Decision Plans & How to Apply
- Early Decision – November 15 (binding)
- Early Action – December 1
- Early Decision II – February 1 (binding)
- Regular Decision – February 15
Please note there is no application fee required.
If using The Coalition or Common Application, be sure to add Allegheny to your list of schools and submit once you have completed all sections of your profile and college specific questions.
All other credentials should be submitted via the same system as your application (e.g. if you submit the Allegheny Application, your Teacher Recommendation cannot be requested/submitted via the Common App website and must be done via the Allegheny Application Portal or in person).
High School Transcript & College Course Transcripts
Request that your guidance counselor forward an official copy of your high school transcript to Allegheny College along with the Guidance Recommendation/School Report (see previous item). In addition to your high school transcript, please share a copy and request the Common Application Mid-year Report from your counselor once your grades are available. As a courtesy, provide a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to your counselor. If you have taken college courses for credit, forward an official transcript from the appropriate institution.
Credits for advanced work completed in high school may be eligible for transfer according to the conditions outlined under the section titled “Academic Regulations” in the College Catalogue. Students may also earn college credit by achieving a 4 or 5 acceptable score on the AP exam (4 or 5), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Allegheny also accepts most “College in High School” credits.
Standardized Test Scores
Allegheny College is Test Optional.
Students who apply for admission will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores with the application. The Admissions staff will focus on other important indicators—overall high school performance, character, determination, and love of learning. The 2021 application cycle marks Allegheny’s 6th year as test optional.
Test scores are just one of the many factors that we will take into consideration as we get to know you better. While we are test optional, we encourage applicants for admission to submit their test scores if they feel the scores are an accurate representation of their potential for success at Allegheny. While the SAT test may have changed, Allegheny’s commitment to its test-optional policy remains.
English Proficiency Scores
Allegheny College requires the submission of proof of English proficiency. Please see our English waiver form as many international students attending high school in the U.S. or abroad are eligible to have their scores waived due to the curriculum of instruction. Allegheny accepts the following:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum total score of 80 on the internet-based test (iBT). Submit Your TOEFL.
- International English Language System (IELTS) exam with a minimum overall band score of 6.0
- Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 105 (new test)
- Cambridge IGCSE (formerly O Levels) with a level of B or higher on the English – First or Second Language subject test
- Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition scores of 4 or higher
- International Baccalaureate (IB) score 5 or better on the higher level examinations for English A Language and Literature or English A Literature
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score of 580 or higher
- ACT (English and Reading) score of 24 or higher
- Trinity Integrated Skills in English II exam (merit in all four skills)
Counselor Recommendation / School Report
Request the School Report form and a written recommendation from your high school guidance office.
Request at least one recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in a major subject (English, history, mathematics, science or foreign language). Although not required, you are welcome to submit more than one.
Certification of Finances & Bank Statement
The Certification of Finances will be available in October. The amount that you must certify for the first year is for the total cost of attendance (minus the scholarship if received), which includes college fees, books, estimated health insurance, and estimated personal expenses. Please account for a 3-4% increase in the cost of attendance for each academic year. This is normal for all colleges and universities.You may also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) or CSS Profile.
In addition to Certification of Finances, you must provide a bank statement dated within the last six (6) months. We can accept a letter of sponsorship in place of a bank statement, also on official letterhead. These are required at the time of application.
By United States law, we cannot issue the SEVIS Form I-20 until we receive authoritative documentation that you have adequate financial support for your education. This is to ensure that you will have adequate financial support through your entire education at Allegheny College. Providing false information can jeopardize your status as a non-immigrant as well as your status as a student at Allegheny College.
International Transfer Students
International students who wish to transfer from another institution should follow the same general application procedures as for domestic transfers. In addition, all international transfer applicants must also complete the Certification of Finance Form.