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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 as Number 1 in Undergraduate Research among four-year colleges by the Council on Undergraduate Research (2016) and as the country's sixth most innovative national liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report (2018).

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 resume and career services, pre-professional and graduate school advising, research funding and fellowships, internship opportunities, and more.

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Overview

Applicants
5,460
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — February 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
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
66%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group 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.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Informatics.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • International Public Health/International Health.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability 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.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Allegheny College, a small liberal arts school located in rural northwest Pennsylvania, has a campus “full of different interests, experiences and talents.” Students highlight Allegheny’s diversity and stress that they are “are engaged in helping our campus community as well as the community of Meadville.” In terms of a diverse educational experience, one of the college’s draws is students’ ability to mix and match majors and minors from different disciplines, leading to Allegheny’s motto of “unusual combinations.” This approach “toted by the Allegheny College curriculum board [resounds] not only in the academics but in the people and opportunities that are a part of this unique campus.” Professors here are “dedicated to helping [students] succeed and they genuinely want to see [students] do well.” With small class sizes and “classes taught by professors,” students say the academics are rigorous at Allegheny but professors “go above and beyond to make themselves available to help them through [difficult times].” The mandatory independent senior research project is “challenging” but it “does a lot to bolster resumes and prep students for graduate schools.”

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

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

Bethany Eppig
Environmental Engineer, NASA

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
66%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$48,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$96,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$51,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$99,900

Percent High Job Meaning
44%

Percent STEM
37%


Students Say

Allegheny is a place where students have full control over the education they want to have and “can put their talents and skills to their future careers.” Students say the college wants them “to think about things in a completely different perspective which aims to make us unique and specifically individualized for potential careers.” The tradition of Gator Days is an excellent example of the school's dedication to practical career prep. One day each semester is set aside for students to explore what they'll need to know beyond the classroom via alumni panels, department open houses, professional headshot sessions, with no classes, extracurricular activities, or practices scheduled. Allegheny's Office of Career Education is “very helpful and proactive with internships and job placement,” and faculty members are excellent resources as well. “Most of my internships have come from [a] professor recommendation; as in they found the opportunity, made me aware that I would be a good candidate, and then helped me with the application process,” says a student. The school hosts a summer job fair and a Work Local job fair designed to place students in jobs and internships in the area, and there is Experiential Learning Funding available to students offered exceptional hands-on opportunities not found nearby, such as international internships, volunteering, or independent research. Out of Allegheny alumni visiting PayScale.com, 44 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,112

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,272

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,505

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,700

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,760
Required Fees
$500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,970
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,640
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,771
Foreign Countries Represented
60

Demographics

3.57%
Asian
9.16%
African-American
9.39%
Hispanic
66.92%
Caucasian
2.42%
Unknown
3.63%
International

55% female
45% male
48% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Allegheny has a “very welcoming, judgment-free student body,” with students who are “incredibly involved, engaged, and passionate about what they do.” While students who hold more conservative viewpoints say that the school’s generally liberal stance “may be alienating to conservative students,” the majority of Allegheny students seem to applaud the college’s emphasis on “welcoming students from different cultures and a general acceptance of varying creeds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and races.” On the whole, students describe Allegheny as a “very active campus” and the “vast majority of people are involved with more than one organization on campus and are extremely invested in their studies and the school.” Even though some say to “be prepared to have the majority of your life revolve just around what the school provides, which is a lot,” adding that “the location is definitely a drawback,” others add that students find plenty to do on campus and with off campus trips to Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, when Meadville gets too small.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Though some say Allegheny is “the school that studies like an Ivy and parties like a state school,” others contend that most students’ weeks are full of books and weekends revolve around some sort of on-campus fun. (One point of contention is a recent ruling that students must live on campus all four years.) Meadville is a small town but with over 100 school-sponsored clubs and organizations, “everyone can find something [they’re] passionate about at Allegheny.” Greek life is “an important component of the school, but with only 25 percent of students involved, you’ll never feel obligated to participate.” The tight-knit school, with roughly 1,800 students, is “small enough that you will see a familiar face wherever you go, without feeling like you know everyone on campus.” As one student puts it, Allegheny is “a school with traditions and weirdness” and during a pre-college campus visit it just “felt right.” A very liberal campus, students note that while “there is always space for further diversity,” the “majority of [the] student body prides itself on social justice and service work.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disabilities Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Complete documentation of disability

Documentation Required for ADHD

Complete documentation of disability

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
No

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
101
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
9

22% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

5% participate in intramural sports
25% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gators)
12 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

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.

89/99
AASHE STARS® rating
NR

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
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

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Coppola Enterprises

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kim Mourer
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
Allegheny's central campus is a picturesque, 80-acre campus. On sunny days many students can be found on the grounds studying, playing frisbee or tossing a football or baseball.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Market House - art, restaurant, and locally made crafts and food items
Grove City Premium Outlets - shopping
Woodcock Lake & Dam - walking, hiking, boating, camping, swimming
Ernst Bike Trail
French Creek - river rafting, canoeing, kayaking
Diamond Park; Baldwin Reynolds House; Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum; 10 local golf courses; Meadville Recreation Complex; Hank's Frozen Custard; Casey's Ice Cream; Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs; Campbell Pottery; Academy Theatre - plays and concerts; Erie shopping (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 to the area is most readily available through the airports in Erie, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo. From either the Erie or Pittsburgh airports, you can connect with Greyhound bus lines or rent a car for the trip to Meadville. In addition, the College provides a shuttle service to the Cleveland and Pittsburgh airports at the start and finish of each semester and each holiday break. The transportation web site can be accessed at the Student Activities services page. Erie International Airport (ERI) Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) Allegheny College Shuttle Transportation Greyhound By Bus Greyhound bus lines serve Meadville daily with round trips both north and south bound. There is also local bus service from the Meadville Greyhound station to Allegheny departing at 9 minutes past the hour Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5:30 pm, with earlier and later departures some days. Contact Crawford Area Transportation Authority at 814-336-5600 for complete schedule information. Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Greyhound By Car When traveling to campus, you can check Pennsylvania highway conditions by calling the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation?s Road Conditions Hotline toll-free at 1 (888) 783-6783. The map below illustrates the major interstate routes that lead to the Meadville area. 511PA ? Travel Information and Conditions

Driving Instructions to Campus
Allegheny College is approximately 30 minutes from I-90 and I-80, a few miles off I-79 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. To the 454 House, Admissions Office Travel on I-79 to Exit 147A. Continue on Route 322 East, and 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 (11th) gold Allegheny banner, make an immediate left after the 454 House, home of the Office of Admissions, to locate visitor parking. Traveling to campus from the north When traveling to campus from the north, please be aware that your GPS may recommend taking exit 154 (Saegertown), a more rural route that will not take you through our hometown of Meadville. Instead, we recommend remaining on I-79 and continuing to exit 147A (Meadville) so you can see Meadville on the way to campus.

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


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