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College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Allegheny does not permit any of its students to live off campus.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: The party scene isn't the best at Allegheny. As a small school, there are limited options. There are lots of off-campus house parties though. However, they are often restricted to certain groups of people (Greeks only, sports only, etc) so they can be difficult to find.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of good places to eat off campus. There is of course a large variety of fast food but there are some good local places to eat. Market House is fantastic especially for breakfast. Compadres is a great Mexican restaurant that many of the college students enjoy.

3 College Senior

Administration: All faculty take the Honor Code very seriously. It is a benefit to the students though. Students can take exams without a professor sitting at the front of the room staring at you which creates a less stressful environment during testing. Underage drinking occurs frequently and administration doesn't really do anything about it. Security is very strict about parking and is quick to hand out parking tickets if students are not parked in the correct lot (students are assigned parking based on the location of their dorm).

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process went smoothly for me. I don't have any complaints.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: McKinley's is by far the best place to eat on campus. It has 6 stations in which a variety of food can be purchased such as: a pasta station, grill, salad bar, vegetarian, Mexican, etc. There is not a lot of variety day-to-day. Each station has the same thing each day and some of them will have a daily special. The food here tends to be pricey for what it is. Brooks is the other dining hall on campus. The options at Brooks change daily, but there is always a salad/soup bar, pizza, sandwich bar, and fruit options, etc. Brooks is all you can eat. Brooks can be really good or really bad depending on the day.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Allegheny has some great buildings to live in, but also some that aren't so great. Some of the dorms are very old and struggle with mold and dust, like Schultz. North Village I and II are the best places to live on campus. All housing options are very close to academic buildings and dining halls. The housing process is not the best. All students are entered into a "random" lottery and are assigned room numbers. In my time at Allegheny, I never received a number less than 400 (the lower the number the better). So some aspects could be improved, but it certainly isn't the worst place to live.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is typical. Rooms are smaller but the bathrooms are pretty bad.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Gym is decent and I attend regularly. Fairly new and intersting

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not allowed to live off campus and options are limited

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Very limited options close to campus other than fast food

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: i don't usually party so I don't really know and I, not sure about parking issues

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give nice scholarship money but the cost is still very high

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Need more variety and choices with healthier selections

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are ok but need more apartment style housing

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to get off-campus housing. You either have to be cleared for commuter status or be a senior. It's a hassle and easier to try to get an on-campus house. The quality of off-campus housing is okay. There isn't much variety as it's a very small and slightly run-down town.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: there's about one good restaurant, timber creek tap and table. The rest is mostly just fast food and chains. Though it's cheap, it's obviously not good. sometimes it beats Brooks, but it could be better, especially given the college students willingness to spend money on better options

3 College Freshman

Administration: administration is actually very lenient about parties and drinking as long as students do it safely and responsibly. The honor code is very strict and is enforced by a committee, but don't cheat or get rowdy at parties and you should be fine. Campus parking is awful and it's difficult to find a spot, but even though you pay for the permit, don't even think about parking in the wrong lot. You will be ticketed multiple times and while a $10 ticket doesn't seem like much, they can start to add up.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is usually very helpful and will try to get you the aid you need. They give out quite a few scholarships, but don't be afraid to negotiate if you're just going in and need more money. They often listen and will try to find more money to give you.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not much of a partier and don't know where a lot of the houses are, but my friends frequently go out. It's not hard to find parties on weekends and, like a lot of schools, it's hit or miss

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: McKinley's has pretty good food, but there never seems to be enough munch money to go there as often as I would like. Brooks has a lot of food, but it's all pretty gross and because it's the same stuff time and time again, it gets really old really fast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The lottery housing system is an absolute mess and some dorms can get pretty gross, steer clear of Brooks third floor, but overall the residence halls aren't too bad. NV1 and NV2 are fantastic, but hard to get. Dorm rooms, besides Caflisch singles are pretty spacious, especially in Brooks. There are downsides and plusses to all the dorms. It's really about what works best for you.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Looks wise: there are more attractive guys than attractive girls in my opinion. To be fair, there are plenty of beautiful girls on campus, I just think their overall average is a little lower. Girls and guys can meet at parties or in class, really anywhere. Perks of going to a small school: you'll get to know everyone, so you don't need to have a crazy social life to find boys. Lots of people think the girl guy relationship at this school is mainly hook up based, but I think it's pretty evenly spread out between hook ups/ relationships. Also, if you're not straight: you can still meet plenty of gay/bisexual people at parties. If you can't tell, or feel nervous approaching someone b/c you're not sure of their sexuality, join QnA. Pretty sure that way you'll at least meet other people that are definitely what you're looking for. However, I know a lot of gay/bi people who aren't in Q&A and they meet plenty of people out on the weekends.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Baldwin is the closest dorm to everwhere you need to be, and I love it. Only thing is--it's a little worn down. Walker is also pretty central and is a little nicer. DO NOT GET RAVINE. Ravine is the worst dorm on campus, and I would probably choose sleeping in a car to that place.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Get the biggest meal plan. Getting a smaller meal plan was the stupidest thing I did last semester, because you run out of money like nothing. So, even if you're pretty petite, get the big plan. Also, put more money towards Munch money for McKinley's instead of Brooks swipes.

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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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