Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus
Allegheny College campus

From the School

Allegheny College is one of the country’s oldest and most dynamic private liberal arts institutions. Allegheny is the nation’s premier college for students with “Unusual Combinations” of interests, skills, and talents.

Recognized as one of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives, Allegheny College is one of the nation’s oldest and most dynamic private liberal arts institutions. Allegheny is a leader in higher education innovation, having been recognized in 2016 as Number 1 in Undergraduate Research among four-year colleges by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Allegheny is the nation’s premier college for students with “Unusual Combinations” of interests, skills, and talents. At Allegheny, when members of the college community talk about unusual combinations, they mean it as a tremendous compliment – a compliment that recognizes the unique character of each student.

When you look around, you’ll see a college president who studies decision-making by modern American presidents and then rolls up his sleeves for grassroots community service; an aspiring diplomat singing in the choir and building a bike path; a future physician who edits the college newspaper and pole vaults on an international stage. Unusual combinations, yes, but at Allegheny they are everyday examples of students exploring all of their talents, all of their passions.

Central to the college’s focus on experiential learning is the Allegheny Gateway, which helps students connect classroom learning with real-world experience. Since its introduction in 2015, the Gateway has received national attention. It is a central location for collaboration and study in which students can access résumé and career services, pre-professional and graduate school advising, research funding and fellowships, internship opportunities, and more.


From The School

Allegheny’s Admissions Committee values the hard work you do on a daily basis, and they give the greatest weight to the rigor of your high school courses and your performance. Also considered are your school/community activities, recommendations, personal character and qualities, essay, demonstrated interest, and special talents.

Allegheny embraces the concept that standardized test scores do not exclusively reflect a student’s full range of abilities or potential to succeed in college. As a result, Allegheny is now test optional. SAT I or ACT scores are optional for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Apply today at Allegheny is also a member of The Common Application.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
503 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 618
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Computer Software Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • International Public Health/International Health
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy

  • Social Sciences

  • Applied Economics
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania is a school "where people exude passion about what they are involved in," and the curriculum is "all about applying your knowledge to your experiences." The school allows students to combine completely unrelated majors and minors (in fact, it requires both), which means students "practically create [their] own education," and a student has "the freedom to dabble in my many areas of interest." "Allegheny students are known for their ‘unusual combinations' of interests such as a major in biology and a minor in dance," explains a student. This "unique and valuable educational experience" provided by a school that "truly cares about the learning process" is a boon to students looking to forge any path in life (as well as those who are unsure), and the small population means that there are "many researching opportunities." "Faculty members reach out to students about internship and research opportunities often."

The "amazing," "very passionate" professors "go above and beyond to make sure their students understand the material." Professors are "great about teaching the material to you in a variety of ways until you understand." "I have never once felt dumb or like I couldn't handle something after getting help one on one," says a student. "I love my professors. I consider some of them to be friends, and most of them to be mentors," says another. Professors focus on student contribution "in and out of the classroom," so there are lectures, but students are the main focus. If you would rather have peers look at your work, then "there are plenty of consultants and tutors who are more than willing to help." The "workload is large," and the academics are demanding, but "the school is very understanding of how special and different each student is and tries to help each student excel in their own way."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

William McKinley
25th U.S. President

Marco Arment
Lead Developer of Tumblr, Creator of Instapaper and The Magazine

Benjamin P. Burtt, Jr.
Sound design and effects - Star Wars, Indiana Jones, WALL-E

Ida Tarbell
Investigative Journalist

Barbara Robinson
Author of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Lloyd H. Segan
Television Producer - Haven, The Dead Zone, Greek, Wildfire

Kim Phan
Executive Director - International Law Institute

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Allegheny proudly reports that over 45 percent of their students begin their career immediately after graduation and over 90 percent find work in their field within eight months; furthermore, nearly 50 percent of Allegheny alumni visiting report feeling their job is making a meaningful impact on the world. For current students, Allegheny offers academic internships for credit and “Allegheny- Specific” internships for students developed in cooperation with professionals who have a connection to the college. The college offers career counseling, job fairs, and a variety of other resources to aid students in their search for post-collegiate employment. Students rave about the career services department as “fantastic” and “awesome” and “without equal not only with regard to their connections to the ‘real world’ but also to their compassion to finding the next step in each student’s journey.”

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,250
  • Room and Board: $11,170

Financial Aid

The Princeton Review features Allegheny in their “Colleges That Pay You Back” rating, which measures 40 weighted data points including academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

Aid totaling $43 million was awarded to Allegheny students in 2016–17. Through generous support from our alumni, Allegheny is able to provide Achievement-Based Scholarships and Need-Based Grant Assistance to supplement over $21 million in aid awarded to students from federal, state, and private sources. Consequently, Allegheny’s financial assistance allows many students the opportunity to make a college choice based on value and fit, rather than financial constraints.

Allegheny’s Trustee Scholarship is a merit-based award, from $10,000 to $28,000 per year that any student who submits an admissions application will be evaluated to receive. The award is based on the same criteria that we value in the admission process: strength and rigor of academics, test scores (optional), essays and recommendations, and a student’s contributions and achievements outside of the classroom. Based on those factors, students can receive up to $28,000 per year.

Because Allegheny encourages students to challenge themselves in the classroom, the Trustee Scholarship is guaranteed for eight semesters of full-time enrollment at Allegheny or for Allegheny-sponsored programs.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Bottom Line

Tuition and fees for a year at Allegheny are listed as just over $42,470, with room and board totaling an additional $10,740. Combined with books, supplies, and various other required fees, students can expect to spend approximately $54,200 per year to attend Allegheny College. However, the college offers a number of generous financial aid programs, with a remarkable 100 percent of freshmen receiving some form of financial aid and an average need-based award of just over $26,000 in gift aid. So for students looking for a top-notch education at a reasonable price, Allegheny may be a very good bet.

Bang For Your Buck

Allegheny has a reputation for actively courting lower-income students and providing a top tier education and high graduation rates with affordable prices. The school has two major criteria for awarding aid: merit-based aid in the form of Trustee Scholarships, which students are automatically considered for when they apply, and need-based aid, which is offered through several scholarships and grants. Trustee Scholarships can reach a maximum of $80,000 distributed equally over four years, and are awarded based on high school academic achievement (with college academic considerations for transfer students). Need-based aid comes from a variety of sources, including Pell Grants and other Federal and State aid, and institutional grants from the College itself. Allegheny also offers Federal Work-Study as well as a Campus Employment program to offset tuition costs. With nearly all students at Allegheny receiving some sort of financial aid, numerous students cite this, along with top-notch academics, as being a key reason to choose Allegheny.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Veterans Educational Benefits, Yellow Ribbon Program

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Our Student Population
  • 2,100 students
  • 43 states represented
  • 53 countries represented
It is our students who make Allegheny the vibrant, creative, and innovative place that it is.
We invite students to explore all of their interests and talents. At Allegheny, opportunities to pursue one’s passions are limited only by the imagination.

Student Organizations and Activities:

Allegheny has more than 120 clubs and organizations that are run and led by students spanning areas like activism and politics, performing arts and media, and spiritual and religious life, and recreation and club sports. We are also home to 10 nationally affiliated social Greek organizations and were founding members of both the NCAA and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).

These activities help develop students’ leadership skills and make a lasting impact on Allegheny’s campus culture. That’s because Allegheny is all about active learning and fun—not just learning about foreign policy in class, but arguing for change. Not just writing papers on social activism, but working to educate others. Our students create, laugh, dance, play, explore and serve together every day.

Our faculty members are people who pride themselves on being teachers first—they will advise and support you to move beyond what you can even imagine now. They will provide you with opportunities and challenges that will lead you from hard work and dedication to extraordinary outcomes.

Allegheny students don’t have to wait behind graduate students for research positions on faculty-led projects but instead are actively engaged as research collaborators. Students follow the guidance of faculty mentors through research, conference presentations, co-authored articles, and faculty-led study tours.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



54% female
46% male
48% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Allegheny's strong emphasis on community invites "very diverse" students who are "completely accepting and understanding of everyone's needs, interests, and feelings." Upperclassmen are "really welcoming to freshmen," and "the importance of being unique" is stressed from the get-go. Everyone is fun loving, but "always knows when to stop socializing and get to work." This "mixed bag" all get along well, but "we usually have at least a tiny nerdy side." Cliques aren't that common among this group of 2,100 "liberal, idealistic, and global thinkers," and though students normally find their niche within the first three semesters, they "are always eager to meet new people and do new things." Students say that there "is a lot of support to help minority students fit in."


From The School


Allegheny’s beautiful 79-acre central campus includes historic architecture and cobblestone streets interspersed with advanced facilities bristling with the latest communications and research technology. Located on a hill overlooking the City of Meadville, Pa., the campus is a short walk to downtown and all the amenities you’ll need to enjoy the Allegheny experience. Outdoor opportunities also abound on our 203-acre recreation area near campus and in the local community.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Campus Highlights
  • The Allegheny Gateway, which brings together nine offices that help students connect classroom learning with real-world experience
  • Nationally acclaimed science complex
  • Multimillion-dollar center for communication arts and theatre
  • Center for Business and Economics
  • Environmental science center
  • The Carrden, a hands-on learning and teaching garden
  • GIS Learning Laboratory
  • Observatory and planetarium
  • David V. Wise Sport & Fitness Center
  • Olympic-style track and turf field
  • 203-acre recreation area and 283-acre nature preserve
  • North Village I and II offer townhouse-style student apartments and suite-style residences
  • Tippie Alumni Center in historic Cochran Hall
  • WARC radio and ACTV television stations
  • Bowman, Penelec & Megahan art galleries
  • Special-interest houses (past houses include an international theme and a jazz theme)
  • Dance studios and performance spaces

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Attending Allegheny "is a lot of work," but "there is still time to be social and make the best friends of your life." "It can get wild on weekends," but for the most part people "are very studious during the week," and "students care for their grades." With so much leeway in academic studies, it's not surprising that the administration is concerned with "making sure that there is a place for everyone." Student activities are well-organized and plentiful, and the school works just as hard at "promoting [a] statement of community." The school organizes many late night activities: "We always have some type of performer, like comedians, musicians, or magicians." "There is a place for everyone with the different clubs and organizations on campus," says another. "If you get involved enough, you'll rarely have a boring moment," says a student. The "mutual respect [among] students, faculty, and the administration" feeds into the overall happy satisfaction with life, and "most students find their area either through work, class, sports, or clubs." Greek life is healthy here, but not overpowering. Some say that food services "are repetitive and not very good"; luckily, the green, scenic campus "has many open spaces," and the school's commitment toward sustainability has always been apparent.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

28% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

2% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gators)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gators)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor


As a charter signatory of ACUPCC with a climate neutrality goal of 2020 and a participant in the White House's Better Buildings Challenge to increase building efficiencies by at least 20 percent across campus, Allegheny College is determined not just to participate in the green movement, but to lead. One hundred percent of the campus electricity is generated through wind sources (purchased RECs) and two on-campus solar arrays, and the school strives for energy efficiency through regular energy audits, retrofits (nearly all buildings on campus have undergone energy-related renovation or retrofitting in the past three years), geothermal wells, education, submetering, and dorm competitions that promote environmental responsibility. In line with these initiatives, Allegheny has determined that all newly constructed campus buildings will meet, at minimum, the LEED Silver certification requirements. The campus also boasts a robust composting program that processes pre- and post-consumer dining waste, municipal yard waste, and agricultural wastes daily (Allegheny was the first college in Pennsylvania to use an in-vessel composting operation for food scraps). The finished compost and compost tea is used on campus lawns, sports fields, flowerbeds, and the production vegetable garden in lieu of chemical fertilizers. Allegheny further strives to reduce waste through trayless dining, reusable takeout, and Bring Your Own Cup programs. A green roof, rain gardens, permeable paving solutions, and wildflower plantings help minimize stormwater runoff. An on-campus production garden incorporates local, organic produce into the dining halls. Students help drive campus sustainability through research in classes, independent studies, senior comprehensive projects and student organization campaigns. Allegheny also wants to ensure that its students’ dedication to the environment and sustainability issues doesn’t end after graduation; each year the college invites recruiters from green companies and organizations and alums working in sustainability to hold informational presentations for recruiting purposes.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Coppola Enterprises

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Ms. Melinda Jackson
Visit Coordinator

Allegheny College, Box 5
520 North Main
Meadville, PA 16335



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rustic Bridge
Wise Sport and Fitness Center
Henderson Campus Center
Gator Quad
Grounds for Change Coffee House
State-of-the-art, nationally acclaimed science complex dedicated to biology and chemistry; Patricia Bush Tippie Alumni Center; seismographic network station; Center for Political Participation; radio and TV stations; Grounds For Change Coffeehouse; Vukovich Communication Arts Building; Environmental Roof Garden; Robertson athletic fields and recreation area; game room; Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science; world's largest solid-volume glass sculpture grouping; Allegheny Gateway to Communities, Cultures and Careers, Creek Connections, Augmented Reality Sandbox, Center for Business and Economics

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Market House - art and food
Signs and Flowers, Read Between the Signs - env. art
Woodcock Lake & Dam - walking, hiking, boating, camping, swimming
Ernst Bike Trail
Academy Theatre - plays and concerts
Diamond Park; Baldwin Reynolds House; Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum; Meadville Recreation Complex; Meditation Walk on Mill Run; Campbell Pottery; Market House Garden; French Creek - river rafting, canoeing, kayaking; murals on Park Avenue (

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9am-3pm; 9am-12pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 9am-12pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Selected Saturdays and visit programs

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Sun-Thurs, high school seniors only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airline service is available through the airports in Cleveland, Erie and Pittsburgh. From either the Erie or Pittsburgh airports, visitors can arrange bus transportation with Greyhound bus lines or rent a car. Prospective students traveling alone can be met at the Pittsburgh airport by an Allegheny representative if arrangements are made beforehand.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Travel on I-79 to Exit 147A. Continue on Route 322 East, take the Park Avenue Exit on the right (after exit, stay left). Follow Park Avenue for six traffic lights to Chestnut Street and turn right. At the next stop sign, continue to the left and travel around Diamond Park. At the other side of the park, veer right onto North Main Street. After two lights on North Main Street, veer to the right and continue up the hill. Pass the Patricia Bush Tippie Alumni Center on your right (please yield to pedestrians at the crosswalks), and at the final gold Allegheny banner, make an immediate left after the 454 House, home of the Office of Admissions, to locate visitor parking.

Local Accommodations
A full range of options for overnight accommodations in Meadville are available. Options for affordable lodging include motels, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts.

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