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Reviews 808 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You don't have to be anything special to get into parties like at big schools.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is no big deal but if you want to join it's available.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Every student has printer points which are plentiful so no need for a printer.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying Early Decision you get the best chance at the Trustees Scholarship. The highest amount $20,000 is given to the best students but generally everyone receives some type of aid.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: You have to walk there. All the bars are about 5 blocks away from campus, which doesn't seem too far until November hits and you have to walk through 10 inches of snow. A couple of the bars are very strict about carding you.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Allegheny gives merit scholarships for up to 18,000 per year, and a lot of students get them. I didn't have to apply to get mine for 17,500--I just got a letter in the mail saying I had received it. The school is very good at PR for incoming students and are willing to answer any questions and scheduling appointments with financial aid.

As for students who don't receive merit scholarships, I cannot speak for the difficulty they've had.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: If you are vegan or vegetarian, don't expect to suddenly have more options here now that you are in a college town. You won't starve but you definitely won't eat like royalty. There are a bunch of different places to go here that are within walking distance. There is a bar and grill, an italian eatery, a home-style market house, a bakery, a cupcake/cake decorating place, an asian place, and a bunch of sandwich shops. There are also a few bars that usually end up packed.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Nobody cares about the Gators. We are a D3 school, so students are mostly here for academics. The football team is pitifully bad.

The Wise Center athletic facility is great. There are fitness classes, a personal trainer, dance and spinning studios, racquetball courts, and open multi-purpose courts. The cardio equipment and weight room are all in good shape and there usually seems to be enough for everyone.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: It's hard not to find your niche here. There are an overwhelming number of clubs. Popular places to hang out in Grounds for Change, the student-run coffee shop, the campus center and dining halls, as well as the lobbies of all of the dormitories.

The big event on campus is Springfest, which is technically a weekend of fun college-sponsored events, but it's really just an excuse to go house-party hopping and get hammered. Almost all of the non college-owned houses participate with their own themes. It's amazing.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: If you are into Environmental Studies or Science this school is fabulous for it. We are a very green campus and everyone recycles and there is a general hatred toward bottled water and other environmentally irresponsible practices. There is also a very strong Social Justice scene here. The SoJo people catch a lot of flack for being aggressive about issues that they find important like privilege, racism, and feminism, they are certainly making their mark on the world.

For those interested in engineering, economics, or teaching there are wonderful 3-2 and 4-1 programs with Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The attitude toward drugs here is pretty lax among the student population. Alcohol is of course the most popular, but marijuana comes in at a close second. Everyone is just very chill about it. Come mid-term and finals week, a small but noticeable portion of the campus is taking non-prescribed Adderall. While there are a lot of rumors about cocaine use, I personally have never come face to face with it.

I've never felt pressured by anything but my own curiosity to try drugs here.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It is a pain in the ass to get off-campus housing. The college keeps trying to implement a 4-year mandatory on-campus living situation, but they keep having to repeal it because they take in more freshman than they have housing for. Off-campus housing is leaps and bounds more cheap than on-campus living, and totally worth it despite the distance from campus.

I only gave it a poor rating because it's so incredibly hard to get it.

2 College Senior

Local Area: The city of Meadville is extremely poor, and one of the most depressed areas of Pennsylvania. There is a huge disconnect between the local population and the college students. The Downtown Mall is a joke.

There are some pretty reliable bars, one of the best being Voodoo Brewery. However, some people find Voodoo too hipster for their tastes. Mickey's and Penny Bar have great karaoke nights that are always jam-packed with students.

The most popular restaurant seems to be Grace Asian which opened fairly recently. It's got great Thai, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. Other big hits are The Whole Darn Thing, a great sub shop, and The Market House Grill--which is my favorite. They specialize in breakfast and lunch and are pretty cheap.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: We've got a huge mix of people here. Guys often wear jeans and t-shirts, or chinos and t-shirts, and there are also guys in jorts and white New Balance shoes with socks mid-calf. We can't all be perfect. Girls are usually in skinny jeans and a t-shirt or sweater. There are of course the leggings-uggs-northface wearers as well. Hipster styles are also pretty common here, but not overwhelmingly so. There are a lot of attractive, rich, all-American-looking guys, as well as pale, unshaven, dough-boys. The same goes for girls.

Hook-up and dating culture here are much the same as anywhere else. It's possible to have a long-term relationship and to date casually here. Since there are a lot of colleges on I-79, many people have relationships with people at neighboring schools, especially Edinboro and Slippery Rock.

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2 College Senior

Technology: Bring your own computer. There are very few computers on campus, and the library computers are almost always taken.

Do NOT bring your own printer--it would be a waste of money. You get an incredibly high number of printing points and there are a lot of printers on campus.

3 College Senior

Administration: If you drink alcohol in your dorm, don't be loud. If you aren't loud, you will be fine. If you are blasting music, there's a fair chance you'll be written up by your RA.

We're pretty liberal about letting new clubs form. The student government is responsible for approving new clubs, and I've never seen one get shot down--ever. Demonstrations don't happen too often, but they are never prevented or discouraged by faculty.

There are really no visitation rules. You don't have to sign people in and there are no visiting hours. Allegheny LOVES visitors because they see it as good PR.

Our honor code lets you take your tests in any room in the building except for the bathroom, and we get a lot of take home tests because of it.

2 College Senior

Weather: At Allegheny it is rainy and/or snowy from October until March. If this is something you don't think you can handle, don't even apply. It is impossible to live here without a pair of rain or snow boots, an umbrella, and a parka.

However, if you have a summer job or internship on campus, it is absolutely beautiful and sunny and flowery.

5 College Senior

Majors: The French department is small--we have 3 professors. They are always available during their office hours, and each of them love to take the time to help you sort out your worries. I've received better career and graduate school advice from these professors than from any of the career counselors.

The workload is pretty tough. French 300, the advanced grammar course, can make or break a French major, and the literature courses that follow it are quite demanding in terms of reading and essays. You cover literature, and poetry from the 13th-21st centuries from France to Africa. You can't take a French class and expect not to study.

As with the all of Allegheny's programs, the French program requires completion of a Senior Comprehensive Project (the Comp). This is a two-semester project that culminates in 30-50 pages of original research in a topic of your choosing written--of course--entirely in French.

Once you have completed the beginning two courses, you are eligible for the Teaching in Elementary Schools program, which is a 2-4 credit (depending on your involvement) opportunity to teach French (or German, Spanish, or Latin) at the local elementary school. You are also eligible for study abroad in Senegal or France.

5 College Senior

Majors: I loved my program and all of the faculty involved in it. I would absolutely do it again. I intend to go to grad school with a focus on 18th and 19th century literature, in the hopes of becoming a professor. I'm also interested in TESOL.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking costs are expensive here, and bringing a car on campus is pretty much obligatory if you want to go anywhere fun. If you park in the wrong spot and you don't have a permit, you are basically guaranteed a fine.

3 College Junior

Administration: If you don't show up to class, most professors feel like that's your business. However, if you take that sort of attitude toward your classes here, you'll most likely flunk out of this college.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security officers are generally helpful. They don't scour campus to deliberately break up parties.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Sorority houses do not exist on this campus, only fraternity houses. It is frustrating for everyone, not just members of Greek life. No one wants to live in the dorms directly downstairs from sorority initiation...

5 College Freshman

Parking: Due to the size of the campus, parking is extremely convenient. Also, the lots are large for the size of the school and it is very cheap considering you may want the car to go to shop, dinner, etc.. The ticketing starts off at 5$ and works its way up depending on the severity.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Communication Arts
It's not easy, per say. It's a very challenging schools and everyone will admit it as it is nationally recognized(#20) for its academic rigor. The study rooms are amazing and the facilities are state-of-the-art. The alumni center and ACCEL have a lot to offer for students looking for jobs or internships and many students come back with experiences they would never have imagined.


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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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