Location
Meadville, PA
Undergrads
2,104
Tuition
$37,610
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Off-Campus Dining: Whole Darn Thing is the greatest sub shop you'll ever find! You can get a sandwich longer than your arm for $5 and a free drink if you're an Allegheny student. Half subs are $3 and can definitely be a full meal.

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Campus Housing: Avoid Baldwin. The biggest rooms are in Ravine. College Court is nice for seniors who still want on campus housing.

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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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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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Parking: It's a little hard to find a parking space now with all the Campus Center traffic, but when the new housing is built, there will be a large amount of parking added along with it.

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Weather: The weather is crap-always cold and snowing or raining. We rarely have nice days.

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Overall Experience: I was my high school valedictorian, and I picked Allegheny, my safe school, when I didn't get accepted to my top choices. I usually feel embarrassed telling people that I go to Allegheny. I dread coming back on breaks, staying home as long as possible in a desperate attempt to forget how much I hate the way campus operates.

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Health & Safety: I have never felt so safe and probably never will, no matter where I go.

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Campus Dining: I love the food here, but I'm not very picky. On weekends, there isn't as much variety, but during the week, there's something for everyone.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are mostly fast food. In town, there's a place called Sandy's European Market with some good food and no menu, and an Italian place called Valenza's with some atmosphere and no menu. The `good spots' are non existent.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are essentially the same across campus. The thing to worry about is their proximity to the academic buildings and dining halls. Because of this, Schultz and Baldwin are favorites. Avoid Ravine, South Highland, and Crawford. Rooms seem to be the same everywhere.

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Off-Campus Housing: You have to play with the cost scenario. Living off campus is cheaper, but it means your financial aid drops, so it depends on the situation.

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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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Nightlife: Parties? They're around, but you don't plan on walking around and randomly running into one, like at many state schools. If you know people, you can find them. Otherwise, you'll just do homework all night, like me.

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Campus Strictness: Campus security is pretty strict. They bust parties if they get loud and underage people are drinking. Generally, if you keep to yourself, they don't bother you.

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Parking: It's difficult to park. People shouldn't be bringing their cars to such a small campus, anyway. If you don't have a car, don't worry. Someone in your hall will.

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Weather: It's Meadville-it's cold. There's snow, lots of snow. When it's not cold, there's lots of rain.

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Overall Experience: I absolutely love Allegheny. I could not have a better college experience. I have grown so much as a person, learning self-discipline, learning the importance of earning your own grade. I have grown in my faith, getting involved in fellowships on campus, and I have been able to explore fields I probably would not have been able to dive into at another school. I certainly do not wish I were somewhere else.

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Health & Safety: I always feel safe here, though I suppose we have crime, like every other place. Security officers are quite visible, though, on weekends, when things get a little wilder.

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Campus Dining: For mass-produced food, ours is pretty good. It's not Mom's cooking, and it's often not restaurant quality, but it's a hell of a lot better than anything you got in high school. Salads, cereal, vegetarian, and vegan meals are offered, as well as the classic pizza and grill stuff.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of homemade ice cream stores around town. Casey's has delicious ice cream. Hank's has custard. The Whole Darn Thing sub shop has really good sub sandwiches. The Pampered Palate is a very cute café.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are dorms. They're not nice, but you won't be scarred for life either. Baldwin is the freshman dorm, commonly known as `the hive.' If you like a little more of a subdued environment, try to avoid it. I lived in South Highland my first two years, and while there were some social traumas and other very disturbing instances because of its very small size, it was okay after it was all said and done.

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Off-Campus Housing: If your dream is to live off campus, don't come to Allegheny. The ability to live off campus is precarious right now since they are thinking of making a four-year residency policy. But, I like living off campus here. Financially, it's worth it, but a lot of apartments are hovels. So, you have to be careful and choose an apartment and a landlord wisely.

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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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Nightlife: Parties are okay. More would be nice, but security is too strict.

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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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