Allegheny Distinctions

History of Distiction

Allegheny college is the 32nd oldest college in the country. We will celebrate our bicentennial in 2015. Notable alumni include President William McKinley, Clarence Darrow, Ida Tarbell, and Raymond Shafer.


The Major/Minor Requirement

Students take courses in each division of knowledge — humanities, natural sciences and social sciences — declaring both a major and a minor (outside the division of their major) by the end of the sophomore year. Students combine their interests and expand their concentrations beyond one division, developing the sort of “big picture” thinking that is in high demand in today’s global marketplace.


Four Year Seminar Sequence and Senior Project

During the first two years every Allegheny student participates in seminars that focus on written and oral communication as well as academic and career advising, and the faculty instructor serves as advisor for both years. This progressive course sequence, in addition to the Junior Seminar and Senior Project, both completed under the guidance of a major advisor, helps students create a four-year experience to match all of their needs and goals.

Every student completes the Senior Project, a significant piece of original, analytical or experimental, scholarly work under the guidance of a faculty advisor in his or her major field. The project mirrors a master’s thesis, demonstrating the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information and to write and speak persuasively.

Senior Project

Student/Faculty Collaboration

Whether it’s fieldwork in Alaska or a community art project, Allegheny students put theory into practice under the guidance of faculty mentors through research, conference presentations, co-authored articles and faculty-led study tours. In the National Survey of Student Engagement, responses by college freshmen place Allegheny within the top 10% in the U.S. for a supportive campus environment.


The Allegheny Gateway

The Allegheny 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.


Endorsements and Accolades


One of the nation’s best “for academics, affordability and career prospects”

Princeton Review has come up with a list of 200 schools that will offer students the best value now and in the future. This brand new ranking discusses covering college costs, financial aid, and career outcomes.


A Top 10 “Up-and-Comer”

U.S. News & World Report—identified by peer schools as having recently made “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” 2013, 2014, 2015

Accolades and Endorsements