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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: No Big Deal – The only drug people do at Allegheny is generally pot. People are pretty chill at this campus, and there I've only heard about other drugs being used once. Security doesn't seem to intent on busting people for it either; they take a long time to show up to people's rooms if the RA's report drug use.

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lack of Boys – Boys at Allegheny tend to fall into three categories: totally awesome but taken, too awkward to function, and douche bags. Some people find romance, but there's not the best girl to guy ratio (more girls than guys).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Basically Safe – I generally feel very safe on campus. However, there has been a bunch of strange things happening to students because of people who live in the community. Security has been pretty much on top of things, though.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Liberal Arts, Literally Liberal – Gays and lesbians definately find a comfort and home in this community along with blacks. Although there may not be such a huge diversity, it is certainly greater than many schools and continues to grow every year, especially international students. The college is heavily dominated by liberals and democrats with little room for republicans to voice their opinions.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many computer labs all over campus with printing capabilities and internet access, though it does make things easier to have your own laptop, especially with the wireless printing.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the Brooks complex the first three years of my collegiate experience, and it certainly left a lot to be desired in terms of privacy, cleanliness and noice. I now reside in North Village the first, which is incredible and I love having my own room while still having people around me. That said, it is incredibly expensive--if something could be done to reduce the cost, or if I was given the option of not having to have a meal plan (especially since I have the smallest, which ends up being the most expensive per Brooks swipe), it would be much easier on me financially.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Brooks N' Kins – Brooks all-you-can-eat dining tends to be not stellar by any means; McKinley's a la carte has much improved since my freshman year, especially with the addition of local breads, muffins and produce, but the prices tend towards the outrageous--4.50 for a sandwich? 7 for a salad with meat? I might as well go downtown for slightly better quality food and more reasonable prices. The dining staff, though, for the most part, are really excellent.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Unusual Combinations – Allegheny prides itself on allowing students to study with "unusual combinations" of majors and minors in mind. The course work allows for free thinking and prepares us for careers or grad school. There are many study abroad, volunteer, internships, and summer work programs.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Their Own World – Greek life doesn't dominate the college, but they definitely make their presence known. They do much charity work and are often friendly, but some groups have bad reputations. It's a personal thing, and most people respect that.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Free Printing Is a Perk – There are free computer labs located in many locations, and printing is free and unlimited. Sometimes the library gets easily crowded, but you can always find a spot somewhere. The network speed is often slow, but it's gotten better. Most people have their own computers and wifi.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are the Easiest – The buses take to the most general spots in town and are free for students. Since everyone on campus is allowed to have a car, the buses aren't used very frequently but are definitely a good option.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: No Clubs and Sketchy Bars – The nightlife on campus is pretty lively with the fraternities constantly having parties. As for off campus nightlife, it's pretty nonexistent. The bars downtown are small and not somewhere I would spend my night. The closest clubs are about 40 miles away with no transportation there and back.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports Aren't So Great – Students are aware of when and where the games take place but have so much else going on that it is difficult to attend a lot of games. The school definitely tries to get everyone involved and show our school spirit.

1 College Senior

Parking: Shouldn't My 43,000 Tuition Be a Permit Enough? They charged me 75$ for parking at a school building without a permit. I am a college student, loans and all, not super excited to deal with the incredible and increasing cost of tuition, while being slapped with ridiculous fines for parking outside class.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: One Time It Mattered – and they were there on time. but it hasn't mattered since that cold october morning in 1998. mainly, they break up campus parties, escort o.d.-ing freshman to the hospital, and are very grumpy when you need to call them to open the consistently inaccessible ACADEMIC BUILDINGS at SCHOOL.

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1 College Senior

Academics: The Worst Part of My Education: My Education – So, many departments in Allegheny are good, reliable, credible. The video production dept. is not one of these. I made videos for the morning announcements in high school, and to this day, I learned more from myself in those experiences than the course selection offered here. the com arts student body is filled with a few people that care a lot, a few that care enough to get by, and a majority of unconcerned ding bats.

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Love Me Some Weed – you can get drugs if you want them. weed, crack, molly, and of course all those prescribed things. If you want harder drugs you will have to go down to the Meadville high school though.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – normal social relations you would expect at a college. If you sought popular and beautiful in High School, you will find it here. If you kept to the side tables and sneered at the beautiful, or were just frankly disintersted in them, you'll still find company.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Outdoor Renovation – If I see more bricks I may throw up. I would have loved a single day in my four years here where there was not constant renovation going on around the campus, breaking pleasant college sound scapes with industrial roars and scrapings.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows about 100 inches a year here. Granted, winter break allows you to miss some of it, but it lasts literally until school ends. Luckily, the buildings are heated wonderfully, classes are 10 minutes away tops (they haven't cancelled since the 70s), and sledding is encouraged.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Two Choices: Parkhurst Dining, or Parkhurst Dining – Granted, the food isn't that bad. I've had worse. But there are only two places to eat, and they are both college-sponsored, and therefore have the same supplier. Though one looks like Hogwarts dining hall... anyway, learn to switch it up or befriend someone who likes to cook (which isn't hard here).

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small Town, Big Family – Allegheny may not be located in the middle of civilization, but it certainly doesn't lack in things to do. From $2.50 movie tickets to events and concerts planned by the college, there's always somewhere to be. And, of course, there is a fair or parade in downtown Meadville practically every month!

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2 College Senior

Administration: Not Strict – Not much is done to enforce the rules around campus

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Nothing too special, not as good as it could be yet not terrible.

3 College Senior

Parking: There is not enough student parking on campus. There are designated lots for almost every dorm building, but there aren't enough spaces in the lots to satisfy the number of drivers in the building. This often leads to having to park on the street. Also, some of the lots are "green", which means they're gravel and it is not easy to get out of when there is lots of snow on the ground.

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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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