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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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2 College Senior

Campus Food: Allegheny's food is lacking. Their have a decent number of options, but they are not well done. The pizza can be soggy and bland, the fries can be dry, the marinara sauce is just awful. If I were just visiting campus and had one meal here, I would think it was okay, but from eating here everyday for 3 years, they really need to spice things up and add more flavorful, healthy options.

4 College Senior

Academics: The level of attention you get in Biology is really nice. Some of the intro classes are a little big, some up to 50 students. But once you get past those, classes are smaller and more tailored to specific interests. We have a wide range of interests represented in the faculty. Every student at Allegheny must complete a comprehensive project in order to graduate. In biology this project is designing your own experiment from start to finish, which is a lot of work. This can be a giant pain the butt if you are working on something you don't like. In terms of the work load, it's no more than other departments, it's just different. Almost every class has a lab, which is not worth any more credit, which can be frustrating. But overall I'm very pleased with the biology department.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: The campus employs the CATA bus service, which is mostly used to transport of-age students to the bars on weekends. If you want to go out to eat or to walmart with your friends, one of you had better have a car. That being said, it's likely that one of your friends will have a car, so it's not completely necessary to bring one as a freshman.

2 College Junior

Administration: Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As far as drugs and alcohol are concerned, the campus employs a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. As long as you're not being loud and obvious, security pretty much lets you do your own thing. Try to start a new and edgy organization or student group however and you will run into a lot of administrative red tape. I personally had the dean of students tell me that he had "been trained to handle students like me" when I was trying to start a new campus publication.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: We have athletics? Most of the time, people only go to games when there is a free shirt involved (excluding big things like homecoming.)

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3 College Junior

Diversity: While diversity of races, religions, sexuality, political beliefs, etc. is definitely lacking, most people are accepted for who they are. There's tons of clubs for whatever you identify with, which is a great way to meet people when you first get to campus

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: College Students Definitely Live Here – All of the off-campus housing is old, falling apart, moldy, and pretty sub-par. That doesn't mean that it isn't fun to live there - it's an adventure. Occasional mice running around your kitchen counter, bats flying around your living room, roofs leaking and gutters falling off the side of the house, you name it, we've had it happen. It makes for fun stories the next day, plus there's tons more room for parties than in the dorms and you have your own kitchen. Oh and good luck finding nearby laundry if the house isn't college owned.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe for You, and for Parties (Kind of) – Although there are some questionable parts of campus, I have never felt unsafe while walking around by myself, even in the middle of the night. Security is also pretty lax on drinking - they don't stop and cite you, even if you're visibly intoxicated. They don't really do much about smoking either. Now if the party you're at gets busted - RUN. Meadville cops aren't nearly as friendly - there was a party a couple years ago where 100+ students were given underages. Not good.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Allegheny's greatest strength is in the calibur of people it draws largely from various po-dunk, rust-belt towns in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Coming from lesser backgrounds and relatively isolated/lonely upbringings, these kids hit Allegheny hungry for new expierences and new ideas. Subsequently, it are largely these kids that drive Allegheny's intellectual dynamo because it are these kids, raised on the internet and Wal-Mart, who are into the most interesting things--into noise music, or Japanese shock films, or brutalist art. They aren't afraid. They have big dreams. And they work enormously hard at everything. I've visited/studied at colleges and universities around the country, many of which were miles more presitigious/famous than Allegheny, yet none of them had the same ambition, the same ferociousness of intelectual spirit.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Cold, Rainy, Pennsylvania – The weather here is almost exclusively miserable. The summers are hot and humid. The spring and fall rainy and cold. The winter freezing and filled with ice and snow. Bring a coat. Bring an umbrella. Don't be of a weak constitution.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Pretty Good for a Small, Post-Industrial Town With Rust Colored Air – Meadville is small and poor. Parts of the city are very rundown and even the nice parts can hardly be called thriving. Yet, for what it is and where it is, it maintains all the bare-essential needs for shopping and food (which is actually decidedly better than it's likesized neighboring towns). As far as entertainment goes, though, there's hardly anything that isn't provided by the college. A couple bad community theatre plays. An above average, independent (though still primarily mainstream) movie theater. That said, though, you learn to adapt--to be self-sufficient--and not rely on bright, neon-splattered junk to keep you entertained, which, in the end, makes you a better, stronger human being.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Campus Security Is a Joke – Underage drinking is everywhere here and rarely becomes an issue with security. Which makes it awesome. Sometimes parties get busted, but everyone just leaves. Allegheny is hard to get used to for some people from bigger cities, but the party scene here is actually a lot of fun. Alcohol is big, weed is too. You can get other stuff if you want.

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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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