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Muhlenberg College

  • Allentown, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 59%41%
    student ratio
  • 2,448
    total students
  • $43,860 | $43,860
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 46%
    acceptance rate
  • Very Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 614
    sat math
  • 617
    sat reading
  • 617
    sat writing
  • 27
    act composite

Overview

Private Liberal Arts College with Global Connections

Muhlenberg College is a private liberal arts college located on a beautiful, suburban campus in west Allentown, Pennsylvania. For its 2,150 students, the Muhlenberg experience is characterized by a deep sense of community and connection, intense student-faculty collaboration, and powerful outcomes in terms of graduate school and entry-level career placement.

Muhlenberg not only offers a broad selection of academic programs, but also works to expand undergraduates' horizons through international learning experiences and challenging internships locally and regionally.

Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Muhlenberg College offers a diverse religious environment and a focus on multicultural learning. Students are instilled with a strong sense of ethics and community involvement and are encouraged to pursue lives of leadership and service.

Muhlenberg College's Unique "Theory of Connectivity"

"Theory of Connectivity" is Muhlenberg College's way of describing the college's unique community where professors and students routinely connect ideas, interests, activities, and understanding in new ways. In contrast to institutions that offer interdisciplinary studies in select degree areas, Muhlenberg professors teach all courses in an interdisciplinary style with the goal of instilling a lifelong passion in every student for learning, exploration, and making connections.

Muhlenberg professors implement this approach in all subjects -- including those as seemingly unrelated as literature, history, and math. Dr. Michael Huber, associate professor of mathematics, for example, shows how differential equations, simple logic, algebra, and calculus could be used by the legendary Greek god Hercules to accomplish 12 seemingly impossible labors.

Wide Selection of Majors

Muhlenberg College offers 40 majors in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences, in addition to strong pre-professional programs in such areas as pre-health, pre-law, pre-theology, business, and education.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees are offered in diverse fields from accounting, music, and Russian studies to business, dance, and economics. Bachelor of Science degrees are available in various fields from biochemistry, computer science, and environmental science to mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.

Pre-professional programs include a 4-4 guaranteed-admission program with Drexel University College of Medicine, a 3-4 dental program with the University of Pennsylvania, a 3-3 B.S./Ph.D. program in physical therapy with Thomas Jefferson University, a 3-2-and-a-half B.S./M.S. program in occupational therapy with Thomas Jefferson University, a 3-2/4-2 combined program in engineering in cooperation with Columbia University, and a 3-2 combined program in forestry in cooperation with Duke University. In addition, students earn elementary certifications and secondary certifications in teaching.

Unique First-Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars are small, discussion-oriented courses that give entering students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member. The seminars are writing-intensive and introduce students to "the life of the mind" by promoting intellectual discussion, critical thinking, and critical reading.

Stimulating Study Abroad Programs

Undergraduates have the opportunity to travel to Europe and beyond and earn college credits as participants in Muhlenberg College's study-abroad programs such as the Semester-in-London Program, the Netherlands Semester, or semesters at more than 150 international universities globally. The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (L.V.A.I.C.) also sponsors summer study abroad options in England, France, Germany, Israel, and Spain.

In addition to studying in other countries, Muhlenberg College undergraduates are eligible to take courses at 5 neighboring schools including Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, and Moravian College. Like Muhlenberg College, the 5 schools are members of L.V.A.I.C.

Local and Regional Internships

As a result of Muhlenberg's many partnerships in the community, there is an exciting variety of real-world internships available for undergraduates in local businesses, health-care facilities, schools, public agencies, theaters, broadcasting stations, and magazines. Students also work as government interns in Harrisburg, PA, and Washington, D.C.

Baker Center for the Arts

Students majoring in the performing arts and fine arts hone their crafts in the architecturally distinctive Dorothy and Dexter Baker Center for the Arts. Designed by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson, the center's focal point is a 220-foot, glass-covered galleria which serves as a gathering place and art gallery.

The state-of-the-art center includes drawing, painting, and sculpture studios; rehearsal and performance spaces; music studios; and a music listening room. Musical equipment features Steinway grand pianos for performance and teaching, a Schlicker practice organ, numerous practice studios with pianos, and a fully equipped electronic music studio.

Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance

The new home for the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Trexler Pavilion has three performance venues. The Dorothy Hess Baker Theater is an elegant Broadway-style proscenium stage with 350 audience seats on two levels. The Studio Theatre is a 50-square-foot performance space that allows flexible staging for classic and innovative productions of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association's subscription series. The Dance Studio Theatre houses public performances of faculty, guest artists, and student dance concerts, as well as dance master classes and community workshops by faculty and artists in residence.

Vibrant Campus Life

At Muhlenberg, students are active, curious, and involved. They learn about themselves and others through activities such as community service, student government, performance, and athletics.

Students have ample opportunities to pursue their interests with over 100 student activities and organizations. Many students enjoy and participate in Muhlenberg's outstanding performing arts programs. Others are involved in Greek life through the college's national sororities and fraternities.

College sports at Muhlenberg offer plenty of action for team members and spectators. The "Mules" compete in the Centennial Conference in all sports. In addition, students also participate in organized club sports in ice hockey and women's rugby, as well as a full slate of intramural activities.


Location & Contact

2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104-5586
USA

Mr.Christopher Hooker-Haring

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 484-664-3245
Fax: 484-664-3234
Email: adm@muhlenberg.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

46% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,152
    • Accepted2,378
    • Acceptance Rate46%
    • Enrolled2,448
    • Female Applicants3,124
    • Females Accepted1,531
    • Female Acceptance Rate49%
    • Male Applicants2,028
    • Males Accepted847
    • Male Acceptance Rate41%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
      graded paper
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.33
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan February --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th July 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 617 570 670
    • SAT Math 614 570 670
    • SAT Writing 617 570 670
    • ACT Composite 27 25 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$43,860
    • Out-of-state tuition *$43,860
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$285.00
    • Room and board *$10,450.00
    • Room only *$5,665.00
    • * 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 offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,448
    • Male Student Percentage41%
    • Female Student Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.26%
    • Black or African American2.67%
    • White or Caucasian77.09%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.17%
    • Asian2.84%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races1.57%
    • Unknown9.72%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.64% representing 14 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students78% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 92%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • 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 Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Theater Association, Environmental Action Team, Jefferson School Partnership, Select Choir, Habitat for Humanity
  • 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 Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty274
    • Full-time Percentage63%
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 2,365 students to 207 faculty


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