Allegheny College

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520 N. Main Street

Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 332-3100
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#82 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Allegheny College is a private institution that was founded in 1815. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,140, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 565 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Allegheny College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 82. Its tuition and fees are $39,100 (2013-14).

Allegheny College is a liberal arts school located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie and about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. Students at Allegheny can choose from about 30 majors, and they must complete a senior project before they graduate. This capstone project is not a standard essay, but rather a significant piece of independent research or creative work that the students present to their faculty and classmates. Outside the classroom, students can join more than 100 clubs, pledge with about 10 Greek-letter organizations or try out for the Allegheny Gators varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference. Notable Allegheny alumni include Paul Siple, an Antarctica explorer who developed the wind-chill index factor. William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, attended Allegheny College in the 1800s, but legend has it that he and his roommate were expelled for shoving a cow into the school’s bell tower.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College has been the premiere college in the country for students with "Unusual Combinations" of interests and talents for nearly 200 years. As one of Loren Pope's 40 Colleges That Change Lives, our students are encouraged to explore all of their curricular and co-curricular interests and to look at academic disciplines from multiple perspectives, an experience that leads to extraordinary outcomes. Over and over again, we hear from leaders in business, government, medicine, and education that the future belongs to innovators, inventors, and 'big picture thinkers- those who think both analytically and creatively. It is this preparation for the global marketplace-and for life-that ranks Allegheny above the rest and attracts national attention. Experiential learning opportunities, a dynamic and diverse community of scholars, and a vibrant campus environment set the stage for an amazing college experience. U.S. News & World Report recently recognized us as the top 'Up-and-Comer' for "innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities." Newsweek and Daily Beast have named Allegheny as one of the Top 25 most academically rigorous colleges in the nation. Allegheny is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Harvard Schmarvard, and Princeton Review's 311 Green Colleges. Allegheny ranks in the Top 5% of schools for graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.'s and in the Top 4% in the sciences. Because of the reputation behind an Allegheny degree, our students are accepted to top graduate schools at rates twice the national average. And, despite the challenging job market, more than 90% of our graduates who seek employment after graduation are hired within eight months. At Allegheny, we feel so strongly about unusual combinations that they are built right into our curriculum: we're one of the few liberal arts colleges nationally that requires students to choose a minor as well as a major. Some Allegheny students pursue majors and minors that complement each other in predictable ways-an international studies major with a minor in French, for example-but you'll also see any number of students whose majors and minors represent very different aspects of themselves: an environmental studies major with a minor in creative writing, a chemistry major with a minor in history. In addition to more than 60 academic programs and tracks, Allegheny's students may also take advantage of Accelerated Master and Doctorate, Teacher Certification and Engineering cooperative programs with other top institutions. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor in his or her major field, every student completes the comprehensive Senior Project, also know as The Comp, a significant piece of original scholarly work with a creative, analytical or experimental focus. The project mirrors a master's thesis, demonstrating the student's ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information and to write and speak persuasively. Allegheny has required a senior capstone experience since the college's first commencement ceremony in 1821. It is this preparation for the global marketplace--and for life--that Allegheny, with its emphasis on Unusual Combinations, is nationally known for providing.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1815
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $146,516,149


When applying to Allegheny College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Allegheny College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.3%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Allegheny College is 12:1, and the school has 63.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Allegheny College include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; Economics, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 70%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Psychology, General 11%
Economics, General 9%
English Language and Literature, General 8%
Political Science and Government, General 6%

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Student Life

Allegheny College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,140, with a gender distribution of 46.1 percent male students and 53.9 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. Allegheny College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,140
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Allegheny College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Allegheny College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Allegheny College, 27 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Allegheny College.

Students who have cars on campus 27%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Allegheny College, 71.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,731.

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Tuition and fees $39,100 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,920 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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