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Juniata College
Juniata College seal.svg
MottoVeritas Liberat (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth Sets Free
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Established1876; 146 years ago (1876)
AffiliationChurch of the Brethren[1]
Endowment$114.8 million (2020)[2]
PresidentJames Troha
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural, 800 acres (3.2 km2)
ColorsOld Gold & Yale Blue            
Juniata College logo.svg

Juniata College is a private liberal arts college in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1876 as a co-educational school, it was the first college started by members of the Church of the Brethren as a center for vocational learning for those who could not afford formal education. Today, Juniata has about 1,600 students from 42 states and territories and 45 countries.[4]


Martin Grove Brumbaugh
Martin Grove Brumbaugh

Huntingdon Normal School, a normal school, was established by a spry 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 at age 32 when he insisted on sleeping in the then unfinished Founders Hall without a heater. James Quinter was then chosen to lead the school as the school's first president.[6]

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

In 1895, Dr. Martin Grove Brumbaugh, an 1881 graduate from Brethren Normal (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.



Founders Hall
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
Nathan Hall

A newer 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.

Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall

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.

The newest building at Juniata College is the Tom and Pat Kepple Integrated Media and Studio Arts Building, or more briefly, Kepple Hall. Opened in 2017, this building includes four separate studio rooms and numerous innovative spaces for students to learn and collaborate in the creation of art.

Other off-campus sites include the Baker Peace Chapel (designed by Maya Lin) and the "cliffs," which has views 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

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

Juniata is a liberal arts institution. It has 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 school has a 79% graduation rate; 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 alumni include 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 six continents.


Memorial Gymnasium inside the Kennedy Sports & Recreation Center
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 3 National Championships in Women's Volleyball (2004, 2006, & 2022). 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

Annual events

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

Storming of the Arch 2014
Storming of the Arch 2014


Main article: List of Juniata College people

Notable alumni of Juniata include:

Notable faculty of Juniata include:



  1. ^ "Colleges | Church of the Brethren". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Juniata College - Just The Facts - About Our Students". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  4. ^ "Juniata College Online Catalog". Juniata College. 2015. Archived from the original on March 23, 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.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Juniata College- Raystown Field Station- Grove Farm". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  10. ^ "GO SU! - Susquehanna". Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  11. ^ "Juniata College - Campus Life - Campus Traditions". Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2013-11-22.

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