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Allegheny College treats the undergraduate period as a holistic experience, where students are developed...

Allegheny College

Meadville, Pennsylvania

Allegheny College treats the undergraduate period as a holistic experience, where students are developed to be more than just intellectual beings. Allegheny students are molded into thoughtful leaders and contributors. 

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,023 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
51% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
188 full-time faculty
36 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

91% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2014

83% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

78% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 5%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%

First Year/Sophomore Requirement

The First-Year/Sophomore requirement is fulfilled by three (FS) courses taken during the first two years of college. These courses emphasize critical thinking, engaged and thoughtful reflection, and improved writing skills. Students will also learn how to conduct research, which will serve as a helpful skill throughout their undergraduate experience. 

Student-Designed Majors

Students have the opportunity to design their own majors if Allegheny’s programs do not meet their personal or academic goals. In the case that a student designs their own major, proper steps must be taken to ensure the new program matches Allegheny’s educational goals. With the help of advisors, students draft a plan that outlines the objectives and purposes of their program. Interested students are only eligible if they have a minimum G.P.A of 3.0 for two semesters prior to submission. Student-Design majors are also required to include 50 credit hours in their program. Ultimately the Curriculum Committee will decide whether or not the proposal is accepted.

Graduation Requirements

Minor/Second Major Requirement
Allegheny students are required to pick up a minor or second major. Students electing to take a minor must fulfill at least 20 credit hours for that minor, and the area of study must be outside of their major. If the minor is interdivisional, credits cannot count for both the minor and major. Students must receive at least a 2.0 in their minor in order to graduate. Students may also choose to have two majors, which would remove the minor requirement.

The Distribution Requirement
In order to graduate, students must take at least 8 credit hours in each division of the college. This includes one laboratory science class. Math majors and minors are not required to make one of their natural science classes a lab course.

The Junior Seminar Requirement
The Junior Seminar serves as the middle point between the Freshman/Sophomore requirement and the senior project. Every student has to participate in the Junior Seminar, which further explores effective communication, writing, and analysis. Students will learn to sharpen their research and evaluation skills within a certain discipline, preparing them for their senior project. 

The Senior Project Requirement
Every student will complete a senior project within their major. Double majors have two options for their final project. They may either turn in one work that synthesizes information from both of their departments, or they may create two projects. In any case, the standards for each department must be met.

Senior projects are much more complex than a final paper. Instead, they represent original bodies of work that are presented visually, orally, or sometimes both. Students work under the supervision of faculty, who make sure projects are headed in the right direction. In many cases, students will present their work to an audience. This gives students the opportunity to share their work and practice communicating their ideas in an effective way.

Community Service and Outreach

Community service is an important part of the undergraduate experience. Not only does it allow students to give back to the community, but it teaches humility and appreciation for one’s own privileges. Allegheny students rack up over 25,000 hours of service a year. Faculty also bring service to the classroom. Students have the opportunity to engage in service learning, where academic theories meet real world situations. Students take what they learn and turn those ideas into possible solutions.

Student-Faculty Collaboration

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research projects. In some cases, faculty will lead specific projects that require student aid. This can be an incredibly rewarding experience where a student has the chance to work both under faculty supervision, and as a part of a team. Allegheny places within the top 10 percent of schools for faculty and student collaboration.

Living Learning Communities

Allegheny’s Living Learning Communities are strictly open to freshman. Participants live in Baldwin Hall and benefit from academic support and community bonding. The majority of students who have been involved in an LLC say it dramatically changed their college experience. They mention their increased engagement with course material and stronger friendships with their peers.

Special Interest Housing

Special Interest Housing is a unique sector of Allegheny’s residential life. Students have the option to design a program that explores a specific interest. With the help of residence life staff and a house advisor, students can establish a residence that shares an sepcific interest with the Allegheny community. Special Interest Housing is a great way for students to leave their mark on Allegheny. Some of the houses that are available include: Meditation House, Green Living, and Animal Welfare.

Clubs & Organizations

There are plenty of ways for Allegheny students to get involved outside of class. The college offers over 100 clubs and organizations, the interests of which range from service groups to honor societies. Students looking to have a direct influence on campus events and social life should consider joining Allegheny Student Government or Gator Activities Programming. Aside from these organizations, Allegheny also offers a bustling Greek Life, leadership societies, interest clubs, media organizations, performing groups and religious clubs.

Meadville, Pennsylvania

Students are encouraged to explore Meadville and catch a flick, see an art exhibit, or even just walk around. Meadville also boasts one of the oldest outing clubs in the nation, which provides plenty of recreation opportunities to students and the community.


Admissions Fall 2014

3,857 Total Applicants
2,768 Total Admissions
476 Total Freshmen Enrollment

71.77% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 640
SAT Math 520 630
SAT Writing 510 640
ACT Composite 23 29
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 22 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $40,260
Fees $400
Total $40,660
Room and Board (on campus) $10,320
Room Only $5,430
Board Only $4,890
Estimated Total On Campus $50,980


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
68% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$24,098 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,462 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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