Allegheny is surprisingly open and welcoming. There are several diversity awareness clubs on campus: LGBT,Advancement of Black Culture, Asian and Asian American Awareness, Union Latino, and Society of Caribbean Students, to name a few. They are all active, and popular on campus. Last year even had a gators against haters march hosted by all the clubs in order to spread awareness and acceptance. There is no one dress code for students, and the students don't look like carbon copies of each other. For girls, rain boots and snow boots are a must have, and having them in fun colors in patterns is really popular. Beyond that, you have the students dressed in greek letters sitting along students who dress more in Thrift store vintage. Most students are somewhere in between with jeans and a nice warm jacket. There are two traditions on campus, and that is of Fancy Friday and Flannel Friday. While not alike at all, students switch off on which they participate in for any given week.
They are not a very ethnically diverse student body, but socially many come from different cultures and backgrounds. The typical allegheny student is laid back, you will see more sweatpants in class than mini skirts. Most students are involved in multiple organizations on campus and take pride in their activities. Greek life is a solid presence here, greek organizations tend to dominate the Student Government. That being said, non-greek students are not outsiders and their voices and opinions can be heard too. There are very active diversity groups on campus, there is an international dinner annually and the LGBT group hosts a "coming out" week every year with focus on education and acceptance. There are also active religious and spiritual groups on campus, many of whom have houses that upperclassmen can live in.
It is difficult to describe the students at Allegheny because we are all so different. Some come from wealthy backgrounds and drive beautiful, brand new cars. Others come from a working-middle class. Some students join sororities where they can do service, make friends, and prepare themselves for the Junior League's they are sure to join. Others join role playing gaming clubs. Some do nothing but study. Some do anything but study. Some dedicate their four years to spiritual growth while others while others dedicate themselves to their (hopeful) political future. I am confident, however, that there is place for everyone. Without a "typical" student or a "norm" we are free to be exactly who we want.
Most students at this school are from Pittsburgh, one will find the library very empty on days when Steeler games are on. Many students are busy with activities or class work so the atmosphere of the school is fast paced feeling. While there are many science majors the art majors find ways of bringing culture to the campus through exhibitions and different shows. The political science majors bring politics to the campus with the occasional signing of petitions and debates. All students however know how to have fun and tend to do fun things on the weekends.
Some are highly motivated while others are slackers that are good doing the minimal work and producing good grades. Your classmates are intelligent but for the most part reserved in a class room setting. Most people are involved in at least one club, but school work comes first. Many people become involved in volunteering; it is hard to not share Allegheny's enthusiam for social justice.
My classmates are ambitious, friendly, creative people who all over extend themselves in their various activities but love being busy, are devoted to maintaining academic excellence (or are smart enough to achieve it without studying) and most importantly, who love talking about their studies.
They all have their unusual ways about them but I have never been surrounded by so many friendly people who will be willing to do anything to help out a fellow student if they know them or not. Being a student at Allegheny is the same as bringing 2,000 new additions on to your family.
One sentence? Come on, tha'ts not enought but I'll try! The Allegheny students I know are smart, motivated individuals looking to learn more every day, while having fun interacting with each other in activities that are new and interesting to them.
My classmates are typically small town students with a small budget but BIG dreams, they are of all ages and backgrounds but are all working towards the same goal, to improve their lifes through achieving what they know they are capable of.
All my classmates genuinely care about school and they always put their schoolwork first and social life later, which obviously shows their determination to succeed in college.