Orientation 2017

Welcome, New Gators!

We would like to take this opportunity to jointly welcome you to the Meadville community. We are pleased that you have chosen both Allegheny and Meadville as your home away from home for the next four years, and we are confident that you will enjoy the journey upon which you are about to embark.

Your presence in Meadville involves both shared responsibilities and mutual respect. The incoming class continues a proud tradition of community engagement that dates back more than 200 years, to when the nearly 400 settlers of this then-frontier town envisioned the need for a private college to educate its citizens. From 1815, when the Reverend Timothy Alden first founded and became the president of Allegheny College, through today, the connection between the “College on the Hill” and the Meadville community continues to grow and strengthen through service learning projects, Make a Difference Day, downtown events, internship opportunities, worship, campus events, local commerce, or simply a greater awareness of each other’s presence and needs.

The full Allegheny experience includes a full Meadville experience. Do not let the campus boundaries become a wall that keeps you from exploring the rich landscape of the community that surrounds you. We invite you to explore downtown, which is less than a mile’s walk, bike ride, or bus ride from the heart of campus. Our community offers a wide range of things to do: a weekend farmers’ market at the historic Market House (the oldest in continuous use in Pennsylvania), art venues, unique restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and nightlife. Recreational opportunities in the region—including hiking, camping, swimming, skiing, and fishing—also abound.

We hope you take advantage of the full Allegheny and Meadville experiences that await you. We are glad that you are here! Welcome to Meadville and to Allegheny College!

James H. Mullen, Jr.
President, Allegheny College

LeRoy Stearns
Mayor, City of Meadville


  • Stop by the Orientation Information Table in the Campus Center Lobby

Your Orientation Checklist

  • Arrange Your Room
    Connect with your roommate to get things organized in your new residence hall room. Remember that the CATA bus offers free transportation to local stores to buy any last-minute necessities.
  • Set Your Schedule & Familiarize Yourself with Campus
    Review your schedule. Take a look at your class schedule and find each of the buildings where your classes will be held. Be careful not to confuse Arter with Alden and Carr with Carnegie. Plan your week to include sleep, waking up in time for meals, and studying.
  • Pick-Up Your Books
    The College Bookstore will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday so you can obtain your books and stock up on supplies and Allegheny gear.
  • Relax, Relate, Make Some New Friends!
    Make sure you set aside time to unwind and meet some new friends. Visit the Wise Center to get in a good workout, take a walk around campus, hang out in the Campus Center to meet new friends, get to know your residence hall floor members. Make lots of new friends!

Dining Services Hours

Allegheny College partners with Parkhurst Dining Services to provide you with nutritionally balanced food and high-quality meals prepared from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients.

Students can enjoy an abundant variety of campus-grown produce, fresh foods in a fun and engaging all-you-care-to-eat atmosphere! Treat yourself to traditional home-style meals, hot and hearty soups, freshly prepared salads, fruit, and sandwiches, create-your-own stir-fry, allergy free zones, flavorful vegetarian and vegan entrees, fresh stock soups and sauces, hand-tossed pizza, and homemade desserts.

Regular dining services hours begin with dinner on August 28, 2016.

McKinley’s Food Court

7:30 am – Midnight

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 am
Continental Breakfast 10:45 am – 3:00 pm

9:00 am – Midnight

Brooks Dining Hall

Breakfast 7:15 am – 9:00 am
Lunch 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brunch 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Wise Sport & Fitness Center Hours

The Wise Center is home to the Allegheny Gator men’s and women’s athletics teams. In addition, the center provides a variety of programming to support the holistic development of students. Services include an aquatic center, multipurpose gymnasiums, club sports, conditioning/fitness classes, intramural sports, basketball/volleyball courts, indoor track, free weights, aerobics, and meeting rooms.

Saturday, August 26
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Monday, August 28
6:00 am – 10:30 pm


Open Offices & Services

Office / Service Saturday 8/26 Hours Sunday 8/27 Hours
Orientation Table
Campus Center Lobby
8:00 am – 2:00 pm 9:00 am – Noon
College Bookstore
Campus Center, 2nd Floor
10:00 am – 4:00 pm 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Counseling Center
Reis Hall, Room 304
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Closed.
Disability Services
Maytum Learning Commons, Pelletier
8:00 am – 2:00 pm 9:00 am – Noon
Information Technology Services (ITS) Info Desk
Cable Box Pick-up and Web Advisor Access

8:00 am – 2:00 pm 9:00 am – Noon
Post Office
Campus Center, 2nd Floor
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Closed.
Winslow Health Center
Schultz Hall, Park Avenue Entrance
8:00 am – 2:00 pm 9:00 am – Noon