Program Facts

Key Allegheny Benefits

  • Allegheny’s reputation with health professions schools for academic challenge and first-rate teaching.
  • The balanced academic background expected by professional schools (see The Academic Program).
  • Strong preparation for admission tests and professional school itself: basic knowledge in biology, chemistry, and physics; considerable experience in scientific problem-solving and data interpretation; extensive practice in reasoning, analysis, and writing.
  • A choice of strong majors, each developing essential skills for health professions study.
  • Substantial experience with the teaching formats employed by professional schools: small-group discussion, self-instruction, and laboratory work.
  • Many opportunities, including community service, to develop and demonstrate leadership skills, teamwork skills, and compassion.
  • Allegheny’s personal and social appeal-the makings of an enjoyable college experience.
    Allegheny Distinctions
    Health professions advising through all four years, focused on the individual.

Allegheny’s strength in science education.

  • The Senior Project – a rare opportunity to pursue an area of knowledge in depth and demonstrate that one can meet a major challenge.
  • A special emphasis on writing skills across Allegheny’s curriculum.
  • The kind of individual interaction with faculty encountered in professional school.
  • Small classes beginning in the first year that develop interpersonal skills.
  • An Academic Honor Code promoting individual integrity.


  • ” I think I had an edge on other students who went to larger universities because I was more used to balancing academics with other activities. I could stay relaxed and still do well.” – Kelly Betschart ’95, Ph.D., MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine ’99
  • Allegheny recently received the fifth-largest grant awarded-$900,000- in a national competition supporting the biological and related sciences in outstanding liberal arts colleges. Competitors were chosen for their strength in sending students on to medical schools and graduate schools in biology, chemistry, physics and math.
  • “Allegheny teaches you to think. It gives you guidelines for working your way through problems, a conceptual framework to discuss and deal with issues.” – Samuel Hellman ’55, world-renowned oncologist, University of Chicago
  • Over the past 10 years, 185 Alleghenians were accepted to medical schools, with a 77% acceptance rate.
  • Over the past 10 years, dental schools accepted 36 of 40 Allegheny applicants.
  • “Allegheny has built a strong regional reputation on its low student-faculty ratio and the high placement rate seniors enjoy at professional schools.” – The Fiske Guide to Colleges

Facilities Strengths

  • The value of Allegheny’s physical plant exceeds $100 million. Facilities are good in all academic departments, and undergraduates do not compete with graduate students for access.
  • Some facilities are exceptional for an undergraduate college-for example, the Psychology Department’s laboratory complex for teaching and student research, which recently received over $500,000 in renovations.
  • Biology and chemistry buildings are national models for undergraduate colleges, reflecting Allegheny’s successful approach to science education-small-group, lab-centered, and emphasizing original experimentation.
  • Allegheny employs a large network of workstations and other computers-over 200 for student use-to enhance learning in virtually every discipline.

Other College Resources

  • Full-time faculty: 135 (average per department: 7)
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size for freshmen: 21 (larger in introductory science courses)
  • Average laboratory: 15
  • Average class size in major: 10
  • Courses offered: approximately 500, plus Independent Studies, Internships, Senior Projects