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Allegheny College

Meadville, PA


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Allegheny College

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. As one of Loren Pope's 40 Colleges That Change Lives, students at Allegheny are encouraged to explore all of their curricular and co-curricular interests and to look at academic disciplines from multiple perspectives, an experience that leads to extraordinary outcomes. Over and over again, Allegheny College hears 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.

One of the Nation's Most Academically Rigorous Colleges

That's right. "Newsweek" and "The Daily Beast" have named Allegheny as one of the Top 25 most academically rigorous colleges in the nation. In the National Survey of Student Engagement, responses by college freshmen placed Allegheny within the top 10% in the US for both a supportive campus environment and level of academic challenge. "Throughout my trials and my accomplishments, my professors have been behind me every step of the way. I have laughed, cried, and celebrated during their office hours and no matter the situation I have always left feeling uplifted and supported. Allegheny has become my home, clich?® as it is, the people here have become my family." --Emily Doherty '13 At Allegheny College, unusual combinations are so important that they are built right into the curriculum: Allegheny is one of the few liberal arts colleges nationally that requires students to choose a minor as well as a major. Some Allegheny students pursue majors and minors that complement each other in predictable ways -- an international studies major with a minor in French, for example -- but there are also many students whose majors and minors represent very different aspects of themselves: an environmental studies major with a minor in creative writing, a chemistry major with a minor in history. In addition to more than 60 academic programs and tracks, Allegheny's students may also take advantage of Accelerated Master and Doctorate, Teacher Certification, and Engineering cooperative programs with other top institutions.

The Senior Project

Under the guidance of a faculty adviser in his or her major field, each student completes the comprehensive Senior Project, also know as "The Comp," a significant piece of original scholarly work with a creative, analytical or experimental focus. The project mirrors a master's thesis, demonstrating the student's ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information, and to write and speak persuasively. Allegheny has required a senior capstone experience since the college's first commencement ceremony in 1821. "I was encouraged by my advisers to do a research project dealing primarily with my interest in sports. I learned a great deal from the comprehensive project and I sent my project to potential baseball employers and graduate schools as I tried to make the next steps towards my goal of working in baseball. When I was eventually accepted at one of the premier sports management graduate programs in the country, my 'comp' was one of the primary reasons they offered me admission." --Adam Cromie '05, Director, Baseball Operations, Washington Nationals

Unusual Combinations. Extraordinary Outcomes.

Experiential learning opportunities, a dynamic and diverse community of scholars, and a vibrant campus environment all set the stage for an amazing college experience. "US News & World Report" recently recognized Allegheny College as the top "Up-and-Comer" for "innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities." Allegheny is also featured in "The Fiske Guide to Colleges, "Harvard Schmarvard," and "The Princeton Review's" list of 311 Green Colleges. Allegheny ranks in the top 5% of schools for graduates who go on to earn PhD's and in the top 4% in the sciences. Because of the reputation behind an Allegheny degree, alumni are accepted to top graduate schools at rates twice the national average. And, despite the challenging job market, more than 90% of graduates who seek employment after graduation are hired within 8 months. "Though I had been active with volunteering, a variety of clubs, sports, and musical organizations in high school I was a less than motivated scholar who routinely forgot to turn in assignments and was more interested in reading than cramming for trigonometry tests. Fortunately, the staff at Allegheny recognized my potential for combining unique skills, abilities, and interests and granted me admission. Four years later, I graduated summa cum laude, going on to earn a full scholarship to the University of Michigan's MFA program. Presently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Kent State University in Language and Literature." --Allie Brooks '07

Become a Gator

Allegheny's distinctive experience is within reach. "Kiplinger's" recognizes Allegheny as one of the top Best Values in the country, a measure of both quality and affordability. In fact, merit scholarships are awarded upon acceptance to the college and awards range up to $80,000 over the course of 4 years!

Location & Contact

Address 520 North Main Street, Box 5
Meadville, PA  16335
United States
Contact Linda Clune
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Phone: 814-332-4351
Fax: 814-337-0431

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended Interview
Other requirements: College preparatory program

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 15th March 15th
Early decision plan November 15th November 30th
Other early decision plan December 1st January 1st
Transfer July 1st August 1st

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 630 590 680
SAT Math 628 580 680
ACT Composite 27 24 30

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
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Hispanic/Latino 8.9%
Black or African American 8.43%
White or Caucasian 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.29%
Asian 3.93%
Two or more races 4.33%
Other 2.66%


Male (43.89%)
Female (56.06%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 94%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Make A Difference Day, Orchesis Dance Performance and Springfest

Student Services

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government, Gators Activity Programming, Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), Outing Club and Fraternity/Sorority Life

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
CCTV system, emergency alert system


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No No No
Football No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 2 No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 148
Part-time - 50
Male - 92
Female - 106
Allegheny College