RISE Program

Students taking a photo with Allegheny College President Ron Cole.


RISE is a selective, hands-on program for first-year Allegheny students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Throughout a Gator’s four years, the program will provide comprehensive personal, professional, and academic development.

The Class of 2028 Cohort Begins: Tuesday, August 13, 2024

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RISE students will participate in exciting activities as a group throughout their four years, including all expenses paid trips and summer internships. RISE students will live in single rooms in the same residence hall!


Through RISE, students will make lifelong friends, develop stronger academic skills, and will be prepared to thrive at Allegheny and graduate in four years.


In the fall semester, RISE students will initiate personalized development plans, with the guidance of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional staff, in order to chart their pathway to success at Allegheny.

Program Benefits

  • Preferred housing selection (guaranteed single room for year 1)
  • All expense paid retreats and trips
  • A four-year schedule of opportunities and experiences

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Retreat prior to the start of classes, with a focus on wellness, journaling and reflection

Summer research through the ODEI

First internship

Second internship

Cohort enrollment in First-Year Seminar course with Dean Heather Roberson as instructor

Alumni mentorship pairing

Grad school open houses

Peer mentor to incoming first-year RISE students

Creation of individual development plans to discuss desired post-graduation outcomes

Internship preparation and coaching through Center for Career & Professional Development

Attend the Students of Color Leadership Conference through GLCA

Grad school applications and other post-graduation prep (certification, licensure, etc.)

Apply Now for RISE (Beginning fall 2024)