Muhlenberg College

2400 W Chew St, Allentown, United States
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Overview of Muhlenberg College

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,408
    • Men:952 (39.5%)
    • Women:1,456 (60.5%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Muhlenberg College is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
2
4
Social Studies
-
2
History
2
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required for some
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Used for placement ACT: Used for placement

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
2400 Chew Street
City, State, Zip
Allentown, PA  18104-5586
Phone
(484) 664-3200
Fax
(484) 664-3234
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.31
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
609 average |560-660 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
15%
• Score 600 - 700
40%
• Score 500 - 600
40%
• Score 400 - 500
5%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
627 average |580-680 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
16%
• Score 600 - 700
50%
• Score 500 - 600
31%
• Score 400 - 500
3%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $50,830 (77.80499005051279%)
  • Room & Board: - $11,420 (17.480483698147864%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,300 (1.98989744374713%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,780 (2.7246288075922243%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Muhlenberg College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
March 1
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003304
Free
Institution's own form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
439 (77.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
357 (81.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
357 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
98 (27.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$37,050
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 356 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $33,460
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 267 (74.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,924
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 69 (19.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
164 (29.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,936

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,503 (66.0%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,293 (86.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,276 (98.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
318 (24.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
87%
Average Award
$36,168
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,266 (99.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,257
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 970 (76.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,476
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 197 (15.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
733 (32.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,264

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
59%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$32,241
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Relatives of Clergy, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
785,206

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Muhlenberg College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


90.2%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


84.4%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


85.6%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


86.5%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (33)


  • Accounting
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • 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
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Visual and performing arts, Biological/life sciences, Psychology

Online Degrees


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

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


119,141

Nearest Metropolitan Area


75 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Philadelphia

Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
5 mile(s) from campus in Allentown
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 of College Housing


92% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


8%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

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


Muhlenberg College offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,318

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,408
Women
1,456
Men
952

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

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources