Juniata College - Comments and Student Experiences
- The Professors
- The Sodexo Staff
- Everything Else
The Professors are the best part of Juniata. They really really care about YOU as a person, as a student, and as a member of society. There are some professors that really suck but because the school is so small, people know who they are so you can avoid them.
The Professors are passionate about what they are teaching, they get excited to share with you what they are learning and cannot wait to answer your questions. Most professors have flexible hours and emailing them is quick and painless.
Classes range from normal lecture but most classes are heavy in discussion. So if you do not like discussion look for classes that are more lecture based.
There are field trips and research opportunities. the professors also take your interests into consideration and perspective. They allow you to use their class to further what you want to do.
The Sodexo Staff and the Janitors are wonderful people. The food sucks but the staff knows it and tries to make it bearable by being so kind. They can really help you if you have allergies. The Janitors are kind and tend to out of site but we appreciate them and they appreciate us.
Now for the Negative.
The school is very clique. Once a friend group is made, it is almost impossible ot break through. However, everyone is nice, like too nice. The school and the students are all about saving face. It's very fake. You will hear about community but there really isn't some. Like sure, if you were drunk out of your mind, someone may try to take care of you...but there are also the chance no one will care.
People tend to care more about themselves and what they can achieve. If they need you, they will use you.
There is nothing to do on campus, like nothing. On the weekends its either, drink, netflix, or more homework. There is not a lot to do here but when you visit you will see that for yourself.
A lot of people drink and if you don't no one will peer pressure you to but people won't hang out with you either.
Admissions and Residental Life
There has been a lot of problems with Admissions and Residental Life at the moment.
Juniata is having a hard time maintaining and gaining students so they had to cut some stuff out of their budget.
Off Campus Housing is the main issue that is affecting students right now because Res Life rejected almost all offers from Rising-Seniors who wanted to live off campus this coming year. In doing so, now Rising-Juniors-Sophomores will be stuck living in crappier housing.
All the dorms are crap (Minus Nathan but that costs extra).
Not enough people decided to attend Juniata and a lot of people transferred out. To make up for that lost, Juniata has to force people on campus so that the money stays with them. Juniata does own some off-campus housing but a lot of students would lease from people in the town.
Juniata will tell you how prestigious this school is...it is not. At least, not anymore. I've heard great students from pass students and Seniors about how much the school cared about their students but that is currently changing because of Juniata's budget. We are becoming more like $$$ than people.
The town sucks.
The food sucks.
Basically life sucks.If it wasn't for my professors I would have dropped.
However, Juniata has a number of negative aspects that the school does a great job at dodging on their website, campus visits, and during orientation. Not saying that any institution has reached perfection, but some of these quirks would certainly make or break a student's decision to attend Juniata and bringing them to light is only fair.
Central PA can be beautiful, and the small campus and surrounding area has a number of areas to hike and the near by Raystown Lake. However, regardless of how much you appreciate the landscape and enjoy spending time in nature, it is no question that it can be isolating. Without having a car on campus, there is no way to reach any of these areas without hours of walking. Huntingdon as a town is also strange for students that do not live in Central Pa, or other super rural areas. The majority of the residents are friendly to the students, but it is no question that the town is a finically depressed place to live. The stores downtown close early and are not even open often on the weekends. This is not to say there are not a number of gems in town, I loved eating at Stone Town Gallery and Boxers is also a town classic. I would encourage any student to serious consider the school's location as a crucial decision piece, because personally, Juniata was the perfect academic choice for me, but I could not see myself in Central PA for the duration of undergrad. When I made the decision to attend, I did not think the town and surrounding area would be that important in the long run, but have realized through this year that location is the most important for me.
The lack of options off campus does affect the student life tremendously. I always found it odd that it is rare to see students strolling around downtown or spending much time off campus other than to eat on the weekends. This also affects the weekend atmosphere. Because there is no Greek life, I would not say that the school could be considered a major party school, but the majority of the students choose to drink on the weekends. Weekends got miserable quickly; other than doing homework, or having movie nights, there are not many other options if you are not into drinking.
Food is not the worst, the dorms are fairly older, (besides the new single dorms they just built).Juniata is a great fit for many students, I have met more people that could not imagine attending undergrad anywhere else; but the negatives are essential to note before committing because they will make or break your experience.
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