot of one-on-one interaction with their professors. Even in large classes, the professors are approachable and willing to answer questions. The classes can be challenging. Many science majors are required to take difficult classes in their Freshman year, weeding out the students who wouldn't be able to handle it. However, the classes can be worth it if you really want to learn.

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