New National Ranking Highlights Allegheny College’s Innovative Curriculum

Allegheny College has been recognized in a new national ranking of “innovative colleges and universities that may not get the limelight, but deserve to be household names.” The list of “50 Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things” was published by College Consensus, a college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews.

According to College Consensus, the “Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things” ranking features schools with unique, meaningful initiatives worthy of wider recognition. College Consensus notes that Allegheny “is one of the few colleges to require students to take both a major and a minor” — each of which is in a different academic division. For example, a student might combine a major in biology with a minor in music, or a major in English with a minor in international studies.

“Allegheny’s distinctive major-minor combination and hands-on learning provide our students intellectual and personal growth, leading to strong outcomes,” said Ron Cole, Allegheny provost and dean of the college. “By integrating classroom learning with undergraduate research, internships, and other opportunities available through the Allegheny Gateway, our students develop the creative problem-solving abilities that employers seek and that society needs.”

Among the other schools recognized in the “Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things” ranking were Colby College, Grinnell College and Whitman College. Along with conducting its own research, College Consensus looked to resources including the “Colleges That Change Lives” guidebook and U.S. News & World Report’s “Most Innovative” colleges ranking — both of which feature Allegheny College.

Earlier this year, Allegheny was named among the top 25 best liberal arts colleges in the nation in Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings. In addition, Allegheny was ranked No. 51 among liberal arts colleges in the U.S. in the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings.