Allegheny College Again Featured in the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges”: Receives Highest Rating on “Green Honor Roll”

Aug. 6, 2015 – Allegheny College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its annual college guide “The Best 380 Colleges.” The Princeton Review also features Allegheny in the guide’s “Colleges That Pay You Back,” “Best Northeastern Colleges” and “Private Schools” categories.

In addition, Allegheny was one of only 24 schools to receive a score of 99, the highest possible score, in the guidebook’s Green Honor Roll, which celebrates the most environmentally friendly colleges in the nation.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which includes detailed profiles of the colleges.

In its profile on Allegheny College, the Princeton Review quotes extensively from Allegheny students surveyed for the book. Among their comments: Professors “go above and beyond to make sure their students understand the material” and “The school is very understanding of how special and different each student is and tries to help each student excel in their own way.” In addition, students note, “Allegheny students are known for their ‘unusual combinations’ of interests such as a major in biology and a minor in dance,” which result in a “unique and valuable educational experience.”

“While students can learn a lot from national college guides such as ‘The Best 380 Colleges’ and ‘Colleges That Change Lives’—and we’re gratified to be in them—it’s the campus visit that we emphasize to students and their families as they consider which college is right for them,” said Brian F. Dalton, vice president for enrollment and college relations at Allegheny College. “There’s no substitute for meeting with current students and faculty and for discussing in person what your interests are and how a particular college can help you succeed.”

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 380 Colleges” are posted at

In addition to its inclusion in “The Best 380 Colleges,” Allegheny recently was named to the top 25 colleges in Pennsylvania by, which uses markers such as acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates to create their rankings.

Earlier this year the college opened the Academic Commons, a central location for study and collaboration in which students can access the resources they need to thrive at Allegheny and in their lives after college.

Housed in Allegheny’s Pelletier Library, the Academic Commons includes library research support, a variety of spaces for student study and collaboration, the Maytum Learning Commons and the new Allegheny Gateway, which provides opportunities for students to study, live and work abroad; encounter diverse people and viewpoints; get involved in defining and addressing real-world problems and challenges; engage in collaborative projects with other students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners; and articulate how their Allegheny experiences have prepared them for careers and graduate/professional studies after they leave college.