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

Points of Excellence

National Recognitions
Best Value

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Geneva College as a Top Three Best Value School out of all North Region Universities.

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.

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.

Geneva is ranked #4 Most Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities. Geneva's Missions program is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to take the Gospel into diverse regions around the world and features a well-rounded coursework that focuses on Bible, philosophy, theology and practical ministry.

Christian Universities Online ranks Geneva sixth in its 2016 list of Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations for significantly surpassing our predicted graduation rate.

Since 1923, Geneva College has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Best Value

Geneva College is ranked among the Top Regional Universities in the United States.

Geneva is ranked sixth in the top 25 most beautiful Christian colleges in the country by Christian Universities Online.

Designated as a Pennsylvania College of Distinction, Geneva is recognized as one of the best places in the state for students to learn, grow and succeed.

Geneva is one of only 118 colleges in North America to qualify for membership in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and is a founding member.

Top 50 Best Value Online Master's of Organizational Leadership for 2017

Value College rankings are based on combination of affordability, reputation and return on investment. Geneva's MSLS program ranked #26.

SARA Approved Institution

Geneva College has been approved by the state of Pennsylvania to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

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.

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.

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

Geneva has earned the approval of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability for its fundraising and financial practices.


The B.S.B.A. and MBA programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Geneva, which offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Resources through the Adult Degree Programs, is on the Human Resources MBA's 2015 list of 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for an HR Degree.

Geneva College’s Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM) in Pittsburgh educates urban students for effective service in their local communities.

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.

Best Engineering Universities Top 100

Geneva’s ABET-accredited engineering program placed in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation.

Music business students have the opportunity to participate in the Contemporary Music Center Program in Nashville, Tennessee. Music Business students have the opportunity to participate in the Contemporary Music Center Program in Nashville, Tennessee. There, students have access to knowledgeable and committed faculty and guests, $1+ million in gear, a completely hands-on approach to learning, and the ability to test their mettle in one of the most intensely musical cities in the world.

Geneva offers a semester-long program at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center that combines seminar courses and internships in various segments of the film industry.

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Engineering is the most popular major at Geneva for good reason: 100% of engineering majors have jobs or are in grad school six months after graduation. 

Over 75% of undergraduate students participate in internships, research or some type of applied learning activity at Geneva. The classroom learning and hands-on activities help students hit the ground running at graduation.

The Department of Biblical Studies offers opportunities to study at Jerusalem University College or at the Covenanter Theological Institute in Airdrie, Scotland.

Among a recent sampling of chemistry graduates, 83 percent were able to work in an internship or research experience during college years, and 100 percent had employment in their field or were accepted into graduate school within three months of graduation.

Over 80% of our graduates who have applied to medical school have been accepted.

top value counseling master’s degrees in Pennsylvania

Geneva College was recently named to our ranking of the top value counseling master’s degrees in Pennsylvania


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).

Geneva College has a larger percentage of senior faculty than most U.S. colleges, with 45 percent being full professors compared to the national average of 25 percent, and 36 percent being associate professors compared to the national average of 21 percent.

Of Geneva's 96 full-time faculty members, over 81 percent have earned doctorates and more than 3/4 have work experience in their field of expertise.

Professor of Leadership Studies John W. Stanko published What Would Jesus Ask You Today? (Gazelle Press, 2014).

Sean Doyle, associate professor of History and Humanities, published the chapter Prophetic Precepts or Divine Preeminence: Rammohan Roy vs. Joshua Marshman on the Significance of Jesus in Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things (Wipf and Stock, 2013).

Eric Miller, professor of History, published Glimpses of Another Land: Political Hopes, Spiritual Longing (Cascade Books, 2012).

Pianist Sha Wang Luangkesorn enjoys a career as an active concert pianist, professor of music, as well as a scholar in music theory. At the age of 19, Ms. Wang became the winner of the 16th International Young Artist Piano Competition, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mitchel Nickols, professor of Organizational Leadership, was named an Urban Hero by Pittsburgh's Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM).

Biblical Studies professors Drs. Byron Curtis and Jonathan Watt have both received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, which is determined by Geneva faculty.

Philosophy professors Drs. Robert Frazier and Esther Meek have both received the Excellence in Scholarship Award, which is determined by Geneva faculty.

John Stein, professor of Mathematics and Astronomy, presented The Schaefer Memorial Observatory at Geneva College at the 34th Meeting of The Pennsylvania Astronomy Consortium.

Rodney C. Austin, associate professor of Chemistry, presented the paper Impact of POGIL Instruction on a Two-semester Biochemistry Course at Geneva College, which examined how small group exercises improve student learning, at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.

John W. Stahl, chair of the Department of Chemistry, Math and Physics, presented Diffusion Behavior of Inert Gases in Activated Carbon Column at the national meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The work was co-authored with Dr. Mario Oyander, associate professor of Engineering, along with Geneva students Nathaniel Godfrey and Samuel Shouse as part of their senior engineering design projects.

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.

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Esther Meek published a unique vision of a covenant epistemology in her book, Loving to Know (Wipf & Stock, 2011).

Jonathan Impellizzeri, assistant professor of Counseling, presented The Integration of Christian Faith Into Clinical Supervision: Exploring Supervisee Perspectives at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies International Conference.

Byron G. Curtis, M.Div., Ph.D., professor of Biblical Studies, presented Messiah and Messiahs in Zechariah 6: Crowns, Thrones, and the Zemah as an invited guest lecturer at the Caspari Center for Biblical and Judaic Studies in Jerusalem.

Jonathan M. Watt, chair of the Department of Bible, Christian Ministries & Philosophy, presented Idiolect, Candy Bars and ‘Artisan English’ Orthography at the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations in Vienna, Austria.

Adel G. Aiken, chair of the Education Department, presented Virtues in Children's Literature to the Beaver County Reading Council.

Carol B. Luce, director of the M.A. in Counseling program, co-presented Improving Behavioral Health Treatment for Older Adults Through Professional Collaboration at the 2013 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Conference.