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Allegheny College is a private institution that was founded in 1815. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,123, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 565 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Allegheny College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 82. Its tuition and fees are $37,610 (2012-13).
Allegheny College is a liberal arts school located in Meadville, near Lake Erie in Pennsylvania, about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. Students at Allegheny can choose from more than 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.
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One of Loren Pope's 40 Colleges That Change Lives, Allegheny is the premier college in the country for students with 'Unusual Combinations' of interests and talents. Students develop combinations of majors and minors in areas that may, at first glance, seem unrelated: biology and economics; political science and music; history and psychology. There is an abiding passion for learning and life, a spirit of camaraderie, and shared inquiry that spans individuals as well as areas of study. Neuroscience majors play in the Civic Symphony and build houses on Alternative Spring Break. Students prepare for law school while playing basketball and interning in Washington, D.C. Building on a combination of academic disciplines and passions, every student completes a comprehensive Senior Project under the guidance of a faculty advisor in his or her major field. This significant piece of original scholarly work has a creative, analytical or experimental focus and the experience culminates with an oral defense in front of faculty experts and mentors. The project demonstrates the skills most prized by employers and graduate schools: the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information and to write and speak persuasively. Our students are not only encouraged to explore all of their interests, but exploring academic disciplines from multiple perspectives leads them to extraordinary outcomes. Biochemistry majors highlight their skills learned in communication arts to start marketing careers at the Environmental Protection Agency. English majors collaborate with our pre-health advisors and enjoy acceptance rates to graduate and medical schools between 80-100%-twice the national average. Over and over again, we hear from leaders in business, government, medicine, education and community service that the future belongs to individuals who are innovators, inventors, big picture thinkers, those who think both analytically and creatively. It is this preparation for the global marketplace-and for life-that Allegheny, with its emphasis on "Unusual Combinations," is nationally known for providing.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
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 more selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||57.6%|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Allegheny College is 12:1, and the school has 62.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Allegheny College include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Economics, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Neuroscience. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.2 percent.
Allegheny College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,123, with a gender distribution of 47.1 percent male students and 52.9 percent female students. At this school, 90.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10.0 percent of students live off campus. Allegheny College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
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, 29 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Allegheny College.
|Students who have cars on campus||29%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Allegheny College, 70.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,848.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$37,610 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,540 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data