Allegheny College

Alden and Statement

by Timothy Alden

Founded 1815

32nd Oldest College in the Nation

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Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning.

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.

“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)

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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 10

in Employability

What It Means

Allegheny ranks in the top 10 percent of almost 1,200 four-year colleges in an index released in 2015 by the nonprofit Educate To Career, which measures economic value delivered to graduates. The group’s system “rates colleges based upon their demonstrated ability to improve the earnings and employability of students.” The rankings are calculated by measuring such factors as percentage of graduates employed in occupations that utilize their field of study, average salary earned by recent graduates, percentage of graduates employed within one year of graduation and number of years to graduate. Ninety-three percent of Allegheny graduates who go into the workforce immediately are employed within six months of graduation. Top fields for graduates include careers in science, technology, engineering, math, business, healthcare and education.


Top 6

Most Innovative Schools

What It Means

U.S. News & World Report asked top academics participating in a peer assessment survey in spring 2017 to name the institutions they think are the most innovative colleges and universities. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to nominate up to 10 colleges or universities in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

The Company We’re In

  • Berea College
  • Colorado College
  • Grinnell College
  • Bard College
  • Allegheny College
  • Amherst College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carleton College

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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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2,100 students from

43 states + AE, DC, and PR and

53 countries



High schools presented


Mean G.P.A.


Graduated in the top 25% of their class; 33% in the top 10%


Participated in service organizations in high school


Served in a leadership capacity


from outside Pennsylvania


Identify as minority or international


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.


The average audience size for the ten weeks of 2017 ACRoSS presentations


Number of students who conducted research with faculty during summer 2017.

  • 58
  • 59
  • 49
  • 53
  • 59
  • 38
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

Numbers of Student Presenters

2018 Presenting Departments

  • Art & Technology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Global Health Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Studio Art
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


Students conducted research with faculty in the past year, not including independent student and Senior Comp theses.

Kelly Frantz ’16 and Mary Nagel ’15 have received Fulbright Awards for the 2016-17 academic year. Kelly will spend her Fulbright year teaching in Ecuador, and Mary will spend hers teaching in Brazil. In addition, Jennifer Tompkins ’18 received a place on a

Izoduwa Idehen-Amadasun ’18, Emerald Wright-Collie ’16, and Assistant Professor of Community and Justice Studies Heather Moore presented original research at the National Council for Black Studies annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. The panel was titled “Reflections on Communit(ies), Black Public Identities, and Higher Education in the #BlackLivesMatter Era.”

Delaney Heard ’17 and Jonah Raether ’18 presented a poster at the AAC&U Conference on “Diversity, Learning, and Student Success” in Philadelphia. The poster was on their work as Allegheny Community Engagement Student (ACES) Fellows, a student-initiated position in the Gateway.

Assistant Professors of Environmental Science Benjamin Haywood and Brittany Davis, along with Jessica Schombert ’16, presented research at the annual American Association of Geographers meeting in San Francisco.

Emily Eikey ’16 received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Emily is one of 2,000 students — out of almost 17,000 applicants — to receive the fellowship, which will support her research in graduate school.

Emily Neuherz ’16 and Alex Marks ’16 received awards for their entries in the CFA Society of Pittsburgh’s 2015-2016 Collegiate Personal Financial Planning Competition.


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550 Allegheny All-Americans

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NCAC North Coast Athletic Conference


2016 in athletics:


All-NCAC Honorees




All-regional Honorees


CoSIDA All-Americans


NCAC Athletes of the Year


NCAC Team Championships (men’s & women’s cross country)


NCAC Coaches of the Year


“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

begin their career immediately (46% employed by graduation; 95% within six months).

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

Allegheny Service Network Impact Areas

  • Conservation & Environmental Sustainability
  • Allegheny & Meadville Relationship
  • Underserved Youth
  • Homelessness
  • Solidarity & Advocacy for Senior Citizens
  • Local Foods & Hunger
  • Health & Prevention
  • Women’s Issues & Empowerment


The Franklin H. & Ruth L. Wells Foundation supported a community health needs assessment in collaboration with the Meadville Medical Center and Titusville Area Hospital. Allegheny students helped to assess our community’s health concerns, disparities, affordability of, and access to care.

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Part of Allegheny’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to build a Global Health Studies program has been used to provide opportunities for students to engage in health-related study-away research and service experiences both abroad and domestically.


The Corporation for National and Community Service awarded Allegheny a grant for the Lake Effect Leaders program, supporting graduates of Allegheny and other institutions who serve as VISTAs, working with regional non-profits to battle poverty and enhance educational prospects for children.


Peace Corp 2016 Top Colleges

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.


In the National Survey of Student Engagement

a survey specially designed for students to provide information about their undergraduate experience, our students give high marks to their Allegheny experience.

A snapshot of the 2015 NSSE survey results shows that:


of Allegheny seniors rate their overall college experience as “excellent” or “good”


of Allegheny seniors report that their ability to think critically and analytically improved “very much” or “quite a bit” at Allegheny


of Allegheny seniors report that their ability to write clearly and effectively improved “very much” or “quite a bit” at Allegheny

Those results translate to employability:

The ability to think critically and the ability to write clearly and effectively are among the skills most prized by employers and graduate schools.

In addition, Allegheny ranks higher than the group of baccalaureate liberal arts colleges participating in NSEE in numerous areas:

  • Quality of interactions between freshmen and their academic advisors
  • Institutional emphasis on spending significant time studying and on academic work
  • Discussion of course topics and ideas with faculty members outside of class
  • Opportunities to work with faculty members on research projects
  • Culminating senior experience (at Allegheny that’s the Senior Project)
  • Percentage of students who participate in “high-impact” learning opportunities such as internships and learning communities

NSSE results aren’t used simply to tell us where we are in terms of the quality of our undergraduate program. We use the results to better understand our students’ experience and to fine-tune our programs to make sure that all of our students receive an education that prepares them for meaningful careers.

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