About Allegheny

At Allegheny College, we not only recognize the unique character of each one of us. We value it ... we embrace it.

Our students combine — and redefine — their interests. They expand their concentrations beyond one academic division, developing the big-picture and critical thinking that is in high demand in today’s global marketplace.

Look around and you’ll see an aspiring diplomatsinging in the choir and building a bike path, a future physician who edits the college newspaper and pole vaults internationally, a studio art major winning startup funds for her smartphone app that helps people with memory loss.

At Allegheny these are everyday examples of students exploring all of their talents, all of their passions. And it is our students who make Allegheny the vibrant, creative, and innovative place that it is.

Visit Allegheny

The best way to get to know Allegheny — and for us to get to know you — is by spending time on campus. Transcripts and test scores are just one measure of your potential. We would value the opportunity to meet with you and learn more about your interests, plans, and achievements!

During your visit, you will learn how you can tap all of your skills and talents with the combination that fits you best, no matter how unusual. Take the time to visit. We welcome prospective students year-round.

Choose from:

  • Open Houses & Events
  • Senior Overnights
  • Personal Visits 

Visit information can be found at allegheny.edu/visit.

Important Dates
October 1 - FAFSA Is Available
November 15 - Early Decision I App Deadline 
December 1 - Early Action App Deadline
February 1 - Early Decision II App Deadline
February 15 - Regular Decision App Deadline
February 15 - FAFSA Preferred Submission Date
March 15 - Regular Decision Notification Deadline
May 1 - Enrollment Deposit Deadline



Required Materials

Personal Essay
As part of your application, your essay is an opportunity to express your individual creativity and personal qualities to the admission and scholarship committees. Please review the suggested topics and submit a carefully-composed essay.

Counselor Recommendation / School Report
Request the School Report form and a written recommendation from your high school guidance office.

High School Transcript & College Course Transcripts
Request that your guidance counselor forward an official copy of your high school transcript to Allegheny College along with the Guidance Recommendation/School Report (see previous item). In addition to your high school transcript, please share a copy and request the Common Application Mid-year Report from your counselor once your grades are available. As a courtesy, provide a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to your counselor. If you have taken college courses for credit, forward an official transcript from the appropriate institution.

Transferring Credits
Credits for advanced work completed in high school may be eligible for transfer according to the conditions outlined under the section titled “Academic Regulations” in the College Catalogue. Students may also earn college credit by achieving a 4 or 5 acceptable score on the AP exam (4 or 5), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Allegheny also accepts most “College in High School” credits.

Teacher Recommendation
Request at least one recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in a major subject (English, history, mathematics, science or foreign language). Although not required, you are welcome to submit more than one.

Optional Materials

Standardized Test Scores

Allegheny College is Test Optional.

Students who apply for admission will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores with the application. The Admissions staff will focus on other important indicators—overall high school performance, character, determination, and love of learning. Allegheny became test optional with the 2015-16 application cycle.

Why test optional?

Test scores are just one of the many factors that we will take into consideration as we get to know you better. While we are test optional, we encourage applicants for admission to submit their test scores if they feel the scores are an accurate representation of their potential for success at Allegheny. While the SAT test may have changed, Allegheny’s commitment to its test-optional policy remains.

If you do wish to submit test scores, please use the following codes: SAT (code: 2006) | ACT (code: 3520)