The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every completed application file, and the following is a list of admission criteria, in order of importance.
- Difficulty of classes: Rigor of secondary program and the grades earned (minimum of 16 academic units typically required, including four years of English; three years each of science, math, and social studies; two years of foreign language). Those individuals who elect more than the minimum number of subjects are considered to have stronger entrance credentials. Honors or AP classes are recommended, if the school offers such levels. (Credit and/or placement awarded for AP scores of 4 or 5, or equivalent scores on CLEP, IB, or British A-Level exam. Allegheny also accepts most “College in High School” credits.)
- High school class rank/GPA
- SAT or ACT scores: Standardized tests have been an integral part of the college admissions process for many years. However, no student is admitted or denied acceptance to Allegheny based solely on standardized test scores. The use of “score cut-offs” is not practiced at Allegheny, nor are scores used in isolation in evaluating a candidate for admission.
- Personal qualities and character
- School/community activities: Allegheny prides itself on having a very active student body. It is important to us that candidates for admission are academically talented and also involved in their school and/or community.
- Admissions interview (on- or off-campus): Prospective students and their families are strongly encouraged to visit the Allegheny campus to appraise the College’s educational programs, campus atmosphere, and physical facilities. Although a meeting with a member of the Admissions staff is not a requirement, this conversation can provide both the student and the College with a deeper insight into the character and personality of each other. Meetings with members of the faculty or with other member of the Allegheny community can also be scheduled upon request. Find out more and plan your visit.
- Personal essay: Show off your writing and tell us more about yourself.
- Teacher Recommendation (from a teacher of an academic subject) and School Report (from your guidance counselor). You may also submit a letter from a pastor, coach, employer, etc., but these are not required.
- Supplemental materials: We’re often asked about portfolios from intended art majors and auditions from potential music and theatre majors. These are not required during the application process, but if you’d like to submit pieces of your work (slides, an audio tape, a video tape, etc.), we’d be happy to forward them to our faculty members to evaluate as part of your application. Materials can be returned upon request.
- Demonstrated interest: Allegheny’s “unusual combinations” message is a reflection of the college’s approach to exploring the liberal arts and sciences. We are interested in knowing how you see your interests and skills developing at Allegheny and how our approach will help you to succeed. Consider a visit to campus and interview with a counselor. We also ask applicants to complete the Application Supplement, which will demonstrate your interest and understanding of Allegheny’s distinct experience.