Allegheny College Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

5%

Very Good

59%

Average

21%

Poor

12%

Terrible

3%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

47%

Average

15%

Poor

10%

Terrible

27%

Campus Food
Excellent

5%

Very Good

37%

Average

29%

Poor

20%

Terrible

9%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

32%

Very Good

44%

Average

13%

Poor

9%

Terrible

1%

Class Size
Excellent

68%

Very Good

26%

Average

3%

Poor

3%

Terrible

1%

Activities
Excellent

38%

Very Good

32%

Average

21%

Poor

8%

Terrible

1%

Local Services
Excellent

23%

Very Good

22%

Average

38%

Poor

9%

Terrible

8%

Academics
Excellent

49%

Very Good

29%

Average

17%

Poor

1%

Terrible

4%

Overall Review for Allegheny College

Excellent

37%

Very Good

37%

Average

15%

Poor

4%

Terrible

7%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

mackenzie

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.

Y

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.

Alexis

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.

Lena

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! In conclusion, 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!

rebekah

The Best !!

Vanessa

Allegheny can take some getting used to, but once you do it's great. There's plenty to do on campus if you join clubs or find fun things to get involved in. There are good and bad food days but for the most part, McKinley's is always a safe bet. Housing is much nicer as you become a junior.

Sarah

Allegheny is a very rigorous liberal arts college. The academics here are very intense, but there are so many opportunities that come out of them. The professors are very accessible and willing to take a chance on you and help you get to where you want to be. Outside of academics, there is always something going on somewhere on campus. If you are an out of state student, there is no worries about this being a suitcase campus, because almost no one goes home on the weekends. The community here is very evident and there are many groups that make it up. You never go anywhere without seeing at least a couple people you know, because it is such a small school.

Vicquaja

Allegheny College is, academically speaking, a very rigorous college. However, don't let that deter you, because the professors are always willing to help a student in need. Allegheny's "catchphrase" is unusual combinations, because the academics allow students to explore a variety of fields. In fact, they almost "force" you to do so, because students must minor in a field within a different department than their majors. This allows many students to not just work towards getting their degree and leaving, but forming live long passions for areas outside of their major that they wouldn't have even thought about otherwise. Also, there are a variety of activities to partake in, especially over the weekends. There are various arts and cultural opportunities offered by the various clubs, not to mention the performances by the dance and theater groups.

Abigail

I love my college! It is very expensive but very worth it in the long run. Everyone here is so wonderful and all want to see you succeed, including the staff and alumnus. I am so glad I picked 'gheny. We have a fantastic psychology program and a top rated Environmental Science program! We have been featured in various books including Colleges that Change Lives. It is not a very well known school due to how small it is, but you would be surprised at the alumni! I know plenty of doctors that went here for our undergrad. The school work is challenging and really gets you thinking critically for the real world. I love the education that I am receiving and I love how small it is.

Emily

Allegheny College is a wonderful little college in the middle of nowhere. If I could pick it up and move it to a city it would honestly be the perfect school. Professors are great and will work with you to do well if you reach out to them. Classes are small and intimate. There is a great variety of extracurriculars, clubs, sports, honors societies, and greek societies for students to involve themselves in. I am 1/4 through my time at Allegheny and I have so far loved it more than I could possibly say.

Marley

Allegheny is an amazing college to attend. It is a private university which means they give you really good financial aid packages. There are many opportunities academically and you will get your moneys worth of education. The people there are very nice and the professors are sometimes hard with the work but they are very understanding. They are available anytime you need them. The food there is not so great but no college food is good.

Hannah

It's wonderful! The school's atmosphere is full of safety and diversity. Safety is very important to all on campus, which is nice. The class sizes are small and it's great for students like myself that tend to only speak aloud in small groups and learn better through hands-on learning and one-on-one availability with your teachers.

Menachem

Allegheny College is a great school with attentive professors who care for their students' well-being. Financially, the school seems to have its issues, as any private institution does, but the administration does not always act to the best interest in this regard.

Amanda

Overall, Allegheny is a fantastic school! The school offers something for every student to enjoy. There are a multitude of clubs and activities– ranging from the outing club to the computer science club. One unique opportunity that students have is the ability to volunteer at the coffee shop on campus! There are also several ways to get involved with the Meadville community, such as through service events like the monthly Service Saturdays. Although the city of Meadville is fairly small, there are still plenty of activities to do off of campus; My favorite being the movie theatre! As far as academics go, the education is very rigorous and office hours are a must. Professors are always willing to help, and all of them get to know their students because of the small class sizes (typically under 25). I would highly recommend Allegheny.

Samantha

It's a good place to be if you have no idea what you want to do, but you know you want to go to college. Not having to decide your major until the end of your sophomore year and then not having specific graduation requirements makes it easy to pick up more than one major or minor and still graduate early. Getting involved is super easy.

Anh

Allegheny is a highly competitive school. They offer various courses and are mainly known for their extensive research programs that are offered from early on. They encourage students to be active within their major and incorporate ways for all students to do research in their field before graduating

LEah

I love the atmosphere at Allegheny. Everyone is friendly and helpful on campus. Professors are easily accessible and are very helpful during both class times and office hours. You get to know your professors and they know you, often times each and every student by their first name. Its nice to be in a small classroom environment where you know everyone around you.

Kasey

I love the school, the people, the academics and the professors! Like any college campus there are upsides and downsides, but if you’re more focused on the education you’re getting than socializing, drugs or alcohol, it’s the right place to be. there are unique opportunities for students wishing to study abroad and great classes to take!

Emily

Allegheny College is one of the best small liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania (west of the Allegheny Mountains). There are tons of clubs and opportunities to get involved in all kinds of things from playing with clay to tackling people in club sports. Sports are present on campus, but do not overshadow the student body and are more fun than work (although athletes work super hard to balance both). Academics are a priority here and students are always studying, but there's room for fun if one is able to manage their time wisely (which is what college is all about). Making friends is not a problem as people are open and a small coffee shop on campus facilitates all kinds of conversations as well as activities organized by a group of student leaders to bring the campus together. As a first year I can only recommend everything Allegheny has given me, and I cannot wait for the next semester.

Josh

For a person that loves small colleges and close interactions with their professors, this college is absolutely perfect. The cost is a bit high, but for the education and job opportunities to look forward to, it's completely worth every cent. The campus is beautiful, the people are amazing and friendly, and I couldn't have made a better relationship with the people I have met. I am on the track team as well, and that is the biggest and best decision I have made. It allows me to really focus on my academics because our coach really cares about our education and puts that before anything. If I were to recommend a college to any of my friends, Allegheny college is the way to go. I am more than happy with my decision of choosing Allegheny College.

Rebecca

Allegheny is the definition of small liberal arts school. If you're looking for small class sizes and the ability to know everyone in your classes, this is the place for you. Most students as well as professors hold a very liberal mindset. This mindset is very prominent through the behaviors and overall feel on campus. Be prepared to seek out professors in order to learn the complete material. Many professors leave out information saying you must attend office hours in order to obtain the full information for the exams.

Rachel

Ah Hellegheny. The worst turned best decision of my life. If you are bullied and threatened by your assigned roommate, they will make YOU move to another room. In the process you may be assigned to a temporary “safe” room that doesn’t even have a lock. Administration LOVES bullies. Thankful that I withdrew after five weeks and got most of my money back. Now the same money I would’ve lost on a no-name Hellegheny education has paid for undergrad and graduate school at top state universities. Steer clear if you value your safety, mental health and money.

Emma

I love Allegheny and am looking forward to attending and being apart of the class of 2023. I love that everything is so inclusive and it has a very comfortable environment. The staff is so so encouraging and they’re always willing to fit students into their office hours to talk about something that’s not working.

Joshua

I love this school. The campus has a very historical but modern feel. The buildings are brick but the insides make you feel like you're in a lab where great things will or have happened. The food is great, the staff that makes it is even better. The housing is somewhere a potential and hopeful student would feel comfortable and at home. The sports teams are not too big of a deal, but the fact that they aren't absent either makes a difference to me.

Nya

I think Allegheny College is great in terms of education. I truly do feel as though the professors that I've come in contact with are active and want the best for us. But there are always things that could be improved. Unfortunately, some of these things aren't within reach.

Nicole

If I were a history expert, I would write about the interesting history of Allegheny: how it started in 1815 in a single building and has grown to the beautiful campus it is today. I would write about how President McKinley once attended Allegheny and how Rosa Parks visited our chapel. But I’m not a history expert, I just love my school. I choose Allegheny College for the academic opportunities it offered that would prepare me for my future better than any of the other schools I liked. They had amazing scholarships that made my dream of a great college at a great price a reality. When I got to campus, though, it became so much more. At Allegheny you can find a group of people who will become your best friends, whether they are similar to you or the complete opposite. The college is small, but the diverse population is exciting. With many international students and students from across the country, I am always meeting new people who have experiences so vastly different from my own. At Allegheny, the dining hall employees know students by name, and they will always take the time to talk to you. Students in sports, fraternities and sororities, arts, and political organizations mix freely, without judgement. At Allegheny professors will email you if you aren’t in class for a couple days because they want to make sure everything is alright. I know that this school will prepare me for my plans after college, and the friendships I have made here will last forever. At Allegheny, I found a home.

Guillermo

I went to Allegheny for 2 and 1/2 years. I went because to Allegheny mostly because they offered me the best scholarship deal. I did visit the campus for 2 days before I attended and I you don't really realize how desolate Meadville is until you have been there for a few months. It is hard to not be over the moon excited with being a Freshman and moving away to college and I think that gave me rose tinted glasses on my early impressions of the school and location. Once I got over that after a few months or the first year I was pretty unhappy with Allegheny. For starters you are almost 2 hours from any city in what is almost Amish country. And if you come from a major city like NY, LA, SF etc neither Cleveland or Pittsburgh is going to be very inspiring as they are not even in the top 50 cities in the US by size. So not only were the cities far away but I found them disappointing as far as cities went and little reason to make the drive than get to the airport. The surroundings, particularity, Meadville, just started to depress me after awhile. There is just nothing to do. Not even a decent mountain anywhere nearby to make use of all the snow for skiing or boarding. And there will be hell of a lot of snow starting early November usually. If you like hard academics the school does have that. But since I wanted to transfer it was basically hell for me because getting a good GPA here is difficult which made transferring difficult. And it isn't like the school has the kind of reputation that the GPA carries any weight anyway. I ended up ditching Allegheny and got straight As at an easy community college so I could transfer to a school better than Allegheny. Allegheny wasn't only terrible but trapped me there and their terrible courses allowed me to transfer relatively few credits to me new school. That said, I think part of the reason it is hard is that many teachers are poor. Being a hard teacher does not make you a good teacher and I have had vastly better teachers overall since I left. I don't imagine Allegheny's location in the boonies helps them attract top talent. Many did not seem like happy people either compared to my later professors. One of the good things about I can comment on is the general openness of the social scene. The school is not that big and since there is nothing nearby to do people let anyone and everyone into their parties and are friendly. The social scene isn't big enough to turn people away which is a nice change compared to what you'd find at a lot of big party schools. I felt the only way to not be bored to tears at the school was to join a fraternity; which I did. That said a lot of people get really drunk and take drugs since there is so little to do anywhere nearby and you can only party with the same people in the same place so many times before drugs start to look really fun. It is really hard to find a balance at Allegheny being trapped inside by the cold for over half the school year, and nothing to do when bored anyway. Lots of people slip into bad habits easily as a result. I have to comment the administration of the school also struck me as especially terrible. If you are ok being kinda in a depressing middle of nowhere small school that is way more difficult academically than its reputation really justifies with sub par teachers then Allegheny is the school for you. It certainly was not for me and I have to say going here is one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life.