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Tuition
$39,100
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Academics: There is a lot of room to explore majors, but there aren't that many majors available. However, you can create your own major. The professors are very involved and help students with classroom issues, as well as life issues. The registration process is easy and the workload isn't too much, but it isn't a breeze either.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The education at Allegheny is incomparable. There is no system like it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far, my major is challenging but rewarding.

4 College Freshman

Academics: it is the best thing about the college

5 College Freshman

Academics: Allegheny is hard, and that's undisputed. But with the difficulty, Allegheny professors in every department are always willing to help.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 69th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 83rd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 106th
    Smartest Professors
  • 157th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Allegheny's tagline is "unusual combinations." It's common to meet an English major who minors in biology or a physics major who minors in dance. Because Allegheny wants students to be well-rounded graduates, the College embeds the "unusual combinations" mantra into the curriculum by requiring students to major in one area of study and minor in another. For example, a student with a major in English could not minor in art because both studies are in humanities. Students wanting to work around that system can design their own major (such as cinematic storytelling or sustainable agriculture) and pick classes appropriate to that major.

At Allegheny College, academics are first priority. Classes can become quite competitive, but that doesn’t keep students from working together. Schoolwork often becomes a kind of social event, where people get together to study, work on homework, or proofread papers. The professors also fit into this academic and social hybrid, going out of their way to help students both in and out of class. It is clear that most instructors love teaching and really want to share what they know with students. Professors also look at students as friends by providing them with advice or just listening to their problems. While the College excels in all areas of study, it has a history of excellence in science, churning out many students who go on to attend grad school for biology or biochemistry, as well as medical school. With many students pursuing pre-med at the beginning of their academic careers, the natural science program is tailored to start with challenging courses to weed out pre-med students who aren't prepared to put in the work. Every major, though, is academically challenging and requires an incredible amount of work and commitment.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
170
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
34
Total FT Faculty
170
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,538
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
33
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 60%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Humanities
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 6%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Psychology: 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Grounds for Change
  • Library
  • McKinley's
Tips to Succeed
  • Accept the fact that you'll always be overworked.
  • Ask questions.
  • Get to know all different kinds of people.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Take classes you like.
  • Try things you haven't before.
Did You Know?
  • Allegheny has an Honor Code. As part of the code, students have to sign every assignment they hand in as a sign that they have not plagiarized or cheated in any way. The benefit of this code, however, is that most tests are not proctored, and students are allowed to take their tests anywhere in a particular building.
  • During a student's senior year, Allegheny College requires the completion of a semester-long project, either original research or an original creative work in the student's major field. This project is designed to demonstrate that every Allegheny student is capable of completing a large project, able to work independently in a timely manner, and compute and communicate information.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 47 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 45 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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