“Academics are the reason that everyone comes [to Allegheny].”

The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2012

Unusual Combinations

Degrees and Programs

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science Learn more about our programs of study here.

Teacher Certification

Cooperative pre-admission arrangement with the University of Pittsburgh Master of Arts in Teaching Program (PA) and exclusive agreements with Teachers College of Columbia University (NY) and Xavier University (OH).

Accelerated Masters Program

Management (arts, health care policy, information systems, public policy) with Carnegie Mellon University; Occupational Therapy with Chatham University; Physician Assistant with Chatham University.

Accelerated Doctorate Programs

Nursing (3/3, 3/4) with Case Western Reserve University; Physical Therapy (4/2) with Chatham University; Osteopathic Medicine (3/4) with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine or Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Engineering Cooperative Program

Engineering (3/2) with University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University and Washington University in St. Louis; a Master of Science in Engineering (4/2) through Columbia University.

Preferred Admissions Agreements

Simon Graduate School at University of Rochester (business administration); Jefferson Medical College, Drexel University College of Medicine (medical school).

Majors and Minors

Majors and Minors:

Class Size

Class sizes
  • Average class size, introductory: 21
  • Average class size, upper-class: 12
  • Classes with fewer than 30 students: 88%



Average student to professor ratio

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Full-time faculty: 157
  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree: 95%
  • In the National Survey of Student Engagement, responses by college freshmen place Allegheny within the top 10% in the U.S. for a supportive campus environment.

Academic Requirements

Four-Year Seminar Sequence

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, and the faculty instructor serves as advisor for both years. This progressive course sequence, in addition to the Junior Seminar and Senior Project, both completed under the guidance of a major advisor, helps students create a four-year experience to match all of their needs and goals.

Senior Project

Under the guidance of a faculty advisor in his or her major field, every student completes the Senior Project, a significant piece of original scholarly work with a creative, analytical or experimental focus. The project mirrors a master’s thesis, demonstrating the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information and to write and speak persuasively.

Academic Advising & Support Services

  • Advising begins with the First-Year Seminar, where the professor also serves as the student’s advisor. Part of the seminar specifically explores Allegheny’s curricular and extracurricular options, along with students’ academic and career interests.
  • Sophomores typically meet with their faculty advisors eight times a year (juniors and seniors even more frequently).
  • Students work closely with faculty mentors to complete Senior Projects, receiving concentrated guidance and often assisting with a faculty member’s own research.
  • The Learning Commons is a unique center that provides academic support to all students including professional guidance, peer mentors, training, and effective learning tools.
  • The Center for Intercultural Advancement & Student Success (CIASS) is an innovative center dedicated to creating and fostering an intellectually and culturally competent diverse campus community.
  • The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life supports members of the Allegheny community as they grow in faith, leadership, and learning, and seeks to enhance the spiritual dimension of all students’ lives.


Allegheny College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. More information about Allegheny’s accreditation can be found on the Commission’s web site.

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Admissions and Financial Aid

“Small classes and a low student-faculty ratio allow students to work with professors and other students in a dynamic learning environment…”

Peterson’s 440 Colleges for Top Students

Student Population

Typical First-Year Class Profile

First-Year Class: 580-600 Students
  • Ranked in top 25% of high school: 75%
  • SAT—critical reading and math (middle 50%): 1100-1300
  • ACT (middle 50%): 24-29
  • High schools represented: 325
  • From outside Pennsylvania: 50%
  • Minority/international students: 21%
  • Living on campus: 100%

Admissions Criteria

(In order of importance)
  1. Difficulty of high school classes
  2. High school class rank/GPA
  3. Personal qualities
  4. School/community activities
  5. Interview
  6. Essay
  7. Recommendations
  8. Demonstrated interest/institutional knowledge

Financial Aid

Students receiving need-based aid: 71%

Extensive merit aid available up to $80,000 guaranteed over four years of study.
  • Students receiving need-based aid: 71%
  • Tuition and fees: $37,610
  • Room and board: $9,540

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Experiential Learning

“Allegheny College boasts a rich history of academic excellence in an intimate setting, augmented by an emphasis on extracurricular experiences designed to produce well-rounded alumni.”

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 “Best and Most Interesting Colleges in the United States”

Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning (ACCEL)

Experiential Learning Term

  • Experiential Learning Term (EL Term) offers three-week internship programs in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
  • Faculty members lead annual Travel Seminars after the spring semester. In recent years students have traveled to Ghana, India, Austria and Italy, Ukraine, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Nicaragua.
  • Students can choose from nearly a dozen study abroad locations, including Allegheny-sponsored programs in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
  • Programs in the U.S. include semesters at the Duke University Marine Lab, Washington, D.C., and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Travel Seminars & Study Abroad

girl in Alaska
Faculty members lead annual Travel Seminars in May. Recent locations include:
  • Austria/Italy
  • China
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • India
  • Italy
  • Nicaragua
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
Programs in the U.S. include semesters at:
  • the Duke University Marine Lab
  • New York Arts Program
  • Oak Ridge Science Semester
  • Woods Hole
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.
Allegheny-sponsored study abroad programs include:
  • Australia
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Spain

Internships & Shadowing

  • 2,500 available internships
  • 75% of the students undertake internships
Recent internships/employers:

Community Service

  • Over 60% of students participate in community service
  • Students log 30,000 hours of service per year
  • 43% of students enroll in independent study courses

Leadership Programs

Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC)

The Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC) is an intensive five-day leadership and personal development experience that takes place each August. Approximately 60 Allegheny students participate in a variety of leadership activities and discussions based on topics such as self-awareness and values clarification, civility, globalization issues, and impacting the Allegheny and surrounding communities.

Emerging Leadership Retreat

Recognizing the need to assist students early in their careers at Allegheny, the Emerging Leaders Retreat (ELR) was created in 1999 to encourage first-year students to develop leadership skills. It has become a crucial piece of the leadership program and an excellent stepping-stone for first year students to get connected with the greater Allegheny community.

Awards and Recognition

In an effort to recognize the valuable contributions of individual students and campus organizations that are involved in leadership and service activities, Allegheny College holds an annual recognition banquet and bestows awards to celebrate them.

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“Allegheny is a shining example of what colleges are doing to prepare their students for a new kind of world.”

—Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives

Outcomes Statistics

Recent Internships/Employers

Recent Graduate/Professional Schools

Examples of graduate schools Allegheny students have been accepted to

  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Temple University
  • Villanova

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Student Life & Organizations

Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination.

Student Life


There are over 100 organizations on campus. Examples of clubs include:
  • Academic: Chemii, Honor Committee, Mock Trial, Model UN, Pre-Health Club
  • Athletics: Cheerleading, Running, Kendo
  • Honor: Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda Sigman-sophomore, Beta Beta Beta-biology
  • Cultural Association for the Advancement of Black Culture, Union Latina, Queers n Alliances
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Performing Arts: Choir, Wind Symphony, Jazz, Civic Orchestra, Orchestra Dance Company, Student Experiment Theatre
  • Political: Amnesty International, Peace Coalition, Allegheny Student Government
  • Media: Allegheny Literary Review, The Campus newspaper, WARC Radio, ACTV
  • Religious Allegheny Christian Outreach, Hillel, Islamic Awareness Society
  • Service Habitat for Humanity, Up ’til Dawn, I Heart Meadville

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Athletics & Recreation

The athletic department at Allegheny College is committed to facilitating its student-athletes with everything they need to succeed on the field as well as in the classroom

Conference & History

Varsity Sports

Men’s Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Club Sports

A sampling
  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Rowing
  • Men’s Rugby
  • Women’s Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Men’s Volleyball
  • Running
  • Men’s Ice Hockey


A sampling
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Snowflake softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball


A sampling
  • Backpacking
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Night hikes
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Whitewater rafting

Wise Center

A complete athletic facility comparable to the best among colleges Allegheny’s size, the David V. Wise Sport & Fitness Center was opened in the 1997 volleyball season. The multi-million dollar building is the hub of all indoor athletic activities on campus. The 1,200-seat performance arena is home to the basketball and volleyball teams. The Neo-Shok floor is used by several NBA teams, including the Miami Heat. The arena’s six BPI baskets are among the best and most widely used on the market. The team locker rooms are located at court level and measure approximately 17-x-30 feet. Spectators enter the arena at street level on to a spacious concourse. The playing floor lies 15 feet below, creating a remarkable amphitheater effect. The bleachers, which include three rows of chair back seating, can be electronically compressed to create two full-length courts for basketball practices.

Robertson Athletic & Recreation Complex

Named after 1906 alum Andrew Wells Robertson, the state-of-the-art Robertson Athletic & Recreation Complex encompasses the home facilities of the baseball, football, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and tennis teams. Originally known as College Field, the complex was named after Andrew Wells Robertson in 1962 to honor the year he was named Chairman Emeritus of the Allegheny Board of Trustees. Robertson purchased additional acreage along Park Ave. to supplement land originally donated in 1910 by John F. Eberhart. (class of 1853). In addition to donating land, Robertson underwrote the cost of developing the athletic field. A beautiful and spacious venue for intercollegiate athletics, Robertson saw that the natural setting was preserved by having shrubbery and trees removed during construction replanted elsewhere on campus. Frank B. Fuhrer Field, located within the 203-acre Robertson Athletic Complex, was completely renovated in 2006. Fuhrer Field features a FieldTurf playing surface (the same surface used by many NFL teams), stadium lighting, full locker rooms, and an eight lane Olympic-style track.


Chompers keeps the crowds cheering — the gator mascot was first used in Allegheny’s Alligator magazine in 1925.

Why Gators?

Even though Allegheny shares its nickname with two other NCAA schools – the University of Florida and San Francisco State University (their Gators are Golden) – it seems the least likely to identify its student body with “gators”. An alligator in Meadville, Pa.? Through 1925, Allegheny teams have been referred to as Hilltoppers, Methodists, Timothians (in deference to College founder Timothy Alden), and the Blue and Gold. In April of 1925, a group of Allegheny students published the first issue of humor magazine title the Allegheny Alligator. The editors explained the reasoning behind the title thus: “The name, Alligator, was selected not because the alligator is noted for its sense of humor, nor because the haunts of the above-mentioned critter are located in this vicinity, but purely and simply because of the 99.44% alliterative value of its orthography.” A column in that first issue was title “Gator Gossip”, and in the fall of 1926 an organization called the Go-Get-‘Em Gator Club appeared on campus. The club made its presence known at football games by occupying a reserved section of the bleachers and serving as a nucleus for the cheering section. By the end of the decade, Allegheny’s athletic teams were referred to as the Gators. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the name took on a face. It was then that a group of students started a publication evaluating faculty and courses. An illustration of a gator used in one of those publications was adopted by the College administration and eventually evolved into the nameless gator most Alleghenians are familiar with – posed in a tough but friendly stance and proudly wearing a varsity letter sweater. In 1980, the Golden Gator Club was formed, an organization that remains an important link between the Athletics Department and alumni. The gator graphic has retained its strong identity with athletics and in the fall of 2004, it was redesigned to give it more a contemporary look. A new mascot costume unveiled and “Chompers” made its debut.

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About the Campus

The Kaplan college guide profiles Allegheny in the categories of “Hidden Treasures” and “Most Beautiful Campuses.”

Campus Size

Facility Highlights

Bently Allegheny boasts one of the country’s most attractive campuses. Facilities include:
  • Nationally acclaimed science complex
  • Multimillion-dollar center for communication arts and theatre
  • David V. Wise Sport & Fitness Center
  • Bowman, Penelec & Megahan art galleries
  • Pelletier Library and the Learning Commons
  • Special-interest houses (past houses include an international theme and a jazz theme)
  • Dance studios and performance spaces
  • Multimedia language learning lab
  • Smart classrooms and state-of-the-art videoconferencing facilities
  • Observatory and planetarium
  • WARC radio and ACTV television stations
  • Seismographic Network Station
  • GIS Learning Laboratory
  • Olympic-style track and turf field
  • North Village I and II offer townhouse-style student apartments and suite-style residences
  • Tippie Alumni Center in historic Cochran Hall
  • Renovations are underway for a new environmental science center

Green Campus

  • Allegheny is included in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green colleges
  • All newly constructed campus buildings will meet, at minimum, the LEED Silver certificate requirement
  • Allegheny has 2 LEED certified residence halls and a LEED renovation underway, 3 geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, rain gardens, and porous parking for natural storm water management
  • Over $2 million spent in efficiency retrofits since 2008. This has resulted in utility reductions averaging about 30%
  • Parkhurst Dining Services harvests fresh herbs from campus gardens, purchases over 30% of food locally, and promotes the use of reusable takeout containers and mugs

Housing Options

Allegheny students live on campus all four years. Being a residential college means taking the phrase “live and learn” to heart—it’s the belief that you’ll learn as much during the next four years outside of the classroom as inside. First-year students may preference primarily double options in: Crawford Hall (all-men), Brooks (all-women), Baldwin, Schultz, Ravine, Walker and Edwards (Wellness House). The options range from predominantly first-year to a mix with upper-class students. Upperclassmen may live on campus in apartment-style housing (College Court, North Village, North Village II, Allegheny Commons), residence halls, Special Interest Houses, fraternity houses (men) and over 20 College-owned houses.

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Sustainability & Green Initiatives

“Allegheny College is determined not just to participate in the green movement, but be a leader in it.”

—Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges

Thinking Green, Being Green

Green Initiatives

  • Our high-tech composter—one of the first in the state—turns dining hall leftovers into organic fertilizer, which is used on campus instead of chemicals.
  • Wind energy now accounts for 100 percent of the electricity usage on campus, and the annual Energy Challenge promotes energy conservation.
  • Allegheny incorporates environmental principles and ethics into diverse disciplines including art, geology, writing, political science, economics, history, philosophy and communication arts.
  • Our North Village residence complexes are built to LEED standards and incorporate environmentally friendly features including ground-source heat pumps. Students worked with architects as they explored “green” alternatives to traditional construction.

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Location – Meadville, PA

A metropolitan area with a population of 50,000, Meadville, Pennsylvania is approximately 30 minutes from I-90 and I-80, a few miles off I-79. Downtown is within walking distance of campus and within easy driving distance from Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore and New York City.

Business and Industry


The Meadville Market House is home to a weekend farmer’s market, Meadville Council on the Arts, year-round events and more.

Students connect with the community in a variety of ways. Over 60% of students participate in local community service projects every academic year. The Academy Theatre showcases the talents of students and faculty. The ice rink at the Meadville Area Recreation Complex is home to the Allegheny club hockey team. And everyone enjoys the historic Meadville Market House, which supplies locally grown produce and products year round.

The Arts

In addition to the College’s theatre and art galleries, there are year-round activities by the Meadville Council on the Arts at locations including the Academy Theatre and the Heeschen Art Gallery.

Outdoor Recreation

The Outing Club travels year round to locations ranging from local French Creek to the 500,000-acre Allegheny National Forest.

Crawford County boasts six lakes and several state parks for biking, running, canoeing, kayaking, golfing, camping, picnicking, swimming, and more. The Outing Club plans events throughout the year, including rock climbing, caving, skiing, snowshoeing, and whitewater rafting. Northwestern Pennsylvania is a nature-lover’s paradise of verdant, undisturbed forests, enchanting streams and lakes. True to the holistic spirit of the liberal arts tradition, Allegheny students know the importance of “educating” their bodies and souls as well as their minds; we have one of the oldest Outing Clubs in the country and a recreation program that is nearly unparalleled at any college of comparable size.

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