Allegheny College

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Attractive Allegheny, founded in 1815, is a shining example of what the exciting colleges in this book are doing to prepare their students for a new kind of world, things that make most of the prestige institutions look stodgy. It has a long and distinguished record of producing not only future scientists and scholars, but business leaders as well.
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Allegheny College
Office of Admissions
520 North Main Street
Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335
814.332.4351 / 800.521.5293
⋅ Over 2,100 students from 45 states and 45 countries
⋅ 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: Introductory, 21; Advanced, 12 (88% have fewer than 30 students; 94% have fewer than 40)
⋅51% of new students are from out of state
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $51,000
⋅ 75% of the student body receives financial assistance
⋅ Extensive merit aid available up to $80,000 guaranteed over four years of study
⋅ The average first-year financial aid package awarded to students with demonstrated need is approximately $33,000.

  • Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College has been the premiere college in the country for students with “Unusual Combinations” of interests and talents for nearly 200 years.
  • Over and over again, we hear from leaders in business, government, medicine, and education that the future belongs to innovators, inventors, and “big picture” thinkers — those who think both analytically and creatively. It is this preparation for the global marketplace — and for life — that ranks Allegheny above the rest and attracts national attention.
  • Founded in 1815, Allegheny is the 32nd oldest college in the country and will celebrate its bicentennial in 2015.
  • Meadville is located approximately 30 minutes from I-90 and I-80, two miles off of I-79, and just two hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. Downtown is within walking distance of Allegheny’s historic, 562-acre campus, which includes a 283-acre nature reserve and 203-acre recreational complex.
  • Allegheny recognizes its responsibility to pursue campus-wide environmental sustainability. Collaborative efforts between students, faculty, staff, civic leaders, and local residents have developed a comprehensive composting program, green roof, LEED certified buildings, geo-exchange heating and cooling, porous parking lots, wind generated electricity, an annual campus wide energy challenge, and a Climate Action Plan to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2020.

Worth Noting
  • Allegheny is one of a handful of colleges that requires both a major and minor program of study. With the freedom to select from over 900 combinations of majors and minors, students expand their concentrations beyond one division of the liberal arts and sciences, developing the skills essential in today’s global marketplace: being articulate, innovative, analytical, collaborative, and creative.
  • During the first two years, every Allegheny student participates in seminars that focus on written and oral communication as well as academic and career advising. This progressive course sequence helps students create a four-year program to match their goals and needs, and the faculty instructor serves as advisor for both years.
  • All Allegheny students complete a Senior Project in their major field; a significant piece of original research that demonstrates the skills most prized by employers and graduate schools.
  • Led by faculty members from different major programs, Allegheny Experiential Learning Seminars offer for credit off-campus, intensive learning tours to students at the end of each spring semester. Recent study tour groups explored Greece, India, Turks & Caicos Islands, Nicaragua and South Africa.
  • Recent internships/employers: ALCOA, Americorps/Vista, Erie Times-News, FBI, Hefren-Tillotson, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, NASA, National Council for Science and the Environment, Peace Corps, Smithsonian Museum, UPMC, US Department of Defense, Westinghouse Electric
  • Recent graduate/professional schools: Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, New York University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Villanova University
  • Students benefit from graduate acceptance rates of twice the national average for medical, law, and business programs.
  • 90% of students seeking employment have full-time jobs within eight months of graduation.

Faculty & Academics
  • 91% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field
  • 34 majors and over 35 minors, plus interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs; students choose from over 900 unique combinations of majors and minors
  • Opportunities for student-designed majors and minors; double major and minor programs are common

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

American Studies
Applied Computing
Art – Studio
Art and Technology
Art and the Environment
Art History
Asian Studies
Black Studies
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Community and Justice Studies
Computer Science
Dance & Movement Studies
Education Studies
Environmental Geology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Environmental Writing
French Studies
German Studies
Global Health Studies
International Studies
Jewish Studies
Journalism in the Public Interest
Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Middle East and North Africa Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Pre-Professional Tracks:
Pre-Dental Pre Dental
Pre-Education Pre Education
Pre-Engineering Pre Engineering
Pre-Law Pre Law
Pre-Medicine Pre Medicine
Pre-Nursing Pre Nursing
Pre-Pharmacy Pre Pharmacy
Pre-Veterinary Pre Veterinary

Campus Life
  • 100% of students live on campus, choosing from a variety of housing options, including special interest houses, LEED-certified townhouses and wellness and quiet study floors.
  • Campus activities include concerts in the Grounds for Change coffeehouse, comedians, Late Night programming on weekends, and major annual events such as Wingfest, Casino Night, Springfest, and Greek Sing.
  • 19 NCAA Division III Teams; Founding Member of the NCAA and the North Coast Athletic Conference
  • More than 100 student-run clubs, organizations, and honor societies. Examples include: Union Latina, Orchesis Dance Company, Amnesty International, WARC Radio, ACTV, Hillel, Allegheny Christian Outreach, Islamic Awareness Society, Habitat for Humanity, fraternities and sororities, Phi Beta Kappa, Allegheny Student Government, Dumbledore’s Army.
  • Excellent outdoor recreational opportunities including: backpacking, canoeing, caving, night hikes, picnic outings, rock climbing, sailing, skiing, snowshoeing, and whitewater rafting.

Varsity Sports

Founding Member of the NCAA and the North Coast Athletic Conference with 21 NCAA Division III Varsity Athletic Teams:

Cross Country
Swimming & Diving
Track – Indoor
Track – Outdoor

Cross Country
Swimming & Diving
Track – Indoor
Track – Outdoor

Life After College
  • 90% of job-seeking graduates are hired within eight months of graduation.
  • Allegheny ranks in the top 5% of all schools whose graduates go on to earn Ph.D.s in all fields. We rank in the top 4% for the natural sciences, and specifically in the top 2% for chemistry.
  • Our acceptance rates to graduate schools (including law, medical, and business schools) typically fall between 85-100%, which is twice the US national average.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 74% in top quarter of high school graduation class
  • Middle 50% SAT (CR & M) scores: 1125-1310
  • Middle 50% ACT composite scores: 24-29
  • 20% multicultural
  • 100% living on campus