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.”

Overview

Applicants
3,857
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 640
SAT Math
520 - 630
SAT Writing
510 - 640
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

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.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.91:1
Total Faculty
206
with Terminal Degree
165

109
Men
97
Women
31
Minority
5
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • 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


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


William McKinley
25th U.S. President

Jane Earll
Pennsylvania State Senator

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

Timothy Hoffman
cardiovascular surgeon - "domino" infant heart transplants

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
87
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition and fees for a year at Allegheny are listed as just over $40,200, with room and board totaling an additional $10,320. Combined with books, supplies, and various other required fees, students can expect to spend approximately $51,900 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 needbased award of just over $25,000 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 $80,00 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 topnotch academics, as being a key reason to choose Allegheny.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,162

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,535

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,216

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,678

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,970
Required Fees
$500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,090
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,023
Out of State
46%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

55% female
45% male
46% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

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 a student. “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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
129
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
9

27% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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

Men's Sports (Gators)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gators)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability

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.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
83

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Coppola Enterprises

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ms. Melinda Jackson
Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
800-521-5293

Email
admissions@allegheny.edu

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

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(www.visitcrawford.org)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9am-3pm; 9am-12pm
800-521-5293

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Selected Saturdays and visit programs

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@allegheny.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sun-Thurs, high school seniors only

Transportation

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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Key Stats

3,857
Applicants
2,023
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

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