Juniata College


One of the 40 colleges featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives", Juniata is a cohesive community of interesting, inquisitive, hardworking, and fun individuals who think deeply about who we are meant to be. We come to this place of stunning natural beauty—this oasis in the woods—because it provides for us the perfect backdrop for reflecting upon, deciding upon, and designing our individual pathways to rewarding careers and lives of meaning and happiness. Those who share this experience with us are compelling, talented, and inevitably surprising. Each of us has our own story and way of looking at the world. And yet we meet as friends—and partners—whether we are students, professors, staff, alumni, or community members. We support each other’s journeys. We learn from and with each other. We enjoy one another. And we take Juniata with us no matter where we go. We believe there is no better place on the planet for discovering your passions, developing your intellect and your heart, and ultimately becoming the author of your own powerful story.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Plexus Inbound

Juniata’s Plexus Inbound retreat is an orientation event held just prior to the start of the school year in August. Plexus is designed to allow new students with concerns about multiculturalism to meet other new and returning students and share friendship, support, and guidance. The event will not only give students insight into the ways in which diversity is being integrated into college life, but also will highlight the opportunities for cultural experiences and the resources available both here on campus as well as within the surrounding communities. Learn more about Plexus Inbound

Student Life & Support Beyond Tolerance Series

Innovative, informative, and interactive. Juniata’s commitment to inclusion goes public each year with BeyondTolerance — a series of lectures, workshops, screenings of films, and travel opportunities designed to help us learn more about one another and better discuss challenging issues. Whether discussing cultural differences or expanding the varied meanings of diversity, the Beyond Tolerance series helps move all of us beyond simply tolerating one another and toward challenging what we think we know about one another. Learn more about Beyond Tolerance Series

Mentoring Plexus

The word “plexus” is taken from the Latin plectere, which means to weave or braid and is literally a network of interwoven parts. This name was chosen not only to be symbolic of the physical support network that is comprised of peer mentors, faculty and staff members with whom our mentees will interact but also the holistic approach we have taken in caring for students’ well-being. At Juniata, Plexus is the umbrella that overarches the Plexus Inbound group, the Plexus RSO (registered student organization), and the Plexus Fellowship Program. Learn more about Plexus

Student Diversity

  • 1,626
  • 45/55
  • 23%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 84%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 11%

Student Success

  • 89%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 79%
    Six-year graduation
  • 77%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 80%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 105
    Full-time faculty
  • 7
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13-1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Education Chemistry Psychology Biology Health Professions

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African American Student Alliance Burmese Club UBUNTU Chinese Club French Club German Club Plexus Club Otaku Cultural Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $41,390
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $780
    Required Fees
  • $11,590
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,250
    Average aid package
  • $35,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 29%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 82%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 90%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 2,481
    # of applicants
  • 74%
  • 3.69
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 530—610
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 530—610
    SAT Math
  • 480—600
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 02/15
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • November 15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date