2,408
Students
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36,168
Avg. Financial Aid
Very Selective
Admission Difficulty
48
48%
Acceptance Rate
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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

Address 2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA  18104-5586
United States

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

4,636
Applied
2,242
Accepted
2,408
Enrolled
48%
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Female Admissions

2,753
Females Applied
1,397
Females Accepted
51%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

1,883
Males Applied
845
Males Accepted
45%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.31
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
2 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview
Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended Interview
Other requirements: Graded paper

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st March 20th
Early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer June 15th July 1st Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 627 580 680
SAT Math 609 560 660
ACT Composite 27 25 30

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

51,860
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Fees

735
Full-time student fees
11,765
Room & board
6,395
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

36,168
Avg. Financial Aid Package
37,050
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
27,036
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,634
Avg. Loan Aid
13,264
Avg. Grant Aid
32,257
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
87%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
25%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

2,408
Total undergrad students
3%
International Students
76%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 7.03%
Black or African American 3.49%
White or Caucasian 75.45%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.04%
Asian 3.28%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.04%
Two or more races 1.47%
Other 5.89%

Gender

Male (39.53%)
Female (60.47%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 92%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, Jefferson School Field Day and Family Weekend

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Theater Association, Environmental Action Team, Jefferson School Partnership, Select Choir and Habitat for Humanity

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Wrestling No No No

Faculty

297
Total Faculty
10:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 185
Part-time - 112
Male - 144
Female - 153