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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Allegheny is known for its heavy workload, but as long as you learn how to manage your time, homework is more than manageable. The Freshman Seminar is designed to help students break down their workload and learn how to approach a variety of assignments, and is very helpful for incoming students. The Pelletier Library also has an excellent staff of writing, speech, and technology consultants trained to help students who need feedback or advice about assignments. Professors are always willing to help students during office hours, and treat you as if you are a fellow colleague and friend - not just a face in a crowd.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academic workload can be very rigorous at times, but its worth it.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I have to work hard. Proffesors expect us to do so, not for their own sake but for the students' sake.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I have really enjoyed and appreciated the diverse curriculum provided here. There are so many interesting classes across all areas, and almost all of my professors have lived up to the promise of the class. The workload is not as unmanageable as everyone makes it out to be, and if things do get a little intense there are a variety of academic help centers that can help you get through all your material.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: In terms of my self designed major: Allegheny makes it extremely easy to design and propose a major, everything is very straight forward, and there are always a ton of professors willing to help you. In terms of my second major, Political Science, so far I've loved every professor. The classes are interesting, they move at a good pace, and the professors are pretty exceptional.

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Allegheny's tagline is "unusual combinations." It's common to meet an English major who minors in biology or a physics major who minors in dance. Because Allegheny wants students to be well-rounded graduates, the College embeds the "unusual combinations" mantra into the curriculum by requiring students to major in one area of study and minor in another. For example, a student with a major in English could not minor in art because both studies are in humanities. Students wanting to work around that system can design their own major (such as cinematic storytelling or sustainable agriculture) and pick classes appropriate to that major.

At Allegheny College, academics are first priority. Classes can become quite competitive, but that doesn’t keep students from working together. Schoolwork often becomes a kind of social event, where people get together to study, work on homework, or proofread papers. The professors also fit into this academic and social hybrid, going out of their way to help students both in and out of class. It is clear that most instructors love teaching and really want to share what they know with students. Professors also look at students as friends by providing them with advice or just listening to their problems. While the College excels in all areas of study, it has a history of excellence in science, churning out many students who go on to attend grad school for biology or biochemistry, as well as medical school. With many students pursuing pre-med at the beginning of their academic careers, the natural science program is tailored to start with challenging courses to weed out pre-med students who aren't prepared to put in the work. Every major, though, is academically challenging and requires an incredible amount of work and commitment.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
170
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
34
Total FT Faculty
170
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,538
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
33
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 60%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Humanities
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 6%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Psychology: 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Grounds for Change
  • Library
  • McKinley's
Tips to Succeed
  • Accept the fact that you'll always be overworked.
  • Ask questions.
  • Get to know all different kinds of people.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Take classes you like.
  • Try things you haven't before.
Did You Know?
  • Allegheny has an Honor Code. As part of the code, students have to sign every assignment they hand in as a sign that they have not plagiarized or cheated in any way. The benefit of this code, however, is that most tests are not proctored, and students are allowed to take their tests anywhere in a particular building.
  • During a student's senior year, Allegheny College requires the completion of a semester-long project, either original research or an original creative work in the student's major field. This project is designed to demonstrate that every Allegheny student is capable of completing a large project, able to work independently in a timely manner, and compute and communicate information.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 64 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 19 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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