Points of Excellence - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)

Points of Excellence

Points of Excellence

Geneva College offers a challenging education rooted in God’s truth. We prepare students for success and encourage them to become the person God designed them to be. And not only do we intentionally integrate the Christian faith in every major and concentration, but we also provide a truly distinctive and high-quality academic experience.

The U.S. News & World Report recognizes Geneva College as a 2015 Top Ten Best Value School.
  • Within six months of commencement, nearly 90% of Geneva graduates are working or in grad school.
  • Including federal, state and private grants, nearly 100% of Geneva College's students receive some type of financial assistance.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked Geneva College 14th in the Top 20 Regional College North rankings.
  • Geneva provides the versatility for accounting students to meet all the requirements for the new CPA licensure exam either as part of their bachelor’s degree or their master’s degree.
  • Geneva provides graduate-level degrees in: Business Administration, Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership Studies and Organizational Leadership.
Geneva's ABET-accredited engineering program placed in the U.S. News & World Report's Top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering programs in the nation.
  • For those actively seeing employment in the past three years, there is a 100% placement rate for graduates of the accounting program.
  • Geneva offers innovative Business Aviation and Missions Aviation majors through a partnership with the Community College of Beaver County.
  • Geneva is on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2016 ranking of the Top 300 Best College Values and among the magazine’s list of 100 best values in private universities.
Christian Universities Online
  • Christian Universities Online ranks Geneva in 2015's 50 best Christian colleges and universities because of our excellence in personal attention to students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.

  • Geneva graduates have an 80% acceptance rate when applying for entrance to medical school–well above the national average.
  • Psychology students present work at regional conferences annually.
  • Geneva College is one of only 15 CCCU schools in the nation that offers an ABET-accredited, four-year engineering program.
  • Geneva is named a Christian College of Distinction, affirming the school's dedication to high quality academics founded on the inerrant truth of God's word.

Christian College of Distinction
  • The business and athletic departments jointly offer a sport management major designed to prepare students for positions in administration, leadership, coaching and event management.
  • Geneva is ranked sixth in the top 25 most beautiful Christian colleges in the country by Christian Universities Online.
Top Christian Colleges
  • Excite Education lists Geneva in the top 30 colleges for traditional and adult students who are looking for a world-class education that is rooted in strong Christian beliefs and values.

  • The Department of Biblical Studies offers opportunities to study at Jerusalem University College or at the Covenanter Theological Institute in Airdrie, Scotland.
  • Geneva's Communication Disorders students have attended graduate programs all over the US, at schools such as the University of Iowa, California State University - Fullerton, Gallaudet University, and University of Pittsburgh.
  • Geneva is named a Top 50 Best Value Christian College for providing a high quality educational experience while keeping the net price of tuition very reasonable.

CUO Best Value
  • When compared with national norms, Geneva’s overall instructional effectiveness is rated by students as unusually high, with 78% of Geneva classes ranked at or above the national average.
  • All 50 states offer some form of reciprocity for certification to Geneva education graduates.
Pennsylvania College of Distinction
  • Designated as a Pennsylvania College of Distinction, Geneva is recognized as one of the best places in the state for students to learn, to grow, and to succeed.

  • As a College of Distinction, Geneva is nationally recognized for providing outstanding preparation that is highly valued by graduate schools and employers.

College of Distinction
  • Professor of History Dr. Eric Miller received Christianity Today’s 2011 Book Award for History/Biography in honor of his work, Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch (Eerdmans).
  • Music business students have the opportunity to participate in the Contemporary Music Center Program in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Biblical Studies professors Dr. Byron Curtis and Dr. Jonathan Watt have both received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, which is determined by Geneva faculty.
ABET Accredited
  • Geneva’s general engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  • Geneva engineering students compete in national competitions including the Solar Splash, Steel Bridge Design and the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Competition.
  • A great majority of Geneva students—70%—complete internships during the course of their study.
  • Average class size is 17 students.
  • Music education and music business graduates have a high job placement rate within the first three years of graduating.
  • Among a recent sampling of chemistry graduates, 83% were able to work in an internship or research experience during college years, and 100% had employment in their field or were accepted into graduate school within three months of graduation.
  • Biblical Studies professors Drs. Byron Curtis, Jonathan Watt and Scott Shidemantle are regular presenters of papers at professional conferences, and have recent publications in the area of Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament.
Christian Universities Online
  • For over 50 years, Geneva’s chemistry department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS)—a distinction achieved by only six other colleges in the CCCU.

  • Professor of Philosophy Dr. Esther Meek published a unique vision of a covenant epistemology in her book, Loving to Know (Wipf & Stock).
  • Geneva College’s Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM) in Pittsburgh educates urban students for effective service in their local communities.
  • The English Department hosts the Geneva Reading Series throughout the year, showcasing the literary talents of the faculty and students.
Member CCCU
  • Geneva is one of only 121 colleges in North America to qualify for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and is a founding member.

  • Philosophy graduates from Geneva have earned Ph.D.s at universities such as the University of Chicago, Purdue, Marquette, Pitt, St. Andrews in Scotland and others. Two are attending U.S. News & World Report Top-50 law schools.
  • Geneva offers a semester-long program at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center which combines seminar courses and internships in various segments of the film industry.
  • Computer science faculty members include experts who work in a variety of fields, including web development, software engineering, networking, systems programming and technical writing.
  • The Master of Arts in Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

  • Music graduates have a 100% placement rate withing the first two years when applying to graduate school programs.
  • Geneva College has a larger percentage of senior faculty than most U.S. colleges, with 45% being full professors compared to the national average of 25%, and 36% being associate professors, compared to national averages of 21%.
  • Each year, English professor Dr. David Kuhns directs a major theatrical production performed by students.
Phi Alpha Theta
  • Geneva College hosts a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society for history students, professors and alumni.

  • Geneva’s Adult Degree Programs offers five fully online majors—Child and Family Services, Organizational Leadership, Human Resources, Leadership Studies, and Management.
  • Of Geneva's 96 full-time faculty members, 76% have earned doctorates.
  • Geneva College hosts a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honors society open to English and Writing majors of high academic standing.

Sigma Tau Delta
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.
  • Geneva awards bachelor's degrees in nearly 40 undergraduate major areas of study and offers five master’s degree programs.
ECFA Member
  • Geneva has earned the approval of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability for its fundraising and financial practices.

  • Psychology students experience the field beyond the classroom both in practical experiences and in advocacy with the government.
  • The first biopsychology major graduated in 2012 and has been hired as an IOM Tech in UPMC’s Center for Clinical Neurophysiology (CCN).
  • Since 1923, Geneva College has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

MSA Accredited 
  • Philosophy professors Dr. Robert Frazier and Dr. Esther Meek have both received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, which is determined by Geneva faculty.
  • Through the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Geneva offers the 3&3 Program enabling students to complete a B.S. and a M.Div. in only six years.
  • Geneva has an agreement with the Art institute of Pittsburgh, offering students programs in culinary management, interior design, photography, advertising and more.
  • The computer science program at Geneva prepares students for a wide range of computer-related careers.

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