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Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Active Learning. Positive Outcomes.

Muhlenberg College provides challenging academics and passionate teaching within a warm and caring community environment. The College has a strong heritage of developing students who think independently, live ethically, and contribute to society wholeheartedly. Students forge strong bonds with the college, their professors, and each other, leading to lifelong friendships.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,440 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
74% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
178 full-time faculty
124 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Highly residential: 85% of students live on campus.

School Location

Allentown, Pennsylvania. An hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City

Retention Fall 2014

91% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

86% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2014

Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 3%
White 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 10%

Athletics

NCAA Division III; Centennial Conference; 20 varsity sports, (10 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, and wrestling; 10 women’s: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball).

Other Information

Muhlenberg College is a private, four-year, co-educational liberal arts college, founded in 1848.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Africana Studies (minor), American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Asian Traditions (minor), Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing (minor), Dance, Economics, Education (certification), English, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Finance, French, German, German Studies, History, History/Government , International Studies, Jewish Studies, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Latin American & Caribbean Studies (minor), Mathematics, Media & Communication, Music, Natural Science, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Philosophy/Political Thought, Physical Science, Physics, Political Economy and Public Policy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health (minor), Religion Studies, Russian Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Sustainability Studies (minor), Theatre, Women’s Studies (minor)

Whether they work with the College’s Polling Institute, an active, multi-faceted community service program, or in partnership with Jefferson Elementary School, Muhlenberg students are engaged in ways that augment classroom learning, improving the world in the process…

Study Abroad

Muhlenberg sends over 100 students abroad each year, ensuring that their financial aid follows them beyond the school’s borders. The College has agreements with 33 universities around the world, guaranteeing that courses taken abroad transfer back to their Muhlenberg transcripts. Two of the most popular programs are the London Theatre semester and an international business program at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Students can also choose programs in Argentina, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, and Spain.

Honors Programs

Muhlenberg offers students of promise to join their choice of three Honors programs: Muhlenberg Scholars, Dana Associates, or R.J. Fellows. These programs provide special freshman courses, unique seminars, and chances for mentored research during students’ junior/senior years. Past courses include “Take me out to the Ballgame” and “Laughing to Death: Comedy and Menace in Drama.”

The Institute of Entrepreneurship

The Institute of Entrepreneurship prepares Muhlenberg students for the innovation and self-reliance appropriate for a variety of life and career pursuits. Students receive support in the creation and development of business ventures. For example, Muhlenberg students have started a magazine for Lehigh-area college students and established a weekly laundry service for students. The Institute also offers coursework in entrepreneurial studies.

Muhlenberg faculty members are committed, passionate teachers. Students enjoy close relationships with faculty, exploring with them a number of opportunities for research, independent study, and project work.

Academically Demanding, Personally Supportive

The Faculty Center for Teaching assists and supports the Muhlenberg faculty as they explore their pedagogy and examine new teaching methods. The Center serves as a forum for professors to discuss and share effective teaching tools. The Center affirms the commitment of Muhlenberg faculty to be not only outstanding scholars, but also exceptional teachers. With a low student to faculty ratio of 12:1, students have many opportunities to interact individually with faculty.

Muhlenberg students and faculty are engaged outside as well as inside the classroom. Many faculty members entertain students in their homes. Some departments sponsor spring picnics for all department majors. Professors also invite students to collaborate on research projects both during the summer and throughout the year.

Interdisciplinary Study and Service Projects

The Interdisciplinary Study Program in Central America allows Muhlenberg students to pursue research and service projects while improving their Spanish language skills. Guided by faculty with expertise in conservation biology and environmental sociology, students explore real solutions to the delicate problem of environmental and cultural conservation in developing Latin American countries. Previous research projects have included comparative studies of public education, water quality studies and ecotourism, and conservation. Prior service projects have focused on issues such as medical care, education, housing, and sustainable development.

A Step Ahead

Muhlenberg students have the opportunity to jumpstart their graduate education during their undergraduate career. The 3-2 program with Duke University allows students to spend three years at Muhlenberg and two years at Duke while earning a B.S. and M.S. in forestry and environmental studies. There is a similar program for engineering students at Columbia University or Washington University—St. Louis.

First-Year Seminar

The First-Year Seminar program is designed for freshmen students to question, discuss, and think critically about their own basic beliefs and values. Covering a broad range of topics, the seminars stress writing and speaking skills. Previous course offerings have included: “Reflections of Pop Culture,” “Exploring Cultural Identity,” and “Sprawl and Life in Suburbia.”

With over 100 campus clubs and organizations, an active performing arts scene, varied community service opportunities, and convenient access to both New York City and Philadelphia, the Muhlenberg campus culture is high-energy and involved…

Service and Advocacy

The S.H.A.R.E. (Students Have A Real Effect) program illustrates Muhlenberg students’ dedication to making a difference. The student-led community service group does numerous activities and projects throughout the year. S.H.A.R.E. is committed to social justice through direct service in the city of Allentown, furthering efforts in advocacy, activism, and education. Current projects include work with local shelters, Big Brothers and Big Sister program, and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Muhlenberg campus is committed to giving back to the community. The Center for Ethics sponsored a two-week intensive program called “Hunger in the Midst of Plenty” in which students raised over $5,000 for the Heifer Project, an international program that helps needy families build sustainable futures. The College has a particular interest in the educational and social needs of local children in the Allentown School District. The College’s IT department donated 75 used computers to the Allentown Digital District to support students in need of computers for education.

Spiritual Life

Spirituality is an important component of the Muhlenberg experience. The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding serves as an expression of Muhlenberg’s commitment to interfaith relations. The Institute uses the resources of the academic community to foster research and dialogue and to build bridges of understanding between the faith traditions. The Lutheran Student Movement holds weekly Bible study and other activities. Students can also participate in activities sponsored by Catholic Newman Center and the Jewish Hillel House, both of which have recently received new facilities. Students from all backgrounds and beliefs find a welcoming place to practice their faith and fellowship at Muhlenberg.

Student Activities

Over 100 student organizations give Muhlenberg students a wealth of extracurricular activities from which to choose. Some options include: academic and honorary societies, community service groups, sports and recreational organizations, music, entertainment and cultural organizations, religious organizations, and Greek societies. Students interested in media contribute to the yearbook, weekly newspaper, literary magazine, electronic newspaper, campus radio station, or campus television.

Multiculturalism

Through lectures, workshops, exhibits, and other events, the Office of Multicultural Life is committed to making a difference in the lives of all students. Recent lectures have included: Cultural Heritage: Myths and Stereotypes and an Alternative Medicine seminar. The Office also serves as a base of support to Asian, Latino, Native American, and African-American students. The diverse community at Muhlenberg enhances the learning experience for all students.

A Comfortable Home

Muhlenberg students have several options for residential life including single-sex and co-ed halls, garden apartments, theme housing, and sorority and fraternity houses. All first year students must live on-campus. The Residence Hall Association, a student organization, plans educational and social activities in the halls. Upperclass students may opt for the MILE (Muhlenberg Independent Living Options) program which allows them to live in campus-owned housing off-campus. The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently awarded the Ewing Cole Cherry Brott architectural firm an Honor Award for its design of the Robertson and South Residence Halls. The 2 four-story buildings include air-conditioned bedroom suites, a shared living room, kitchenettes and bathrooms as well as a large informal social area with a kitchen, a television, and Internet outlets.

A significant number of Muhlenberg students go on to medical school, law school, dental school, or advanced study at some of the nation’s leading universities. Others enter the world of work with a high degree of success…

Promoting excellence beyond graduation

The Office of Career Development and Placement offers workshops and seminars about topics such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and career exploration for students during all four years. The Office also assists students in obtaining relevant summer jobs and internships. One tool of the office, the Ultimate Life Exploration system, allows students to track academic and extracurricular activities throughout their undergraduate experience. The completed portfolio helps students decide career and graduate school options.

Placement and Awards

Immediately upon graduation, 25-30% of Muhlenberg graduates enroll in graduate programs. Five years after graduation, as many as 55% have pursued some graduate study. Recent graduates have attended institutions such as Cornell, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Georgetown, and Harvard.

Recent graduates have been awarded some of the nation’s most prestigious postgraduate awards including Goldwater Scholarships and Truman Scholarships. Eleven recent graduates have received the competitive Fulbright awards.

Alumni Network and Achievements

Over 1,600 Muhlenberg alumni have agreed to serve as career coaches to this generation of Muhlenberg students. They provide career advice and information, access to internships, and assistance as Muhlenberg students begin their careers. Recent graduates have been hired by such organizations as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Touche, Wyeth Laboratories, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, The Disney Channel, IBM, Thomson Financial, and TIME Magazine. Within a year of graduation, over ninety-five percent of students responding to a college survey were either employed full-time or enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Distinguished alumni of Muhlenberg include:

  • James A. Skidmore, Jr. Chairman and CEO, Science Management L.L.C.
  • Richard Ben-Veniste, the lead prosecutor in the Watergate case and Democratic counsel in the Whitewater hearings
  • Frederick Busch, an award-winning novelist and Writer-In-Residence at Colgate University
  • Dr. Paul C. Brucker, President of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Kam-Kam Cheng, a singer and actress who played a female lead in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon
  • David Fricke, Senior Editor of Rolling Stone magazine
  • David Massenheimer, an actor who played a male lead in the Broadway production of Les Miserables.

ADMISSIONS

ADMISSIONS FALL 2014

4,714 Total Applicants
2,489 Total Admissions
589 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
52.80% of applicants admitted

Application Information

Muhlenberg is committed to the ideal of excellent standards of scholarship. The College selects students who give evidence of ability and scholastic achievement, seriousness or purpose, quality of character, and the capacity to make constructive contributions to the College community. Evidence of integrity and ethical behavior is important in the admission decision. Careful consideration is given to each applicant as a scholar and a person, with the object being to assemble a class that is academically talented and diversified.

Admission to Muhlenberg is based upon a thorough review of each candidate’s scholastic performance records and personal qualities. There is no precise admissions “formula;” a wide variety of factors are carefully considered by the Admissions Committee, including secondary school record, personal qualities, extracurricular strengths, teacher and counselor recommendations, standardized test scores (SAT-I or ACT), the application essay, and the personal interview (if the student elects to interview with an admissions counselor.)

Muhlenberg accepts the Common Application, and students can apply online via the Muhlenberg website or the Common Application website. Students may also submit paper versions of the Common Application. The application fee is $45.

TUITION AND COSTS

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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015

Expenses  
Tuition $43,860
Fees $285
Total $44,145
   
Room and Board (on campus) $10,450
Room Only $5,665
Board Only $4,785
Estimated Total On Campus $54,595

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
53% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,661 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,297 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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