U.S. News & World Report has named Allegheny College one of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. — and one of the top 20 for best undergraduate teaching.
In annual rankings released Monday, U.S. News & World Report also recognized Allegheny among a select group of schools with stellar examples of first-year experiences, undergraduate research/creative projects, and senior capstone experiences.
Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, every Allegheny student completes the required senior project, a significant piece of original scholarly work with a creative, analytical or experimental focus.
“U.S. News & World Report has affirmed what generations of Allegheny students have experienced: the mentorship of expert faculty who are committed foremost to teaching, advising and challenging undergraduates to learn and succeed,” Allegheny College President Hilary Link said. “Through Allegheny’s innovative curriculum, students are empowered to look beyond usual approaches, integrating different perspectives and disciplines to solve complex problems through creative approaches.”
U.S. News & World Report ranked Allegheny among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges in two additional categories: best value schools, based on both academic quality and cost, and most innovative schools, based on innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.
The U.S. News & World Report ranking of top liberal arts schools is based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence by peers, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
Schools included in the national liberal arts college category focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. U.S. News & World Report also ranks schools in three other categories: regional universities, regional colleges and national universities.