- Experiential Learning
- Student Life & Organizations
- Athletics & Recreation
- About the Campus
- Sustainability & Green Initiatives
- Location – Meadville, PA
“Academics are the reason that everyone comes [to Allegheny].”
Degrees and Programs
Undergraduate DegreesBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science Learn more about our programs of study here.
Teacher CertificationCooperative 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 ProgramManagement (arts, health care policy, information systems, public policy) with Carnegie Mellon University; Occupational Therapy with Chatham University; Physician Assistant with Chatham University.
Accelerated Doctorate ProgramsNursing (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 ProgramEngineering (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 AgreementsSimon Graduate School at University of Rochester (business administration); Jefferson Medical College, Drexel University College of Medicine (medical school).
Majors and Minors
Majors and Minors:
- Majors: Art History | Art and Technology | Studio Art
- Minors: Art History | Studio Art
- Communication Arts
- Majors: Communication Arts | Theatre
- Minors: Communications | Theatre
- Computer Science
- Majors: Applied Computing | Computer Science
- Environmental Science
- Majors: Environmental Science | Environmental Studies
- Majors: Environmental Geology | Geology
- Minors: American History | European History | History | Non-Western History
- International Studies
- Modern Languages
- Majors: French | German | Spanish
- Minors: Chinese | French | German | Latin | Spanish
- Minors: Astronomy | Physics
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Women’s Studies
- Average class size, introductory: 21
- Average class size, upper-class: 12
- Classes with fewer than 30 students: 88%
- 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.
Four-Year Seminar SequenceDuring 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 ProjectUnder 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.
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…”
- Total students: 2,100
- Men/Women: 45%/55%
- States/countries represented: 45/33
Typical First-Year Class Profile
- 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%
- Difficulty of high school classes
- High school class rank/GPA
- Personal qualities
- School/community activities
- Demonstrated interest/institutional knowledge
- Students receiving need-based aid: 71%
- Tuition and fees: $37,610
- Room and board: $9,540
“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
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- the Duke University Marine Lab
- New York Arts Program
- Oak Ridge Science Semester
- Woods Hole
- Washington, D.C.
- Costa Rica
- South Africa
Internships & Shadowing
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 RetreatRecognizing 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 RecognitionIn 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.
“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
- 75% of enrolled students graduate from Allegheny
- 92% of graduating students graduate in four years
- 45% of graduating students start a career directly
- 90% of graduating students are hired within eight months of graduation
- 45% of graduating students go to graduate school directly
- 80-100% of those applying to graduate school are accepted (including pre-law and pre-med)
- 10% of students join long-term service opportunities directly
Recent Graduate/Professional Schools
- 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
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.
- 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
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
Robertson Athletic & Recreation Complex
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.
About the Campus
The Kaplan college guide profiles Allegheny in the categories of “Hidden Treasures” and “Most Beautiful Campuses.”
- 40 major buildings on campus
- Central campus area is 79 acres
- Recreation area around campus is 203 acres
- The Bousson Forest nature preserve is 283 acres
- 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
- 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
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
- As a charter signatory of the leadership circle of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we have developed and are pursuing a plan to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2020.
- Our Center for Economic and Environmental Development engages students, faculty and the community in creating innovative approaches to environmental stewardship, environmental education and regional revitalization.
- After three years of participating in RecycleMania, an innovative national program that challenges colleges to reduce, reuse and recycle campus waste, students are now developing an Allegheny-specific program.
- 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.
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
- County Courthouse, law offices
- Environmental agencies
- Small businesses
- Media — print and broadcasting
- Nonprofit organizations
- Finance, politics, education and more