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Transfer Profile

Recognized as one of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives, Allegheny College is one of the nation’s oldest and most dynamic institutions of higher education. It is the premier college for students with “Unusual Combinations” of interests, skills, and talents. Opportunities to pursue one’s passions are limited only by the imagination.

Over and over again, we hear from leaders in business, government, medicine, and education that
future belongs to innovators, inventors, and “big-picture” thinkers—those who think both analytically and creatively. It is this preparation for the global marketplace—and for life—that ranks Allegheny above the rest and attracts national attention.

“Art and music classes give me a different perspective in my chemistry labs.”
Brianna Layman transferred to Allegheny in order to explore all of her interests, most notably biochemistry, studio art, and music. She drew from these same passions when conceiving “The Art of Science: From STEM to STEAM,” her platform for the Miss Crawford County 2015 pageant.

“This concept delves into the importance of a nurtured and balanced education between the sciences and the arts to enhance the neurological capacities of those in the science world,” Brianna says.

Brianna has also participated in varsity soccer, volunteer community coaching, Relay For Life committee, philanthropy chair for her sorority, and volunteer advocate for Women’s Services.

While stressing the importance of a well-rounded education to others, she continues to learn about herself every day. “I had planned to go to medical school, but now I am leaning toward getting my master’s in fine art so that I can pursue bio-art, a field I learned about from a professor of mine. This wouldn’t have happened without opportunities and unusual classes offered at Allegheny.”

“You will be called into some leadership position during your time at Allegheny.”
While working toward his major in political science, Larry Hailsham ’15 spent spring break teaching human anatomy to young students in Costa Rica. Larry traveled with fellow student Sahar Arbab ’13 and professor of biology Jim Palmer to the Green Valley Atenas School of Costa Rica as part of a project with Creek Connections, an Allegheny College initiative that connects high school, middle school, and elementary school students with authentic natural science research experiences.

While not a natural science major (or minor), this was a challenge Larry was only too happy to accept.

At Allegheny each student is encouraged to pursue unique experiential opportunities that speak to his or her own interests—opportunities that broaden the scope of one’s chosen academic path and enhance leadership development.

Larry is no stranger to seizing opportunities. He is a Bonner Scholar and served as the Philanthropy Chair to Delta Tau Delta and President of Allegheny Student Government. His summers were spent in Washington, D.C., with Teach For America and at an internship at the White House.

“You can step up to action or sit back and wait,” Larry says. “Go with friends, or go at it on your own. Regardless, you will be called into some leadership position during your time at Allegheny.” n


Programs of Study
Every student completes a major and minor in separate academic divisions.

• Arabic
• Art (history, studio)
• Art and technology
• Art and the environment
• Asian studies
• Astronomy
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Black studies
• Chemistry
• Chinese, Chinese studies
• Classical studies
• Communication
• Community and justice studies
• Computer science, applied computing
• Dance and movement studies
• Economics
• Education studies
• English
• Environmental geology
• Environmental science
• Environmental studies
• Environmental writing
• French, French studies
• Geology
• German
• Global health studies
• History
• International studies
• Jewish studies
• Journalism in the public interest
• Languages, modern and classical
• Latin
• Latin American and Caribbean studies
• Mathematics
• Medieval and Renaissance studies
• Middle East and North African studies
• Music
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political science
• Psychology
• Religious studies
• Spanish
• Theatre
• Women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
• Writing

At a glance
• 12:1 student-faculty ratio • Average class size, introductory: 21; advanced: 11 • More than 2,500 internship opportunities • 565-acre campus, including a 283-acre nature reserve and a 203-acre outdoor recreational complex • State-of-the-art science complex • Premier communication arts center • Radio and television stations • Modern sport and fitness center • 100+ student clubs and organizations • Located two hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo in Meadville, Pennsylvania

• Baseball (m) • Basketball (m, w) • Cross-country (m, w) • Football (m) • Golf (m, w) • Lacrosse (w) • Soccer (m, w) • Softball (w) • Swimming & diving (m, w) • Tennis (m, w) • Track, indoor (m, w) • Track, outdoor (m, w) • Volleyball (w) • Extensive club, intramural, and outdoor recreation opportunities

Outcomes by the numbers
• 100% complete a comprehensive senior research project • 30% go on directly to graduate school with 80%–100% graduate, law, and medical school acceptance rates • 76% undertake internships • More than 80% participate in community service (60,000 hours) • 93% of job seekers find employment within six months • Extensive merit aid up to $80,000 guaranteed over four years of study