“Students will need to experience a genuinely diverse campus and become engaged in life beyond the region’s borders if they are to continue our proud tradition of becoming difference-making alumni in their communities and throughout the world.”
— “Combinations 2020” Strategic Plan
Allegheny College continues on a journey to be ever more welcoming, embracing and respectful. Our efforts grow from sincere conviction and are rooted in the highest ideals that reflect our fundamental and unconditional commitment to the inherent dignity of every member of our community. This is at the center of all that we do.
Since 1888, when William Jason, Allegheny’s first African American student graduated from the College, Allegheny has embraced diverse students, faculty and other community members – all of whom contribute to a culture that fosters intellectual inquiry, research and artistic endeavors. The strength of our institution throughout our history comes from a community that celebrates academic rigor and inclusiveness to individuals of all backgrounds, identities, cultures and beliefs.
As Allegheny works to promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our community, the resources on our Diversity and Inclusion site reflect the continually growing range of programs we proudly offer to support this effort.
Inclusive. Respectful. Safe.
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.
Diversity Highlights at Allegheny
Our interactive Diversity Highlights illustrates novel approaches throughout our history in diversity, equity and inclusion programs and innovations.
Scroll through the timeline using the arrows (< and >) or click and drag the Events bar at the bottom of the timeline. View a text only version.
View a full, text-only version. (PDF; Revised January 2018)
Campus Diversity Partners
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office strives to create the best possible student experience to give meaning to each individual student’s journey of learning, discovery, and engagement with our community.
The International Education Office offers programs and services that promote the educational, cultural and personal growth of all students. Through internships, student organizations and service programs, Allegheny is dedicated to encouraging campus diversity and nourishing the unique character of the student body.
The IDEAS Center provides advocacy and support for historically and systemically underrepresented populations and is a campus resource for discussions about complex issues such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, and the interconnected nature of various questions, concepts, and ideologies through a social and racial justice lens.
Dean for Institutional Diversity
The senior diversity and inclusion officer of the College reports to the Provost and is a member of the Administrative Executive Committee. The Dean shapes and implements policies, strategies, and initiatives in support of the College’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
The Allegheny Gateway
The Allegheny Gateway supports students as they explore their interests, turn those interests into experience, and then apply what they’ve learned to opportunities both in their careers and in their communities. Students develop a clear vision of who they are in the world, an inclusive and global perspective, and the commitment to be citizen-leaders addressing the complexities of the modern world.
Allegheny is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful learning, living and working environment for all members of our community from our student to our faculty and staff members. We share the responsibility for creating a caring and safe campus.
Spiritual & Religious Life
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life supports members of the Allegheny community in learning, growing in leadership, and developing as whole persons. We seek to nurture religious persons to deepen engagement with their own traditions, while developing respect for difference, and to provide spiritual experiences to all community members.
The Department of Athletics creates an innovative, challenging and supportive learning environment, where individuals can pursue personal growth in areas of sports, wellness, outdoor programming, and recreational activities where participants act as role models in sportsmanship and conduct.
Allegheny College offers all-gender housing to interested students and provides all-gender restrooms in numerous academic and administrative building locations on campus.
Diversity in the Curriculum
Academic diversity programs give you the opportunity to expand and enhance your academic major by taking courses specifically designed to develop and increase cultural competency. These programs aid in meeting the challenges of existing in a global society and workplace.
Combinations 2020 - Strategic Plan
To excel, our graduates must understand and be able to navigate a complex, multi-cultural world while grounding their actions in the wisdom gained from personal experience. These initiatives will help ensure that they are prepared to do so.
- Diversify the campus and curriculum
- Internationalize the campus and curriculum
- Require study away
- Expand scholarships for high-achieving students of limited means
Statistics, Facts, and Figures
The Allegheny Office of Institutional Research collects, analyzes, and reports on information pertaining to college enrollment, diversity, and graduation.
Information about the diversity of the student body can be found here and is updated annually.