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Founded in 1815, Allegheny College. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 1,920 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Allegheny College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 174 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Allegheny College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,29% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
93% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 73% were in the top quarter, and 43% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Allegheny College.
76 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.
59 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
76 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 68 % gave the school a 5.0.
76 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
77 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.
78 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
27 Students rated Allegheny College
In all Allegheny is a good college, and I find it hard to say anything bad about it. Class size really depends on your major and the classes you take. I'm an English major, but I have also taken art, science and history. The English classes are about a 10:1 on most days, with art taking the majority with a large 17:1 or a small 8:1 depending on if its a lecture class or a studio class. Overall the housing is nice, they are old buildings so their is always something up, but they keep it well in hand and up to date when they can. (they meaning the school) Social life depends on you, if you are a party person, you just have to look for one, and if your not there are a lot of other things that go on around campus. Most people are very friendly and would love to get to know you. But keep your head down during finals, mostly around upper classmen. The stress is palpable and you do not want that kind of energy. Sports are sports and a little hard to explain. Its like clicks, kind of like high school, but without the mean aspect, sometimes. Most people don't segregate themselves into their sports groups unless they are at practice, so you can still be social and not on a sports team. It does get cold there I have to say, very cold. Bring winter boots, umbrellas, warm coats and socks. Winter hits around late November and stays until February, and fall is not nearly as kind as you would think, but the building are heated and the campus is not to large to walk, even in the cold. Overall it is a great place to learn and get to know yourself as well, just know its going to be cold. I am a senior this year and have loved my time at the college and I'm grateful that I made the choice to go.
It is a great school with great professors and a very caring and dedicated administration. The professors and administration were absolutely amazing, very liberal and very progressive. Compared to staff and faculty, the student population could be a little ignorant sometimes especially towards minorities. A friend described it as a \"literal night and day contrast\". During the day you were surrounded by free thinkers (professors, staff, etc) but at night it was not uncommon to be met with a disrespectful comments by a student who had not really been exposed to diversity. You get an an amazing education but it is a very remote campus with no access to city life so that can be challenging at times. There are plenty of opportunities for study abroad etc, and the office of career services, faculty, staff will move mountains for you to help you achieve your dreams to make up for the seclusion of the campus and the lack of diversity. You just have to take the initiative to knock on the doors and they will not only open those doors for you but do whatever it takes to help you.
I think Allegheny for me personally is slowly starting to feel at home to me. The people there are so nice and understanding so it make the experience there even better. The professor are always there making sure were doing okay and are there to help you when you need it. The Allegheny community is so great and I'm happy to be apart of it.
Overall my experience at Allegheny College has been fantastic. The institution is dedicated and strives to do what is best for their students. It is a very engaging place where I feel like I can thrive personally and academically. Professors are always there when you need them. They push you hard to achieve your best but they do not let you drown.
I can vouch for the English and History departments when I say it is a wonderful experience to learn from their faculty. It is never boring and they cover their subjects in a complex and global way that challenges your thinking not just on the topic of that day or week, but how the topic or subject is relevant to the rest of the world.
We are required to fulfill a distribution requirement in order to graduate. This means (being a Liberal Arts college) we have to take classes in divisions that are outside our major. I am an English/History Double Major and I have taken classes in Political Science and Geology. This has helped me think in different ways and broadened my experience as a student and as a person.
The student body is considerate, friendly and aware. No they are not all perfect, because it’s college and there are jerks wherever you go. But for the most part it is a positive social environment.
There are many student run clubs and organizations on campus to get involved in. We have everything from the typical clubs like The GSA, Chess Club, The Campus (campus newspaper) to the weird and wacky like Knitting Club, Dumbledore's Army, etc.
We have many arts related programs and I know from experience that the music programs are involved, dedicated and fun to play in as an extracurricular activity. We play a variety of pieces and have two concerts a year.
One unique aspect about the college that is either positive or negative depending on your point of view is when you get there, you have to be your own advocate. There are many opportunities that the college can give you to succeed in your academic and professional life, but YOU have to do the work. This is not a college that will just present you with the answers, you are the one that has to go looking for them and provides the support instead of the answers to get there. This college will prepare you for graduate school or for any other higher learning institution because of our research opportunities and rigor of undergraduate work.
The other unique aspect is, this is a college that has been in existence for over 200 years. When I was a freshman last year, submitting my deposit I knew I would be joining something bigger than myself. I would a apart of a 200 year community. Allegheny is a unit. That does not mean we are always a unit but that is what we strive to uphold. This may seem cliche but indeed, that is the truth. If you don’t believe me? Come visit and see for yourself.
Allegheny however, is not a perfect college- what college is? Overall it deserves a five star rating because these are minimal complaints.
The food is good, but not amazing. I have certainly had my fair share of mushy vegetables, and under cooked meat I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. There are some really good options but again, it depends on the day. You have two options of food being McKinleys and Brooks. Brooks is the place I talked about above, and McKinley's is another place that is consistent and in some cases, a better option but much less healthy food.
The dorms are rather nice with alot of variety to choose from. I would advise you to avoid the all freshman dorms because they can be rowdy and party-centric.
This school is small. Very small. If you are looking for a small interactive, tight knit community where you can get from place to place in about five minutes or less, this is indeed Allegheny. I have a love hate relationship with this because you will have to get off campus once in awhile to get a breather and you will see and know most people on campus. If I pass by someone I have never met before, I will probably see them about four more times before the day is finished. It can get tiresome but that means you have to adapt and find some nooks to hang out in.
That being said, the town Allegheny is in, is also, very small. Small college and small town. The town is called Meadville. People are nice and the college is very connected with the town, we are rather interlaced together in the middle of nowhere. We rely on the town as much as Meadville relies on us. This makes for a sweet small town community involved feel but can be rather suffocating if you do not know how to handle it. This can be a positive or negative aspect. City dwellers beware!
If you are looking for a small Liberal Arts college that has accessible and involved professors who challenge you to do more than your best, that prepares you for graduate school through research opportunities and academic rigor, and a 200 year community that makes you want to give back- come to Allegheny!
Thank you for reading such a long review and I hope it was helpful in your college search!
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You must be really self motivated to succeed. Classes are extremely tough- professors bend over backwards to help you out but if don't do the leg work, you will fail. Professors expect a lot from you and you must put effort into all of your assignments- blow off classes are few and far between. Discussion and participation are also required for success at this school. Students cannot be afraid to speak up, give their opinion and ask questions. Campus can also get a little dull so you have to be a creative thinker when it comes to having fun.
The college has a relatively weak economic department.
I wish I would have known what major I wanted so I would have been able to complete it faster. I also wish I would have known how much snow the school got.
If you're fond of big city hustle and bustle and can't imagine driving for 30 minutes to find something even remotely resembling a real city, Allegheny College isn't for you. The workload can also be intense at times and almost every class will contain large portions of writing (even the natural sciences).
Allegheny College is a school where intelligent students mix with brilliant professors who are completley devoted to helping them succeed and the perfect learning environment for any high school senior who likes learning a little too much.
I brag most about Allegheny’s open attitude and well-rounded academic vision. Allegheny is truly a place for students to discover themselves and find what their passion. My school provides students with a multitude of pathways to achieve their wildest dreams and they do so with an open and accepting attitude. They are truly focused on making their students into the best people they can be by the time they are graduates. They equip us with the tools and experiences necessary to outshine our competition. Most importantly, these beliefs are steadfastly held by every member of the Allegheny community.
The best thing about Allegheny is the personal and academic interests of most of the faculty. They care about how you are doing, if you're in class, and even your own well-being, which I don't think you would get at any other college. It is a small campus with most of the activities being on-campus, but if you ever need help with anything, your professors are the best people to ask.
A rigorous academic school.
Small class sizes and very close relationships with professors are two things that come to mind when I think of academics. Academic buildings are even laid out with these principals in mind- there are study areas outside of every professors office and every professor has 6 scheduled "office hours" a week, making them very accessible.
Intro chem (chem 110/ 112) are probably the largest classes on campus. My 110 class had at most 35- 40 students in it and was taught in a classroom, NOT a lecture hall.
Allegheny is very unique because we have a seminar series that develops and culminates with a senior project or "comp."
As a freshmen you take an FS 101 then 102 class. 101 and 102 are geared towards getting settled in school, making new friends and improving your writing and discussion skills. These are things that you will draw from for the next 3.5 years at Allegheny. You also get a peer leader- an upperclassmen associated with the class that helps guide you through your first semester. (I was never very close with mine because I made friends quickly, and being on a sports team I had a slew of peer leaders, but my non athlete friends really enjoyed theirs.)
Soph year you take a FS201 that is within your major... lots of writing, research, speaking, presentation, etc, but it is within your major.
Junior year is a junior sem which prepares you for your comp
Senior year you work on your project. It is designed to mimic a masters or PhD thesis. In other words, you carry out your project and present it to a panel of professors (and sometimes pres Mullen!)
point is, Allegheny prepares students very well for excellence inside and outside of the classroom. We have extremely high acceptance rates to grad programs, and the seminar series is one of the reasons why.
I come from a small town in rural PA, so to me a lot of the kids are very wealthy and slightly snobby. They calm down after a year or two and start to appreciate the diversity which Allegheny has. There is a large population from Pittsburgh and PA in general- also OH, MD, NY, and the northeast in general are well represented; but Allegheny does have students from over 30 states and many different countries. The longer you are there the more diveristy you learn about. Cliques do form obviously, but it is not so bad that anyone feels completely left out- it can take a while to find your niche though. In general, we are all pretty hard working and driven. There are a lot of type A personalities on campus which can get pretty overwhelming.
Allegheny students are involved in anything and everything. If there isn't something you want, students make their own groups all the time. Student government (ASG) and Gator Activity Programing (GAP) are dominant. My theory is since we have a strong poly sci department, alot of those kids get involved in these types of activities.
We have Greeklife as well, but it is as much as you want to make it. There are some guys and girls who are really into it, others that although are in, do not do much for it, and further others who are not in it and want nothing to do with it. If you want to do it, you are more then welcome to, but there is no overall social pressure to accept or decline your bid.
The school does a good job announcing many non-alcoholic activities as well. There is always something happening at the campus center on weekends and some weeknights as well. These activities range from music department concerts, arts and crafts, comedians, movies and most recently make your own sushi bars and paintball!
This is a community. It's a small school and you are going to at least recognize most people on campus by your second semester here. It is really easy to get involved, there is a lot of support for new groups and organizations. President Mullen makes it a point to be involved in student life, he often walks around campus to chat with students in warm weather. The education here is unparalleled, in all my years here I have only ever had one professor who didn't live up to the Allegheny standards and the issue was resolved as soon as I took it to the chair of the department. The most often heard complaints are the food (which is decent but not gourmet by any standard) and the housing situations; while the new dorms are really nice there are still not enough rooms to house all the students with a new four year residency plan on the horizon. I would not suggest coming here if you want the big university vibe, because that is not what you will get here. The upside is professors who know you by name and take a personal interest in you as a student and a person.
Meadville is not a bad place to live, but a lot of the things are not easily accessible. The mall and the movies are far without a car and that bus transporation system does not go to any of these places. It is hard to go out to eat anywhere off-campus.
Allegheny College has a close-knit community that encourages you to be who you are. Although we are a small school it does not always feel that way - we have a big community and a big spirit. The value of education you will receive here, as seen with our alumni, is second to none.
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99% of students
attending Allegheny College receive some sort of financial aid.
31% were awarded federal grants.
While 67% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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