Juniata College

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Juniata College
Juniata College seal.jpg
Motto Veritas Liberat (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth Sets Free
Established 1876
Type Private liberal arts college
Affiliation Church of the Brethren[1]
Endowment $95 million[2]
President James A. Troha, Ph.D.
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1,619[3]
Location Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Rural, 800 acres (3.2 km2)
Colors Old Gold & Yale Blue            
Mascot Eagles
Website www.juniata.edu

Juniata College is a private liberal arts college in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1876 as a co-educational school, it was the first college started by the Church of the Brethren. Today, Juniata has about 1,600 students from 42 states and territories and 45 countries.[4]


Martin Grove Brumbaugh

The Huntingdon Normal School was established by a young Huntingdon physician, Dr. Andrew B. Brumbaugh, and his two cousins, Henry and John Brumbaugh. Henry provided a second-story room over his local print shop for classes, while John lodged and fed the college's first teacher, Jacob M. Zuck. Andrew was to "provide students and furniture".[5][6] Juniata's first classes were held on April 17, 1876 with Zuck teaching Rebecca Cornelius, Maggie D. Miller, and Gaius M. Brumbaugh, the only son of Andrew Brumbaugh.

In 1877 the school changed its name to "Brethren Normal School." At this time Zuck also discussed adding a "Scientific Course" and issuing "Certificates of Graduation". In 1879, classes moved into Founder's Hall, the school's first permanent building on the present-day campus then only known as "The Building". On May 11 of same year, Jacob Zuck died from pneumonia when he insisted on sleeping in the then unfinished Founders Hall without a heater. James Quinter was than chosen to lead the school as the school's first president.[6]

The college was renamed "Juniata College" in 1894 for the nearby Juniata River, one of the principal tributaries of the Susquehanna River, due to a ruling at the Brethren Church's Annual Meeting against using the term "Brethren" in naming a school. The name Juniata College was made the schools legal name in 1896.[6]

In 1895, Dr. Martin Grove Brumbaugh, an 1881 graduate from Huntingdon Normal, took over the active presidency of Juniata until 1910. During and after his tenure, Brumbaugh remained intimately connected to the college and reacquired the college's presidency in 1924, after having served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1915 to 1919 and as commissioner of education to Puerto Rico in 1900.[7]

M. G. Brumbaugh died unexpectedly in 1930 while on vacation in Pinehurst, North Carolina and was succeeded in his presidency by a former pupil at Juniata, Dr. Charles Calvert Ellis.

Past Juniata presidents include:[8]


Founders Hall

The main campus area is 110 acres (0.45 km2), and the college manages a 315-acre (1.27 km2) Baker-Henry Nature Preserve. Two new buildings since 2000 include the von Liebig Center for Science and the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre. Founders Hall, the first building on campus, has also been renovated recently. Construction was finished in the summer of 2009 and uses underground geothermal energy to heat and cool the building. This building is recognized as a LEED Gold building.

Nathan Hall

The newest building project on campus is Nathan Hall, a dormitory named in honor of longtime Juniata employee, Hilda Nathan. Hilda worked in the treasurer’s office from 1946 to 1976. The new residence hall, which opened to students for the Fall 2014 semester, offers significant improvements in the areas of accessibility, community and sustainability. Nathan Hall has an elevator and is designed for accessibility throughout the building. The space also is designed to foster community with features such as informal gathering spaces and lounges within the building and outside. The dorm also was constructed using "green" technologies such as geothermal heating, energy-efficient lighting, plantings and green spaces. The building also offers a bike shelter to encourage less driving.

Carnegie Hall

Other off-campus sites include the Baker Peace Chapel (designed by Maya Lin) and the "cliffs," which offer some beautiful scenery of the Juniata River. The college also owns the Raystown Field Station, a 365-acre (1.48 km2) reserve on Raystown Lake, which includes an LEED Gold building and two lodges for semester-long residential programs, often focused on environmental topics.[9]

Carnegie Hall was completed in 1907, paid for in part by a grant from U.S. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and served as a library for Juniata until 1963, when the College's current L.A. Beeghly Library was completed. The Museum houses a permanent collection, which includes works from the Hudson River School, American portrait miniatures, as well as Old Master paintings and prints. The Museum hosts regional, national, and international exhibitions.


Program of emphasis[edit]

Juniata College features a "Program of Emphasis" rather than the common Academic major. Within a certain course framework, students choose and create their own Program of Emphasis and graduate with a degree in it. There are designated Programs of Emphasis that follow a set of courses (e.g. Environmental Science, Communication and Anthropology, etc.) or students may create their own with the approval of two faculty advisors.

Areas of study[edit]

Juniata is a liberal arts institution. It has strong programs in a variety of areas, from the natural sciences to the arts, social sciences, and humanities. Many students who enter Juniata for the strong science programs, however, find that they enjoy world culture, international programs, peace studies, politics, or a variety of other disciplines. This varied combination allows students to explore different facets of the world.

The strong academic tradition of Juniata College is made apparent in the success of its students. The school touts an impressive graduation rate: 79% of all students entering Juniata graduate; of those, 96% do so within four years. Juniata also has a 95% acceptance rate to all postgraduate programs, including medical, podiatric, dental, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, and law schools.

Since 2003, Juniata has produced eight Academic All-Americans, five American Physiological Society Undergraduate Research Fellows, 20 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars, 19 Fulbright Scholars, 14 Goldwater Fellows, one Pickering Fellow, eight St. Andrew's Society Scholars, and one Davies-Jackson Scholar. Juniata also perennially places at least one student as a Harvard Summer Research Scholar.

Nearly forty-five percent of Juniata students design their own program of emphasis, and Juniata offers study-abroad opportunities in 22 countries on 6 continents.


Juniata College ranks 133rd in the 2015 Forbes.com College Rankings, ranks 36th in the 2014 Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck Rankings, ranks 105th in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Liberal Arts Colleges, and ranks 81st in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine 2014 rankings for Best Values in Private Colleges.

Juniata College has also been selected by the 2015 Princeton Review as one of the Best 379 Colleges, and has been mentioned in the following publication: Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives; Kaplan, Inc.'s Insider's Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges; Peterson's Competitive Colleges; Miriam Weinstein's Making A Difference College Guide: Outstanding Colleges to Help You Make a Better World; Barron's Best Buys in College Education; Leland Miles' Provoking Thought: What Colleges Should Do for Students; Elle Girl Magazine: Top 50 colleges that Dare to be Different; Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges; Don Asher's Cool Colleges, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges.


Memorial Gymnasium inside the Kennedy Sports & Recreation Center

Juniata is a Division III collegiate sports institution. It is well known for its volleyball program (Men's and Women's) and is also a charter member of the Landmark Conference. Juniata athletes compete in the Landmark Conference except for volleyball and football. The Juniata Men's Volleyball Team competes in the Continental Volleyball Conference (formerly it competed in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association winning several titles under, both, Division I and Division III sanctioning). The Juniata Eagles Football Squad is a member of the Centennial Conference. Juniata had a school record of five Academic All-Americans in 2004–2005 academic year and 55 All-American honors since 1998.

In addition, "College Hill" sports 2 National Championships in Women's Volleyball (2004 & 2006). Men's Volleyball boasts one EIVA Championship as an NCAA Division I exception (1992) and 6 National Championships as a Division III powerhouse (1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009).

The Goal Post Trophy goes to the winner of the annual football game with rival Susquehanna University. It is a section of the goal post that was torn down after the 1952 Juniata-Susquehanna game. The visiting Indians (now Eagles) upset the Crusaders in Selinsgrove, and Juniata fans tore down the goal post after the game.[10] At roughly 5 feet tall, it is one of the tallest trophies in college football.[citation needed]

Student life[edit]

Annual events[edit]

Juniata College has a tradition of campus-wide events dating back to its founding days.[11]

President Troha on a Slip n' Slide during Mountain Day 2014
  • Mountain Day, Established: 1896 — Mountain Day is the oldest tradition at Juniata and occurs on an unannounced fall day. The specific date of Mountain Day is not known to students nor faculty until the morning of the event; however, its possible date is a constant source of campus speculation. On Mountain day, all classes are canceled and both students and faculty are shuttled to Raystown Lake, a popular destination in the area. The day includes a picnic lunch, nature walks, crafts, music, swimming, boating, and a class vs. class tug-of-war.
  • Homecoming Weekend, Established: 1923 — Homecoming features alumni reunion activities, sporting events, and a class spirit competition. A unique aspect of Juniata's Homecoming celebration is the presentation of the Community Contribution Awards during half-time of the football game rather than having a Homecoming king and queen. The award recognizes students who have made outstanding community service contributions, both on-campus and in their local communities.
  • Family Weekend, Established: 1936 — Usually occurring on a weekend in September, Family Weekend is a chance for students' parents and families to visit the campus. The weekend is filled with activities such as picnics, sporting events, cultural events, tours, etc.
Storming of the Arch 2014
  • Storming of the Arch, Established: Mid-1940s — Storming of the Arch takes place on the second Thursday of fall semester and is optional for any new freshmen. Freshmen gather on the center of the campus quad with the intention of charging the Cloister Arch and making it through to the other side, a mission complicated by a group of upperclassmen - "defenders" of the Arch. Freshmen charge the Arch until they are all knocked down or someone gets through the gauntlet of upperclassmen. To date, no freshman has made it through the arch. Storming of the Arch was canceled in the mid-1990s due to the number of students being injured but was reinstated by several officers of the Men's rugby team who reorganized it as a charity event.
  • Madrigal dinner, Established: 1970 — Madrigal Dinner is one of the most popular traditions, with 600–700 students attending, and occurs on the last Saturday of fall semester. This holiday tradition starts with a meal served to the students by the faculty and staff of their choosing. After dinner, guests are entertained with performances by members of the campus community and the group participates in a holiday carol sing. This sing-along culminates with the singing of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with various sections of the dining hall acting out the different parts of the song.
    Mr. Juniata Pageant 2014
    Tickets for the sections are sold first-come, first-served and students camp out during the week(s) prior in order to acquire their desired section (the "Five Golden Rings" section is very popular). The Madrigal "line" is typically an elaborate tent city on the lawn around the campus center. It is tradition for some to play pranks on the "line." These pranks in past years have included: blowing air horns throughout the night, water balloons, flooding the lawn where the tents are located, playing recorded animal sounds, and gluing tent zippers shut.
  • Pig Roast, Established: 1986 — Pigroast is an annual barbecue held at Raystown Lake and is sponsored by the Men's rugby team with the support of the Women's Rugby team. This barbecue also serves as an opportunity for the men's rugby club to play a match against the alumni who return for the event. It occurs the weekend before finals week and serves as the last hurrah for students; particularly the senior class. Pig Roast started as a replacement activity after the school banned the annual Raft Regatta, another event held by the notorious rugby teams. [note: although Pig Roast is very popular, it is not officially sponsored by the college]
  • Mr. Juniata Pageant, Established: 1997 — Sponsored by Circle K, the Mr. Juniata Pageant is a tongue-in-cheek spoof of beauty pageants with men from each class competing for the coveted Mr. Juniata crown. The categories include take-offs of formal wear, talent-showing, and interviews.
  • Lobsterfest, Established: 1988 — Lobsterfest is held at the end of the first week of classes and welcomes students back to campus after summer break. Lobsterfest is a picnic that features lobsters as the main course and live entertainment. In addition, the Student Organization Fair is held during Lobsterfest and gives new students the opportunity to see and sign up for campus clubs.


Notable alumni of Juniata include:

Notable faculty of Juniata include:


  1. ^ "Colleges | Church of the Brethren". Brethren.org. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Juniata College 2013 President's Report" (PDF). Juniata College. 
  3. ^ "Juniata College - Just The Facts - About Our Students". Juniata.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Juniata College Online Catalog". Juniata College. 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "History". Juniata College. Juniata College. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Kaylor, Earl C. (1977). Truth Sets Free: A Centennial History of Juniata College, 1876-1976. South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes and Co., Inc. ISBN 0-498-02101-7. 
  7. ^ Sigel, Nancy (2000). Juniata College: Uncommon Visions of Juniata's Past. Great Britain: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-0240-5. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Juniata College Past Presidents". Juniata College. 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Juniata College- Raystown Field Station- Grove Farm". Juniata.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  10. ^ "GO SU! - Susquehanna". Gosusqu.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Juniata College - Campus Life - Campus Traditions". Juniata.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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Coordinates: 40°29′58″N 78°0′59″W / 40.49944°N 78.01639°W / 40.49944; -78.01639