Academic Commons

map-academiccommons-300x300The Academic Commons is a central location for student study and collaboration in which students can access the resources they need to thrive at Allegheny and in their lives after Allegheny.

Housed in Pelletier Library, the traditional hub of academic support, the Academic Commons includes library research support, a variety of spaces for student study and collaboration, the Maytum Learning Commons, and the Allegheny Gateway. Housing these services together creates a single point of contact for students seeking resources for coursework, research, academic concerns, career planning, community engagement, international study, and more. Collocation also allows students to transition seamlessly among services. For example a team of students engaged in an off-campus project can meet in the Commons, easily access the relevant professional staff, and find library resources needed to support their planning and work.

Pelletier Library

The library staff provides expert, individualized assistance to help students extend their research skills.

With support from the library staff, students can develop their ability to identify, evaluate and obtain the information required to meet their academic and experiential learning goals.  Library materials are immediately available in print and electronic formats, and extend back to the 15th century. If students need resources not in the library, our staff will obtain those materials on loan from universities around the country.

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The Allegheny Gateway

The offices within the Gateway offer students an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to experiential learning.

The Gateway provides opportunities for students to study, live and work abroad; encounter diverse peoples 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.

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The Maytum Learning Commons

The Maytum Learning Commons draws together a variety of academic support services to create a “one-stop shop” for students.

Learning Commons’ professional staff arrange accommodations for students with disabilities; consult with students on study skills such as time management, effective reading, and test taking; coordinate new student orientation; and support the academic advising program. Peer consultants assist students with writing, public speaking, and study in a variety of academic subjects.

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Student Study and Collaboration Space

Pelletier provides a variety of types of seating and spaces for students to work collaboratively in large and small groups.

Smaller group studies are available for student groups of up to 12 people, and the open space on the main floor has mobile furniture students can arrange so they can work together on projects. The upper and lower floors are reserved for individual quiet study in carrels, at tables, or in soft seating. The large, open Collaboratory is available for cooperative projects led by faculty, staff, and outside experts.