About Geneva


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General Campus

  • Geneva is a private, four-year comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences, and professional studies.
  • Geneva College is located off PA Route 18 on a campus of 55 acres in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, which is 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
  • Geneva was founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) in Northwood, Ohio in 1848. The college moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1880.
  • The College is named in honor of Geneva, Switzerland, which was the center of the 16th century Reformed Christian faith movement.
  • Geneva has had 19 Presidents in its 165-year history.
  • Motto: Pro Christo et Patria (For Christ and Country).
  • 2015-16 Tuition costs and fees (per semester): $12,725; Room and board (per semester): $4,815
  • Approximately 95% of Geneva College students receive financial aid.
  • About 70% of students complete internships.
  • Geneva has earned the approval of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability for its fundraising and financial practices.
  • Geneva is one of only 118 colleges in North America and only one of four colleges in Pennsylvania to be approved for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
  • Within six months of commencement, nearly 90% of 2013 Geneva graduates were working or in grad school.

Academics & Faculty

  • Since 1923, Geneva College has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Of Geneva's 76 full-time faculty members, 78% have earned doctorates.
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Geneva awards associate and bachelor's degrees in 36 undergraduate major areas of study.
  • The majors with the highest enrollment are Business, Engineering, Education, Biology, Communication, Psychology, Student Ministry, and Human Services.
  • Geneva offers master's degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Counseling, Higher Education and Organizational Leadership.
  • Geneva′s general engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, one of only 15 CCCU schools to offer and ABET-accredited, four-year engineering program.
  • Geneva's business program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).
  • Geneva's chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society since 1958, a distinction achieved by only six other colleges in the CCCU.
  • Geneva's Master of Arts in Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • At convenient locations throughout western Pennsylvania, Geneva offers an Adult Degree Programs for adult students to finish a degree in Human Resources, Human Services, Community Ministry or Organizational Development in 16 months.
  • Adult Degree Programs offers five fully online majors—Child and Family Services, Organizational Leadership, Human Resources, Leadership Studies, and Management.
  • Geneva College′s Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM), located in Pittsburgh, educates urban students in southwestern Pennsylvania for effective service in their local communities.

Student Life

  • Current traditional undergraduate student body enrollment is 1,335
  • Traditional undergraduate student body is about 50% men, 50% women
  • Non-traditional undergraduate students: 206
  • Graduate students: 311
  • Geneva has a diverse student body, with students representing 35 states and nine nations.
  • Freshman average SAT score: 1085; ACT: 24
  • Freshman average high school GPA: 3.5
  • Freshman Retention Rate: 79.49%
  • There are seven residence halls to accommodate residential students.
  • Extracurricular activities at Geneva include, but are not limited to intramural sports, theater, concert choir, concert and marching bands, student publications and Christian ministries.
  • The Genevans, the college's traveling musical ambassadors, perform throughout the United States or Europe and/or Asia every year.
  • Geneva operates a high-adventure ropes course called Pisgah on a hillside opposite the campus where students can learn in a non-traditional, wilderness environment.
  • There are more than 100 leadership positions and 60 clubs and activities on-campus.


  • The Geneva College Golden Tornadoes started a new era in the 2006-2007 year by joining the NCAA Division III. Geneva is a member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
  • Men's sports: football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field, cross country, and soccer.
  • Women's sports: basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field, cross country, soccer, and softball.
  • Cal Hubbard, a 1927 Geneva grad, is the only athlete to ever be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • In 1986, Geneva's Charles Hawthrone broke the record of having scored the most career points for a college basketball player in western Pennsylvania.
  • Team colors: Old Gold & White.
  • Indoor sports are played in Metheny Fieldhouse (3,000 capacity).
  • Track & Field and Soccer matches are played at the Merriman Athletic Complex.
  • Football games are played at Geneva's Reeves Field (7,500 capacity), where Joe Namath played his high school games.

In the Community

  • The Geneva Counseling Center is available to the public for psychological counseling services.
  • Freshmen participate in a Learning and Transition Program, which includes one day dedicated to community service projects throughout Beaver County. Volunteers: 400; hours of service: 2,000; estimated value of services rendered at minimum wage: $14,300.
  • There are more than 15 student-led campus ministry programs.

Fun Facts

  • 85,000 visitors come to the campus each year: 2,500 prospective students, families and friends; 1,000 for alumni events; 13,000 for seminars, conferences, commencement, etc.; 70,000 for sporting and cultural events.
  • Geneva's newest academic building is Rapp Technical Design Center.
  • Geneva's McCartney Library, named in honor of evangelist Dr. Clarence Edward Macartney (sic), serves over 3,155 people each year with 167,206 volumes, 879 periodicals and 198,624 units of micro texts and instructional media.

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