Junior College Articulation Agreements for Transfer Students
American Honors Program
Allegheny College is a partner with the American Honors program that facilitates the transfer of students from a selected group of outstanding community colleges to complete their bachelor’s degrees at Allegheny. American Honors advisors assist students in selecting community college courses that will prepare them for the rigor and the specific requirements of their intended programs at Allegheny. Interested students are encouraged to contact American Honors (https://americanhonors.org/) or Allegheny Admissions (email@example.com) for more information.
Jamestown Community College
Allegheny College is a partner with Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY, in an agreement that facilitates the transfer of students from the AS Environmental Science degree at Jamestown to the Environmental Science and Sustainability bachelor’s degree at Allegheny. Allegheny guarantees acceptance of JCC students who graduate with an AS Environmental Science degree and a minimum JCC cumulative GPA of 2.8. Those who transfer 60 or more credit hours will have junior standing. Allegheny College will accept in transfer toward meeting requirements for the Environmental Science and Sustainability degree all courses required for the AS Environmental Science degree for which a minimum grade of C was earned. Students who meet these transfer course requirements will have the opportunity to earn the Environmental Science and Sustainability degree in four semesters at Allegheny College. Allegheny College will accept a maximum of 64 credits in transfer. Interested students should contact the JCC Department of Environmental Science (https://www.sunyjcc.edu/program-offering/environmental-science#/) or Allegheny Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Community College of Baltimore County
Allegheny College is a partner with the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD in an agreement that facilitates the transfer and transition of graduates from the Community College of Baltimore County Honors College into Allegheny College. This agreement will allow students to earn college credit at CCBC that will transfer into Allegheny College and towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree of the student’s choice. Allegheny guarantees acceptance of CCBC students if they complete the CCBC requirements as a member in good standing, meet all Allegheny College admissions requirements, and fulfill the requirements specified in the agreement. Interested students should contact Nicole Zampino Zairi (email@example.com) at CCBC or Allegheny Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Undergraduate internships are available through academic departments for students with appropriate backgrounds. These internships are designed to serve two major purposes: first, to provide an opportunity for study and experience outside the traditional setting of classroom and laboratory, yet within the framework of disciplined inquiry; and second, to provide a special opportunity for the participants to refine their emerging professional/career interests. Some established internships are briefly described under sponsoring departments. Interested students should contact the listed faculty liaison for more information; not all internships are available each semester.
Registration for internships should be completed prior to participation in the internship; see Internship Registration under “Course Registration ” for details. In order for an internship to be credit-bearing and, thus, listed on a student’s academic transcript, it must require a level of work comparable to a regular Allegheny course with the same number of credit hours. In particular, such an experience must involve academic research, regular reflection, and a final project or presentation evaluated by the supervising Allegheny faculty member.
Study Away Programs
Allegheny recognizes the enormous value of off-campus study and is proud to offer a variety of programs and services to its students in order to facilitate participation in such opportunities. Allegheny students have studied in almost every corner of the world through programs that lasted only two weeks to programs that lasted almost a year. Detailed information regarding all off-campus study programs is available from the Maytum Center for Student Success.
“Allegheny-sponsored program” indicates that Allegheny participants in these programs are charged Allegheny rates for program costs, and Allegheny financial aid, with the exception of work-study, can be applied to program costs. The program fee always includes Allegheny tuition. Depending on the program, the program fee will either include room and board, in which case students will be charged the assigned Allegheny room and board rates. If the program fee does not include room and board, students will pay room and board charges directly to the host institution.
- Advanced Arabic Language at CIEE Amman Study Center in Jordan
Students engage in advanced Modern Standard Arabic language study with an emphasis on writing, history, and literature. Students also take an Arabic subject course (such as Arab Media, Arabic Poetry, or Introduction to Islam) and have the option of taking a research course with a CIEE faculty mentor. The program also includes cultural excursions and optional volunteering opportunities. Students can choose to live with a local homestay family or in international student apartments.
- Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Al Akhawayn is Morocco’s first English-language international university based on the American model. The spacious modern campus is located in an immense natural forest above Ifrane, in the heart of Morocco’s beautiful Middle Atlas mountains. Students select from a wide variety of courses taught in English as well as courses in the Arabic language.
- Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
Students from an array of Middle Eastern countries study and work together; program taught in English focuses on environmental issues, including ecology, conservation, technology, politics, religion, art, psychology and economics.
- Boston University, Paris Internship Program, France
Program students take intensive French language & area studies courses together for eight weeks, then engage in internships related to their major for seven weeks; college level French required.
- CIEE Liberal Arts Program CIEE Global Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In this program, students take specialized courses at in a variety of disciplines taught by experts in various academic fields and taught exclusively to CIEE students. In addition, students are required to enroll in direct enrollment courses within academic departments and faculties at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Catolica Argentina (UCA), and the Universidad Nacional de Arte (UNA). This arrangement allows CIEE students to combine the specialized, more personalized “think tank” atmosphere of the CIEE Global Institute with the vibrant and challenging Argentine university life of UBA, UCA, and IUNA. Given the acknowledged excellence of the faculty and the wide range of course offerings, the CIEE program is suitable for students with very strong language skills. All courses are taught in Spanish.
- CIEE Intensive Chinese Language Program in Beijing, China
Students engage in intensive study of the Chinese language along with cultural excursion and extracurricular activities. Study takes place at CIEE Beijing and Peking University with the school of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. College level Chinese required. Students should consult with the Chair of the Department of World Languages & Cultures regarding transfer of language credits earned abroad.
- CIEE Chinese Business, Language, and Culture Program in Shanghai, China
Suitable for students with no previous background in the Chinese language, this program offers course options in Chinese language, economics, and political science and the option for an internship or directed research with a faculty member. Students study at CIEE Shanghai, which is located on East China Normal University’s Putuo campus. Students should consult with the Chair of the Department of World Languages & Cultures regarding transfer of language credits earned abroad.
- CIEE Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Monteverde, Costa Rica
Program students engage in a structured curriculum including field work and research, taught in English. Courses are centered around tropical biology and ecology.
- CIEE Liberal Arts in Rennes, France
- An immersion program where students focus on French language and culture. Students with advanced language skills may enroll directly in one or two courses at the Université Rennes II. All courses taught in French; college-level French required.
- CIEE Language and Culture in Toulouse, France
Students enroll in a French language course at the appropriate level (beginner-advanced-level courses available) alongside courses in French culture and a wide variety of other disciplines. Courses taught in both French and English. Students also have the option to take elective courses at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse.
- CIEE Business and Culture in Toulouse, France
Students enroll in a French language course at the appropriate level (beginner- through advanced-level courses available) alongside courses in French culture, International Business, and a wide variety of other disciplines including an optional internship. Along with courses at CIEE Toulouse, students may take courses at the Toulouse Business School and the Institut Catholique de Toulouse. Courses taught in both French and English.
- CIEE Engineering + Society Program in Madrid, Spain
Students take courses at CIEE Global Institute in Madrid and the Universidad Carlos III De Madrid (UC3M) at the Getafe campus (Spanish and English courses) or Leganes campus (English courses). Courses offered in English include Applied Math and Computing, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Energy Engineering, etc. Courses offered in Spanish include Art History, Business Administration, Employment and Labor Relations, Finance and Accounting, International Studies, Management of Information and Digital Contents, Sociology, etc. Immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Madrid and Spain, volunteer opportunities, for-credit internships, personal workshops, etc. are included in the program. Homestay with a Spanish family in Madrid or shared apartments or residence halls with other CIEE Madrid students and local Spanish students are available.
- CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Madrid, Spain
Students take courses at the CIEE Global Institute in Madrid and the Universidad Carlos III De Madrid (UC3M) in Getafe. Students are required to enroll in at least one Spanish Language course along with elective courses offered in multiple disciplines. Program is for students with advanced spanish language skills and all courses are taught in Spanish. Homestay with a Spanish family in Madrid or shared apartments or residence halls with other CIEE Madrid students and local Spanish students are available.
- CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Seville, Spain
Designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills and strong academic backgrounds. Students take most classes with Spanish students at CIEE partner universities including the Universidad de Sevilla, Estudios Universitarios Superiores de Andalucía (EUSA) University Center, and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Students are required to take a 2-week intensive Spanish language or culture course based on placement exam along with elective courses offered in multiple disciplines. Immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Seville and Spain as well as personal workshops are included. Homestay with a Spanish family in Seville and residence hall options are available.
- CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Seville, Spain
This program is designed to help advanced level Spanish students improve their spoken and written Spanish while they pursue coursework in a variety of subjects. Students are required to take a 2-week intensive Spanish language course based on placement exam. Enrollment is offered at CIEE partner universities: Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Opportunities for immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Seville and Spain, volunteering in the local community, service-learning and teaching practicum for academic credit, conversation-exchange program, and personal workshops are included. Homestay with a Spanish family in Seville and residence hall options are available.
- CIEE International Business + Culture Program in Seville, Spain
Geared for students with beginning to intermediate level Spanish language skills who wish to improve these skills while selecting from a wide variety of courses taught in English at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Students are required to take a 2-week intensive Spanish language course based on placement exam. Immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Seville and Spain, volunteer opportunities in the local community and campus activities are included in the experience. Homestay with a Spanish family in Seville and residence hall options are available.
- CIEE Business + Society Program in Seville, Spain
Students take courses at the Universidad de Sevilla School of Economics and Business. Students also take one or two regular university courses with Spanish students at the School of Economics and Business or at the University of Pablo de Olavide (UPO). Students are required to take a 2-week intensive Spanish language course based on placement exam. Opportunities include immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Seville and Spain, volunteering in the local community, and a business internship. Homestay with a Spanish family in Seville or residence hall options are available.
- CIEE Communicaitons, New Media + Journalism Spanish Program in Seville, Spain
Combining theory and hands-on practice, this program is designed for students considering a career in communication. Students take courses with Spanish students at the Universidad de Sevilla and may also select classes in the CIEE Liberal Arts program. Students are required to take a 2-week intensive Spanish language course based on placement exam along with four to five courses in a variety of topics. Immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Seville and Spain; visits to independent radio stations, Seville’s longest running newspaper, urban photography workshops, independent film festivals, international art and news media events; volunteering in the local community and interning with a Spanish company are all opportunities available. Homestay with a Spanish family in Seville or residence hall options are available.
- CIEE Communications, New Media + Journalism English Program in Seville, Spain
Combining theory and hands-on practice, this program is designed for students considering a career in any field of communication. Students take courses in English or Spanish at the EUSA School of Communications and courses at the CIEE Seville center. Immersion trips to culturally relevant locations throughout Seville and Spain; visits to independent radio stations, Seville’s longest running newspaper, urban photography workshops, independent film festivals, international art and news media events; volunteering in the local community and interning with a Spanish company are all opportunities available. Homestay with a Spanish family in Seville or residence hall options are available.
- ITESM, Campus Querétaro, Mexico
Students may enroll in language and area studies courses for international students or regular university courses. College level Spanish require with courses taught in both English and Spanish. Students live with host families.
- James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
- Students enroll in regular university courses at the UCJ townsville campus where over 140 subjects are offered. Students reside in on campus housing.
- Keio University in Tokyo, Japan
Two different study tracks are available at the International Center at Keio University’s Mita campus: International Program or the Japanese Language Program. The Keio International program offers core courses taught in English in combination with Japanese Language courses intended to improve students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The Japanese Language Program is intended for those students interested in developing or improving their Japanese language skills while learning more about the society and culture of Japan.
- Lancaster University, Lancaster, England
Students directly enroll in regular university courses available to study abroad students. Housing is in on-campus residence halls.
- SFS Sustainable Development Studies in Atenas, Costa Rica
An interdisciplinary program designed to help students discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social and economic issues in Costa Rica. Students take a spanish language and culture course along with directed research. Students live in dormitories at the SFS center
- Middle East Studies at CIEE Amman Study Center in Jordan
Students study Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels offered), along with area studies courses in economics, history, politics, religion and the environment. As part of the program, students also have the option to take one elective course at Princess Sumaya University of Technology. The program includes cultural excursions, an optional internship, and volunteering opportunities. Students can choose to live with a local homestay family or in apartments with other CIEE students.
- MSID International Development in Ecuador
Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills study at the MSID center in Quito for seven weeks and participate in either an internship or research project for 6 weeks. Students choose a theme of study from entrepreneurship, health, human rights or sustainability. Courses focus on language and international development and are taught in Spanish.
- MSID International Development in Senegal
Students with intermediate to advanced French language skills study at the MSID center in Dakar for seven weeks and participate in either an internship or research project for 6 weeks. Students choose a theme of study from entrepreneurship, health, human rights or sustainability. Courses focus on language and international development and are taught in French.
- University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Two different programs are available at the University of Cologne. Students choose between the Exchange program or the Cologne Global Study Program (CGSP). Exchange program students take intensive German Language courses, and regular university courses. Intermediate German language skills are required. CGSP students study German language and Contemporary European studies in English. Housing for both programs is in off campus apartments.
- Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina
Through Allegheny’s membership in Duke University’s Marine Sciences Education Consortium (MSEC), students may study at the Marine Lab in fall or spring semester. Students also have the option to enroll in travel courses during either semester to countries including Panama, Mexico, and Australia.
- The Philadelphia Center
This program is a unique and valuable 16-week program in the fall or spring semester that allows undergraduates to engage in critical investigations of their own abilities, objectives, and values in order to help discover their personal and professional direction in life. The program combines city living seminars, academic electives, and a required internship.
- The NY Arts Program
The New York Arts Program (NYAP) is a fully immersive off-campus study program that provides students with professional, hands-on experiences in the arts and creative industries in New York City. NYAP’s areas of focus include: Visual Arts & Art History; Performing Arts; and Film, Media & Journalism. Through the combination of customized internships, seminars and faculty mentorship, NYAP students gain a thorough understanding of the arts in NYC along with a strong sense of their own artistic practices and professional trajectories. NYC has endless opportunities for young artists and a creative history that is unparalleled; the New York Arts Program provides an opportunity for students to absorb everything the city has to offer.
- ACM Oak Ridge Science Semester
This is a Fall semester at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oakridge, Tennessee. The Oak Ridge Science Semester enables students to join ongoing investigations at the ORNL where students spend 40 hours per week at the lab, including their research internship and interdisciplinary seminar. During the research component, students conduct research on a specific project under the guidance of an ORNL staff scientist.
- Washington Semester at American University, Washington, D.C.
Students spend a semester completing an internship along with elective courses, seminars and the opportunity for research.
- Semester in Environmental Science at Massachusetts
A fall semester program at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory. The curriculum provides a field and laboratory based study of ecosystem science and biogeochemistry of coastal forest, freshwater ponds and estuaries.
Off-Campus Study: Independent Programs
Students participating in “independent programs” will pay program costs directly to the program in which they are participating. Allegheny financial aid is not applicable to independent programs; however, most state and federal aid may be applied. Students participating in independent programs are responsible for notifying the Financial Aid Office in order to make arrangements for the transfer of state and federal aid. An $800 off-campus study fee will be charged for each semester a student participates in an independent off-campus program.
The application process for fall and spring semester programs is as follows:
- Allegheny approval
All students interested in off-campus study must submit their application to the Maytum Center for Student Success by September 20 for the following spring and February 20 for the following fall. In order to be approved for off-campus study, students must submit an application which includes a letter of approval for program participation from their academic advisor, an essay relating the program of choice to the student’s major, minor or other academic goals, resumé, and unofficial transcripts. The applicant must also meet specific program eligibility requirements.
- Pre-departure orientations
All students approved for off-campus study (national and international programs, Allegheny-sponsored and independent) must attend the pre-departure orientation meetings. Program applications are distributed, and information about issues such as credit transfer, travel, safety and responsibility, program goals, and cross-cultural learning is discussed.
- EXL 300 Cross-Cultural Learning: Theory and Practice
Students on Allegheny-sponsored programs are required to enroll in EXL 300 - Cross-Cultural Learning: Theory and Practice , a one-credit course that comprises activities, readings, and assignments that are completed for the meetings prior to departure and upon return to campus. The focus of the course is cross-cultural learning and communication.
EL Seminars are one to three-week credit-bearing courses led by Allegheny faculty that take place both internationally and domestically. In order to participate, students must be approved by the faculty leaders and the Maytum Center for Student Success in order to participate. Detailed information is available from the Maytum Center for Student Success: http://sites.allegheny.edu/elseminars/ .
Cooperative programs (sometimes called 3-3, 3-2, or 3-1 programs) with other educational institutions enable Allegheny students to acquire a solid liberal arts background while accelerating their progress toward professional training and certification. Allegheny has formal agreements with several institutions to offer cooperative programs in Health Professions, Engineering, Public Policy and Management, and Psychology. Most of these require the successful completion of 98 semester credit hours at Allegheny before beginning course work at the cooperating institution. Students who want to participate in cooperative programs must complete Allegheny’s Graduation Requirements, including the minor outside the division of the major and the courses identified for an approved major; however, students who begin the cooperative program after three years of study at Allegheny are exempted from the requirement to complete a Senior Project. There are additional specific departmental course requirements for cooperative programs, and students should consult with the appropriate program liaison person about them when planning their course of study.
Satisfactory completion of the stated Allegheny requirements and the cooperating institution’s requirements earns the student the bachelor’s degree from Allegheny and the specified degree or certification from the cooperating institution.
A student enrolling in a cooperative program will be assessed a $50 maintenance fee payable to Allegheny. The maintenance fee will be levied upon acceptance into the program to help offset the costs of special record maintenance, correspondence, and transfer credit.
Students who elect to complete any of the programs that involve three years of work at Allegheny and additional years at a cooperating institution should schedule an exit interview with the Assistant Director of Career Education early in their final semester at Allegheny. During the interview, the student will file an exit agreement in which the cooperating institution and the expected date of graduation are specified. Because work at the cooperating institution is evaluated as transfer credit, official transcripts showing that the student’s work at the second institution has been satisfactory must be received before the Allegheny degree is awarded.
The cooperative programs approved by the faculty are outlined below by interest area. Please contact the appropriate faculty advisor for information about the interest areas listed below.
The following cooperative programs are available:
- Nursing (3+3, 3+4) with the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing of Case Western Reserve University
- Occupational Therapy (3+2) with Chatham University
- Physical Therapy (4+2) with Chatham University
- Physician Assistant Studies (3+2) with Chatham University
- Medicine (3+4, 4+4) with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
- Pharmacy (3+3, 3+4) with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
- Dentistry (4+4) with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
In all cases, students complete at least their first three years at Allegheny. In the case of physical therapy the degree is DPT and the undergraduate degree (including the Senior Project) must be completed prior to starting graduate studies. In the case of the medical program at LECOM the degree is D.O. In the case of the dental program at LECOM, the degree is D.M.D. In the case of the pharmacy program at LECOM, the degree is Pharm.D.
Admission to all of the programs is competitive, and the existence of a cooperative agreement does not guarantee admission. The programs with Chatham University and LECOM have specific criteria for guaranteed admission and guaranteed interview. Students are encouraged to see the Director of Pre-Professional Studies for these details as well as for the forms required of all students planning a cooperative program.
Students must complete the standard requirements of a major, a minor, FS courses, and distribution courses in order to obtain the Allegheny degree. Certain combinations of majors and minor work especially well to satisfy both Allegheny requirements and the prerequisite course work for the graduate program. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Pre-Professional Studies in their first year for this information. Careful planning is critical to success in these programs.
The following engineering programs are available, all of which entail three years at Allegheny and further study—usually two years—at a cooperating institution. At the conclusion of study, the student receives a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the cooperating institution. Programs have been arranged with the following institutions:
- Case Institute of Technology at Case Western Reserve University
- University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering
- Washington University School of Engineering
Most programs require that students maintain a “B” average overall and in the sciences. For these universities, acceptance to the cooperating institution is contingent upon the recommendation of the student’s major department at Allegheny. For some of the engineering departments, enrollment is limited by the engineering school. Similar arrangements may be made with engineering programs at other institutions with the approval of the faculty.
Students should consult with the advisor in their major field and with Professor Willey of the Physics Department for specific program requirements.
Policy, Technology, Analytics, and Management
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. Heinz College offers an accelerated master’s program to qualified Allegheny College students. The program, structured as three years at Allegheny College followed by three to four semesters at the Heinz College (depending upon program), allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time than is normally required.
The following cooperative master’s programs are available:
- Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM)
- Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management (MSHCPM)
- Master of Arts Management (MAM)
- Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM)
- Master of Information Systems Management (MISM)
- Master of Science in Information Security Policy & Management (MSISPM)
Students pay tuition and fees to Allegheny College from their freshman through junior years. They pay tuition and fees to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for their graduate program, either three or four semesters beyond the completion of the junior year, depending upon the master’s program. Allegheny students are also responsible for paying a maintenance fee to Allegheny while enrolled at CMU in their senior year.
Students will receive both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees upon completion of their graduate program at CMU. Allegheny College will count units taken during the master’s program toward the student’s bachelor’s degree according to its policies and procedures. CMU will forward to Allegheny College transcripts and other necessary information on student academic performance. Students should consult with the advisor in their major field and with Professor Onyeiwu of the Department of Business and Economics for specific program requirements.
Allegheny College students are eligible for scholarship support from Allegheny College for their freshman through junior years. They will be eligible for scholarship support from the Heinz College for the length of their graduate program and can apply for any and all Heinz College scholarship funds for which they are eligible (based on program and the individual scholarship fund’s specific requirements).
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, offers an accelerated master’s program to qualified Allegheny College students. The program, structured as three years at Allegheny College followed by two years at Chatham, allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time than is normally required.
The following cooperative program is available:
Students pay tuition and fees to Allegheny College from their freshman through junior years. They pay tuition and fees to Chatham for their graduate program. Allegheny students are also responsible for paying a maintenance fee to Allegheny while enrolled at Chatham in their senior year. Students will need to complete 108 semester credit hours (i.e., 18 credits per semester over 6 semesters) to be eligible for the MSCP program.
Students will receive both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees upon completion of their graduate program at Chatham. Allegheny College will count units taken during the master’s program toward the student’s bachelor’s degree according to its policies and procedures. Chatham University will forward to Allegheny College transcripts and other necessary information on student academic performance. Students should consult with the advisor in their major field and with the Psychology Department for specific program requirements.
Allegheny College students who satisfy the program’s entry requirements may also receive guaranteed acceptance into the following programs at Chatham University following completion of their undergraduate degree.
Pre-Professional Programs and Advising
Allegheny students preparing for graduate programs in the health professions—medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and allied health fields—use their major and elective courses to create precisely the programmatic balance that professional schools seek out, and that leads to success in professional school itself. Elements of such a program include: a strong foundation in the natural sciences (in or outside the selected major), highly developed communication skills, a solid background in the humanities and social sciences, study in depth (in any major field that is personally stimulating), and independent study and research (including the Senior Project).
Guidance in considering career options and preparing for professional school is just as important to undergraduates as the strength of the courses available. Consequently, Allegheny maintains an active Health Professions Advisory Committee, headed by the Director of Pre-Professional Studies. This advisor functions in addition to the student’s academic advisor and focuses specifically on pre-health concerns. Advising begins in the first year to assure that students are taking the appropriate courses in a timely fashion and are maintaining appropriate grades.
The Committee assists students with applying to professional schools through workshops, test preparations and interviews. A Committee Letter of Recommendation supplements the recommendations received from individual faculty members, and it carries special weight. Other Committee services include assistance in exploring the health professions through internships, externships, guest lectures, and campus visits by representatives of health professions schools.
Further information about the pre-health professions program is available from the Director of Pre-Professional Studies in the Allegheny Gateway and online at: http://sites.allegheny.edu/health/.
Jefferson Medical College Affiliation
Under the Physicians Shortage Area Program (PSAP), certain Allegheny students who intend to practice in underserved rural areas may qualify for preferential admission to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, as well as special premedical advising from Jefferson faculty. Qualifying students have rural or small-town backgrounds or family ties and intend to practice in non-metropolitan areas, preferably in Pennsylvania. Allegheny is one of six Pennsylvania colleges and universities whose students are afforded special consideration as PSAP applicants, of whom a maximum of 24 are admitted to the program each year.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Affiliation
Early assurance programs are offered with LECOM in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy for students meeting the criteria. The MCAT may be waived if certain academic criteria are met. Applicants must: interview at LECOM; have completed the pre-requisite courses; and have the support of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. Qualified candidates should meet with the Health Professions Advisor for further details.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Affiliation
Each year up to three students are offered admittance to PCOM provided they meet certain criteria. These criteria include completion of the course requirements listed in the PCOM catalog, an overall GPA of at least 3.25, a minimum of fiftieth percentile scores in each section of the MCAT, and support of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. Applicants must interview at PCOM and are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible in the application cycle. Qualified candidates should meet with the Health Professions Advisor for further details.
Cooperative Programs in Health Professions
Cooperative programs with other educational institutions enable Allegheny students to acquire a solid liberal arts background while accelerating their progress toward professional training and certification. Allegheny has formal agreements with several institutions to offer cooperative programs in Physical Therapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. Please see the “Cooperative Programs” section for details.
Allegheny students preparing for law school receive advice, information, and guidance from a Pre-Law Advisor who sponsors programs, and information sessions with regional law school admissions representatives and local alumni working in the legal field. Student’s also have the chance to take trips to regional law schools to tour the campus and learn more about the admissions process. The advisor is also available to work with students one-on-one to assist in arranging internships as well as job shadowing opportunities.
Allegheny’s curriculum is especially well suited to preparation for law school. Students may design the sort of broad-based program recommended by law schools themselves, with these crucial outcomes: ability to handle abstract ideas; strong analytic and reasoning skills; writing and speaking ability; and appreciation of the values of civilization. Especially important are the breadth of understanding and thinking skills developed in the First-Year/Sophomore Seminars, the skills for in-depth study developed in the major of the student’s choice, and the capacities developed by the Senior Project, such as reasoning and expository skills and the ability to work independently.
Approximately two-thirds of Allegheny’s pre-law students major in one of three disciplines: Political Science, History or English. Next in popularity are Psychology and Economics, with other majors distributed evenly among the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Law school admissions committees encourage undergraduates to major in a discipline that interests and excites them.
For more information on the Pre-Legal program, please contact the pre-legal advisor, Kristin Black in the Career Education Department. Students interested in learning more about the Law and Policy program should contact Professor Brian Harward of the Political Science Department.
Allegheny students interested in pursuing a graduate education in business-related fields can take advantage of preferred admissions agreements with the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh or with the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.
Students within five years of graduation at Allegheny College may apply to the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for admission to one of the following Masters programs.
MBA- Sustainable Business Practices (MBA-SBP)
Professional MBA (PMBA)
Master of Science in Management (MSM)
Master of Science in Analytics and Information Management (MS AIM) (STEM)
Masters of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS SCM) (STEM)
Students must have earned a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and be seniors or graduates. Students with majors in Business or Economics are eligible to apply to all of the above listed master programs. Students with majors in Computer Science or Integrative Informatics are eligible to apply to the Master of Science in Analytics and Information Management (MS AIM) program.
Students desiring admission to the Professional MBA (PMBA) program must have earned at least a B- in the following coursework in order to waive fundamental course requirements in the MBA curriculum: ECON 100 , ECON 202 , ECON 227 , ECON 285 .
Other admissions requirements apply. Please check with the Assistant Director of Career Education for more details.
Allegheny College seniors who have met the requirements for the Professional MBA (PMBA) program, including having earned at least a B- in the four courses listed above are eligible for the BA Business/Economics -PMBA Accelerated Pathway. These students may complete up to 6 credits of Core MBA courses in their senior year (including summer term prior to the senior year) for use toward their undergraduate degree requirements. Please consult with the Assistant Director of Career Education for more details.
Students seeking to pursue the BA Business/Economics -PMBA Accelerated Pathway may need to apply to the Dean’s Exemption Committee for a waiver of the concurrent enrollment policy and/or the academic residency policy.
Allegheny has a direct admissions agreement with the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Under this agreement, the Simon School gives selected Allegheny students preferred admission to the graduate school. Students are normally selected by the end of their junior year for admission the year following graduation.
Allegheny students interested in pursuing a graduate education in healthcare informatics can take advantage of a preferred admissions agreement with the School of Health Sciences at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Students may apply for admission in the Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics (CH-MHI).
Allegheny students wishing to enroll in the School of Health Sciences Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics program should have:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Maintained a good citizenship record.
- Completed all the Bachelor’s degree requirements at Allegheny College before matriculating to Chatham University.
- Successful completion of all Chatham University’s MHI Program admissions requirements.
Other admissions requirements apply.
Students from Allegheny who are admitted to the MHI Program are eligible to enroll in one online MHI 3-credit course at Chatham University during their senior year at Allegheny College. This enrollment would be as a non-degree seeking student, the tuition and fee charges would be waived and upon successful completion of the course, the credits would transfer into the MHI program. Allegheny College will accept the MHI graduate course credits as elective transfer credits.
Please consult the Senior Assistant Dean for Fellowship and Pre-Professional Advising for additional information about the program.
Allegheny students interested in pursuing a graduate education in sustainability-related fields can take advantage of preferred admissions agreements with the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Students may apply for admission to one of the following Masters programs.
- Master of Sustainability (MSUS)
- Master of Food Studies (MAFS)
Allegheny students wishing to enroll in one of the Falk School master’s degree programs should have:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Maintained a good citizenship record.
- Completed their undergraduate program before registering for the master’s program at Chatham University.
Other admissions requirements apply. Please check with the chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability for more details.
Students from Allegheny who complete an application for a Falk School of Sustainability and Environment program will receive a Chatham Bookstore voucher for $50 to spend against books or other bookstore merchandise.
Students from Allegheny who are accepted into the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment master’s degree programs under this agreement receive a tuition discount of 20%. Such students are also able to apply for other larger competitive scholarships offered by Chatham, but if successful would forfeit the 20% tuition discount.
Allegheny students interested in pursuing a career in education can earn teacher certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree through one of Allegheny’s partner institutions, Columbia University Teachers College or the University of Pittsburgh. Students may also earn an MEd through our partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and Xavier University. Under each program, students complete four years at Allegheny with a major and a minor in academic disciplines and then complete their teacher preparation at the graduate level in a streamlined program at one of the partner institutions. Applicants to the programs must maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average and meet the admission requirements of each graduate school.
Students who are interested in these programs should contact the Director of Pre-Professional Studies in the Gateway early in their academic careers in order to coordinate their Allegheny coursework with the partner institutions’ requirements. More information about teacher preparation and Allegheny’s Education Studies minor is available online at: http://sites.allegheny.edu/education/.