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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen Dorms Best, Avoid" Baldwin Juice" – I've heard that the all-freshman dorm(Baldwin)is kind of gross(one kid referred to stickiness on a hall floor as "Baldwin juice"). Brooks/Walker are pretty much standard dorm fare(though they recently carpeted the entire building, which is an improvement). North Village is amazing(but pricey), but North Village II and College Court are also popular options for upperclassmen.

3 College Senior

Technology: Wireless Access Big Problem – Getting on Allegheny's wireless network is very difficult. It is also annoying that even prior to finals, it can be hard to find a free computer on campus.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Libraries and Gym Great, Lack of Computers Not – Allegheny has a fantastic library- great variety of furniture, and both "talking" and "quiet" floors. The gym is also really nice-everything there is fairly new and they make it open to the whole student body(not just athletes). However it is really frustrating when you can't find a free computer at the library or at computer labs(especially since the wireless network is a pain in the neck to get onto)

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Partying Optional. If you are coming to college and looking for a party, you are sure to find one at Allegheny. That being said, there's plenty of activities that the campus hosts on the weekend if partying is not for you. We've had bands, magicians, craft nights, and the like. Also, every first weekend of the month is First Friday, where Meadville restaurants and shops offer special discounts to Allegheny students.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Allegheny is pretty chill, there's an understanding that it's your personal choice to either engage or not engage in drug usage. Campus Security isn't generally tough enough on people.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Allegheny does NOT want its students living off campus- you lose financial aid if you move off campus. You can only leave if you're a senior, and they definitely aren't helpful about it. I've lived on campus all 4 years because I can't afford the financial aid cut.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Local Variety – We have a great variety of local establishments, and they're all wonderful! If you're someone who needs Starbucks or other chains, you're out of luck here with the exception of fast food. Everything is pretty affordable and definitely within walking distance. The Artists Cup Cafe is awesome.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Julian's is a great place to take some friends, your parents, or that special someone out to lunch or dinner. They have a great variety of foods ranging from hamburgers to fancy pasta dishes, so you can find just about anything here. Cost is a bit expensive, but you get great quality food for the price.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've Never Looked Back – I find that sometimes the amount of work that Professors expect us to do is overwhelming. That being said, I think the work that they have us doing really teaches you not only to learn, but to think. We know how to have fun and a good time here, but during the week don't expect to party. You can, but that will not do well for you.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Whether you want to drink or not. There are typically parties that are thrown every weekend at the off campus houses and sometimes at the on campus apartments. There is also transportation down into town via "The Loop" and is free for students.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: A Wasp Nest – I'd say that a majority of the student body are White Christians. There is a small Jewish population (although it's higher than the national average) and a very small Muslim population. While a majority of the students are White a small percentage are of color. To the school's credit, we do have a large number of international students that attend for the size of the school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Not Prevalent, but There When You Need It – There's really not much public transportation at Allegheny since it's a small school in a small town. However, there is a shuttle that takes students into town and out to Wal-Mart on Wednesdays and Saturdays if they don't have their own car. There's also a service to take students to and from the bars on Friday and Saturday nights to reduce drunk driving. But downtown is definitely within walking distance of campus. The school also offers a shuttle service to and from the major airports in the area (Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland) over all school breaks.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety Is Great! I have never felt unsafe on our campus, to a point where security can be a little abrasive

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Small Town, but Great Opportunities – Although Allegheny is in the small town of Meadville, there are plenty of opportunities. There are fantastic local shops and restaurants that the students frequently visit. Many even offer a 10% Allegheny discount! There are of course all the regular fast-food chains, but I would always prefer eating at one of the local places. Lots of student volunteer in town, or at local, organic farms in the area. There's been more a push recently to buy food from local farmers and bakers, and it's pretty visible in the dining halls now. There's also lots of outdoor recreational activities nearby too. There's a decent selection of bars in town, and the college runs a shuttle service to and from the bars on the weekends. There's a bar to go if you're in the mood to dance, but there's some other low-key bars too. There's even one that has a selection of board games that's pretty popular with some of the students.

If you're looking to go to school in a metropolitan area, Allegheny is probably not the right fit for you. But if you're looking to go somewhere where you can make a difference in the local community, Allegheny is a great place. From the endless volunteer and some internship opportunities to the great local restaurants, Meadville is a great setting for a small school.

If you ever get tired of the small town atmosphere, Pittsburgh is about an hour and a half south, and Cleveland is about 2 hours away.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The Professors Are World-Class! The professors here are OUTSTANDING! They are so willing to help students succeed and often times even come in for review sessions in the evenings to accommodate the students' busy schedules. I've also even had professors that have office hours in the evenings, again to be more accessible to the students. The professors are great resources, from just getting help with the class, to opportunities for internships. I've had in-depth discussions with my advisor about applying to graduate school and life in general. They really see the students as colleagues here, and are willing to get student input on issues. Now that I've recently graduated, I still remain in touch with my professors, and they always invite me over to their homes when I'm in town visiting. It's nice to be able to call them friends now, and kick back a drink a few beers with them every so often!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Discovering Meadville – I wish I wouldn't have spent my entire freshman year lamenting how lame Meadville is. Because, surprisingly, there are many pretty neat things about the town, you just need to be committed to searching them out. Tattered Corners is a well-stocked small bookstore, with used and new books and a store-credit policy. The Creative Crust, tucked away in the Market House square, has fantastic pizza, and very affordable prices. The Market House, too, is worth checking out, and great for getting groceries for off-campus cooking. There are also plenty of organizations in town that are always looking for, and excited about, student involvement. The town is really easy to walk, too, except for the hill and the weather. During the fall, when the leaves are changing and the snow hasn't started yet, just going on a long walk is worth the while too, and if you can look past the wear of time & financial hardship, there's some great historic architecture to see.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Frequently Snowy, Frequently Grey – The snow remains pretty constant from late December until mid March, but it certainly occurs beyond those times as well. During those times, and with a good buffer month or two, it can get pretty grey and dreary, which is, in my opinion, much worse than the snow.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Getting Better – The student body, as whole, I believe is becoming more physically attractive, and creative. There isn't much diversity, however, either in race, socieo-economic status, or in style, although this too is marginally improving. There is still a heavy presence of those from the Pittsburgh-suburbs, and this is visible.

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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.

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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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