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Reviews 719 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We have two places where we can go to eat. One serves buffet style food and is never pleasing. The other dining place, is more restaurant styled. The food is better there.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: I attend college in a place where the weather tends to change every week. Therefore, it does not affect my campus experience.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There really isn't any crime on campus. If there is, the campus security acts efficiently and makes sure to make the campus aware.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Allegheny staff and faculty stress safety on campus. However, most faculty and staff do not act strictly to execute the rules.

2 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The wireless at Allegheny is such a pain, especially if you have a mac. It can sometimes take a long time to connect, and depending where you are it will randomly disconnect over and over.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty limited. The bus is free with your id card, but it only runs on wednesday, friday, and the weekends. If you want to do things you should probably have a car.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is very different on Allegheny's campus than what you would expect from other campuses. There is much less rivalry between sororities/fraternities and there is an overall emphasis on bonds between brothers/sisters and a good amount of community outreach as well. While there are certainly still parties, that's not what Greek life is all about here.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There are certainly many groups for students to join that cater to the needs of different ethnic/racial, religious and sexual orientations, (ABC, QandA, Hillel etc.) however, there is so little diversity on campus that the minorities are small in number in the first place, though that definitely does not mean that they aren't represented by good leaders.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are normally computers available for students when they are looking for them. The library has computers spread throughout and most of the other building have at least a small computer lab in it. It is sometimes hard to find an available school computer during finals week. Most students do have their own person computers, but it is not necessary.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It depends on who you are hanging out with but there is never ant pressure to do drugs and people do get caught with them from time to time.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Brooks can get bad but McKinley's is always a good option. There are a ton of restaurants in town if you want a change.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It all depends on who you hang out with at Allegheny College. The drug scene is really not big and even so there are not really hardcore drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Allegheny has a few computer labs on campus, however there are plenty of computers for use. During finals and exams finding a computer may be very difficult. The WiFi is great so having your own computer would be good.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Feeling safe is never an issue on Allegheny's campus. It is small and everyone knows each other or at least friendly. You can keep doors unlocked but should be cautious. Security is kind of relaxed when it comes to parties but can over do it at times.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Allegheny College are great for a small school. There are plenty of options and the off campus living is good as well. The only dorm that is an issue is Ravine. It is the furthest from everything and secluded. The new dorms built are great and very modern.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: As with any other college, there are students who drink and do drugs. However, it is something that hardly every gets out of hand or requires law enforcement. If a student is caught engaging in drug activity, they stand to lose all their financial aid as a standard. I imagine that there are harsher penalties as well but it is not something that seems to be a problem. There are many students who do not partake in this lifestyle as well. The campus is very liberal and open-minded, meaning that there is hardly ever any sort of peer pressure to do participate in illegal behavior.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining options on campus are rather limited, there is Brooks, the formal dining hall, and McKinley's, the al la carte dining hall. Brooks is all-you can eat and paid for as a meal credit (how many meal credits you have is dependent on your choice of meal plan), the food there is made by Parkhust and is okay. There are many options: pizza, salad, burgers, pasta, stir fry, and a sandwich bar are available every day. As well, the main dish changes daily and is generally something like chicken parmesan or tortellini. The hours are limited, which is probably the biggest drawback. McKinley's is the campus favorite dining option as it is open from 7:30am to midnight and until 3am on weekends. It has a salad place, a vegetarian section, a grill, a cantina, a pasta station, and a sandwich station. Food here is paid with Munch Money (you are given a certain amount per semester based on your meal plan).

4 College Junior

Academics: The academic life at Allegheny can be brutal, it is a school infamous for its heavy workload and high standards. This can mean that classwork will be very time-consuming and that there won't be much room to stand out among your peers in terms of grades. However, the professors all have consistent office hours and encourage students to come to them with questions. It's often a good idea to visit a professor's office hours just to introduce yourself and mentions any concerns at the start of a course. The courses naturally get more difficult as you become an upperclassman but all the classes taken as an underclassman are meant to prepare you for that. There are not any general requirements at Allegheny, all required classes are tailored to your area of study.

5 College Junior

Academics: Creative Writing Program – There really isn't anything particularly special about any particular major at Allegheny. Everyone is encouraged to choose an unique and unusual combinations. It is not uncommon at all to see students majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Art History. Or even double-majoring with the two. Because of this, the faculty and professors are very devoted to helping each individual rather than the program. The workload is intense, as it is with all programs here but the professors are exceptionally knowledgeable and accomplished, making even the most difficult of classes enjoyable.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have always felt extremely safe on campus, even walking to my dorm from the Library at 3am during finals week. The campus is extremely well-lit and there are call-boxes scattered around, not that I know of anyone who has ever had to use them. It's a small campus and most people know each other. As well, the Office of Safety and Security is available 24/7 and will even take you to your dorm if you happen to feel unsafe. There were maybe two thefts on campus during the entirety of last school year and, as far as I know, not a single assault. The biggest danger on campus is crossing N. Main St.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Penny Bar and Voodoo are fun. Under 21- Theta Chi.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great little local restaurants in Meadville. I highly recommend the Creative Crust (delicious baked goods and such), The Whole Darn Thing (a sub shop), Pizza Villa, and the Market House Grille (always great food, especially for breakfast). The Market House also has some history behind it; it is the oldest market house in continuous use in PA, which is kind of cool. Definitely check the hours of wherever you intend to go before you leave, because there are few things more depressing than going all the way into town only to realize that you are too late for pancakes. There are also some of the usual chain restaurants, but if something local is open, it's better to opt for one of them instead of McDonald's.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe or heard of anyone needing to use the public call boxes that are on campus. Most students program Safety and Security's number into their phones in case of emergency. I haven't heard of many crimes occurring on campus or the security office needing to get involved in situations involving students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some local restaurants within walking distance as well as the normal chain restaurants and fast food that you would expect anywhere. Because many places are within walking distance or only a bus ride away, it is generally easy to dine off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Allegheny is not strict at all. If there is ridiculous illegal activity and you are caught, of course you will get in trouble, but I have never heard of any ridiculous bureaucratic processes that ruin the lives of normal students.


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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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