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5 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2009

Allegheny was full of very hardworking, intelligent students and supportive, well-trained faculty. I really enjoyed four years of being pushed to learn more and be better, and never had an issue getting faculty to answer questions. Opportunities for extra research/internships were plentiful, and really helped me prepare for my current position working towards a PhD.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2011

Allegheny College is a fantastic place to continue your education. It combines the perfect amount of academic work with a fun atmosphere. Meadville is a true college town and your experience will be great.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2009

Best decision I've ever made. Prepared me for grad school, my career and life in general.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2009

It was challenging and motivating. I was always busy and learned a lot. It set me up well for my current work on a PhD. Faculty are very involved and supportive, and I continue to keep in touch with many of them.

5 out of 5
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Degree: French Language and Literature
Graduation Year: 2008

Allegheny was small enough to give me the personal attention that I desired from a private, liberal arts education and prepare me for a future in graduate school. The unusual combinations that they encourage in choosing majors and minors from different disciplines allowed me to explore options and expand my horizons while still enabling me to study abroad. The small town environment provided plenty to do with rich opportunities for involvement in the community, and larger cities nearby for an occasional weekend away. I would absolutely recommend this college - for any number of majors - or to those students still deciding; it's a wonderful place to learn more about who you are and who you want to become.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2011

Allegheny College is a great school for people who want small class sizes, access to one on one time with professors, and enjoy taking courses in many different subject areas. However, it is not the type of school that is going to prepare you for a job immediately after college. At Allegheny, you learn how to write, read, think, and analyze problems at an extremely high level, which will benefit you in the long run. If you have the money and want to invest in your long term future, this is an amazing school. If you are looking for a degree that will translate into a job upon graduation, this is not the school for you.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2011

Allegheny College is a great school for people who want small class sizes, access to one on one time with professors, and enjoy taking courses in many different subject areas. However, it is not the type of school that is going to prepare you for a job immediately after college. At Allegheny, you learn how to write, read, think, and analyze problems at an extremely high level, which will benefit you in the long run. If you have the money and want to invest in your long term future, this is an amazing school. If you are looking for a degree that will translate into a job upon graduation, this is not the school for you.

3 out of 5
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

Now that I’m a college graduate, I have an extensive two-page resume and have a full-time job offer through Teach for America. While Allegheny’s reputation might have helped me get a place in TFA, I do not feel that they helped me to create most of the incredible opportunities that I have had throughout my time in college. The professors in the English department were not helpful in connecting me to opportunities to present at conferences or to get my work published. As a matter of fact, some of the professors even discouraged me and others from pursuing publication. Because I did not listen, I have poems published in six different journals and have made over $100 from my poetry. Although the English department does almost nothing to help prepare students for a post-graduation career, it is willing to fund opportunities that you find on your own. This, of course, is helpful – especially for low income and middle income students like myself who might not otherwise been able to travel or work certain internships. Keep in mind, however, that although Allegheny College (Financial Aid, Career Services and the English Department) offers a lot of money for lower income students, the culture of the campus tends to be fairly negative for lower income students. The food options on campus are not stellar so people make regular trips off campus for food (and alcohol). If you can’t afford to eat out (or drink) every weekend, you’ll be missing on social opportunities. Similarly, if you have to work during hours that clubs are normally running, you’ll also miss out on social opportunities. But I’ll be honest with you: even if you get those opportunities to socialize, it might be hard to connect with the students on the campus. If you’re focused on minimizing your debt, paying your bills (phone, clothes, books, tuition, food, etc.) and finding opportunities to bolster your resume, you won’t fit in with the majority of the people on campus. In my major particularly, I met a lot of students with very lofty dreams. You have writers that genuinely believe that they’ll be able to move to a big city and work for an independent hipster publisher immediately upon graduating. They accumulate a ton of debt for expensive abroad programs in the middle of the summer that make it impossible for them to have internships at companies that will actually offer them paying jobs. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it’s hard to be as self-assured as the people you’re surrounded by. It’s also hard to prioritize partying with people who have the luxury to dream and accumulate thousands of dollars over your grades (when you’re grades will probably get you farther than socializing will anyway). Remember, also, that there’s not much to do in Meadville. In Woodcock township, there’s a nice park but that’s a five mile bike/car ride from campus. The downtown “mall” has a Big Lots, a fabric store, a dollar general and a cheap clothing store – really nothing worth seeing. There are decent thrift stores in town and some cute local restaurants, but nothing really worth living in Meadville for four years. You can occupy yourself by joining clubs (but be prepared for drama), working on campus or downtown (but be prepared to walk/drive in rainy or snowy weather almost regularly), working out or just doing your homework and keeping in touch with people from home. Overall, I would not recommend Allegheny. I made a few great friends, had a hand full of incredible professors and had great opportunities, but I’m sure I could have done the same thing at a school in a better location, with a better climate, with more economic/racial/gender diversity and a generally more supportive group of professors.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Allegheny College was an excellent school. It wasn't perfect but overall the quality of instruction and the classes offered were excellent. Also, Allegheny offers free laundry and the food is much better than a lot of other colleges/universities.

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