Allegheny College is a
historic and established private
college located in northwestern Pennsylvania in the town of Meadville.
It is notable for its strong emphasis on
the liberal arts
April 1815 by the Reverend Timothy Alden, Allegheny is the 32nd
oldest college in the USA and the oldest college in continuous
existence under the same name west of the Appalachian
The college has been historically
affiliated with the United
since 1833, as a result of the financial
support the United Methodist Church provided to sustain the college
through a difficult era. Allegheny College is non-sectarian and
welcomes members of all faiths, maintaining a policy of
non-discrimination. The town of Meadville was established in 1788
in the French Creek Valley, astride the route traversed by George
Washington on his journey to Fort LeBoeuf a generation earlier.
Perhaps as many as 100 colleges were established and failed before
the American Civil War
The name 'Allegheny' is of uncertain origin, possibly from the
Delaware Indian word Eleuwi-guneu
meaning endless mountains.
Etymologists suggest other
sources of the word Allegheny
are best river,
river of cave people, great warpath,
meaning 'he is leaving us andmay never
return' (a possible reference to departing hunters
The July 18
publication of the Crawford County
carries the first official mention of Allegheny
College (then Alleghany College) in the form of an advertisement
by founder Rev. Timothy Alden.
The first class (with four members) entered the college one year
later, on July 4
Within six years, Alden succeeded in attracting sufficient funds to
begin building a campus, having traveled throughout the eastern
states seeking support for a planned library and classroom
building. In the 1820s, The need of a building to house a library
led to the construction of Bentley Hall, today a notable example of
early American architecture. Designed by Alden himself, the
structure still crowns the hill on which the campus is located. It
is named in honor of Dr. William
, who donated his private library to the College. In a
letter of February 1824 to Allegheny's first president and founder,
Timothy Alden, Thomas Jefferson wrote he hoped his University of
Virginia could someday possess the richness of Allegheny's library.
receipt of a charter from the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania in 1817, Alden continued to serve as President
until 1831, when financial and enrollment problems forced his
One legend suggests Allegheny student and
then-future president William McKinley, in 1860, coaxed a cow up
the stairs of Bentley Hall's bell tower as a student prank.
Historic Bentley Hall houses the
college administration, including the Registrar and Office of the
Allegheny was one of the first US colleges to admit women, which
began in 1870. Women were initially charged an extra $6 to cover
the extra costs incurred by the 'complexity of their nervous
systems.' But the surcharge was soon dropped; and a woman was
valedictorian of the Allegheny class of 1875. One source suggests
that Ida Tarbell
, the pioneering
journalist who exposed the predatory practices of Rockefeller's
Standard Oil Company, was the first woman to attend Allegheny.
In 1905, Allegheny built Alden Hall as a new and improved
preparatory school. In 1928, president Dr. James Beebe caused
controversy by suggesting Protestants use the rosary as an "aid to
prayer", and the story generated headlines. Over the decades the
college has grown in size and significance while still maintaining
ties to the community.
In 1971 the film Been Down So Long It
Looks Like Up to Me
based on the Richard Farina novel was
filmed on college grounds.
While the word "Allegheny" is a brand for the college, it's also
the name of a county and a river and a mountain range, and the
school has tried to prevent other entities from using this word.
For example, Allegheny objected in 2006 when Penn State tried to
rename one of its campuses "Allegheny". Allegheny president Richard
Cook said 'Allegheny' was "our brand." It sued the Philadelphia's
Allegheny Health and Research Foundation in 1997 to change its
Allegheny under president Richard J. Cook was reported to have had
a "stronger endowment, optimal enrollment, record retention rates,
innovative new programs and many physical campus improvements."
These years were marked by tremendous growth in the endowment,
marked by a $115 million dollar fund-raising drive bringing the
endowment to $150 million. In February 2008, James H. Mullen Jr.
was named the 21st president of Allegheny. He took office Aug. 1,
The college and the town cooperate in many ways. One study
suggested the Allegheny College generates approximately $93 million
annually into Meadville and the local economy. Since 2002,
Allegheny hosts classical music festivals during the summer.
Speaking of contributions, in July 2007, a 1,500 pound wrecking
ball demolishing part of Allegheny's Pelletier library broke its
chain, rumbled down the hill, pinballed "back and forth across the
street," hit nine parked cars, wrecked curbs, and crashed into the
trunk of an Allegheny student's car, pushing his car into two cars
in front of him. Eight soccer balls in his car "likely lessened the
impact of the wrecking ball," and possibly spared his life,
according to a police officer on the scene. The student body voted
to name the library's coffee shop "The Wrecking Ball" after the
The college has sponsored panels on controversial topics such as
face transplants (2009). Allegheny professors have joined highly
controversial initiatives; for example, Allegheny professor Michael
Maniates, described as the "nation's leading authority on the
politics of consumption," joined the board of a project about the
controversial twenty-minute film The
Story of Stuff
by activist Annie Leonard, and generated
headlines. Dr. Maniates said "We really need to think of ways of
making it possible for people to think about working less and
getting by on less." At present, environmental concerns are
important at Allegheny, which in 2008 worked with Siemens
to devise a "total energy use reduction
plan" for the college.
Brooks Hall, autumn 2009.
A profile of entering freshmen is three quarters of students were
in the top quarter of their high school class; SATs (critical
reading and math) were 1130-1320; ACT scores (middle 50%) were
24-28. Forbes reported SATs ranged from 1110-1310. The application
process is mostly done via Internet, with virtual tours and online
applications. Before the Internet, Allegheny used to print 50,000
applications annually. The application deadline is February 15. The
early admission deadline is November 15. Application fee is $35.
The acceptance rate (fall 2008) was 61%. In 2004, the acceptance
rate was 74% (of 3,279 applications, 2,439 were accepted.) It was
described as "more selective".
Despite the economic downturn of 2008, Allegheny did not experience
a decline in the "yield"—the percentage of accepted students who
actually enroll—and economic woes left the college "relatively
untouched", according to one report.
Allegheny accepts Advanced
or AP results but only awards credits for exam
results of "4" or "5", and limits credits earned by AP examination
scores to 20 (the equivalent of five AP exams).
US News and World Report described Allegheny as "innovative" and
"up and coming" Tier 1 school in the category Liberal Arts
Colleges, and ranked it 85th
among 266 liberal
arts colleges in the United States, an improvement from a previous
rank of 94. In 2009, Allegheny was listed as a "Tier 1" school,
meaning it placed in the top 50% of all liberal arts schools and
was ranked. US News and World Report has also described Allegheny
as an "A+ School". In former years, Allegheny was sometimes
described as a "second tier" liberal arts college according to the
U.S. News rating. Allegheny was also listed as an "A+ Option for B
Students" by US News.
Student entrance to the Wise
Forbes ranked Allegheny 277th
out of the best 600
four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The
Forbes assessment uses different criteria to assess schools,
including listing of alumni who make the "Who's Who in America",
alumni salaries from Payscale.com, student evaluations from
Ratemyprofessors.com, and four-year debt load for typical student
borrowers, and weights results according to these and other
factors. Allegheny did not make Forbes' list of the top 100
colleges listed as a "best buy". Forbes also has a ranking for a
college's "connectedness"; in 2003, Allegheny ranked 208, with 336
computers, and a computer to student ratio of 1 to .17. The "most
connected" school was Stevens Institute of Technology, with 1,800
computers, and a computer to student ratio of 1 to 1.04.
Allegheny has a first-time student retention rate of 87%, a
four-year graduation rate of 64%, and a six-year graduation rate of
71%. This means about seven in ten entering freshmen (in 2001) were
expected to graduate within six years.
Costs and Financial Aid
Tuition and fees for the 2009-2010 year were $33,560; room is
$4,430; meals are $4,010; other fees are $320; the total cost is
roughly $42,000. In 2006, a year at Allegheny costs $35,300,
lessened by an average financial aid award of $21,575. Tuition and
fees totaled about $28,300 in 2006. In 2007, student financial aid
was detailed in a report. The percentages of students receiving a
federal grant aid was 20% (average aid received was $4K) getting
state and local aid was 42% (average aid= $4K), getting an
institutional grant aid was 98% (average aid = $13K) and getting a
loan was 70% (average loan = $7K).
Parents of incoming first-year students are advised by the college
to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or
; Allegheny's school code is
. Different scholarships are available as
well as loan options. It is possible for parents to pay in ten
Allegheny uses inducements such as scholarships and discounts to
attract students. Many "merit aid" discounts are offered regardless
of ability to pay. Scott Friedhoff, vice president of enrollment,
said "merit aid probably helped attract students when first offered
a couple of decades ago" but that competitive pressures on colleges
have turned it into a kind of "arms race" to attract quality
students. In a 2006 report, Allegheny offered 75% of students merit
award (counting those with need and those without) but reduced the
number of its $15,000-a-year scholarships to $12,500-a-year
stipdends. Allegheny has been reducing its merit aid discounts from
33% of all students (in 2003) to 15% of students (in 2006).
According to Allegheny statistics, two thirds (67%) of students
receive some form of need-based aid. Extensive merit aid is
available up to $60,000 for four years of study. 68% of students
receive need-based aid.
The rustic bridge.
An Allegheny tradition is that a first year female student is
not considered a true coed until she is kissed on the thirteenth
plank by an upperclassmen male.
There was concern in October 2008 that a credit crunch would make
it harder for students to get private loans, but Allegheny joined
the Federal Direct Loan Program allowing students to get funds
directly from the U.S. government, and one report suggested the
impact of the credit crunch was minimal.
A report in 2006 suggested that 78% of Allegheny graduates would
carry debt averaging at $24,825. An enhanced GI bill called the
"Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act" provides generous
benefits to veterans with 36 months in the military since September
Allegheny has an honor code
which states "I hereby
recognize and pledge to fulfill my responsibilities, as defined in
the Honor Code, and to maintain the integrity of both myself and
the College community as a whole." Incoming students make this
pledge aloud as a group during the matriculation ceremony. This
policy means exams do not need to be proctored although there is a
requirement that exams not be taken behind a locked door. It is a
voted on by students every three years which
prohibits academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and requires students to
notify an honor committee if there is evidence of another student
Programs of Study
Allegheny offers liberal arts
and not business or education majors. Students can choose to get a
Bachelor of Arts
degree or a
Bachelor of Science
- Humanities are Art, Communication Arts, Dance
and Movement Studies, English, Modern and Classical Languages
(includes Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish), Music,
Philosophy and Religious Studies.
- Natural Sciences are Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology,
Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics.
- Social Sciences are Economics, Environmental
Studies, History, International Studies, Political Science,
Ravine Hall is a coed residence hall
currently housing students of all class years.
Minor courses of study are offered in the above disciplines, and
also include: American Studies, Arts and the Environment, Asian
Studies, Black Studies, Classical Studies, Dance and Movement
Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies,
Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Media Studies, Medieval and
Renaissance Studies, Science, Health and Society, Russia and
Eastern Europe, and Values, Ethics and Social Action. Allegheny
also offers opportunities for students to design their own majors
and minors. Students may also choose to double-major or
double-minor if they have sufficient credits.
Allegheny is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher
About 30% of the school's 2,100 students graduate in one of the
"STEM" disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and math.
Allegheny does not have any Reserve Officer Training Programs or
ROTC, for Air Force, Army or Navy. The student to faculty ratio was
13 to 1. There were approximately 162 active faculty members (not
counting adjunct faculty or faculty emeriti) in 2008.
In 2001, Allegheny formed a Center for Political Participation
which offers courses and extracurricular activities to encourage
The school year runs from the last week of August to mid-May with
four breaks: a mini fall-break in October, Thanksgiving
, a month-long winter break from
mid-December to mid-January, and a week-long spring break. The
2009-2010 school year listed the following dates: August 27, 2009
was the first day of classes; fall break October 10th-13th;
Thanksgiving break November 25th-29th; winter break December 17th
through January 16th (2010); spring
March 20th-28th; and last day of classes May 4th, with
exams May 7th-11th, and commencement
A view of the "Gator Quad" from the
roof of the newly-built high-tech Vukovich Center for Communication
Requirements for degrees
Allegheny insists students choose a minor as well as a major and
encourages "unusual combinations" of majors and minors. A student's
major can be in the humanities, social sciences or natural
sciences, but that student's minor must be in a different division
than his or her major. A reporter explained: "a student enrolled in
a humanities major such as English, art, or religious studies,
would still take 20 to 24 credits -- five to six courses -- of
science-related study if they decided to pick their minor within
the natural sciences division ... Even if they don't, they still
are required to pick two courses from within the natural science
areas. One of those science courses must be a lab class." There is
no math requirement. The interdisciplinary approach is reflected in
how graduates have fared with their careers. For example, Kathleen
Harrill earned degrees in music and psychology at Allegheny, and
used them to become a music therapist to help autistic children;
her 300-page thesis on music and healing won recognition. Another
graduate studied both English and bioethics at Allegheny, and
became a lawyer at Bayer corporation helping to work on ethics and
compliance issues. One student who wanted to become a special
education teacher found a new love of documentary filmmaking after
majoring in communication arts; her senior film "Finding Matty's
Voice" won the Best Documentary and Grand Jury prizes at the Ivy
Film Festival at Brown University in 2008. There is some debate at
Allegheny about requiring scientific-related coursework and whether
there should be an emphasis on "scientific literacy."
Allegheny students must complete a minimum of 36 semester credit
hours of coursework in their major with an average grade of 2.0.
Satisfactory completion of a minor requires completion of 20
credits of coursework with a minimum grade average of 2.0.
Allegheny freshmen and sophomores are required to take seminar
courses called "FS" which encourage reading, listening, thinking,
writing, speaking, and research skills. Sophomores typically meet
with faculty advisers eight times a year.
Allegheny seniors are required to complete a senior
in their major. Some senior projects can be quite
ambitious; in 2007, one senior project involved comprehensive
instructions for installing solar panels on the roof of a campus
building. In addition, students must take at least two courses (8
semester credit hours) in a discipline other than their major or
minor. Total credits for graduation are 131 semester credit hours,
and no more than 64 credit hours can be from any one department.
Almost all courses carry four semester hours of credit. Students
must have a 2.0 grade average to graduate.
The Oddfellows building houses the
departments of English, Religious Studies, and Philosophy as well
as the Meadville Community Theater and Child Care programs.
offers direct enrollment programs at Lancaster
University, England; James Cook University, Australia; University of Natal, South Africa;
Capital Normal University,
China; and Karls-Eberhard University, Germany. It offers language and area studies
programs in Seville, Spain;
Angers, France; Karls-Eberhard University, Germany; and
Queretaro, Mexico. It offers internship programs in London, England;
Paris, France; and Washington D.C. Programs geared to specific majors are also
available, including environmental studies at the Arava Institute for
Environmental Studies, Israel; and the Center for Sustainable
Development, Costa Rica; marine biology at the Duke
University Marine Lab
political science at American University. Allegheny faculty members have led domestic
summer-study tours to New
York, Yellowstone, Austria, Costa Rica, and South
Africa. Individually arranged study abroad has taken
students to Argentina, Canada (Nova Scotia), China, Cuba, Greece, Italy, Mexico, and
Cooperative and Reciprocal programs
has medical school cooperative programs available with three
institutions: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, Drexel University and Jefferson Medical College.
Allegheny offers pre-professional programs
in law and health. It has an arrangement with Drexel University College
to admit two Allegheny students who meet specific
criteria (grades, MCAT scores). It has an arrangement with the
William E. Simon School of Business Administration at
of Rochester to have preferred admission to selected students by
the end of their junior year. Allegheny offers
cooperative 3-2 liberal arts/professional programs in engineering
with Case Western Reserve
of Pittsburgh, and Washington University.
Four faculty won Fulbright awards in March 2001. Faculty sometimes
focus on the local area; for example, economics professor Stephen
Onyeiwu conducted a study of manufacturing in the northwestern
Pennsylvania region. Ninety percent of faculty have terminal
degrees in their respective fields. Books by faculty include
and Comedy from Shakespeare to
. A literary prize was won by Allegheny writing
instructor Kirk Nesset for his collection "Paradise Road" in 2007.
Faculty actively publish on a wide range of subjects from the
biology of woodpeckers, to structural features of ribosomal RNA, to
Students generally live on campus in residence halls. The total
residence hall capacity is 1587. All students except seniors are
required to live on campus. The ratio of students is 44% men, 56%
women. The demographic breakdown of students (2007 statistics) were
white non-Hispanic 2,005; black non-Hispanic 35; Hispanic 28; Asian
& Pacific Islander 62; American Indian or Alaskan native 8;
non-resident alien 27. Allegheny students come from 33 states and
25 other countries. Allegheny had a "diversity index" of .15 on a
scale of .99=extremely diverse to .01=not diverse.
Students participate in volunteer activities; in 2001, its 1850
students contributed more than 30,000 hours of volunteer service to
the community. Some Allegheny students volunteered to help restore
businesses in hurricane-ravished New Orleans. 34% of Allegheny
women belong to a sorority. Residence halls and classrooms are
closed during summers. An Allegheny Student Government has an
active role in formulating college policy, curriculum choices,
personal conduct, promoting cultural programs, and making decisions
about the school's calendar.
Information about students is generally kept private in keeping
with the 1974 "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act" which
prohibits colleges from releasing information about their students
without student permission. Accordingly, parents can not learn
about their son's or daughter's grades unless a waiver is signed
sometimes lead to problems, particularly when students have mental
health problems but the school is prevented legally from contacting
parents. In 2002, one Allegheny student committed suicide, and his
parents sued the school; a jury in 2006 found that the school was
not liable or negligent. This case helped focus national attention
on the competing issues of student privacy and parental
Campus security has 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night
escort service, lighted pathways and sidewalks, controlled
residence hall access, and 24-hour emergency telephones. Health
service is offered. Despite proximity to the snowbelt, snow rarely shuts down the town of Meadville or
Official college policy is to discourage underage (less than 21
years) drinking, although there have been incidents of violations
at off-campus parties. Incoming students are required to take an
online course about the dangers of alcohol abuse. The school
punishes transgressions with disciplinary action.
Allegheny has fraternities Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Phi
Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Theta Chi; and sororities Alpha
Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma,
and Delta Delta Delta.
Students run a campus radio station WARC-FM and a publication
called "The Allegheny Review" of undergraduate literature. The
college hosts outside speakers. Allegheny has numerous student
groups and organizations such as an astronomy club, a College
Choir, an Outing Club, and a Peace Coalition. There are over 100
clubs and organizations offered at Allegheny. The Allegheny
newspaper is called The Campus.
It is distributed weekly
at locations all over the college. It covers campus news, features,
opinion and a wrap-up of the college sports. The Campus
entirely student-run, with an editorial board of students in charge
of making all executive decisions for the publication. The
Allegheny alternative magazine is called Overkill.
tri-semester student publication distributed in unconventional
locations around campus, such as in vending machines, fireplaces,
and chandeliers. It features student editorials, poetry,
non-fiction and fiction pieces, art, and photography with a highly
distinctive design and attitude.
Allegheny has welcomed a variety of entertainers and guest speakers
over the last several years including John
, Dave Matthews
, Dick Cheney
, W.D. Snodgrass
, George Carlin
, The Vienna Choir Boys
, Rusted Root
, Ben Folds
, Stephen Lynch
, The Fray
, Jimmy Fallon
and comedian Wayne Brady
. There have
been "live" art shows in which invited artists, over an eight-hour
period, created 10-by-10-foot "drawings" on gallery walls while
Allegheny belongs to the North Coast Athletic
and has NCAA Division III teams. Men's sports are
baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer,
swimming and diving, tennis, and track & field. Women's sports
are basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball,
swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
Sports facilities include the Wise Center and the Robertson
Complex. Seventy five percent of students play intramural
One tradition is that a female student is not a "real co-ed" until
she's been kissed on the thirteenth plank
of the Rustic
bridge over the stream. There is competition among residence halls
during Orientation Week to steal the thirteenth plank and display
it; maintenance keeps a supply of replacement planks on hand.
Allegheny has a career services department. Sometimes counselors
advise graduates not to pursue graduate school, depending on the
situation; one director noted that "college graduates can expect to
switch jobs 10 to 14 times in their lifetime" and can expect "five
to seven career shifts" and graduate school may not be
When North Village Phase II residence
hall is completed in 2010, there will be even more housing
opportunities for students with upgraded Internet facilities in
this environmentally-friendly living area.
Still, over 80% of Allegheny graduates are expected to enroll in a
graduate program within five years after leaving Allegheny. About
92% of graduates seeking employment are hired within eight months
of graduation. In 2008, the school estimates there are
approximately 22,000 living alumni.
Location and Transportation
is located in northwestern Pennsylvania north of Pittsburgh, east of Cleveland, and south of Erie, in the town of Meadville, Pennsylvania.
The school's main address is 520 North Main
Street, Meadville, PA 16335. The phone number is (814) 332-3100.
Allegheny is located near interstate highway 79; in addition, there
is bus service to nearby cities such as Cleveland, Erie, and
Allegheny College is in northwestern
Pennsylvania 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, 90 miles east of
Cleveland, and 35 miles south of Erie
The campus has 36 principal buildings on a 77 acre central campus,
a outdoor recreational complex, and a nature preserve and protected
The Pelletier Library.
- The Pelletier library (in 2008) had 922,540
volumes (491,284 microform titles). Another estimate was that the
library had 420,000 bound volumes, 227,000 microform titles, 1,000
periodicals, and 261,000 U.S. government and Pennsylvania state
documents. The library has noteworthy Americana and Ida Tarbell
collections. A computer lab, audiovisual center, and music
listening system are there too. It is named after past president
Lawrence L. Pelletier who served from 1955 to 1980.
- There's a planetarium and observatory.
- Allegheny has a campus-wide computer network including
Intel-based PCs, free Internet access, email accounts.
- The Allegheny College Center for Experiential
Learning or ACCEL coordinates non-credit
career internships, off-campus study programs, service-learning,
pre-professional advising, and leadership development.
- A Counseling Center offers guidance for
students in adjusting to student life.
- Winslow Health Center is staffed by a
registered nurse and offers routine diagnosis and treatment; "when
necessary, students are referred to specialists in Meadville" --
it's located in Shultz Hall and is open from 8am to 4pm
- The main dining facility is in Brooks Hall,
and students can also dine at McKinley in the student center. There
have been efforts by students to encourage a relationship between
the food services and local farmers. Allegheny won a $79,545 grant
in May 2009 to buy equipment to help with composting food waste,
including a shredder mill, screening plant, conveyor, skid-steer
loader and leaf collection system.
- A newly built Vukovich communications arts
building featuring a garden roof for energy efficiency and
beauty was completed in 2008 at a cost of $23 million. Robert
Vukovich (1965) and Laura Vukovich made a substantial donation of
$22 million in February 2001, part of which was used to construct
the building. Allegheny has its own cable TV channels and a
state-of-the-art television studio.
- Center for Political Participation. In 2007
there was controversy when Allegheny professors started the
Soapbox Alliance to oppose politicians of any political
party from using colleges as a backdrop for their rallies.
Allegheny enacted a policy in 2006 "requiring any political
candidate or a surrogate such as a spouse, son or daughter, to
provide an equal number of tickets to supporters and students." The
initiative grew out of discontent over a speaking engagement at
Allegheny in 2004 by then Vice president Dick Cheney which only
allowed GOP-supporters to attend.
- Henderson Campus Center was recently renovated
and includes a food court-style eatery, McKinley's, a bookstore, a
game room, Grounds for Change—the student-run coffeehouse, a post
office, and offices of various student organizations.
The Doane Hall of Chemistry and
- Also included in the Henderson Campus Center are the
Bowman, Penelac & Megahan Art Galleries.
Allegheny has auctioned art at times to raise money to renovate
other projects, such as the college's Doane School of Art.
- Sports facilities include a $13 million sports fitness center
which opened in 1997.
- A Women's Center was established in 2003 to be
a resource for research on gender issues and women's history.
- The college established the Center for Economic and
Environmental Development in 1997.
- The Learning Commons, located in the Pelletier
Library, has a staff to help students with research and study
skills as well as disability services. Peer consultants help with
writing, public speaking, and technology projects. Tutors are
available in biology, chemistry, economics, languages, math,
physics, psychology and statistics. The Learning Commons also helps
with new student orientation and advising.
In 2009, Allegheny's endowment was estimated to be $157 million In
fiscal year 2007, Allegheny had revenues from tuition and fees of
$33,149,074, government grants and contracts of $1,091,068, private
gifts grants and contracts of $8,925,845 and an investment return
of $31,748,504, and other core revenues of $1,040,120.Expenses
included instruction $19,442,708, research $966,394, academic
support $6,040,548, student service $2,029,686, and institution
One of many war memorials on campus
dating back to the time of the Civil War.
This memorial honors Allegheny students who fought bravely in
the Vietnam War.
Administration and Staff
There are approximately 150 administration and staff personnel in
2008. The president (as of August 2009) is James H. Mullen Jr. The
staff breakdown is as follows: 157 full-time employees doing
instruction, research, and public service; 43 executive,
administrative, and managerial personnel; 103 other professionals
(support/service); 9 technical and paraprofessionals; 68 clerical
and secretarial employees; 12 skilled craftspersons; and 27 service
& maintenance staff. In addition, part-time staff included 36
instructors, 23 other professionals, 10 secretaries, and 4 service
and maintenance staff. Of the 157 full-time faculty, 87 have
tenure, and 41 are on a tenure track. The average salaries of
professors (in 2007) was $83K, associate professors was $63K,
assistant professors was $51K, instructors was $38K. Allegheny is a
member of the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, or HEDS, in
which member institutions share information relating to improvement
of higher education.
Presidents of Allegheny College
1. Timothy Alden, D.D. 1815-1831
2. Martin Ruter
, D.D. 1833-1837
3. Homer J. Clark, D.D. 1837-1847
4. John Barker, D.D. 1847-1860
5. George Loomis, D.D. 1860-1875
6. Lucius H. Bugbee, D.D. 1875-1882
7. David H. Wheeler, D.D., LL.D. 1883-1888
8. Wilbur G. Williams, D.D. 1888-1889
9. David H. Wheeler, D.D., LL.D. 1889-1893
10. William H. Crawford, D.D., LL.D. 1893-1920
11. Fred W. Hixson, D.D., LL.D. 1920-1924
12. James Albert Beebe, D.D., LL.D. 1926-1930
13. William Pearson Tolley, D.D., Ph.D., LL.D 1931-1942
14. John Richie Schultz, Ph.D., LL.D. 1942-1947
15. Louis T. Benezet, Ph.D. 1948-1955
16. Lawrence Lee Pelletier
Ph.D., LL.D. 1955-1980
17. David Baily Harned, Ph.D. 1980-1985
18. Raymond P. Shafer
, J.D., LL.D. 1985-1986
19. Daniel F. Sullivan, Ph.D. 1986-1996
20. Richard J. Cook
, Ph.D. 1996-2008
21. James H. Mullen, Jr., Ed.D. 2008-Present
- William B. Allison - U.S. Senator from Iowa
- Glenn Beckert - former Major League Baseball second baseman
for the Chicago Cubs.
- Ben Burtt - Academy Award winning sound designer; (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,
Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusade, and WALL-E)
- Tony Cardinali, VP of Arthus Murray International.
- Raymond Lysowski - World War II
bombardier and Silver Life Master contract bridge player.
- Robert J. Corbett, U.S. Representative from
- Aylett R. Cotton, U.S. Representative from
- George M. Davison - Inventor & CEO of Davison, holds four patents
- Clarence Darrow - noted American
- Valentino Achak Deng - Lost
Boy of Darfur, and subject of the book What
Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by
- Rich Dohr music director and pianist for The Eagles and Don
- Robert Dowling - surgeon who
performed the first fully implantable artificial heart
implementation in a human patient.
- Budd Dwyer - former Pennsylvania
- Orville Nelson Hartshorn - founder of
- Daniel Brodhead Heiner -
US Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Michelle Henry (1991) - District Attorney of
- Timothy Hoffman cardiovascular surgeon.
- Gene Hong - Writer of ABC's The Goode Family, Actor and Producer
- Specs Howard - founder of Specs Howard School of
- Susan Lanna - Carnegie librarian, graduated 1994
- Lloyd Lowndes, Jr. - 43rd
Governor of Maryland, 1896 -
1900, member of House of
Representatives for Maryland's 6th
congressional district, 1873 - 1875
- Benjamin F. Martin (1854) member of House of
Representatives for West Virginia's 2nd
congressional district, 1877 - 1881
- Russ McKelvy - former Major League Baseball player.
- William McKinley - 25th
President of the United
- Richard Murphy (1971) - Pulitzer Prize-winning
- Michelle Pawk - actress, 2003 Tony
Award Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Hollywood Arms).
Attended Allegheny for two years(1980-1982).
- Trent Reznor (1983) - musician,
sole full-time member of Nine Inch
- Barbara Robinson - author,
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' (1972) and The Best
School Year Ever (1994)
- Michael Ryan - youngest Cleveland municipal court
- Raymond P. Shafer (1938) - former Governor of Pennsylvania,
- Josh Sharpless (2003) - relief
pitcher for the Pittsburgh
- Richard Saunders (D. Phil.) - Senior Investigator, National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Paul Siple (1932) - an Antarctic
explorer and the originator of the wind chill factor.
- Alex Steffen (1990) - Award-winning
- Ida M. Tarbell (1880) - author, journalist, and
muckraker. Published famous exposé on the
Standard Oil Company.
- Jeff Verszyla - chief weather forecaster, KDKA TV
- Erastus Wentworth (1850) -
Methodist Episcopal minister.
- Bradley Roland Will -
1970-2006 U.S. anarchist and journalist.
- Rob Wonderling - Member, Pennsylvania State Senate since
- Mike Veon - Member, Pennsylvania House of