What Others Are Saying About Allegheny
In its “Best Colleges for You” rankings, Newsweek magazine has named Allegheny College as one of the top 20 colleges nationwide for academic rigor.
Newsweek based its rankings on the selectivity of institutions, the student-to-faculty ratio and an assessment of student workload. Allegheny is immediately preceded in the rankings by Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. Immediately following Allegheny in the rankings are Carleton College, Northwestern University and Duke University.
"Today Allegheny shuns the ethos of prestige places and delivers an education at least on par with – and perhaps better than – those places.”"
—1 of 40 Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope, edited by Hilary Masell Oswald.
U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2012ranks Allegheny in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges. Allegheny is also recognized as an “Up-and-Comer,” identified by peer schools as having recently made, according to U.S. News, “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.”
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 “Best and Most Interesting Colleges in the United States”
The Princeton Review Best 373 Colleges (2011) reports that “pre-meds are especially drawn by [Allegheny's] success in placing graduates in better medical schools.” The student reports say Allegheny’s major/minor requirement “pushes students to achieve more than they ever thought.”
Allegheny is included among the 100 “best values” in national liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger’s, a private financial advising company. Evaluations are based on measures including admission rates, student-faculty ratio, on-time graduation rates, and financial factors such as tuition, room and board fees, and financial aid.
Washington Monthly’s 2012 College Rankings: What Can Colleges Do for the Country? ranks Allegheny College in the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation based on contribution to the public good, based on three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
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“If it sounds as if Allegheny is hard, it is. Students consider themselves to be loaded up with work, and they are okay with it, in part because they have such strong feelings about the professors with whom they work.”
In The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2012, students report that “Academics are the reason that everyone comes [to Allegheny].”
Forbes places Allegheny among “America’s Top Colleges,” in rankings prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Forbes’ annual rankings focus on quality of teaching, graduation rates, low levels of debt and graduates’ career prospects.
Allegheny is again highlighted in the Princeton Review’s Green Colleges, receiving a 96 out of 99 score in recognition of our environmentally friendly policies and practices as well as our academic offerings.
"Being able to interact with my professors and feel like they truly care about my success was one of my greatest Allegheny experiences. I think they really helped push me to do my best."
"I have gotten so many experiences at Allegheny that I wouldn't have gotten from other schools."
"Professors allow you to come to realizations on your own, and then you become aware of all that you’ve learned and how much you’ve gained. It has dramatically increased my sense of self."
"I've been to a lot of universities and college campuses and I've never seen one like this in the sense of community and sense of people really wanting to explore who they are personally, but also explore who they are as a member of the community"
"Everyone cares greatly about their academics and about their fellow peers, and that creates a learning environment that I find extremely supportive and helpful."
"I'm surrounded by other students with similar and dissimilar academic interests, but almost all share the same desire to excel academically"
"People who change the world come to Allegheny "
—James Mullen, President of Allegheny College
"Few other schools offer this much undergraduate research."