In the classroom
- 11: average class size
- 75%: first-year students who graduated in the top 25% of their high school class
- 100%: seniors complete and defend the senior comp
- 0: graduate teaching assistants
- 11:1 student-faculty ratio
“Academics are the reason that everyone comes [to Allegheny].”
Curiosity & Persistence
An education in the liberal arts and sciences gives you more choices, more opportunities, and, yes, more challenges.
Allegheny is one of the few liberal arts colleges in the country that will ask you to choose both a major and a minor. The scientist who can present her research in an engaging yet persuasive manner will be more successful in her career; likewise, the international aid worker who can quickly integrate the latest quantitative data will be that much more effective in his work.
Rigor & Support
At Allegheny, you’ll be asked to complete the type of work that is the caliber of graduate school inquiry. Is it rigorous? You bet. But our faculty are people who pride themselves on being teachers first—they will advise and support you to move beyond what you can even imagine now. They will provide you with opportunities and challenges that will lead you from hard work and dedication to extraordinary outcomes.
Top 25 liberal arts college in the country
According to Washington Monthly Rankings, based on the strength of our contribution to the public good.
Decide where you want to make a difference.
Allegheny will prepare you.
All Gators complete First-Year and Sophomore Seminars, which introduce them to academic life at a liberal arts college and help them to develop the skills necessary for academic and career success. However, unlike most colleges and universities, Allegheny does not require a prescribed set of courses that all students must complete in advance of beginning their major. Rather, you work closely with your advisors to choose a certain number of courses from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and interdivisional programs—jump right in to the courses that interest you most!
At Allegheny College we feel so strongly about Unusual Combinations that it’s built right into the curriculum. We’re one of the few liberal Arts Colleges that require students to choose a major as well as a minor. Because of this, you’ll see many student choose all types of unusual combinations when choosing their focuses: and environmental studies major with a minor in creative writing, a chemistry major with a minor in history. Students combine their interests and expand their concentrations beyond one division, developing the sort of “big picture” thinking that is in high demand in today’s global marketplace.
Allegheny College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. More information about Allegheny’s accreditation can be found on the Commission’s web site.
Admissions and Financial Aid
- 2,100 students
- 41 states represented
- 47 countries represented
Typical first-year class profile
- 580-600 students
- 3.73 mean GPA
- 66% graduated in the 25% of their class; 25% in the top 5%
- 60% participated in service organization
- 56% from outside Pennsylvania
- 387 high schools represented
- 100% live on campus
The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every completed application file, and the following is a list of admission criteria, in order of importance.
- Rigor of high school classes
- High school class rank/GPA
- School/community activities
- Admissions interview (on-or off-campus)
- Personal essay
- Demonstrated interest
- Teacher recommendation
- SAT or ACT scores
- Supplemental materials
National Leader in Undergraduate Research
Allegheny College has been recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) with their inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment. The award honors institutions “that have devised exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences to undergraduates.”
The Senior Comp
Since 1821, all Allegheny students have completed and defended a comprehensive research project now known as “The Senior Comp.” This project represents the culmination of a consciously designed four-year series of critical-thinking seminars that will move you from the discursive to the persuasive, from general approaches to ones that are discipline-specific, right to the point when you are ready to make an original contribution to your field of interest.
Research Seminar Series
ACRoSS is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of summer research projects to an audience of students, faculty, and administrators. It is just one example of how students engage in research throughout the year.
- 98 Number of students who participated in summer research symposiums on campus
- 110 The average audience size for the ten weeks of 2015 ACRoSS presentations
- 108 Students conducted research with faculty in the past year, not including independent student and Senior Comp theses.
60% begin their career
- 46% employed by graduation
- 93% employed within 6 months
- Top Industries: STEM, Business, Healthcare, Education
30% Continue to graduate or professional school
80–100% acceptance rate—twice the national average—including medical and law schools
10% Earn positions in competitive, compensated service organizations
- Peace Corps
- Teach for America
- City Year
- Green Corps
- Health Corps
Allegheny ranks #8 in the nation based on the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers
Recent graduates are attending
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Georgetown University
- John Hopkins University
- Penn State
- Syracuse University
- The University of Chicago
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Southern California
- The University of Texas at Austin
- Wake Forest University
- Washington University in St. Louis
Recent graduates are working at:
- American Conservatory Theatre
- Americorps Vista
- CHF International
- Cleveland Clinic
- Coca-Cola Enterprises
- Deloitte Consulting
- National Hellenic Museum
- Teach for America
- The Nature Conservancy
- Tioga Environmental Consultants
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Student Life & Organizations
- Living on campus – At Allegheny, we take the phrase “live and learn” to heart…and our four-year residency requirement supports that perspective. Living styles include all-male, all-female, and co-ed residence halls and apartments configured as suites, singles, doubles, triples, and quads.
- Academic Commons – Home to the Gateway, the Maytum Learning Commons, and Pelletier Library, the Academic Commons is a space designed for student success. With its study rooms, movable furniture, and your very own research cube, the building is a hub for academic support and collaboration.
- Campus Center & Gator Quad – Major campus events, late night snack runs, student government meetings…the CC houses student-run Grounds for Change coffeehouse, WARC radio, the game room, bookstore, and student organization offices.
- Dining on Campus – Brooks Dining hall, McKinley’s Food Court, fair-trade ingredients, campus-grown produce, allergy safety zones, daily vegan and vegetarian options, compostable packaging & reusable containers, local bread and artisan pastry items, accepts special dietary requests from students.
One day each semester is set aside for students to explore what Allegheny has to offer to further match their academic, personal, and career goals. No scheduled classes. No athletic practices. No extracurricular activities. No excuses not to attend all of the sessions that interest you.
Session sampling from Gator Day
- Declaring a Major
- Successfully Marketing Greek Life for Internships and Jobs
- Writing the Medical School Personal Statement
- Careers in the Natural Sciences
- Departmental Open Houses
- Would You Like To Become a Language Teacher?
- Professional Headshots
- Alumni Career Panels
- National Fellowship Opportunities
Clubs & Organizations
100+ student-run clubs and organizations on campus including:
- academics & leadership
- activism & politics
- concerts, movies, & performers
- culture & diversity
- fantasy & gaming
- Greek life
- performing arts & media
- philanthropy & service
- recreation, fitness, & sports
- spiritual & religious life
Spiritual & Religious Life
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life supports members of the Allegheny community in learning, growing in leadership, and developing as whole persons. Through programs, worship experiences, discussions, and fellowship groups, the office seeks to nurture and encourage persons of faith to deepen their engagement with their own faith traditions, while developing respect for difference. Allegheny’s commitment to diversity extends to religion and compels our support for students of all faith traditions, and to the need to prepare students to live in a religiously diverse world.
Students of faith can deepen roots in their own tradition through:
- Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish worship services on campus
- Observance of important Islamic and Hindu holy days
- Fellowship groups that gather to pray, study, and worship
- Retreats to steal a few hours away from it all
- Bible studies and prayer groups
- Shabbat dinners
- Mission trips and service projects
- Movie nights, cookouts, and other activities that help form lasting friendships
Activism – More than 80% of students report participating in some level of service
Services – Student groups regularly organize events around providing aid to those in need
Leadership – Through the entire academic and co-curricular experience, students discover their true passions and the many ways they can live with purpose
Allegheny service network impact areas
- Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
- Allegheny & Meadville Relationship
- Underserved Youth
- Solidarity & Advocacy for Senior Citizens
- Local Foods & Hunger
- Local Food & Hunger
- Health & Prevention
- Women’s Issues & Empowerment
About the Campus
- 40 major buildings on campus
- Central campus area is 79 acres
- Recreation area around campus is 203 acres
- The Bousson Forest nature preserve is 283 acres
Recent greenhouse gas inventory indicates Allegheny is 71% of the way to achieving our goal of climate neutrality by 2020. Every year sees great strides toward this goal. 2014-15 was no exception.
- 2 Environmental Science college in the nation —
- Guide to 353 Green Colleges (top score!) — Princeton Review
Top GreenPower Partner List — EPA
- 100 Colleges Doing “Green” Right — bestcollegrankings.org
- Greenest college campus in PA — eCollegeFinder
- Cool Schools — Sierra Club
Events & Achievements
- As of January 2015, as a participant in the Better Buildings Challenge, we have achieved 11% efficiency in our energy use intensity. Our ultimate goal is 20% efficiency by 2020.
- The 12th Annual DeHart Local Foods Dinner sold out and featured the products of dozens of local farmers.
- The annual Energy Challenge resulted in a 10.6% reduction in electricity consumption and savings of $8800.
- The college added two e-waste recycling cabinets to encourage responsible disposal of CFLs, cords, batteries,
cell phones, ink cartridges.
- The mandatory reusable takeout container program in Brooks saved over $13,000 and reduced enough landfill
waste to fill five Baldwin dorm rooms.
- Nationally acclaimed science complex
- Multimillion-dollar center for communication arts and theatre
- David V. Wise Sport & Fitness Center
- Bowman, Penelec & Megahan art galleries
- Pelletier Library and the Learning Commons
- Special-interest houses (past houses include an international theme and a jazz theme)
- Dance studios and performance spaces
- Multimedia language learning lab
- Smart classrooms and state-of-the-art videoconferencing facilities
- Observatory and planetarium
- WARC radio and ACTV television stations
- Seismographic Network Station
- GIS Learning Laboratory
- Olympic-style track and turf field
- North Village I and II offer townhouse-style student apartments and suite-style residences
- Tippie Alumni Center in historic Cochran Hall
- new environmental science center
“ Allegheny College is determined not just to participate in the green movement, but to lead.”
—The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges
More information on Princeton Review’s Guide
Founding members of NCAA and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
Perhaps nothing illustrates the synergistic power of combinations better than Allegheny athletics. As a founding member of both the NCAA & NCAC, Allegheny is committed to the philosophy that athletics can and should complement academic life rather than compete with it.
- Nickname: Gators
- NCAA Division III conference
- Mascot: Chompers
- At least one Allegheny team has won an NCAC championship every year since it began in 1984
2014-15 by the numbers
- 67 All-NCAC Honorees
- 1 All-American
- 49 NCAC Academic Honor Roll Recipients
A complete athletic facility comparable to the best among colleges Allegheny’s size, the David V. Wise Sport & Fitness Center was opened in the 1997 volleyball season. The multi-million dollar building is the hub of all indoor athletic activities on campus. The 1,200-seat performance arena is home to the basketball and volleyball teams. The Neo-Shok floor is used by several NBA teams, including the Miami Heat. The arena’s six BPI baskets are among the best and most widely used on the market. The team locker rooms are located at court level and measure approximately 17-x-30 feet. Spectators enter the arena at street level on to a spacious concourse. The playing floor lies 15 feet below, creating a remarkable amphitheater effect. The bleachers, which include three rows of chair back seating, can be electronically compressed to create two full-length courts for basketball practices.
Robertson Athletics & Recreation Complex
Named after 1906 alum Andrew Wells Robertson, the state-of-the-art Robertson Athletic & Recreation Complex encompasses the home facilities of the baseball, football, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and tennis teams. Originally known as College Field, the complex was named after Andrew Wells Robertson in 1962 to honor the year he was named Chairman Emeritus of the Allegheny Board of Trustees. Robertson purchased additional acreage along Park Ave. to supplement land originally donated in 1910 by John F. Eberhart. (class of 1853). In addition to donating land, Robertson underwrote the cost of developing the athletic field. A beautiful and spacious venue for intercollegiate athletics, Robertson saw that the natural setting was preserved by having shrubbery and trees removed during construction replanted elsewhere on campus. Frank B. Fuhrer Field, located within the 203-acre Robertson Athletic Complex, was completely renovated in 2006. Fuhrer Field features a FieldTurf playing surface (the same surface used by many NFL teams), stadium lighting, full locker rooms, and an eight lane Olympic-style track.
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Tough intercollegiate competition. Student-run, Allegheny-supported.
- Ice Hockey (m)
- Kendo Lacrosse (m)
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Outing Club
- Ski Table Tennis
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Volleyball (m)
- Weightlifting (emerging club)
- 260+ club players
- 80 Teams, 314, 722 IM players
- Flag Football
- Floor Hockey
- 8 student instructors
Chompers keeps the crowds cheering — the gator mascot was first used in Allegheny’s Alligator magazine in 1925.
Location – Meadville, PA
Allegheny’s campus is perched on a hill overlooking Meadville, a county seat that has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Places to Live. Meadville anchors an area of 15,000 residents and is where Allegheny students do everything from enjoying live local music to taking in the latest movies, from creating art installations to participating in service. Venture even farther afield and you’ll discover that Allegheny students live in a section of the country that most people get to see only on vacation. Allegheny is home to one of the oldest Outing Clubs in the country and a recreation program that is nearly unparalleled at any college of comparable size.
Nearby recreational areas include:
- Allegheny National Forest
- Conneaut Lake
- French Creek
- Peek’n Peak Ski Resort
- Presque Isle State Park
- Pymatuning Lake & Reservoir
- Miles of hiking, biking, and Skiing trails
- 3 – performance theatres
- 15k – Meadville city population
- 4 – local lakes and beaches
- 65 – restaurants
- 2 – movie theatres
- 40 – outing club trips each year