Access Allegheny Scholars Program

Access Allegheny Scholars Program provides information and support that will help incoming students transition to life at Allegheny College, both within and outside of the classroom.

The program is designed to improve the first year college experience of students traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved in American higher education, including, but not limited to first-generation college students, students who come to Allegheny from a great distance and students from urban or rural high schools with a low college matriculation rate.

Access Allegheny provides support regarding a number of transition issues, including the development of a genuine understanding of the College’s rigorous academic expectations, dealing with cultural adjustment, and gaining familiarity with the College’s various resources.

“Access without support is not opportunity.”

—Professor Vincent Tinto, 2008


As an Access Allegheny Scholar, you will engage in the following experiences:

  • Pre-orientation starting Sunday, August 20, one week prior to New Student Orientation
  • Specific First-Year Seminar (FS) class taught by instructors who will serve as your academic advisors
  • College 101 class covering time management, study strategies, financial literacy, and your transition to college life
  • Workshops presented by various college offices, including one designed to help you find a work-study job on campus
  • Individual and group sessions with Access Allegheny NaviGator Peer Mentors
  • One-on-one session with Career Education counselors

Becoming an Access Allegheny scholar will provide you ongoing individualized attention throughout your first year at Allegheny. You will also be paired with a NaviGator Peer Mentor who is also a previous Access Allegheny scholar. The relationships forged with your FS instructor, administrators, staff, and current students during Access Allegheny will continue to benefit you throughout your time here at Allegheny.  In addition, those students accepted into the program will receive up to $200 textbook stipend for each of their first two semesters.