8048263222_608f1812d5_kSo, you’re up for the challenge of Allegheny? We’re ready to support you every step.

Still interested in Fall 2017?
While our Fall 2017 first-year application deadline has passed it may still be possible for you to submit an application. Please contact us at or 800-521-5293 to discuss your options.

Application Process

Allegheny Application Portal – or – Common Application

Be sure to add Allegheny to your list of Common Application schools and submit once you have completed all sections.

All other credentials should be submitted via the same system as your application (e.g. if you submit the Allegheny Application, your Teacher Recommendation cannot be requested/submitted via the Common App website and must be done via the Allegheny Application Portal or in person).

Required Materials

Personal Essay

As part of either application listed above, your essay is an opportunity to express your individual creativity and personal qualities to the admission and scholarship committees. Please review the suggested topics and submit a carefully-composed essay.

Counselor Recommendation / School Report

Request the School Report form and a written recommendation from your high school guidance office.

Send email request via Allegheny App Portal
Send email request via Common App (only if applying via Common App)
Download and request in person (complete the top section in advance)


High School Transcript & College Course Transcripts
Request that your guidance counselor forward an official copy of your high school transcript to Allegheny College along with the Guidance Recommendation/School Report (see previous item). In addition to your high school transcript, please share a copy and request the Common Application Mid-year Report from your counselor once your grades are available. As a courtesy, provide a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to your counselor. If you have taken college courses for credit, forward an official transcript from the appropriate institution.

Transferring Credits
Credits for advanced work completed in high school may be eligible for transfer according to the conditions outlined under the section titled “Academic Regulations” in the College Catalogue. Students may also earn college credit by achieving a 4 or 5 acceptable score on the AP exam (4 or 5), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Allegheny also accepts most “College in High School” credits.

Teacher Recommendation

Request at least one recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in a major subject (English, history, mathematics, science or foreign language). Although not required, you are welcome to submit more than one.

Send email request via Allegheny App Portal
Send email request via Common Application (only if applying via Common App)
Download and request in person (complete the top section in advance)

Optional Materials

Standardized Test Scores

Allegheny College is Test Optional.

Students who apply for admission will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores with the application. The Admissions staff will focus on other important indicators—overall high school performance, character, determination, and love of learning. Allegheny became test optional with the 2015-16 application cycle.

Learn More: Why test optional?

Beginning with the tests administered in March 2016, the College Board has redesigned the SAT. Applicants for Fall 2017 may submit scores from this new version of the SAT, the previous version from prior to March 2016, or both. We will continue our policy of superscoring , but can superscore only among results from pre-March 2016 tests OR among test results from post-March 2016. Test scores from the old version and new version cannot be combined. However, we will use the concordance charts provided by the College Board to compare and determine your highest score.

Test scores are just one of the many factors that we will take into consideration as we get to know you better. While we are test optional, we encourage applicants for admission to submit their test scores if they feel the scores are an accurate representation of their potential for success at Allegheny. While the SAT test may have changed, Allegheny’s commitment to its test-optional policy remains.

Submit Your SATs (code: 2006) | Submit Your ACTs (code: 3520) | Submit Your TOEFLs

Standardized Test Scores remain a requirement for home-schooled students and Non-US citizens and Non-US permanent residents.

Note that it is not necessary to send your scores via SAT or ACT if you confirm with your school that your test scores are included on your high school transcript.


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Important Dates

Date Event / Deadline
October 1 FAFSA Is Available
November 1 Early Decision I App Deadline / Spring Transfer App Deadline
December 1 Early Action App Deadline
February 1 Early Decision II App Deadline
February 15 Regular Decision App Deadline
February 15 FAFSA Preferred Submission Date
February Financial Aid Package Mailed
March 15 Regular Decision Notification Deadline
May 1 Enrollment Deposit Deadline
August 1 Fall Transfer App Deadline

Early Decision Agreement

Access via Common Application | Download Allegheny Version (and mail/email/fax)
The ED Agreement Form is required to confirm a student’s status as an Early Decision applicant.

Information for International Students

International student must complete the International Student Certification of Finance Form in addition to the previous steps.

For Native English Speaking International Applicants only:

Allegheny College requires the submission of the SAT or ACT scores. It is not necessary to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

For Non-Native English Speaking International Applicants only:

Allegheny College requires the submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores to determine English proficiency. Even if you have taken the SAT or ACT, you must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.