About Juniata

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Student Outcomes

The most important outcome for each student is preparation for a successful career and a satisfying life. Contributing to that is the momentum the student gains in college.

Juniata has one of the highest graduation rates in the region, and an impressive 96% of students graduating do so within four years


Graduating in the shortest possible time, earning admission to competitive graduate and professional programs, and finding work in your chosen field are critical to long-term success.

You can learn more about Juniata’s ability to support outstanding student outcomes by going Behind the Scenes.

Juniata also provides recognition and opportunities for current students including national honorary societies in most disciplines and exceptional opportunities within some disciplines through the Fellows program.

After Graduation

Following graduation, Juniata students have a .06 percent rate of default on student loans whereas the national rate is about 8 percent. This suggests our students transition into careers and jobs that provide a solid financial base.

Examples of Student Success

Academic All-American

Best undergraduates in the nation – both in the classroom and on the field.

American Choral Directors Association – Honors Choir

Eastern Division College and University Honors Choir.

American Heart Association Fellowship for Summer Research

Prestigious fellowship awarded to only six qualified undergraduate students in the Northeast; funds summer internships in cardiovascular research at Northeast research laboratories.

American Association of University Women Annual Leadership Conference Attendee

National conference invitation extended to only 2 women in Pennsylvania; provides opportunity to interact with top women professionals; hone skills in leadership, advocacy, civic engagement, networking, and career planning; build relationships with peers and other women ; and create practical solutions to challenges on their campuses/communities.

American Physical Society (APS) Physics & Society Student Fellow

Highly competitive national fellowship; provides research and project opportunities to 3 undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying physics to societal issues.

American Physical Society (Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics) - Invited Conference Speaker

One of five students internationally chosen to speak at special invited session featuring undergraduate research.

American Physiological Society Undergraduate Research Fellow

(1 of 12 students nationally)

American Society of Microbiologists

Allegheny branch conference – Best Undergraduate Presentation or Poster.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State provides this scholarship for outstanding students interested in international affairs.

Berkeley Summer Research Scholar

Summer research internship in laboratory of alumnus John Kuriyan at Berkeley University; awarded to promising Juniata undergraduate who shows promise in Chemistry.

Case Western Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP)

Academic enrichment program for pre-medical students; designed to give promising pre-medical students the opportunity to have additional educational experiences as well as exposure to clinical and research environments, to improve their competitiveness in the medical school application process and to enhance their retention in medical school.

Center for Educational Technology Advanced Student Technology Programs Award

Program in Digital Media Production and New Media Studies at Middlebury College

Clemson University's "Summer Program in Applied Psychology" Fellowship

Highly acclaimed national summer research fellowship awarded annually to only 12 students across country; funded by the National Science Foundation.

Collegiate All-American Scholar

United States Achievement Academy recognition of superior students who excel in the academic disciplines; fewer than 10% of all college students recognized.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship for Young Professionals

Study/work in Germany;1 of 60 nationally.

CUR Researcher on Display at Rayburn Office Building

1 of 80 U.S. undergrad chemistry research projects displayed in Washington, D.C.; exhibit sponsored by Council for Undergraduate Research.

CUR Posters on the Hill Participant

1 0f 60 undergrads selected nationally to go to Washington, D.C. and promote the connection between science and public policy; sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research

Datatel Scholars Foundation Scholarship

Selective scholarship awarded to students attending a Datatel client college or university.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship Recipient

Competitive National Scholarship awarded to 2 first-generation students annually to study at St. John's College in Cambridge University, England

Emerson National Hunger Fellow

Competitive leadership award for 20 motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

ESPN The Magazine – Female Academic All-American of the Year

Only one male and one female athlete are selected annually for this award which covers all collegiate sports and all NCAA divisions.

FBI Honors Internship Program

1 of 70 students accepted into program.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Competitive scholarship awarded to support study in an Asian country.

Fulbright Scholar

The flagship international education program sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries". Approximately 1000 participants are chosen annually for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study and teach in each other's countries, exchange ideas, and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

GE Information Management Leadership Program Intern

One of 15 nationally recruited interns for the competitive two-year rotational program around different GE Businesses worldwide; upon completion, enter an upper level management position.

Geologic Society of America

Research Grant

George J. Koenig, Jr. Service Award

Prestigious service award presented to one individual annually by the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) in recognition of outstanding service in a collegiate Emergency Medical Services chapter.

German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship

(DAAD Scholarship) -highly competitive scholarship for qualified undergraduate students to fund senior thesis research, internships, and study in Germany.

Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient

Highest achievement in Girl Scouting; awarded for founding the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Youth Group.

Goldwater Scholars

The premier undergraduate scholarship for outstanding sophomores and juniors in science, math, and engineering. Three hundred are awarded annually based on personal diversity, academic achievement, research experience, and career plans.

Harvard Summer Research Scholar

Each year, one or two Juniata students are chosen to work in Dr. Gregory L. Stahl's '84 lab at the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Hershey Primary Care Scholar

Highly competitive summer intern program at the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey.

HOSA State Leadership Conference Biomedical Debate – 1st Place Team

National Health Occupations Students of America competition.

National HOSA Scholarship

Selective award presented at HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) national conference to those members exhibiting outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

Howard R. Swearer Campus Compact National Student Humanitarian Award Finalist

Distinguished national award presented to only 1 of 5 students annually for outstanding public service

"Humanity in Action" Summer Fellow

Competitive national fellowship awarded to undergraduates on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential, and evidence of commitment to minority issues. Fellowship supports a 5-week program in which American and European students collaborate to study the condition of minorities and seek innovative ways to address these issues.

Hypercube Scholar

Named for her work in computational chemistry; was one of approximately 100 students in the U.S. recognized by Hypercube, Inc. for undergraduate research in this field

International Youth Volunteerism Summit Outcomes Grant Awardee

National $10,000 grant competition sponsored by the Just Naïve Enough Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University; provides 2 awardees with educational resources to utilize their particular skills and passions for better global engagement and more effective global problem solving.

James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation

Summer internships are awarded on the basis of an application, college transcript, list of extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and completion of an essay requirement on a topic chosen by the Foundation.

Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship (JASSO)

Highly competitive scholarship awarded by the Japanese government to support outstanding students studying in Japan.

Johns Hopkins Summer Research Scholar

Summer research internship in laboratory of Alumnus Dr. Pete Hauer (’86) at Johns Hopkins University; preference given to Juniata students.

Kellogg Foundation Women of Color Leadership Development Institute Scholar

Summer leadership institute that prepares young, collegiate women of color as future leaders in order to increase gender and ethnic diversity in the work place. 1 of 50 students selected from 650 colleges across nation.

Kenyon Review Writers Workshop Participant

Prestigious summer fiction workshop for new and established writers at Kenyon College; awarded to only 10 students nationally.

Keystone State Reading Association Scholar

Highly competitive Pennsylvania scholarship program awarded annually to three rising senior education students who demonstrate an outstanding academic record and exhibit a sincere interest in reading and literacy.

Lilly Foundation Imagination Grant

Awarded for international community service experience lasting from 1 to 3 months.

Lilly Foundation "Theological Exploration of Vocation" Summer Service Award

Funding and placement assistance for summer volunteer service in U.S.

McDonald Center for Space Sciences Fellowship

Awardee in planetary geology at Washington University.

McNair Scholars Excellence Award - First place

Award for excellence in both his class work and research presentation at the Summer Research Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center; 1 of 55 students in the program.

McNair Scholars Biomedical Research Program

Highly competitive doctoral program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, with preference given to Juniata students; provides an excellent opportunity for low-income, first-generation, and/or traditionally underrepresented individuals to pursue doctoral study.

Merck Scholar

National competitive awards program that supports research stipends for undergraduate students at their institution; 15 institutions awarded annually.

Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation Scholar Athlete

Award recognizes individuals who excel in athletics, academics, and service.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Intern

Highly competitive internship offered nationwide in alternate years that provides advanced students with a wide-range of experiences in the field of Museology. Due to the intense training Juniata students receive in Juniata's Museum Studies program, one internship is reserved for a Juniata student.

National Cancer Institute Intern

Exclusive internship awarded to outstanding undergraduate students specializing in basic or clinical biomedical research.

National Dean's List

Honors high achieving college students nationwide.

National Field Hockey Coaches Association

NFHCA Academic Team Award; Awarded to teams that complete season with a team GPA of 3.0 or better.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship

Prestigious, competitive national scholarship awarded to only 15 students each year that pays part of recipient's college tuition and guarantees a postdoctoral position at one of the Institute's laboratories. In addition, recipients attend a 10-week summer laboratory experience at one of the NIH labs in Bethesda, Md. after their senior year of college.

National Model United Nations Best Delegate Awardee

Best Delegate Award; presented to most outstanding delegate at National Model United Nations Conference, Osgood Center and John Hopkins University for Advanced International Studies

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholarship

Highly competitive national scholarship awarded annually to 100 students for study in oceanic and atmospheric science; includes $8,000 per year for two years and a full time summer internship at NOAA.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Undergraduate Scholar

Highly competitive scholarship awarded to 10 students annually under the Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions; provides scholarships and internship experiences for junior and senior year students attending minority serving institutions pursuing degrees in areas related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NPA National Photo Awards - Award of Excellence

Highly competitive national Photo contest.

National Soccer Coaches Association of America

(NSCAA) team academic award; awarded for completing varsity season while maintaining a 3.0 or higher team grade point average for entire academic year.

NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

Awarded to students who are accomplished in both athletics and academics.

NCAA Woman of the Year for Pennsylvania

Recognizes excellence in academics, athletics and community leadership.

New York Times "Most Creative Headline" Competition Winner

NSEP David Boren Scholar

National Security Education Program Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad. Provides undergraduates resources and encouragement to acquire skills and experience in regions of the world deemed critical to the security of the U.S. The goal is to develop a cadre of professionals with more-than-traditional knowledge of language and culture, who can use this ability to help the U.S. make sound decisions and effectively deal with global issues.

NSF Graduate Fellowship

The premier national award for science graduates. About 900 new Fellowships are awarded each year for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

NSF Supported Summer Research Scholar at U. of Pennsylvania

Competitive Summer Research Program in the Materials and Engineering program.

BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) Top Scorer

Obtained 90 percent for her Business Language Testing Service Diploma in French, the highest grade ever obtained at the university by an American student without a French parent.

ODK’s “Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow™”

Omicron Delta Kappa's signature program; 2 of 25 students accepted nationally for 2005 summer. All expenses are paid.

Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship

Selective scholarships awarded at HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) state conference on the basis of membership, academic performance, interest and goals, leadership qualities, citizenship, school activities and financial need.

Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers

Non-Technical Student Intern of the Year

JoAnne Day Technical Intern Student of the Year

Pennsylvania Communication Association Undergraduate Writing Competition – 1st Place

State Research Paper Competition

Pickering Fellow for the US Department of State

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation awards 10 promising students tuition, room, board and mandatory fees during their junior and senior years of study and during the first year of graduate study in exchange for a minimum of four and a half years of service as a Foreign Service officer.

Pfizer Corporation Summer Research Fellowship

Selective $5,000 Award sponsoring 10-week summer research programs on students' campus

"Plan for the Future" Competition - Grand Prize Winner

Highly competitive business plan competition sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation and BizFilings.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship

Award to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.

Russian-US Young Leadership for Public Service Program Fellowship (U.S. Dept. Of State)

Program goal is to support democracy, economic prosperity, and civil society in Russia.

Sears Directors Cup Postgraduate Scholarship

Awarded $5,000 through the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for contributions as a student assistant coach for the women’s basketball team for three seasons.

Seydel Fellowship

Highly competitive scholarship awarded to only two students annually as part of the Fulbright Program for Switzerland.

SHEAR/Mellon (Society of Historians of the Early American Republic) Undergraduate Fellow

Highly competitive national summer fellowship awarded annually to only 10 rising seniors preparing to undertake thesis projects at liberal arts colleges. Program provides talented, motivated undergraduate scholars the opportunity to pursue original primary source research in some of the finest archival collections relevant to early American history.

SMART (Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training) Scholar

Competitive summer internship at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, with preference given to Juniata students; program brings freshmen and sophomore undergraduates to the UNT Health Science Center campus to participate in a 10-week biomedical sciences project.

Society of Physics Future Teacher Scholarship

National award presented annually to an Society of Physics member who is participating in a teacher education program and who plans to pursue a career in physics education.

Society of Physics Leadership Scholarship

Competitive scholarship awarded to 24 students across the country on the basis of academic performance and leadership in the Society of Physics chapter and zone. Funded by the Sigma Pi Sigma Trust Fund.

St. Andrews Society Scholarship

Five U.S. students are selected to attend one of the five universities in Scotland for one year. To be considered, a student must be in the top fifth of the sophomore class and complete a rigorous interview process.

TAU PI PHI Case Study Competition

First place winner, 2-person competition. National Business case study competition

TAU PI PHI Case Study Competition

First place winner, 3-person competition. National Business case study competition

Templeton Foundation Essay Winner

1 of 2 essay winners by the Journal of College and Character

Travelers Summer Biomedical Research Program participant

Summer research opportunity at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College at Cornell University

Udall Scholarship Recipients

The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards approximately 80 undergraduate scholarships in fields related to the environment and to Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy.

University of Virginia Summer Medical And Dental Education Program

Academic enrichment program for pre-medical students; designed to give promising pre-medical students the opportunity to have additional educational experiences as well as exposure to clinical and research environments, to improve their competitiveness in the medical school application process and to enhance their retention in medical school.

University Presidential Inaugural Conference Invitee

Educational experience sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Invited participants from across the nation participate in a week-long conference in January 2009 that includes a variety of panel discussions with political consultants, witness the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, and attend the Black Tie Gala Inaugural Ball.

U.S. Department of Energy "Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowships"

The premier D.O.E. undergraduate education and research program. Fellows work with scientists and engineers as members of research teams in the agency’s national laboratories. Fellows also participate in a series of workshops that guide them through the process of developing a formal verbal, visual, and written presentation describing the research experience.

U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)

Academic Team Award; Awarded to teams that carry a team GPA of at least 3.10 and compile a team score at the NCAA regional meet.

USA Today's All-USA College Academic

Salutes "the best and brightest college students".

Vanderbilt Summer Research Scholar

Summer research opportunity in laboratory of alumnus Steven McElroy, M.D. (’95) at Vanderbilt University; preference given to Juniata students.

William Simon Fellow Finalist

Fourth-place finalist among 1000 competing for William Simon Fellowship; one of three national "Fellowships for Noble Purposes" awarded annually by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute to three graduating college seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen our civil society.

World Youth Forum of the United Nations System

Participant in Braga, Portugal (One of select few students asked to participate.)

Yale Internship

Awardee with the Genetic Counseling program; includes research work in a related department.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner

Competitive award sponsored by the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center, an SBDC that covers a six-county region.

1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship Recipient

Highly competitive national scholarship; awarded to winner of national essay contest in which college students are asked to describe how to better the lives of disabled students.

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