Welcome to Juniata College! We are so excited to partner with you during your academic journey at Juniata College! As a new student, you likely have questions about how you will schedule your classes for your first semester at JC. If you are a first-time college student, academic advisors will build a customized class schedule for you. If you are a transfer student, you will design your schedule in a one-on-one Zoom or phone advising appointment with an advisor in your selected area of study.

Before then, there are several things for you to do: 

  • Complete your Class Scheduling Questionnaire. If you are a first-time college student, we will send you an online form so you can tell us more about yourself and your academic interests. We use that information thoughtfully to build your class schedule for your first semester and to match you up with academic advisors. Watch for the questionnaire to arrive in your email in mid-May, then complete and submit it by May 31, 2024. (Note: Transfer students do not need to do this questionnaire.)

  • Submit transcripts of college courses. Request to have transcripts of any college courses you've completed before coming to Juniata sent to us at transfercredits@juniata.edu. Transcripts must be official and come directly from the college or university that granted the credit for the courses, even if you took the classes in high school. This step is especially important for transfer students because we must receive all your transcripts before we can schedule your advising appointment.

  • Submit AP or IB results. Request to have your official Advanced Placement score reports or International Baccalaureate transcripts sent to Juniata College.

  • Take the world language placement assessment. If you have completed three or more years in high school of a world language offered by Juniata (French or Spanish) or are a heritage speaker of one of these languages, you should take the placement assessment for that language.
    • You will need to set up an account first, but you can skip entering your student ID number if you don’t have it handy.
    • Complete the test to the best of your ability without any outside assistance. We will receive your score report automatically.
    • If you have any questions about the placement recommendation after you’ve completed the test, contact Dr. Amy Frazier-Yoder, chair of the World Languages & Cultures Department, at fraziera@juniata.edu.

It is an exciting moment of transition, and we look forward to beginning our journey together! If you have questions about advising or registration prior to Orientation, don't hesitate to contact us at advising@juniata.edu.

First-Year Experience Courses

Most first-year students take part in a course sequence in your first two semesters that is designed to help prepare you for success at Juniata and beyond:

  • First-Year Composition - FYC introduces students to different types of reading and writing using varied models and genres in popular/scholarly and digital/print forms to build students’ information literacy skills, rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, and knowledge of conventions. (4-credit course in your first semester).
    Check back in May for a list of the FYC Section Themes for Fall Semester 2024
  • First-Year Seminar - FYS helps students develop the arts of academic writing and oral communication and the intellectual skill of analyzing evidence and arguments. (3-credit course in your second semester)
  • First-Year Foundations - FYF provides students with the resources, skills and information that will assist them in successfully navigating academic and social life at Juniata College. (1-credit course in your first semester)

These courses are the first steps in completing your liberal arts requirements, which start you on the path to becoming a well-rounded lifelong learner that is the hallmark of a Juniata College education.