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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is terrible. They sell more parking permits than they have spots so when your lot is full and you have to park somewhere else, the college just tickets you. Even if you explain the situation to them. And now that NV2 is finished, its an even bigger issue because they forgot to consider parking. ALSO its taken them forever to fix the Caflisch parking lot. It was so terrible, people got stuck in it all the time, especially during the winter.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Awesome and Underappreciated – Greek life at Allegheny is loved by those on the inside and looked down on by those on the outside. A large number of the student body is Greek, and that becomes a huge part of their lives. But those outside of Greek life see it very stereotypically- buying friends, getting drunk, with no real benefit to anyone.

2 College Senior

Parking: Allegheny parking is terrible. With the addition of North Village phase II, the college had not made places for parking, causing overwhelming and annoying congestion around campus. It's almost impossible to find a close place to park. And the hours for parking are too restrictive. High profile places (campus center, food courts, etc.) do not have anywhere near enough open parking areas 24/7. Needs much improvement.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life on campus is very active, making up about 25% of the student population. There is a lot of philanthropic efforts put forth, especially on behalf of the sororities. The fraternities tend to have a lot of guys scattered in the various high profile organizations (student government, college coffee house, literary magazines, etc.), but the presence of Greek life isn't overly obnoxious or domineering.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A lot of people are involved in Greek life but it doesn't rule the campus because in the end, everyone here is smart. Our first priority is academics, not frats or sororities. Not to mention the fact that sororities can't have houses because in Pennsylvania it would be considered a brothel.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Parkhurst Is No Good – There are only two dining halls on campus. One is cafeteria style, and the other is buffet style. But both have the same food, just about, with minor variations. That food is edible, but not great, and somewhat overpriced. But those are your only two options, so what can you do?

3 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics at Allegheny are important to those who are interested in it, but Allegheny is not, and has never been, a college whose primary focus is athletics. It is more of an extracurricular than a driving force for admissions or prospective students.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good for Working Out, but Thats About It – We have a very nice, somewhat new athletic facility. But other than that, not many people attend athletic events, even football games. But that is probably because we suck.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Things Are Ok – The library has everything you would want in a library, by which I mean computers and quiet rooms. But, unlike a lot of colleges, it is not open 24 hours a day, so you can't pull an all nighter in there. The campus center is alright- it has a post office and a game room where you can rent movies, as well as a cafeteria. Overall, Allegheny has most of what you would expect, but it's not going to surprise you.

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: Food Could Be Better – There are two places to get food on campus: one is a buffet-style cafeteria (Brooks), the other is a pay-as-you-go cafeteria (McKinley's). That's it. That would be ok if the food was better, but it's only average in quality. I end up living off of pasta with alfredo sauce and cinnamon rolls. The meal plans require you to eat at both places (as they are paid as part of tuition), regardless of how much you use one or the other. I usually get the minimum plan, which is 30 meals at Brooks and $100 to spend at McKinley's. I always find that I spend all of my McKinley's money in the first few weeks of classes, while I have to force myself to go to Brooks in order to use up the meals. I usually buy food at the grocery store and try to prepare my own food.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Allegheny, for its size, has very nice facilities and it's quite pretty as well. Its gym is new and has nearly anything you could want - swimming pool and diving pool, an indoor track, a few different weightlifting areas, and several multipurpose courts. The Campus Center is also a newer building, and it's quite nice. Students often do work in there, as it has a cafeteria and coffee shop, as well as a game room and the post office. The grass is always green and there are red brick walkways connecting the older and historic buildings with the newer ones.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Heavy drinking on weekends with Greeks and athletes, but the intellectuals, hipsters and coffee shop types smoke quite a bit of pot. Dabbling in psychedelics and hallucinogens is common, but rarely anything harder.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: 3 Year Residency, Unhelpful Residence Office – We have a three year residency requirement that is iron-clad. The on campus housing is awful and overpriced. The school will not help you make it off campus, but once you do, it is lovely! Really cheap housing, nice landlords, great parties, easy access to groceries, safe, and almost all are within walking distance to the school.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Just Built a New Apartment Complex – The older buildings have a lot of charm but some of them have had mold, so the college put a lot of money into brand new apartments called North Village. The new buildings are super clean and central to campus but don't have the charm of the old buildings.

4 College Senior

Academics: The coursework is challenging. The professors are mostly helpful. Registration is pretty standard. Workload is heavy. Lots of pre-med students. Fun humanities departments.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Professors Have Office Hours – Professors are required to have a certain amount of office hours outside of class so they are most always available to help you with homework or projects outside of class. My professors have put their home and cell numbers on their syllabi if we ever need to get in contact with them when office hours are closed.

4 College Junior

Administration: Relatively Laid Back Environment – Allegheny is not Grove City or PCC. Students are generally given the freedom to make their own choices in most areas of their lives. Frequently, students remain in certain academic buildings all night studying or completing assignments without fear of security kicking them out. The college is pretty lenient about partying. They want students to make their own decisions pertaining to balancing their social and academic lives. This said, students who spend a lot of time partying their freshman year fail out by the sophomore year. Therefore, you might say that the great regulator of student behavior is the rigorous nature of the courses.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: My Perspective – Meadville contains some bars and other outdoor recreational activties during the weekends. Based on what I have been told, a good number of off-campus parties take place. However, whether you will have time to attend many of these parties may depend upon your professors. Some classes require that some of your weekends are spent writing papers. Hence, if you can afford to spare the time to leave campus for the town of Meadville, your party experience should be decent. If you are stuck on campus and under 21 years of age, it is probably not in your best interest to become noticably intoxicated. The college does cite underage students from time to time.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Accepting Environment – Overall, Allegheny College has a very accepting environment. While approximately 90 percent of students are caucasian, this does not seem to have negatively impacted the desire of the college administration to institute courses that are specifically interesting to racial minorities. The same is true for students of religious or sexual minorities. The college offers classes in Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, etc and aims offers a GLBT minor. Overall, students and professors are accepting people, who understand that the world offers far more than simply one reality.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Mud Season for Months – snow in the winter. mud season lasts from november to april. lots of gray. make sure you love your winter jacket and bring real boots.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Campus, Sketch Town. I never feel in danger on Allegheny's campus. Off campus housing is a little sketch but not unsafe. You just have to have street smarts and be aware, like you would anywhere. Police patrol dorms, but aren't necessarily searching for trouble. They are very nice and will always say hi and ask you about your day. Campus police are not famous for breaking up parties, most likely the town police will beat them to it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Allegheny is a great chance for college students to become a part of the college community and community. In both cases you get that next step of independence and as the years go one you have the choice to experiance more through classes and housing. Allegheny has made my life enjoyable while helping to teach me how to adjust to the world to come!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation around campus is not an issue. One can easily walk at a leisurely pace and reach the opposite side of campus in about 12 mins. In addition to that the college has a deal with the local public transportation company (CATA) to provide free transportation to students with their ID cards.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Lab Availability – There are plenty of computer labs on campus for every student. You are almost always ensured that there will be a computer open is said lab as well. Only exceptions are when a class is meeting in the lab that day, but that is only a minor issue seeing how there are plenty more labs that are close to you including the library.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to eat, although, probably not enough for college students. There is good quality, but not enough

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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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