Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College has long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, particularly in such areas as science, pre-medicine, business, pre-law, psychology, and theater arts and dance.
Muhlenberg takes its name from the Muhlenberg family—a prominent family in early American history. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg was the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in the American colonies. His sons included a general who wintered with George Washington at Valley Forge, the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and an early American scientist who went on to become the first president of Franklin College (now Franklin & Marshall).
Muhlenberg is a small private college of liberal arts and sciences located in Allentown, Pennsylvania—an hour north of Philadelphia and an hour and a half west of New York City. Allentown is the third-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania, and Muhlenberg’s campus is situated in Allentown’s residential West End. The 80-acre campus is a beautiful combination of modern and Gothic buildings, plenty of green space, mature trees, and state-of-the-art technologies.
Muhlenberg students enjoy a warm sense of community and connection. The campus climate is friendly and involved. Student-faculty relationships are also close and collaborative. All courses are taught by faculty—we do not use graduate students or teaching assistants to do any of the teaching. Our classes average 19 students in size, so much of what we do is highly personalized and highly participatory.
Eastern Pennsylvania offers all four seasons. Summers are warm, fall is crisp and cool, winters can be cold (average temperatures around 32 degrees Fahrenheit), and springs can be cool and wet.
What our students say
Yue Zhuo Ma (Aria) ’18
“Muhlenberg is a place that gives me a sense of belonging and safety. Here every professor cares about me and offers more resources than I could ever imagine. Here every student is so talented and friendly, I am always learning from others. Now, to me, Muhlenberg is more than a place called ‘college.’ It is my new home.”
Liaoliao Zhang (Leo) ’18
“Muhlenberg has the best resources for students. The professors are always willing to work closely with their students. You do not see that happen in other places as often as here.”
Wusheng Wang ’18
“I love that the campus is small, beautiful, and amazing! My professors and classmates are very friendly. I selected Muhlenberg because of its strong business major. I also love that it is not far away from New York and Philadelphia.”
Masheed Mahjor ’17
“Muhlenberg’s community is welcoming and warm. It is a community where one can find love, individuality, togetherness, and respect all at once.”
Che Chengsupanimit ’16
“People are very accepting and nice at Muhlenberg, which makes it unique in that no one is pressured into being somebody they’re not. The positive vibes are also contagious.”
ALLENTOWN is the third-largest city in the state of PENNSYLVANIA. A safe, scenic city of 110,000, Allentown has also attracted a number of major corporations and businesses, all of which provide internships for Muhlenberg students. Muhlenberg is located in the residential West End of Allentown, bordered by Lake Muhlenberg and city parks on one side and a lovely neighborhood on the other.
TYPE OF COLLEGE: Muhlenberg College is an independent, highly selective residential college offering liberal arts and sciences, plus selected pre-professional studies.
SIZE OF CAMPUS: The main campus is 80 acres, including academic, sciences, and arts buildings; student union and dining facilities; recreational facilities; and residence halls. The College also has a 60-acre nature preserve and a 40-acre wildlife sanctuary for studies in environmental science, ecology, and biodiversity.
NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 2,200 full-time traditional undergraduates; 14% students of color; 3% international students in the most recent first-year class; seeking to grow our international population
NUMBER OF FACULTY: 172 full-time faculty; 12:1 student-faculty ratio; approximately 90% of full-time faculty hold the Ph.D. or highest degree in their field.
COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: Muhlenberg offers the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in 40 majors, plus minors and certificate programs, independent research, and internships. The College also offers cooperative programs in engineering (with Columbia University), medicine (with Drexel University), dental medicine (with University of Pennsylvania), forestry (with Duke University), physical therapy and occupational therapy (with Thomas Jefferson University), and optometry (with SUNY College of Optometry).
GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Our student body includes students representing 35 U.S. states and territories, as well as a dozen countries.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: The Office of Global Education and the Coordinator of International Admissions collaborate to assist international students with the application process, orientation, break and summer housing, and academic success.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET: (2014–2015)
Tuition and Fees$44,145
Room and Board$10,335
Students are expected to cover transportation costs, U.S. health insurance, books, and supplies, as well as spending money.
FINANCIAL AID: Muhlenberg offers both merit- and need-based aid to international students who qualify. Financial documentation (Certification of Finances) is required before an I-20 can be issued. Students applying for financial aid must complete the CSS Financial Aid Profile (available online at www.collegeboard.org).
TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Admission to Muhlenberg is based on academic performance, plus testing (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS). A minimum score of 79 is required on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT); 85 or above is preferred. A minimum score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS; 7 or above preferred. The middle 50% of enrolled students score between 1120–1320 on the combined Critical Reading/Math SAT and between 25–31 on the ACT Composite.
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: Application deadlines are February 15 for both Early Decision and Regular Decision applications. We begin reviewing completed Early Decision applications in mid-November, so students who wish to apply ED are invited to apply early in the final year of secondary school. The application fee is $50. For more information, go to www.muhlenberg.edu/main/admissions.