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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 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.

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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.edu/apply. Allegheny is also a member of The Common Application.


Overview

Applicants
4,716
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.71

GPA Breakdown

46%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 630

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — February 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Majors and Degrees Offered

Allegheny is one of the few liberal arts colleges in the country that will ask you to choose both a major and a minor. Allegheny encourages unusual combinations of majors and minors, helping to cultivate the creative, big-picture thinking most desired by employers and graduate schools.

Allegheny offers more than 40 majors and programs spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as interdisciplinary majors, leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The College also offers pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine and pre-law), and students have opportunities to design their own majors and minors.

Every Allegheny student conducts significant research with faculty mentors, culminating in our distinctive undergraduate thesis—the Senior Comp. Students often engage in research prior to the senior project, including in classroom/lab opportunities, independent study, and summer research opportunities.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.5:1
Total Faculty
203
with Terminal Degree
161

102
Men
101
Women
31
Minority
9
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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

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
70%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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

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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.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,455

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,814

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,259

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,400

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,470
Required Fees
$500
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,520
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,650
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

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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
1,920
Foreign Countries Represented
51

Demographics

2.49%
Asian
7.38%
African-American
8.01%
Hispanic
72.51%
Caucasian
2.02%
Unknown
3.18%
International

53% female
47% male
49% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

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Location


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
  • Geographic Information System (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
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
121
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
9

25% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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.

96/99
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

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
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: 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; 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: Connecting Classroom Learning to Real-World Experience; 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 (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 for all large visit programs.

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.