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Reviews 940 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Great Safety and Security – The campus security is on duty 24/7 and they respond to calls promptly and politely. They are willing to help you with big and small problems. If there is an event that poses a threat, the entire campus is notified via email within hours. Things do get stolen and pranks happen quite often but as long as you lock up and are aware of your surroundings you should be fine

5 College Student

Scholarships: Awesome Aid – i got really good finanacial aid from allegheny. i got a generous merit scholarship and they gave me a nice grant.

1 College Student

Weather: Welcome to the Tundra – the weather is really bad. its snows alot and its really cold and windy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Baldwin Blues – It's nice to live so close to everything on campus, but the freshman-only dorm, Baldwin Hall, is disgusting. There is constantly unidentifiable "juices" EVERYWHERE. It's a nice place to meet people in my class, but it's always loud and disgusting, making it difficult to study in the building. Some of the other upperclassman dorms are so much better.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Too Good – The security will not let you get away with anything stupid(fun), and the town puts on noise complaint on a party and thats it for that party.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Weed – You can smell it in every hall, and the beer is too strictly cared for and lots of parties end busted

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not Too Good – The dorms are normal, highly mediocre and have a bland atmosphere

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Allegheny is a great academic school but if you want to party hard this is not the school for you. Allegheny is a school you can go out on friday and saturdays but every other day there is no parties going on and school is the number one priority. Great school for the future. For parties not the best.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You are required to live on-campus for three years at Allegheny so the dorms are pretty good generally speaking. The all freshman dorm (Baldwin) is for those who like a crazy atmosphere. The mixed under/uperclassman dorms are all pretty average--the rooms aren't huge but there pretty nice. Everything is close except Ravine-its kind of a hike. For upperclassman theres also North Village I & II which are brand new, really nice apartment style dorms.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small but Good – Meadville is small, there's no getting around that. But all the same it has quite a few good cafes and shops that are fun to go to with some friends. You don't need a car to get to them either. The college is also great about sponsoring events on campus. There's usually too much to do not too little.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Senior Comp – Allegheny College really stands out compared to other schools. Student volunteerism is incredibly huge, most campus groups are super-active, ACCEL (Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning) hosts great study abroad programs and will help fund various student projects and trips, and our profs are generally brilliant and helpful. What really sets us apart, though, is the Senior Comprehensive Project, also known as the Senior Project or Comp for short. In order to graduate, all students are required to do serious research in their field of study, give an oral defense of it, and pray of passing. (The last bit isn't a requirement; it's simply done.) There are plenty of resources available on campus, plus most professors will go out of their way to assist you the best they can. It isn't unheard of for some students to actually publish their work in some journal or other publication when they're done. The whole experience is incredibly hard, but very valuable and looks great on graduate school applications and resumes.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: If you don't have a car, you're kinda stuck. There is the CATA Bus, but it only comes every hour or so and isn't incredibly loyal to its schedule. It's free for students, though. If you want to get out of town, there is the Greyhound, but it only departs once a day, I believe. The college does provide shuttle buses to both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland airports, which is helpful for students who live out-of-state.

If you can find a ride from someone else, do so. Otherwise, you better love either walking or waiting.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Could Do Better – There are two dining halls: Brooks and McKinley's. Brooks is all-you-can-eat buffet style dining with more restrictive dining hours while McKinley's is a standard food court with very flexible hours. Brooks changes what they serve on a daily basis based on (I think) a 12-week rotational schedule. Some of the stations at McKinley's sometimes change things up a bit, especially the Crunch (vegetarian) station.

I have dining restrictions because of religious prohibitions from eating particular foods. This makes me mostly a vegetarian while on campus, for the school does not serve kosher/halal meat. However, during this past Ramadan 2010, they did provide daily dinners containing halal meat for Muslim students on campus, which was great!

If you are vegetarian or have various dining restrictions, you'll have a harder time finding good variety. However, the options are still there and you can always fill out one of the available comment cards if you have any comments or concerns. They'll respond to them quite efficiently and do their best to satisfy your concern!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You'll Find Someone If You're Willing to Put in the Effort – The variety of people on this campus are ridiculously broad. You have jocks, Greeks, nerds, grinds, dorks, thespians, reefers, tree-huggers, religious Christians, atheists, practitioners of other faiths, activists, conservatives, liberals... the whole shebang. Depending on what kind of person you're looking for, you'll probably find it. The number of people on campus is really small, so while there's a big mix of people, guys/gals you would be into are few and far between. However, the Greek scene is decently popular and there are a lot of student athletes, including those from Varsity, Intramural, and club teams. So, if those 2 groups are your thing, you'll do fine. Otherwise, you'll just need to be very patient, persistent (not the creeper kind), and maybe not extremely picky.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party Life! Like in any college there are parties, but they only happen on weekends. It is rare for parties to happen on weekdays, since they are school days. There rare disturbances caused by drunk people, at least where I am staying at.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The access to computers is excellent, but they close to early. The library has access to computers till late at night, but there are rarely open computers.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus security is good. They respond to every incident as fast as possible. They maintain the campus on check. The security offers to escort people to their dorms at night. There are occasions when drunk students are making too much noise, but this rarely happens.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete nor an I interested so I cannot comment other than that the fitness center is very nice and provides a variety of classes.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a freshman without a car I have not had many opportunities to eat off campus. There is nothing significantly nice within a short walk, but, if you have a car there are plenty of places to eat ranging from average/below average to actually quite nice. The cost really depends mainly on where you go to eat but there is nothing too over the top.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We have an entire diversity suite, with a lounge and many offices, including: Association of Caribbean Students, Association for the Advancement of Black Culture, Queers'n'Allies, Union Latina, Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness, and International Club. However, the actual number of students on campus that are of diverse backgrounds is tiny. Most of the members of these clubs are Diversity advocates and supporters. But there is certainly an attitude of acceptance on campus of the diversity students that are there.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Discounts and Locals – Eating off of campus is not difficult, there are a lot of local restuarants within walking distance of campus, it just is a pain when it is snowing. You can always take the bus, too. Many places, like the Artists Cup Cafe have student discounts. Many of the bars and taverns have dining options during the day and are very welcoming of students. However, there are a few places where the local residents just detest students and will complain very loudly about them. There is a very interesting dynamic in Meadville, and sometimes it creates hostilities toward the students. But the food is good, and often affordable.

1 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Parking Nightmare – Parking on campus is a night mare. Students of all classes are allowed to bring their cars to campus, but good luck finding a parking spot. It costs students $150.00 to buy a parking ticket. You are given a color coded pass, and you can only park in lots labled with that color. If you park in another lot, you are ticketed. Professors and staff park for free, in special gold lots. There are more gold lots on campus than any other lot, and, despite this, professors, with their special gold passes, like to park anywhere - taking up spots in student lots. We recently took out three lots to build a new residence hall (which is super nice), but did not replace those lots. Security does not have a quota on passes they give out, so they might give out 100 pink passes, even though there are only 50 spots available, hence, you have to fight for your spot. Or, dare to park on the streets, and the city police ticket even more rigorously than Allegheny Security does.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Ugh Yeah I Said UGH! It sucks because so many people have cars and like to go home or out of the city often.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good for Heating – The dorms are pretty great. I like my floor and the people but the lights stay on all day which wastes electricity. That is the only down. It can also get loud but we're girls.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I think that the dinning halls are very good but because there are only two it gets really boring. The food is very good but the items vary awhile.


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Something commonly heard from recent graduates is how much easier graduate programs were after the rigorous Allegheny courseload. Whether at grad school or at their first job out of college, Allegheny graduates have the skills to succeed in their fields. When considering their time at Allegheny, most students are very thankful for the education they received and all of the great people they got to know. There are so many different kinds of people and points of view that students are encouraged to do anything they truly want to do. Most people feel that they have really grown and changed as a result of the Allegheny experience—and in a good way.

There are students who have regrets or who feel they were in some way disappointed with their Allegheny education or experience. For one thing, Meadville does not provide the kinds of opportunities or the nightlife that a big-city university would. Succeeding at Allegheny is a lot of work and students looking for a party school will not find it here. It takes a lot of time and effort, and for some, it might not be worth it. But all that time and effort is meant to pay off, and for hard-working students, it does.

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