Muhlenberg College, founded in 1848, is a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college. It values and seeks to nurture a strong sense of community. Professors routinely give students their home phone numbers, for example, and student-faculty relationships are close. The college has a long history of success with premedical and prelaw school placement, as well as very strong English and writing traditions. In recent years, the theatre arts program has won numerous awards and is extremely popular with students as well. The college's 38-acre environmental field station and 40-acre arboretum provide research opportunities for students in field biology and environmental science. Its 75-acre campus, including among its buildings a neo-Gothic chapel, is located in Allentown, 55 miles north of Philadelphia.

Website: www.muhlenberg.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,408
Undergraduate
Students
(60.5%) 1,456 Women
(39.5%) 952 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
48% of 4,636 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.31
SAT Math
560-660 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
627 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$67,655
Tuition and Fees
$52,595
Room and Board
$11,765
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Freshman Award
$41,076
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$32,963
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
185
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Allentown Population
119,141
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
92% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Mule
Sororities
21% of women participate
Fraternities
17% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.4% Asian
3.6% Black/African-American
7.3% Hispanic/Latino
1.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.0% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students
3.2% from 13 countries
First-Year Students Returning
90.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
69%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies   2
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for placement
ACT: Used for placement

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2400 Chew Street
City, State, Zip
Allentown, PA 18104-5586
Phone
(484) 664-3200
Fax
(484) 664-3234
E-mail
admissions@muhlenberg.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 20
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, February 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, Rolling, notification begins February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Graded paper recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
48% of 4,636 applicants were admitted
Women
51% of 2,753 applicants were admitted
Men
45% of 1,883 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
619 (28%) of 2,242 admitted students enrolled
Women
372 (27%) of 1,397 admitted students enrolled
Men
247 (29%) of 845 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
85% of 341 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,530
Students Accepting Wait List Position
329
Students Admitted From Wait List
78

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.31
3.75 and Above
17%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
18%
2.00 - 2.49
3%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
560-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
15%
Score of 600 - 700
40%
Score of 500 - 600
40%
Score of 400 - 500
5%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
627 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
16%
Score of 600 - 700
50%
Score of 500 - 600
31%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
29%
Score of 24 - 29
58%
Score of 18 - 23
12%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 36%
Top quarter: 71%
Top half: 93%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$67,655
Tuition and Fees
$52,595
Room and Board
$11,765
Books and Supplies
$1,395
Other Expenses
$1,780
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
mitton@muhlenberg.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification
On or about March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003304
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
473 (77.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
396 (81.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
392 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
87 (27.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$41,076
Need-Based Gift
Received by 390 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $37,779
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 301 (74.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,545
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 69 (19.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
143 (29.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,101

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,573 (66.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,380 (87.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,335 (98.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
266 (24.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$37,874
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,318 (99.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $34,325
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,011 (76.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,264
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 216 (15.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
644 (32.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,525

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
60%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$32,963
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Relatives of Clergy
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, forestry, dentistry with University of Pennsylvania, medicine with Drexel University, optometry with State University of New York (SUNY) State College of Optometry, occupational and physical therapy with Thomas Jefferson University
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
185
Part-Time Faculty
112
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
55%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 74% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 13% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
785,206
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
450
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Allentown Population
119,141
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Campus Size
75 acres

Weather

Temperature
18.8 average low in January, 80 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Allentown
Nearest Train Station
60 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
92% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
8%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Mule
School Colors
Cardinal and gray

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, cross-country running, football, racquetball, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, theater association, environmental action team, jefferson school partnership, select choir, habitat for humanity
Sororities
21% of women participate
Fraternities
17% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,408
Women
1,456 (60.5%)
Men
952 (39.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,318
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.4% Asian
3.6% Black/African-American
7.3% Hispanic/Latino
1.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.0% White
6.1% Unknown
International Students.
3.2% from 13 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
90.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
85.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
86.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
69%
Average Starting Salary
69%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 0.5%
Law 5.3%
Theology 0.5%
Dentistry 0.5%
Arts and Sciences 10%
Medicine 7.2%
Veterinary Medicine 0.5%
Education 4%

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