Allegheny College: Narrative Description

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520 North Main St.
Meadville, PA 16335
Tel: (814)332-3100
Free: 800-521-5293
Admissions: (814)332-4351
Fax: (814)337-0431
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1815. Setting: 254-acre small town campus. Endowment: $113.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9201 per student. Total enrollment: 1,955. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 3,279 applied, 74% were admitted. 43% from top 10% of their high school class, 72% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 19 National Merit Scholars, 23 valedictorians, 21 student government officers. Full-time: 1,911 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 44 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 34% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at American University, Duke University; Marine Biological Laboratory, NC and Bermuda; Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole Massachusetts. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 11/30 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $33,500 includes full-time tuition ($26,650), mandatory fees ($300), and college room and board ($6550). College room only: $3340. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1100 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $150 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 87 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 26% of eligible men and 29% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Gators Activity Programming, Orchesis Dance Company, Up'til Dawn. Major annual events: Make A Difference Day, Homecoming, Springfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, local police patrol. 1,438 college housing spaces available; 1,078 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Lawrence Lee Pelletier Library with 287,368 books, 519,232 microform titles, 3,802 serials, 7,790 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 308 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 14,000, Meadville, the seat of Crawford County, is in a rich agricultural and active vacation area. The community lies on the western Appalachian slope. The area is served by plane, bus and interstate highways. There are many churches, a public library, active arts organizations, and a large medical center within the community. Most civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations are represented here. Local recreational facilities include five movie screens, a professional theater, parks, lakes, and picnic groves. Activities include fishing, boating, hunting, swimming, golf, tennis, a major summer jazz festival, hot-air balloon festival, and folk-art festival. Part-time employment is available.

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