Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
60%
40%
student ratio
2,408
total students
Tuition Cost $50,095 | $50,095
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $36,168
February 1
fall application deadline
48%
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
609
sat math
627
sat reading
Not
Reported
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 2,200 students, the Muhlenberg experience is characterized by a deep sense of community and connection, an 11:1 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 36 majors, 34 minors 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, accounting, finance, 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 biology, biochemistry, computer science, and environmental science to mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.

Pre-professional programs include: 3/4 University of Pennsylvania Dental Program, 3/3 Thomas Jefferson Dual-Admission Programs in Physical Therapy and 3/2 Occupational Therapy, 3/4 SUNY College of Optometry Program, 3/2 or 4/2 Columbia University Engineering Dual Degree Program, American University Preferential Access, Master of Finance Program, Boston University School of Medicine Early Decision Pathway Program, Boston University Master of Management Studies Boston University Early Conditional Admission Program, Master of Public Health Select Scholars Program, Lehigh University M2 Management Program and Penn State College of Medicine, Master of Public Health Program. 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
United States


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.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Public Health
      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
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • 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.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      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.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

48% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,636
    • Accepted2,242
    • Acceptance Rate48%
    • Enrolled2,408
    • Female Applicants2,753
    • Females Accepted1,397
    • Female Acceptance Rate50%
    • Male Applicants1,883
    • Males Accepted845
    • Male Acceptance Rate44%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • 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 freshman3.31
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st March 20th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan February 1st February 15th --
    • Transfer June 15th July 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 627 580 680
    • SAT Math 609 560 660
    • SAT Writing
    • 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 *$50,095
    • Out-of-state tuition *$50,095
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$735
    • Room and board *$11,420
    • Room only *$6,205
    • * 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

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$36,168
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$37,050
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$27,036
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,634
    • Average Grant Aid:$13,264
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$32,257
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:99%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 87%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 25%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,408
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.03%
    • Black or African American3.49%
    • White or Caucasian75.45%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.04%
    • Asian3.28%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races1.47%
    • Unknown or International Student5.89%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.28% representing 13 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students76% 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
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby 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
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby 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 Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty297
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 2,308 students to 222 faculty


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