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Cedar Crest College
Since its founding in 1867, Cedar Crest College has taken a bold approach to...

Cedar Crest College

Allentown, Pennsylvania

For over 150 years, Cedar Crest College has taken a bold approach to education by creating a college and curriculum designed for women who want to achieve at the highest levels. Recognizing the multidimensional nature of students, Cedar Crest College is dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders by preparing the whole student for life in the global community.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,342 undergraduate students
54% of undergrad students are full time
7% male — 93% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
72 full-time faculty
110 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Retention Fall 2014

69% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

69% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Black or African American 10%
White 66%
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 4%

Academic Programs

Anthropology (Minor)

Art (Major)
Art Therapy (Major and Masters)
Art History (Minor)

Biology with Co-Major in Secondary Education
Environmental Conservation
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Global Diseases
Integrated Biology
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Health Professions Program

Business Administration
Health Care Management (Certificate)
Human Resources Management (Certificate)

Biochemistry (Major)
Chemistry (Major)
Chemistry (Minor)
Chemistry with Secondary Education (Major)
Forensic Science (Major, Masters)

Child Welfare (Certificate)

New Media (Major)
Media Studies (Major)
Communication (Minor)
Film Studies (Minor)

Criminal Justice (Major/Minor)

Early Childhood Education
Middle Level Education
Secondary Education
Special Education Certification
Master of Education

English (Major)
English (Minor)
Writing (Major)
Writing (Minor)
MFA in Creative Writing
Gerontology (Certificate)

Global Studies (Major)

Health Science (Major)
Exercise Science (Major)
Health Promotion & Wellness (Major)
Public Health (Major)
History (Major/Minor)
Social Studies with Secondary Education (Major)
Mathematics (Major/Minor)
Mathematics with Secondary Education (Major)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion for RNs
School Nurse Certification Program
Master of Science in Nursing

Didactic Program in Dietetics
Dietetic Internship

Dance (Minor)
Theatre (Minor)

Pre-Law (Minor)

Philosophy (Minor)
Applied and Professional Ethics (Minor)

Political Science

Psychology (Major/Minor)
Applied Psychology (SAGE Major)
Health & Wellness (Minor)

Religious Studies (Minor)

Social Work (Major)



Students instead learn through experience in every major. From internships to service projects, Cedar Crest students graduate with skills that employers find valuable as well as the wherewithal to contribute immediately to their career fields and communities.


Cedar Crest makes it a priority to provide each and every student with a high-impact global experience. Starting in the spring of 2018, Cedar Crest College will officially launch the Sophomore Expedition—a program that will take the entire sophomore class to an off-campus destination for service and learning. The cost of transportation and lodging will be covered by the College, making sure to prevent finances from inhibiting such an amazing experience.


It’s said that success is “all about who you know,” but Cedar Crest College knows that it’s far more than that. Highly credentialed faculty members develop close-knit relationships with their students as they help to build a solid platform for a successful career. Students are also connected to professionals through their professors’ networks, getting to know industry experts on first-name bases. Not only are they acquainted with experts, but they are friends and colleagues with them. This ultimately provides in-depth exposure to opportunities that perfectly communicate the value of a Cedar Crest education.


Students can save both time and money through one of Cedar Crest’s dual degree programs. Usually requiring only one extra year of coursework, these programs allow students to pursue both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Undergraduate accounting, art, business administration, chemistry, performing arts, psychology, and writing students are able to obtain a Master of Business Administration or Master of Education quickly so that they may get a kick-start to their careers without years and years of study.


Leaders innovate, inspire, and—most of all—take action! And in the Cedar Crest community, students do just that. With growth opportunities around every corner, they develop critical thinking skills, communication abilities, and confidence. Whether they organize a fundraiser, start their own club, or drive their own research projects, Cedar Crest students develop the skills necessary to excel upon entering the workforce.


First-Year Fridays are a unique feature of Cedar Crest’s first-year experience program. In addition to taking small, close-knit seminars together, freshmen have the opportunity to bond outside of the classroom with weekly events catered specifically to them. Every Friday, the College hosts an event that gives these students the opportunity to stay social and integrate into their community with such activities as guest speakers, film screenings, and excursions off campus.


Cedar Crest provides all the resources students need to develop the essential skills for living balanced and healthy lifestyles. No matter what major students choose, they can always incorporate their passions into hands-on experiences. Whether through athletics, dance, theatre, or even a second major, Cedar Crest offers a range of academic experiences, each customized to individual student. Not only does the College provide students with an outstanding education grounded in the liberal arts, but it also ensures that they graduate in four years through its Four-Year Guarantee program.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,246 Total Applicants
652 Total Admissions
170 Total Freshmen Enrollment

52.33% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 438 570
SAT Math 450 550
SAT Writing 440 550
ACT Composite 20 23
ACT Math 19 22
ACT English 19 24
ACT Writing    





Tuition $33,904
Fees $600
Total $34,504
Room and Board (on campus) $10,549
Room Only $5,160
Board Only $5,389
Estimated Total On Campus $45,053


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
90% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$24,140 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,286 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates