Allegheny College

Alden and Statement

by Timothy Alden

Founded 1815

32nd Oldest College in the Nation

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Allegheny is one of the nation’s most historic and innovative four-year colleges with the unique requirement of completing a major and minor in different academic areas. This multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold to provide creative, independent thinkers with a path for educational depth and intellectual growth, preparing them for careers that may not yet exist. Located in western Pennsylvania, Allegheny College is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” In its 2024 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny College as one of the country’s top 100 national liberal arts colleges — and one of the top 25 best for undergraduate research and creative activities.

Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world.


No. 1

Undergraduate Research

What It Means

The Council on Undergraduate Research in January 2016 presented its inaugural award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment to Allegheny College. The award recognizes Allegheny for its “exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences to undergraduates.” This recognition requires campuses to have depth and breadth in their undergraduate research initiatives, as well as evidence of sustained innovation. The council noted Allegheny’s well-designed and developmentally appropriate undergraduate research experience. “Allegheny’s holistic and sustained student development approach prepares Allegheny students for both graduate study and post-baccalaureate employment,” according to the council.

Since then, Allegheny has been consistently recognized in rankings that celebrate the research experience. In 2024, U.S. News & World Report rankings include the College among the Top 25 for Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.

“Allegheny College’s well-designed and developmentally appropriate undergraduate research experience is supported by deliberate scaffolding beginning during a student’s first year, continuing throughout the sophomore and junior years, and culminating in a required capstone research project.”

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

1 of 40

Colleges That Change Lives

What It Means

Colleges That Change Lives was researched and written by retired New York Times education editor, journalist, and longtime student advocate Loren Pope. Selections were solely based on his independent judgment and recognized expertise. CTCL, Inc. works with the chosen schools to support the advancement of a student-centered college search process. CTCL hosts well-attended information sessions nationwide in coordination with CTCL school college fairs.

The Company We’re In

  • Denison University
  • Earlham College
  • Goucher College
  • Hampshire College
  • Hiram College
  • Lawrence University
  • Rhodes College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Whitman College

“Today Allegheny shuns the ethos of prestige places and delivers an education at least on par with—and perhaps better than—those places.”

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Top 35

Best Undergraduate Teaching

What It Means

In 2024, U.S. News and World Report recognized Allegheny among the top 35 schools for Best Undergraduate Teaching. Students learn from their faculty, work alongside them, and count on them for advice and direction. Because teaching and mentorship is a hallmark of the Allegheny student experience, students are not only advised by faculty. They connect with and learn from a variety of community members, including their Class Deans, staff in the Office of Student Success, and the experts in the Center for Career and Professional Development.

The Company We’re In

  1. Amherst College
  2. Berea College
  3. Bryn Mawr College
  4. Carleton College
  5. Colorado College
  6. Grinnell College
  7. Williams College

Top 50

Best Liberal Arts Colleges

What It Means

Washington Monthly’s rankings are unique in that they recognize not only what colleges do for their students but what colleges are doing for the country. The rankings rate the top colleges based on three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The rankings also factor in an analysis of which schools combine higher than expected graduation rates with affordable prices.

The Company We’re In

  • Amherst College
  • Bates College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carleton College
  • Davidson College
  • Haverford College
  • Macalester College
  • Oberlin College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Williams College

Student Population

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1,400 students from 43 states + DC, PR, VI 52 countries


High schools presented


Mean G.P.A.


Graduated in the top 25% of their class; 21% in the top 10%


From outside Pennsylvania


Identify as students of color


Live on campus


Research Seminar Series

ACRoSS is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of summer research projects to an audience of students, faculty, and administrators.


Number of 2023 ACRoSS presentations, made by 29 students, over 9 events


Average audience size


Students who participated in some type of 2023 summer research, on-campus or in the Meadville community, working with 33 different faculty members

2023 Presenting Departments

  • Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Communication, Media, and Performance
  • Community and Justice
  • Computer and Information Science
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Global Health
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Allegheny graduates Emily Smith ’19 and Lauren Ottaviani ’18 received prestigious Fulbright Awards in 2019. Smith is scheduled to travel to Brazil in February 2020 after receiving a Fulbright to serve as an English teaching assistant at a Brazilian university. Ottaviani received a Fulbright to teach English at the University of Antwerp in Belgium starting in the spring of 2020. In 2019, Ottaviani was in Great Britain attending Durham University, where she was pursuing a master’s degree in English literature.

Elisia Wright ’21 and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Janyl Jumadinova presented their collaborative work on “Underwater Robotic Smart-Sensing System for Water Quality Testing” at the 23rd Annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. in spring 2019. Only 60 students from over 350 submissions were selected to present their work at this event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). They also presented the preliminary results of their research project at the 32nd International Conference of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society in May 2019.

Candaisy Crawford ’19 and Assistant Professor of Political Science Andrew Bloeser presented their study (co-authored with Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Tarah Williams), “We Just Don’t Want to See It: The Desire for Authoritarianism and the Diffusion of Responsibility,” at the 2019 Midwest Political Science Association Meeting. The study uses a dataset collected by the Center for Political Participation. The study highlights the erosion of democratic attitudes in the American public and the preference for “strongman” leaders.

Kaylah Pinkney ‘19 received a Boren Scholarship, and moved to Nanjing, China, in the fall of 2019, studying the Mandarin language and the practices of traditional Chinese medicine at Nanjing University. Pinkney graduated with the Class of 2019, receiving a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a Chinese Language minor.

Three Allegheny students in 2019 were awarded highly competitive Gilman International Scholarships to study overseas. Yadira Sanchez-Esparza ’22 studied with the Council on International Educational Exchange Liberal Arts Program at three different universities in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sydney Francis ’21 studied in Jordan, and Marisol Santa Cruz ’20 spent part of the summer of 2019 in India, studying India’s experiments with globalization across its 5,000-year history.

Anna Meyer ’20 was one of 15 undergraduate students in the United States to be awarded a 2019 Research Fellowship from the Endocrine Society. This fellowship will allow her to continue her research project entitled “Characterizing the role of CREBRF and its metabolic-risk variant in glucocorticoid action”. Her project seeks to address gaps in knowledge regarding a novel obesity-risk gene (CREBRF) and its role in the modulation of the glucocorticoid action among broader influences on systemic metabolic homeostasis. Her fellowship included a poster presentation at ENDO 2020, the Society’s Annual Meeting & Expo being held in San Francisco in March 2020, and membership in the society.


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“As a nervous H.S. senior, I wasn’t even certain that I would get accepted to a school of Allegheny’s caliber. Four years later I graduated summa cum laude with a full scholarship to the U. of Michigan’s MFA program. Presently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Kent State. Not only did Allegheny’s gamble on a statistically lukewarm applicant pay off, but the money I invested in my Allegheny education has paid for itself three times over.”

—Allie Brooks ’07

Recent graduates are attending:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University

Recent graduates are working at:

  • American Conservatory Theater
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • CHF International
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • French Ministry of Education
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • National Hellenic Museum
  • PNC Financial
  • Teach for America
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Tioga Environmental Consulting
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • UPMC
  • SpaceX

begin their career immediately.

directly go on to graduate school and are accepted at rates twice the national average (80-100%).

earn positions in competitive, compensated service organizations, including Teach for America and the Peace Corps.

Allegheny ranks among the top 5% of all schools in the country for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. Allegheny is in the top 4% in the sciences and top 2% in chemistry.

America's Top Colleges

Forbes places Allegheny among America’s top colleges in rankings prepared 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.




of Allegheny students surveyed reported participating in some type of service while at the College. National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement

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Allegheny College
Community Impact Hub

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Education and Social Development
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and Wellbeing

The Best Value

Allegheny is honored by a variety of sources for being a Best Value college, including: U.S. News and World Report (based on academic quality and cost and the quality of its undergraduate teaching), Princeton Review, and Forbes (based on the quality of education, price, and return on investment). Read More


In February 2023, the College announced the receipt of a three-part leadership gift totaling $16 million from alumna and Allegheny College trustee emerita Patricia Bush Tippie ‘56, and an additional $5 million from an anonymous donor. The donations ensure the College will be able to implement bold improvements and innovations to impact teaching and learning, the student experience, and the region’s economic development. Read More

#4 Environmental Science

Allegheny is again recognized by as a top college for students studying environmental science. The accolade highlights how the program teaches students to analyze the relationships between humans and the environment that we live with and use, and the College prides itself on the far-reaching, hands-on approach they take to all aspects of study and research. Read About ES Research and Alumni Outcomes

Peace Corps 2020 Top Small Schools

The annual Peace Corps list recognizes the colleges and universities in the U.S. that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers. Fourteen alumni from Allegheny College are currently serving overseas.

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