Geneva College

 

 

History & Heritage

For 160 years, Geneva College has shaped the lives and careers of generations of students. The idea of Geneva College actually was expressed as early as 1836 by James Stewart Johnston, keeper of a general store in New Richland, Ohio, where the Scotch-Irish community came to buy tea, calico, gun powder and utensils. The residents also exchanged ideas here on everything from seed corn to the Kingdom of Heaven, and many liked the idea of a Christian liberal arts college.

Johnston's brother, the Reverend John Black Johnston, pastor of the Miami Reformed Presbyterian Church, began holding a Latin class in his study at Northwood, Ohio, in 1837. Initially, seven young men attended. The class soon grew, opened to include young women, and eventually moved to a log school in the village.

On April 20, 1848, Geneva Hall opened in Northwood, Ohio. The school was named in honor of Geneva, Switzerland, center of the Reformed faith movement. Under the sponsorship of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America , Geneva moved in 1880 to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to a parcel of land donated by the Harmony Society, a German religious group.

Geneva continues today as a leader in Christian education--developing servant-leaders who can transform society for the kingdom of Christ. Our goal is to empower graduates who will positively impact their workplaces, communities, churches, families and world.


 

Point of Excellence

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Geneva College as a Top 10 Best Value School out of all North Region colleges, accounting for our academic quality and the net cost of attendance for those receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.

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Upcoming Events
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
Johnstown Open House for Master's in Organizational Leadership
The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Johnstown Industrial Development Inc. on July 30.
PUBLICATIONS
July issue of @Geneva
Read about Proactive Stewardship.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Beaver Falls Community Crime Watch Day
On Sat., Aug 2, this popular annual event kicks off in a new way.
PUBLICATIONS
June issue of @Geneva
Read about chemistry program grants.
INCOMING STUDENTS
Freshman Expedition registration is open
First-year students can meet new friends and prepare for the college transition prior to Welcome Week through outdoor adventure activities.