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Reviews 808 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Great Science Labs – Allegheny has really great state of the art labs, better than some institutes that I have done research in as a summer intern and have seen my parents work in. Steffee and Doane have great resources, and Carr is being renovated (after being renovated 10 years ago) to accommodate the ES department and to add new resources for ES and Physics.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Get Your Aid Here – The school tends to help most people in need, but I can only speak from my own experience.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Could Be Better – Division III. Not a lot of school spirit. Athletic facilities are great however. IM sports have more popularity than our varsity sports because anyone can play without creating segregation among students.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: On campus housing is becoming terrible. Only 9 north village 1 apartments offered this year. Unless you have a medical excuse or roomdraw number under 130 you have no chance of NV1, Allegheny Commons, College Court, or College owned houses. Juniors didn't even get any North Village 2 quads which are terrible anyways. Also next year Allegheny will have a four year residency requirement.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Pretty Good – The school has a lot of money available for scholarships and will help you out if you have the grades.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Marajuana is the drug of choice, nothing really more hard than that. Not too intense.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of whites. Your average student is going to be white. While there are many kids of other races, they tend to stick together so there isn't as much interaction as there should be.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: More Needed – There are options for students with out a car to get into town but it consists of only two different bus routes. It is much easier to have a car or get to know someone with a car.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Library offers a ton of resources to all students. The faculty on staff are usually available to help students out with referencing and searching for information sources like journals and articles. There are also tutors and career services available to any student.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Great Merit-Based Aid Available. I received fabulous scholarships based on merit, and grants based on need.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Close to Erie and Pittsburgh...Meadville Itself Leaves Alot to Desire – Really great camping and hiking close by, but off-campus cultural activities are at a minimum. Need to get to Pittsburgh or Erie.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Easily Accesible and Frequent – I pretty much got a free ride here, the amount of aid I recieved was above average

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Great Safety and Security – The campus security is on duty 24/7 and they respond to calls promptly and politely. They are willing to help you with big and small problems. If there is an event that poses a threat, the entire campus is notified via email within hours. Things do get stolen and pranks happen quite often but as long as you lock up and are aware of your surroundings you should be fine

5 College Student

Scholarships: Awesome Aid – i got really good finanacial aid from allegheny. i got a generous merit scholarship and they gave me a nice grant.

1 College Student

Weather: Welcome to the Tundra – the weather is really bad. its snows alot and its really cold and windy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Baldwin Blues – It's nice to live so close to everything on campus, but the freshman-only dorm, Baldwin Hall, is disgusting. There is constantly unidentifiable "juices" EVERYWHERE. It's a nice place to meet people in my class, but it's always loud and disgusting, making it difficult to study in the building. Some of the other upperclassman dorms are so much better.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Not Too Good – The security will not let you get away with anything stupid(fun), and the town puts on noise complaint on a party and thats it for that party.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of Weed – You can smell it in every hall, and the beer is too strictly cared for and lots of parties end busted

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not Too Good – The dorms are normal, highly mediocre and have a bland atmosphere

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Allegheny is a great academic school but if you want to party hard this is not the school for you. Allegheny is a school you can go out on friday and saturdays but every other day there is no parties going on and school is the number one priority. Great school for the future. For parties not the best.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You are required to live on-campus for three years at Allegheny so the dorms are pretty good generally speaking. The all freshman dorm (Baldwin) is for those who like a crazy atmosphere. The mixed under/uperclassman dorms are all pretty average--the rooms aren't huge but there pretty nice. Everything is close except Ravine-its kind of a hike. For upperclassman theres also North Village I & II which are brand new, really nice apartment style dorms.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Small but Good – Meadville is small, there's no getting around that. But all the same it has quite a few good cafes and shops that are fun to go to with some friends. You don't need a car to get to them either. The college is also great about sponsoring events on campus. There's usually too much to do not too little.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Senior Comp – Allegheny College really stands out compared to other schools. Student volunteerism is incredibly huge, most campus groups are super-active, ACCEL (Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning) hosts great study abroad programs and will help fund various student projects and trips, and our profs are generally brilliant and helpful. What really sets us apart, though, is the Senior Comprehensive Project, also known as the Senior Project or Comp for short. In order to graduate, all students are required to do serious research in their field of study, give an oral defense of it, and pray of passing. (The last bit isn't a requirement; it's simply done.) There are plenty of resources available on campus, plus most professors will go out of their way to assist you the best they can. It isn't unheard of for some students to actually publish their work in some journal or other publication when they're done. The whole experience is incredibly hard, but very valuable and looks great on graduate school applications and resumes.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: If you don't have a car, you're kinda stuck. There is the CATA Bus, but it only comes every hour or so and isn't incredibly loyal to its schedule. It's free for students, though. If you want to get out of town, there is the Greyhound, but it only departs once a day, I believe. The college does provide shuttle buses to both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland airports, which is helpful for students who live out-of-state.

If you can find a ride from someone else, do so. Otherwise, you better love either walking or waiting.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Could Do Better – There are two dining halls: Brooks and McKinley's. Brooks is all-you-can-eat buffet style dining with more restrictive dining hours while McKinley's is a standard food court with very flexible hours. Brooks changes what they serve on a daily basis based on (I think) a 12-week rotational schedule. Some of the stations at McKinley's sometimes change things up a bit, especially the Crunch (vegetarian) station.

I have dining restrictions because of religious prohibitions from eating particular foods. This makes me mostly a vegetarian while on campus, for the school does not serve kosher/halal meat. However, during this past Ramadan 2010, they did provide daily dinners containing halal meat for Muslim students on campus, which was great!

If you are vegetarian or have various dining restrictions, you'll have a harder time finding good variety. However, the options are still there and you can always fill out one of the available comment cards if you have any comments or concerns. They'll respond to them quite efficiently and do their best to satisfy your concern!


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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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