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Reviews 808 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You'll Find Someone If You're Willing to Put in the Effort – The variety of people on this campus are ridiculously broad. You have jocks, Greeks, nerds, grinds, dorks, thespians, reefers, tree-huggers, religious Christians, atheists, practitioners of other faiths, activists, conservatives, liberals... the whole shebang. Depending on what kind of person you're looking for, you'll probably find it. The number of people on campus is really small, so while there's a big mix of people, guys/gals you would be into are few and far between. However, the Greek scene is decently popular and there are a lot of student athletes, including those from Varsity, Intramural, and club teams. So, if those 2 groups are your thing, you'll do fine. Otherwise, you'll just need to be very patient, persistent (not the creeper kind), and maybe not extremely picky.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Party Life! Like in any college there are parties, but they only happen on weekends. It is rare for parties to happen on weekdays, since they are school days. There rare disturbances caused by drunk people, at least where I am staying at.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The access to computers is excellent, but they close to early. The library has access to computers till late at night, but there are rarely open computers.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus security is good. They respond to every incident as fast as possible. They maintain the campus on check. The security offers to escort people to their dorms at night. There are occasions when drunk students are making too much noise, but this rarely happens.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete nor an I interested so I cannot comment other than that the fitness center is very nice and provides a variety of classes.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a freshman without a car I have not had many opportunities to eat off campus. There is nothing significantly nice within a short walk, but, if you have a car there are plenty of places to eat ranging from average/below average to actually quite nice. The cost really depends mainly on where you go to eat but there is nothing too over the top.

3 Niche User

Diversity: We have an entire diversity suite, with a lounge and many offices, including: Association of Caribbean Students, Association for the Advancement of Black Culture, Queers'n'Allies, Union Latina, Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness, and International Club. However, the actual number of students on campus that are of diverse backgrounds is tiny. Most of the members of these clubs are Diversity advocates and supporters. But there is certainly an attitude of acceptance on campus of the diversity students that are there.

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3 Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: Discounts and Locals – Eating off of campus is not difficult, there are a lot of local restuarants within walking distance of campus, it just is a pain when it is snowing. You can always take the bus, too. Many places, like the Artists Cup Cafe have student discounts. Many of the bars and taverns have dining options during the day and are very welcoming of students. However, there are a few places where the local residents just detest students and will complain very loudly about them. There is a very interesting dynamic in Meadville, and sometimes it creates hostilities toward the students. But the food is good, and often affordable.

1 Niche User

Campus Quality: Parking Nightmare – Parking on campus is a night mare. Students of all classes are allowed to bring their cars to campus, but good luck finding a parking spot. It costs students $150.00 to buy a parking ticket. You are given a color coded pass, and you can only park in lots labled with that color. If you park in another lot, you are ticketed. Professors and staff park for free, in special gold lots. There are more gold lots on campus than any other lot, and, despite this, professors, with their special gold passes, like to park anywhere - taking up spots in student lots. We recently took out three lots to build a new residence hall (which is super nice), but did not replace those lots. Security does not have a quota on passes they give out, so they might give out 100 pink passes, even though there are only 50 spots available, hence, you have to fight for your spot. Or, dare to park on the streets, and the city police ticket even more rigorously than Allegheny Security does.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Ugh Yeah I Said UGH! It sucks because so many people have cars and like to go home or out of the city often.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good for Heating – The dorms are pretty great. I like my floor and the people but the lights stay on all day which wastes electricity. That is the only down. It can also get loud but we're girls.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think that the dinning halls are very good but because there are only two it gets really boring. The food is very good but the items vary awhile.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not Great but Not Bad – Frat parties are the best, but there are also a number of really good house parties. Considering how small the school is, the nightlife is pretty good. And it's even better when you know a lot of people :)

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Hidden Treasures – There are a number of really delicious shops in Meadville. Some of my favorites include Creative Crust which is a bakery and Reginella's which is an Italian restaurant.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Unusual Combinations – What sets Allegheny apart from other schools is that students are required to have a major and a minor, and both have to be in different academic fields. I feel that this has helped me to become a more balanced individual and has permitted me the freedom to nurture multiple interests.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm Lovin' It! My overall experience at Allegheny College has been a positive one; I really enjoyed the personal interaction with professors, and although you have to work really hard, there are plenty of resources to help you succeed. I really broke the bank coming here, but I feel it'll be worth it.

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1 College Senior

Administration: Paraplegics Are Pushed Aside – The campus is not very handicap friendly. Because the majority of on-campus buildings/housing are considered historic landmarks, they cannot be altered or brought up to code. Only the newest buildings are handicap accessible, so anyone wheel-chair bound who wanted to study here would be limited in the choice of their major/where they could stay. So if you do have a handicap that limits your mobility, you will probably not be happy here.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Poor Public Transport – but if you have a car, you are allowed to have it on campus from freshman year. Allegheny provides the Loop, which runs every ten minutes, but only two days a week. There is also the local bus system, but I have never used that. Downtown Meadville is a ten minute walk from campus, so it isn't really necessary to do anything but walk there.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: ...but it is there if you want to take advantage of it. Greek life is something I never wanted ot get involved in, so when touring colleges, I always made sure Greek life didn't dominate the social scene, and that's what I found at Allegheny. Frat parties are still open to me, and they are sometimes a good time. Sororities aren't allowed to have housing on-campus, instead they are given suites in Brooks (one of our main dorms). I never joined a Sorority, but I have a good friend who is a member and while it is a big commitment for her, it doesn't dominate her life, and we are still good friends.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Happy at Alllegheny – Our campus is really beautiful; it's one of the reasons I chose to come to Allegheny. It has lots of old brick buildings and brick walkways. Our library was renovated in 2007 and our gym is also pretty new. I really love our campus center: it incorporates the post office, a dining hall, a coffee shop, a game room, an art gallery, music practice rooms, and a performance auditorium.
Although Allegheny is located in a relatively boring place, Meadville, I have never found the campus lacking in things to do. There are always school and club-sponsored events going on around campus, and there are planty of cute locally-owned eateries and cafes in Meadville.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love Greek life! Most of the parties on campus are thrown by frats, and for the most part anyone is allowed to go. All the Greek organizations help out with different projects and activities around campus. There is no competition between the organizations.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Have a Good Sports Program. The sports at our school are well supported. I know people that go to all the games, but there is no pressure to feel obligated to go if one does not want to. The athletic facilities at Allegheny are awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have been intellectually challenged at Allegheny. However, whenever I am having a hard time, my professors happily meet with me to make sure that I fully understand the material. Overall, it's a great learning environment.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Totally Unpredictable – Allegheny has a "no snow days EVER" policy, which considering how much snow there can be, can be brutal. Aside from the snowy months, miserable cold and rainy days can end up back to back with 75+ degrees and perfect sunshine.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Peaks and Valleys – Housing varies a lot but so does the pricing that goes with it. Regular dorms of doubles/triples and the near unheard of quads are standard pricing but singles, houses and College Court (apartment-style living) cost a little bit more but are a lot nicer. North Villages I and II cost the most, I being by far the nicest living on campus and is penthouse style.

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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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