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Allegheny College, a small liberal arts school located in rural northwest Pennsylvania, has a campus “full of different interests, experiences and talents.” Students highlight Allegheny’s diversity and stress that they “are engaged in helping our campus community as well as the community of Meadville.” In terms of a diverse educational experience, one of the college’s draws is students’ ability to mix and match majors and minors from different disciplines, leading to Allegheny’s motto of “unusual combinations.” This approach “toted by the Allegheny College curriculum board [resounds] not only in the academics but in the people and opportunities that are a part of this unique campus.” Professors here are “dedicated to helping [students] succeed and they genuinely want to see [students] do well.” With small class sizes and “classes taught by professors,” students say the academics are rigorous at Allegheny but professors “go above and beyond to make themselves available to help them through [difficult times].” The mandatory independent senior research project is “challenging” but it “does a lot to bolster resumes and prep students for graduate schools.”

Student Body

Allegheny has a “very welcoming, judgment-free student body,” with students who are “incredibly involved, engaged, and passionate about what they do.” While students who hold more conservative viewpoints say that the school’s generally liberal stance “may be alienating to conservative students,” the majority of Allegheny students seem to applaud the college’s emphasis on “welcoming students from different cultures and a general acceptance of varying creeds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and races.” On the whole, students describe Allegheny as a “very active campus” and the “vast majority of people are involved with more than one organization on campus and are extremely invested in their studies and the school.” Even though some say to “be prepared to have the majority of your life revolve just around what the school provides, which is a lot,” adding that “the location is definitely a drawback,” others add that students find plenty to do on campus and with off-campus trips to Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, when Meadville gets too small.

Campus Life

Though some say Allegheny is “the school that studies like an Ivy and parties like a state school,” others contend that most students’ weeks are full of books and weekends revolve around some sort of on-campus fun. (One point of contention is a recent ruling that students must live on campus all four years.) Meadville is a small town but with over 100 school-sponsored clubs and organizations, “everyone can find something [they’re] passionate about at Allegheny.” Greek life is “an important component of the school, but with only 25 percent of students involved, you’ll never feel obligated to participate.” The tightknit school, with roughly 1,800 students, is “small enough that you will see a familiar face wherever you go, without feeling like you know everyone on campus.” As one student puts it, Allegheny is “a school with traditions and weirdness” and during a pre-college campus visit it just “felt right.” A very liberal campus, students note that while “there is always space for further diversity,” the “majority of [the] student body prides itself on social justice and service work.”

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Applicants: 4,379
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Average HS GPA: 3.50







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