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Cedar Crest College

  • Allentown, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 93%7%
    student ratio
  • 1,286
    total students
  • $32,600 | $32,600
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 58%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 497
    sat math
  • 493
    sat reading
  • 492
    sat writing
  • 22
    act composite

Overview

Educating the Next Generation of Leaders

Since its founding in 1867, Cedar Crest College has offered women an outstanding liberal arts education. Named a "Top Regional College" and "Best Value" by U.S. News and World Report (2012), our curriculum is designed to provide students with the educational foundation and skills needed to achieve at the highest level. Cedar Crest students are urged to utilize critical thinking, develop advanced research skills, gain awareness of global issues, and contribute to the community.

The College offers women a challenging educational experience in more than 30 fields of study, from art, education and the humanities to forensic science and the biological and physical sciences. Many students choose to double major or add a minor to customize their degree and tailor their coursework to their interests and career goals.

Cedar Crest offers bachelor's, master's, and certification programs. Small class sizes and a close-knit community mean that students receive individualized instruction and quickly develop relationships with both faculty and peers. The College encourages women to pursue their ambitions and inspire future generations, and prepares them to lead in today's global society.

Choosing a women's college

Cedar Crest College is a 21st century women's college and honored to be named one of the top ten women's college in the country.

A large and growing body of research concludes that attending a women's college offers multiple advantages. Students are disproportionately higher achievers, and they register greater satisfaction with their college experience. Students also demonstrate a greater mastery of writing, critical thinking, cultural awareness and foreign language skills. Women who hope to achieve at the highest levels can benefit greatly from attending a women's college.

At Cedar Crest, our students are supported and mentored by faculty members who are themselves women leaders, scientists, writers, artists, and business women. It's also worth noting that our student leaders are not women by default. Our College's leaders are intelligent, passionate women who learn the art of leadership first-hand as club presidents, activity chairs, and campus ambassadors. These opportunities insure that graduates are prepared to succeed in both their careers and in the community.

Students are also encouraged to attend lectures, study abroad, join a learning community, conduct ground-breaking research, and continue our College's legacy of community and civic service. Whether a freshmen or senior, each student is urged to push beyond her current boundaries of knowledge and critical thinking skills.

An active learning experience

Gone are the days of just lecturing and taking notes -- Cedar Crest professors introduce new topics through in-class experiments, advanced research projects, and interactive class discussions.

From the forensic science and nursing laboratories to our newly constructed media center, the College utilizes technology to its fullest to ensure that students are prepared for today's high-tech careers and careers that don't yet exist. We strongly believe that a liberal arts education should prepare students to both succeed in their career field and to adapt to an ever-changing world of technology.

Advanced Honors courses for high-achieving students

The Cedar Crest College Honors Program has a rich history of providing academically gifted students with a challenging educational experience. Our advanced Honors courses are known for their engaging classroom discussions, graduate-level research opportunities, and a chance to explore topics that fall outside of the narrow focus of traditional academic majors.

To graduate with an Honors diploma, students must successfully complete at least four honors courses and an Honors project. This project may take the form of advanced research, a creative project, or a performance. Work on this project may begin as early as the sophomore year.

All students applying for admission are considered for invitation into the Honors Program. Students who are eligible for Honors admission will be contacted by the Honors department after acceptance.


Location & Contact

Cedar Crest College

100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
USA

Germel Clarke

Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 610-606-4666
Email: admissions@cedarcrest.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Genetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Forensic Science and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Nuclear Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

58% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,063
    • Accepted625
    • Acceptance Rate58%
    • Enrolled1,286
    • Female Applicants1,057
    • Females Accepted623
    • Female Acceptance Rate58%
    • Male Applicants6
    • Males Accepted2
    • Male Acceptance Rate33%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.26
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 493 430 520
    • SAT Math 497 410 530
    • SAT Writing 492 410 510
    • ACT Composite 22 20 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$32,600
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,600
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$400.00
    • Room and board *$10,171.00
    • Room only *$5,160.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,286
    • Male Student Percentage7%
    • Female Student Percentage93%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino12.21%
    • Black or African American9.02%
    • White or Caucasian68.82%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.23%
    • Asian3.03%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races.93%
    • Unknown4.12%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.32% representing 26 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students13% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 30%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Alpha Phi Omega, Forensic Science Student Organization, Crestiad Student Newspaper, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other crime prevention programs

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington No No No
    • Basketball No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty170
    • Full-time Percentage43%
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Female Percentage68%
    • Male Percentage32%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 949 students to 105 faculty


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