Students Say

Muhlenberg College, a small “caring college” located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is “all about a sense of community,” both within the school’s borders and outside of them. Add to that a rigorous academic curriculum (with a particularly good theater department) and an “extremely high” overall involvement of both the professors and students in both academic and extracurricular pursuits, and you’ve got a community of students, faculty, and staff committed to “delivering and receiving a quality, liberal arts education that will craft the next generation into responsible, intelligent leaders of this quickly changing world.”

Overview

Applicants
5,170
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average HS GPA
3.33

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 670
SAT Math
570 - 670
SAT Writing
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
February 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Muhlenberg College, a small “caring college” located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is “all about a sense of community,” both within the school’s borders and outside of them. Add to that a rigorous academic curriculum (with a particularly good theater department) and an “extremely high” overall involvement of both the professors and students in both academic and extracurricular pursuits, and you’ve got a community of students, faculty, and staff committed to “delivering and receiving a quality, liberal arts education that will craft the next generation into responsible, intelligent leaders of this quickly changing world.” “The brochures are not a joke; the people here really are friendly and open,” says a student. Students are incredibly thankful for the school’s balance of resources throughout all of the majors. “I wanted a liberal arts experience, and I appreciate how much focus Muhlenberg puts on both the arts and the sciences,” says a student. The “very responsive” professors are “engaging and accommodating to students’ needs,” which helps to “[develop] relationships that will help you grow through your educational journey and eventually into the work force.” Almost all are “easily approachable” and open to direct arguments against the topics and theories discussed in class, which “provides for an engaging classroom environment that lets students push past the direct facts of the material and learn more about what the material means for the world.” The college is “very flexible” and allows students to create their own majors to reflect their interests; established majors on campus are always changing to reflect progress in the field. Students agree that the school “definitely offers a rich amount of courses that will prepare you for your future and open your mind to possibilities,” and it has “many resources to help you with a variety of situations that may arise.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
274
with Terminal Degree
178

137
Women
137
Men
26
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
86%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Natural Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Harold "Sam" Stoval '77
Chief Investment Strategist, Standard & Poor

Karen H. Antman, MD '70
Cancer Researcher and Dean of Medicine, Boston Univ.

Richard Brueckner '71
CEO, Pershing LLC

Paul L. Vickner '72
President and CEO, Mack Trucks, Inc.

Richard H. Ben-Veniste '64
Partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

David Fricke '73
Senior Music Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine

David Masenheimer '81
Broadway Actor (Ragtime, Les Miserables)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
93
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bottom Line

Tuition is roughly $43,900 annually, with an additional $10,450 for room and board, and around $1,500 for books and fees, making a year at Muhlenberg cost over $55,800. Eighty-eight percent of freshmen receive some sort of financial aid, with 85 percent of other undergraduates receiving aid. The average need-based gift aid awarded to freshmen is around $25,000 ($24,000 for other undergraduates). On average, freshmen receive roughly $19,000 in scholarships or grants. The typical Muhlenberg student graduates with approximately $30,300 in debt.

Bang For Your Buck

In addition to offering an online catalogue of current internship opportunities, the school’s website also provides students with the Muhlenberg College Internship Manual, which includes “tips on how to make the most of your internship, various guidelines, as well as important forms.” One Environmental Science and Sociology major praised the “strong science program and honors program,” where students “could conduct research and take part in an internship” instead of having to sacrifice internship opportunities for academic ones. Muhlenberg meets roughly 91 percent of students’ need for aid, with students praising “generous” and “incredible” financial aid packages. Muhlenberg students are also encouraged to participate in the Student Research and Scholarship program, where they take part in “a variety of extracurricular experiences in which students conduct an independent scholarly investigation of a field under the guidance of a faculty member,” according to the school’s website.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,175

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,778

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,568

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,363

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,882

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,860
Required Fees
$285
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,701
Transportation for Commuters
$1,660

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The typical Muhlenberg student is “from a middleto upper-middle-class family on the East Coast” and “driven but not type-A,” with a large percentage hailing from New Jersey. There are also sizable Jewish, premed, and theater contingents. Many students “have one weird quirky talent that everyone mocked them for in high school, but here, there’s a club for that.” Every student here “cares about the whole community, even members of it they have not met,” most “would give away a swipe meal into the dining area to a total stranger.” Students come from diverse backgrounds, although not from diverse ethnic/ race backgrounds (“While ethnic diversity is pretty low, our social diversity is high.”), which means that “students fit in very well with all types of groups since our school is so accepting.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,448
Out of State
78%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

59% female
41% male
78% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

This “friendly, tight-knit community” is “about being able to be unique yet finding a common ground with others.” There are “a fair amount of clubs” on campus, and “the school works hard to make sure that there are always fun events going on so students have fun activity options.” A cappella groups are popular and can be seen performing at an event almost every weekend. Come Thursday it’s the weekend, as “most students don’t have class Fridays.” For some, this means “tame parties,” as “things don’t change all that often unfortunately, and you may wind up going to the same three parties each weekend.” However, “there is no pressure to drink. If someone does not drink, they do not have to worry about being judged.” When the weather is nice, everyone is outside, whether “playing pickup Frisbee, lacrosse, football, or just relaxing on a blanket in the sun.” Generally, “people don’t have an awful lot of free time between class, studying, and clubs.” For those who want to get off campus, shuttles run on the weekends to the movie theater, the Lehigh Valley Mall, Target, and other local places of interest.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
78
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
7

18% join a fraternity
24% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

19% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Mules)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mules)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay Straight Alliance

Minority Support Groups: www.muhlenberg.edu/cultural/multicultural/index.html Asian Student Association Black Student Association Communidad Latina Hispanic American Organization International Student Association

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Lehigh University

Sustainability

Students can help save the environment both inside and outside the classroom at Muhlenberg, thanks in large part to the work of the college’s Office of Campus Sustainability. Bringing together student, faculty, and staff, the office’s goal is to facilitate the link between academic and facilities-based sustainability efforts, support campus environmental groups, and create internship opportunities, often through reaching out for external funding. Students looking to pursue a career in an environmental or other sustainability-based field can do so through its unique academic program in Sustainability Studies. In this program, students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds come together to explore innovative ways to solve environmental problems. Included in the program are numerous experiential opportunities either locally, or in programs sites in Bangladesh, China, and Costa Rica. Beyond the classroom, students can choose to live in the Sustainability House, help run the community garden, participate in Student Government to push for campus-wide green initiatives, and join the Environmental Action Team (EnAct). There are yearly dorm competitions targeted at reducing electrical consumption, as well as Earth Day celebrations. A major part of the Muhlenberg College Strategic Plan is the ongoing process of replacing desktop computers with at least 85 percent EPEAT Gold-rated hardware—referring to a global environmental ratings system that ranks “green” computers—as well as replacing steam-to-water converters with a gas-fired heating system, and conducting detailed energy audits for all campus buildings. In fact, students are trained to conduct these energy audits. The recent renovation of East Hall dorm updated the existing structure rather than tearing down and building from scratch, and materials, such as bluestone, slate, and rough sawn timber, were locally sourced.

Green Rating
84
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christopher Hooker-Haring
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Address
Office of Admissions
2400 West Chew Street
Allentown, PA 18104-5596

Phone
4846643200


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Seegers Union by fireplace & Java Joe's
The Life Sports Center-Athletic Facility
Parents Plaza-Outdoor Courtyard
The Wood Dining Common & GQ, Seegers Union
Trexler Pavilion for Threatre & Dance

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Promenade Shops/ CarmikeMovie Theatre
Allentown Farmers Market
19th St. District- Films & Coffee House
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kindom
The Allentown Rose Garden & Trexler Park
Downtown Allentown is experience a boom with the construction of the new PPL Center (houses the Philadelphia Flyers top minor league hockey team-the Phantoms), and many new restaurants and clubs near the center.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday & select Saturday
weekdays 8:30-4:30 Saturdays 9-12
4846643200

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies, please call for information

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://muhlenbergsports.com/#

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Sunday evening - Thursday evening only; not during final exam periods

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Lehigh Valley International Airport is an international airport located only 15 minutes by car from the Muhlenberg campus. The airport is served by Allegiant Air Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and U.S. Airways, as well as their express extensions. Bieber and Trans-Bridge bus lines have regular service to New York City. Susquehanna Trailways has regular service to Philadelphia.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-78 (and Route 309, which merges with I-78 near Allentown): Take the Cedar Crest Boulevard exit (also marked as Route 29). Follow Cedar Crest Boulevard north (towards Allentown - approximately two miles) to the sixth traffic light. Do not count any of the lights as you come off the ramp or in the I-78 intersection.) Turn right onto Chew Street and bear right at the fork. Follow Chew Street one mile to the campus. From New York and Northern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike or Route 287 to I-78. Follow I-78 west into Pennsylvania and follow directions from I-78 to the campus (above). From Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: Entering Pennsylvania, take either the Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin bridge to the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76). Follow the Schuylkill Expressway east to the Northeast Extension of the Pennylvania Turnpike (Route 476 -- north). Take the Northeast Extension, formerly Route 9, also known as the Blue Route) north to the Lehigh Valley exit (Exit 56). Take Route 22 east and follow directions from Route 22 to the campus. From Scranton and North: Take the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike south to the Lehigh Valley exit (Exit 56). Take Route 22 east and follow directions from Route 22 to the campus. (From Route 22 to campus: Take the Cedar Crest Blvd. to exit and go south (left) off the exit ramp. At the third traffic light, turn left onto Chew Street and bear right at the fork. Follow Chew Street one mile to campus.) From Harrisburg: Take Route 81 North to Route 78 East; this is shortly joined by Route 22. When I-78 and Route 22 diverge near Allentown, take Route 22 East and follow direction from Route 22 (above) to campus. From Cleveland or Chicago: Take I-80 to its intersection with the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike south of Scranton. Take the Northeast Extension south to the Lehigh Valley exit 56. Take Route 22 east and follow directions from Route 22 to campus. From Baltimore or Washington: Take I-95 to Philadelphia or I-83 to Harrisburg and follow directions from there.

Local Accommodations
Just five minutes from campus is the Comfort Suites of Allentown (3712 Hamilton Boulevard, I-78/Route 309, Exit 16, 610-437-9100). It offers a 10% discount when you identify yourself as a guest of the College, and it's based on availability. Holiday Inn Express (3620 Hamilton Boulevard, I-78/Route 309, Exit 16, 610-437-9255); Howard Johnson Inn and Suites (3220 Hamilton Boulevard, I-78/Route 309, Exit 16, 610-439-4000). The Wingate Inn 4325 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown PA 18103, 610-366-1600. All four are located in Allentown. Within 15 minutes driving distance to campus: Courtyard by Marriott, 2160 Motel Drive, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 2140 Motel Drive Bethlehem PA 18018 and the Hilton Garden Inn 1787-B Airport Road, Bethlehem PA 18018.
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Key Stats

5,170
Applicants
2,448
Size
46%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

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