Location
Meadville, PA
Undergrads
2,104
Tuition
$37,610
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Computers: Everyone coming in should bring their own computer and printer. I suggest bringing a wireless router to use in your dorm room since the Internet jack is sometimes in an awkward place. Overall, Allegheny has good network options and resources for students, especially library databases. The mail server can go down for a bit, but the Internet is generally always available. Networking services at Murray are not helpful at all. They take forever to do anything. Know your computer and solve your own problems or get a friend to help, but not Murray. I once had a paper due when the Internet went down campus-wide for like six hours. (NOO!). I was able to type on my laptop and use my cell phone's Internet for last-minute research. A good option to have!

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Local Atmosphere: The town is small, but there are many small stores and restaurants. It takes a bit to find them, but they exist. There is more than just Wal-Mart!

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Local Atmosphere: The town is small, and there is not a whole lot to do outside of the campus. No other universities or large group organizations are in the close vicinity. The only place worth going to here is Wal-Mart, and the nearest mall is 40 minutes away.

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Local Atmosphere: Meadville is a hole. There isn't much around, and anything that is closes at 4 p.m. The Penny Bar is a fun place to be after hours, though.

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Local Atmosphere: Allegheny is in Meadville, a rather dead city in rural Pennsylvania. I think it's absolutely beautiful around here-the four seasons, farmland, trees. Woodcock dam is a nice place to go walking on the trails or around the dam. Edinboro University is about 30 minutes north of here.

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Local Atmosphere: Meadville is like any college town. There is slight tension between the `townies' and the students. That gap can be bridged, however. Allegheny provides the opportunity to work with the town and be friendly with the people. Also, there are many small restaurants and businesses that are quaint and fun to visit and see. Plus, there is Erie, where many students go for the evening or a day of shopping. Pittsburgh isn't too far, either.

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Local Atmosphere: Meadville is small, to say the least, but that only makes it more appealing. There are places like the Pampered Palate where you can go and just drink a cup of coffee without being bothered.

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Local Atmosphere: Meadville has a nice atmosphere most of the time. The people in town are generally friendly, but there isn't a whole lot to do. There are great places for nature close by, however, and we aren't any more than an hour and a half from Pittsburgh and a half hour from Erie. Bring a car, this is a small town. The other colleges nearby are a lot less intense on an academic level; and therefore, we don't really go there to hang out or anything.

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Local Atmosphere: The town has a lot of cool little places to hang out, like the Penny Bar, Chipper's, Julian's, and Tattered Corners. You will find this out from living here. The point is, there are so many cool little stores that you don't need a Wal-Mart!

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Local Atmosphere: Meadville is not the most happening place. The bowling alley and few bars are the most frequented entertainment sites, so obviously, selection is limited. However, if you're into odd facts, Meadville is full of that. `TheVille,' as it is affectionately called, is home to the zipper and the world's biggest stereoscopic museum, for example. There are nice places around if you're looking for a more rural experience-farms, woods, nice trails for running and biking, and Woodcock lake for swimming and fishing.

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Local Atmosphere: There are other colleges within 30 minutes or so. We're close to Erie, but there are lots of places around the area. It all depends on what you like to do.

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Local Atmosphere: Meadville is a very small town with not a lot to do. There are a lot of other colleges on the 79 stretch within an hour, though. Erie is the closest place to visit.

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Local Atmosphere: I think Meadville is quaint and cute. I've never felt so safe in my life, and I probably never will again. There is a lot to do on campus, and the community is great, as well, due to the large number of locally-owned businesses in town.

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Local Atmosphere: You'll hear complaints about the people in town, but most of them are alright. Meadville is getting better, as far as stuff to do goes. My personal recommendations are the Pampered Palate and Artist's Cup Café for coffee shops, the Market House and Sandy's European Market for random gifts, and Valesky's for really cheap groceries. Of course, there are also the chain stores (i.e. Wal-Mart and Giant Eagle), but by all means, give the local shops a try; you may be surprised. For a while, there was a surprisingly decent punk and hardcore scene in town. That has been waning with the breakup of a pretty established local band, but the underground is still very much alive. If you're into that sort of thing, definitely keep your eyes open for shows. But keep in mind, the punk underground is sort of a backlash against the conservative culture of the town.

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Local Atmosphere: The town of Meadville is a backwater, former industrial center. Essentially, it's dead and offers very little outside of a few mediocre restaurants, a hole of a movie theater, and some rundown, boring bars. Allegheny is fairly isolated, although Grove City and Edinboro are both under an hour away.

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Local Atmosphere: Allegheny is the only college in Meadville, and Meadville itself is not terribly exciting. The movie theater in town is so overpriced and in utter despair that it's worth it to drive to Erie to go to a real cinema.

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Academics: The professors are awesome. They are always willing to answer questions, spend extra time with you, or just lend a listening ear.

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Academics: I've been fortunate enough to have some really great professors. A lot of them have other experience under their belts besides just academia, and they bring that to the classroom. The older, more established ones are a little bit better, but you'll probably get that almost anywhere you go.

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Academics: I feel that the professors are nice and understanding. There are some that are stricter with the curriculum and others who are more flexible with class policies and assignments. The majority of my classes are interesting, but can become boring at times. The worst classes are the ones that are required to graduate, but not ones you would normally have chosen to take.

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Academics: One of the things I really love about this school is the classes.

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Academics: The professors are very helpful, but the informality sometimes dumbs down classes.

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Academics: The professors are accessible, always professional, very willing to help students, and are eager to share their research interests with those who ask about them. They require a lot of hard work from their students, which may at times seem like too much, but afterwards, students realize how much they have learned and how much they have improved as a result.

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Academics: The professors are all very knowledgeable about what they are teaching. As an English major, I feel like all the classes in my major are very interesting and worthwhile. The creative writing workshops are particularly good. All of the professors are very interested in what they are teaching.

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Academics: The professors work alongside students rather than simply lecturing them. They have so much time for their students outside of class because they love to teach as much as they love the topic they're teaching.

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Academics: In general, the professors are pretty good. Some are even excellent. The class size allows for a lot of one-on-one interaction with them, and in my experience, they are level-headed and eager to help students out.

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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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