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 the 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.
“My major and minor have realized my love and passion for environmental film.”
Megan King’s desire to pursue the unusual combination of Environmental Studies and Film Production solidified her decision to become a Gator. As she progressed through her Environmental Studies courses, she became increasingly interested in health issues and discovered an opportunity to combine her passions for the greater good.
“I realized I was more interested in the human side of environmental issues,” she said. “There are so many different global health issues, and to be able to shed light on some of those issues by using film as a way to engage the public is something that I want to do.”
She was further inspired to pursue her interest in video activism through her Senior Comp, Allegheny’s independent research project. She created a 14-minute video addressing the importance of water fluoridation to share with the Meadville Area Water Authority and city council—a project that provided her many poignant learning experiences and provided the local community with greater insight into the importance of taking action around this health issue.
Megan graduated from Allegheny in May 2013 and began her career at a position with an environmental film organization.
“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, DC, with Teach For America and at an internship at the White House.
“You can step up to action or sit back and wait,” Larry said. “Go with friends, or go at it on your own. Regardless, you will be called into some leadership position during your time at Allegheny.”
At a glance
• #1 in Undergraduate Research by the Council on Undergraduate Research • 32nd-oldest college in the nation • 11:1
student-faculty ratio • Average class size: 19 introductory, 12 advanced • Over 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 • 120+ student clubs and organizations • Located two hours from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Ontario 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
Outcomes by the numbers
• 100% complete a comprehensive senior
research project • 30% of graduates go directly to graduate school • 68% undertake internships • Over 80% participate in community service (70,000 hours) • 95% of job seekers find employment within six months • Extensive merit aid up to $28,000 per year guaranteed