Admission Criteria

The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every completed application file, and the following is a list of admission criteria, in order of importance.

Typical First-Year Class Profile

  1. Rigor of high school classes: Classes attended 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. See here for the full policy.)

  2. High school class rank/GPA

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 members of the Allegheny community can also be scheduled upon request. Find out more and plan your visit.

  6. Personal essay: Show off your writing and tell us more about yourself.

  7. Demonstrated interest: Through Allegheny’s approach to exploring the liberal arts and sciences, students combine their interests and expand their concentrations beyond one academic division. 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. Interviews are not required, but are recommended.

  8. SAT or ACT scores: Allegheny embraces the concept that standardized test scores do not exclusively reflect a student’s full range of abilities or potential to succeed in college. As a result, Allegheny College is now Test Optional for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

  9. 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.

In keeping with our long-standing tradition, and pursuant to our mission and the Allegheny College Prize for Civility, we value students’ right to peacefully and respectfully engage in meaningful civic expression. As a result, Allegheny’s Office of Admissions does not penalize applicants disciplined for participating in such endeavors.

Statement of Community
Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.