U.S. News & World Report Ranks Allegheny College Among Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

U.S. News & World Report has again named Allegheny College one of the top national liberal arts colleges in the country, highlighting the college’s commitment to social mobility and undergraduate research. Allegheny ranked No. 75 on the list, up from last year.

U.S. News & World Report also recognized Allegheny as one of the national liberal arts colleges for:

  • Top 13 for Senior Capstones 
  • Top 23 for first-year experiences 
  • Top 24 for undergraduate research and creative projects 
  • Top 32 for best undergraduate teaching
  • Top 47 for social mobility

“Our future for Allegheny College includes having the wisdom to embrace new ideas, the courage to implement change, and the discipline to capitalize on our strengths as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the country,” says President Ron Cole, Ph.D. “These recognitions from U.S. News reflect how an Allegheny education will prepare students for strong outcomes into the ever-evolving 21st century.”

The U.S. News & World Report ranking of top liberal arts schools is based on several key quality measures, including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

This recognition is the latest in a string of accolades that highlight Allegheny’s quality:

  • The Princeton Review recognized Allegheny as a Nation’s Best Value Institution, featured in “The Best 389 Colleges,” the 2024 edition of its flagship college guide. The guidebook notes that the Allegheny campus is “one of the country’s oldest and most dynamic private liberal arts institutions” and a premier college for students with different interests, skills, and talents. The organization also mentions Allegheny as one of the Best Northeastern Colleges.
  • Washington Monthly recognized Allegheny among the top 50 best liberal arts colleges nationwide in the publication’s 2023 rankings. Washington Monthly rated the top liberal arts colleges in the nation based on three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and Ph D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to society).
  • In the Top Colleges of 2023, Forbes recognized Allegheny among the nation’s top colleges based on the quality of education, price, and return on investment. 
  • Colleges That Change Lives, a leading national voice in college choice, has featured Allegheny since 1996, highlighting the college’s focus on personalized, student-centered learning and undergraduate research.

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About Allegheny College

Allegheny College, founded in 1815, is one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold. It is one of the few colleges in the United States with a unique requirement to choose both a major and minor for graduation, to provide students with a cross-disciplinary path in the sciences and humanities for educational depth and intellectual growth. Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.”

The college has notable environmental sustainability accomplishments on campus, including carbon neutrality, on-campus solar energy production, organic food production, in-vessel food waste composting, and resource reduction. In the last decade, paper consumption has been reduced 30% and water consumption has decreased 40%. Installation of water refill stations on campus has drastically reduced single-use plastic bottle consumption. Recent building construction or renovations have been LEED-certified, including use of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Photo by Bill Owen ’74