Location
Meadville, PA
Undergrads
2,104
Tuition
$37,610
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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Guys & Girls: The good-looking people generally have terrible personalities. You occasionally find an exception.

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Guys & Girls: People at other schools are much better looking. I don't know what bizarre social phenomenon accounts for this, but we at Allegheny are seriously ugly.

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Guys & Girls: It's the average mix, I'd say.

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Guys & Girls: There's an Allegheny `Rule of Thirds' about guys: 1/3 are jerks, 1/3 are taken, and 1/3 are gay.

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Guys & Girls: Well, we think we're hot, and smart, too.

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Guys & Girls: I think our guy selection is decent, but because most girls come here for the academics and not a wedding ring, they're usually not considered to be attractive.

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Guys & Girls: There are definitely some hot chicks out there, like most colleges, and some are nice. After all, what's the point of a chick being hot if you're going to be a complete witch? Of course, I'm sure there's a bunch of jerk guys around campus, too, probably more so than women.

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Guys & Girls: You can find just about any type of guy or girl on this campus. We have our share of hotties, but we have a few not so hot ones as well.

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Guys & Girls: We are known for our personality and character. We are good-looking, I hope, but there is more to people than just looks. You learn that here. Clothes also do not matter. Get over it!

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Guys & Girls: I'm a guy, and I sure am hot. On a more serious note, my girlfriend is a girl, and she's hot. I find that the variance of attractiveness on campus is surprisingly large. In my opinion, you'll find some of the best of the best and some of the worst of the worst.

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Campus Strictness: A lot of people complain about security and how they're clamping down on drinking and whatnot. But, whenever they threaten some new security measure, the ACLU jumps all over it.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are around, but if you're not stupid about it, don't worry.

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Campus Strictness: I feel that the campus police have the students' best interest in mind and do what they feel will protect us.

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Campus Strictness: They're more strict about drugs than drinking. You get chances. If you aren't stupid, you won't get caught in the first place. Partying isn't worth giving up your entire college career.

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Campus Strictness: There have been ongoing attempts to `crack down' on alcohol use on campus, but the reality of it is that the problem is not that significant to begin with, and the hope to eliminate it entirely is lunacy.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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