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| Allegheny College, for three years, has been good to me. I've been to several schools in the three years I've been a student at Allegheny, and I have not yet seen one that I would choose over Allegheny had I needed to make the decision again.|
Like any school, Allegheny has its negatives. One negative is the Financial Aid Office and the Student Accounts Office -- not the most personable people on campus. Maybe that fits with what they're charged with doing for the university -- looking at the bottom line -- but even so, they could still be more understanding with students than they are currently. Another negative that I see is misguided policies. Admissions is currently doing a great job of marketing the school, and as a result, an increasing number of kids are making the decision to attend Allegheny. But when the Department of Residence Life decides to extend the On-campus Residency Requirement, a shortage in housing results, and Residence Life is then forced to convert rooms meant to be doubles into triples, or as they like to call them, "expanded doubles."
As far as positive goes, I could pretty much say "everything else," and that would hit pretty close to the truth. From the faculty, to the campus, to the academics, to student activities, even to the friendly administration, this college is top-notch. The residence life policies are not near as restrictive as other schools -- men and women can be in the same dorm.. some even live in the same hallways.. without doors being propped open with a shoe in the doorway. There are no "visiting hours," and there's no "front desk." Students are given the benefit of the doubt, and they're expected to understand that they're to behave like the people they are -- young adults. They're not treated like hoodlums like at other schools.
Another definite positive is the honor code. Students, when they matriculate, take an oath to uphold the Honor Code during their four years at Allegheny. The Honor Code is an understanding between students and the college that academic dishonesty is a grievous offense in the academic community and it will not be tolerated. In exchange for this pledge, students are allowed unproctored and take-home exams. Again, it is the college's belief that when treated as fundamentally honest people, students repay the generosity with their best academic work.
The last positive thing I'll state here about Allegheny College is the tradition. Founded in 1815, you can sense the tradition as soon as you get on campus. On the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, you can sense that at one time this was a campus on the frontier. It's the first school founded west of the Alleghenies, and when you look at photos of the campus from fifty, even one hundred years go, many of the buildings look the same as they do now.In sum, Allegheny College is a college that's rising among its liberal arts brethren. The school has one of the best academic programs around, it's established in the community, and it's located on a beautiful campus. The campus has a new campus center, it will have a new alumni center by the fall of 2005, and it's attracting students like never before. If I was given a chance to make my college decision again, I'd choose Allegheny in a heartbeat.
|Jun 22 2005|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| I felt as though the faculty, and program itself, was of great quality. Though, this should not be the only factor in determining where you apply. Allegheny College was completely lacking of the "college" aspect. Activities on campus alternated between studying all night on weekdays, and binge drinking on weekends. Partying was simply for underclassmen to spend $5 on unlimited booze. While there were stand up comedians once a month, there was very little to do on a weekend for a person like me who preferred not being hung over every Sunday morning. The people aren't much better. Though I had a good hall and some high school friends, much of the 2000 person campus has this false sense of superiority, since Allegheny is a competitive school. My physics case study was spent listening to my partner describe how much better he was than the teacher. He ended up failing the class. It's also the same feel as high school. Even though the classes are 20-30 people, it's 20-30 people who refuse to associate with someone who isn't in their "clique". Sorry for the essay, but it needed to be said. If you want a college that will stress you for four years and look decent on a degree, don't hesitate to enroll. But, if you are one of the people who wants college to be the best four years of their life, skip this option. Thanks to my hasty enrollment, I have already thrown two of mine away, and wouldn't wish that upon anybody else. |
|Apr 26 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| Allegheny College is a place where students with a good high school background come to party a little bit, but work a lot. Just being in the top 5% of your highschool class does not mean that the school will be easy, so come prepared with a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn from both the students and professors around you.It is also to your advantage if you get to know the professors in your department well, be sure to talk to them often and keep them updated. They are more than willing to help when it comes to academics and they like to see students who take the initiative to get the help they need rather than simply failing or struggling through their work. |
|Nov 11 2004|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2005 |