Allegheny College Featured in Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Feb. 4, 2016 — Allegheny College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an outstanding education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to the Princeton Review.

The education services company features Allegheny in the 2016 edition of its newly released book “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on return on investment ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt and alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

“We highly recommend Allegheny College, and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s senior vice president and lead author of the book. “They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and/or generous financial aid to students with need – or both. Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support.”

In their profile of Allegheny College, the Princeton Review’s editors praise Allegheny for “providing a top tier education and high graduation rates with affordable prices.”

Students quoted in the guidebook note that Allegheny faculty are known for “going the extra mile to help” and engaging with students “on not just an academic level but a personal level as well.”

The guidebook also cites students’ overwhelmingly positive reviews of the college’s Office of Career Education, which is part of the innovative Allegheny Gateway, 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.

“Students rave about the career services department,” says the guidebook, “as ‘fantastic’ and ‘awesome’ and ‘without equal not only with regard to their connections to the ‘real world’ but also to their compassion to finding the next step in each student’s journey.”

The guidebook also notes Allegheny’s strong tradition of faculty-student collaborative research. On January 22 the Council on Undergraduate Research presented Allegheny College with the inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment. The award was presented to Allegheny — the only baccalaureate college in the nation to receive the award — for the exceptional research experiences that Allegheny provides to its students.