Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA

Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA

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Founded in 1867, it was one of the first women’s colleges in the nation. 

Cedar Crest College is a liberal arts college, primarily for women, dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders through strong scholarship and real-world opportunities that deliver a powerful learning experience and significant success ever after. Cedar Crest College educates the whole student, preparing them for life in a global community. Founded in 1867, it was one of the first women’s colleges in the nation.   

Today it remains an independent, comprehensive liberal arts college for women that combines excellence in scholarship and undergraduate education with a variety of graduate and online programs for adult women and men in the surrounding region and around the world. With over 40 academic programs, Cedar Crest College empowers a diverse student body to hone their skills and realize their potential, reaching for bolder and braver goals now and into the future.  

Nestled on a beautiful 85-acre campus in the western residential section of Allentown, Pennsylvania, part of the Lehigh Valley region, the third-largest metropolitan area in the state. Cedar Crest College is conveniently located approximately 55 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from New York City. 

Cedar Crest offers students in the traditional undergraduate women’s college unique opportunities to add value to their degree with signature programs like The Sophomore Expedition, a guaranteed study abroad experience paid for almost entirely by the College; the 4-Year Guarantee, which provides a clear path to graduation; and Dual Degrees to help students get their master’s faster.   

The College fields teams in 10 NCAA Division III sports. Students can participate in over 30 clubs and organizations, including the national award-winning student newspaper and performances through active theatre and dance programs. Community service is another integral part of the Cedar Crest experience, with students performing more than 22,000 hours of service each year.



#18 Top Performer in Social Mobility among Regional Universities | U.S. News and World Report


Top 20 nationally for educating women to complete STEM bachelor's degrees who then go on to earn PhDs | Council of Independent Colleges


#5 on Washington Monthly's national 2020 Master’s University Ranking based on contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and promoting public service


#5 Best Registered Nursing Program in Pennsylvania | RegisteredNursing.org


#17 Best Bang for Your Buck | Washington Monthly

Unique Cedar Crest experiences: 

• The Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition – A guaranteed study abroad experience paid for almost entirely by Cedar Crest. Students have traveled to Brazil, Greece, England and are headed to Costa Rica this spring.  

• 4YG – Our Four-Year Guarantee program ensures you graduate on-time, eliminating the need for costly extra credits.

• Diverse academic offerings including pre-professional programs and high-demand certificates in a variety of fields.

• You may qualify for our S.T.A.R. (State Tuition Access Rate) program which matches the in-state tuition rate at your home state’s flagship public institution when you meet certain academic requirements.  

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “What I did outside of the classroom helped me get to where I am today. Cedar Crest turned into a second home, I learned to live on my own and got to work with amazing people.”

    • Bria Turner
  • “I had someone believe in me without even knowing me,”

    • Leannie Jusino ’22
      of her first experience with Cedar Crest College admissions