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Diversity Profile

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College has long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, particularly in such areas as science, pre-medicine, pre-law, business, psychology, and theatre arts/dance.

The College offers a highly participatory educational ex-perience led by a faculty who are recognized both for teaching excellence and strong research. More than 85% of Muhlenberg’s full-time faculty have earned a PhD or terminal degree, and all courses are taught by faculty (the College does not use graduate students or teaching assistants to teach classes).

Evidence of the strength of Muhlenberg’s academic programs can be found in the success of its graduates. Typically 4%–8% of each graduating class enter medical or dental school upon graduation; another 3%–7% go on to law school. Among the 55%–65% of Muhlenberg students who enter a career field immediately upon graduation, many do so with America’s best-known corporations, banks, schools, and helping agencies.

Muhlenberg’s campus climate is characterized by a friendly, welcoming student body and a deeply caring faculty and staff. This caring climate helps promote student success and satisfaction. For example, more than 90% of Muhlenberg freshmen return for their sophomore year, and over 80% graduate in four years.

Special opportunities
Students of color make up approximately 15% of the student population at Muhlenberg. There are many organizations and events that pro-mote cultural awareness and support minority students. Some of the campus organizations devoted to assisting cultural awareness and identity include:
• Asian Student Association
• Black Student Association
• Campus Christian Fellowship
• Chapel Choir and Gospel Choir
• Communidad Latina
• Habitat for Humanity
• International Student Association
• Muslim Student Association
• Social Issues Club
• Soul Sound Steppers

The College has celebrated Black History Month with appearances by such important figures as Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, and Claud Anderson. Commencement speakers have included such noted figures as Coretta Scott King and Calvin Butts. In addition, a regular series of social events has included salsa bands, hip hop groups, and comic Earl Reed, among others.

Multicultural students are involved in all aspects of life at Muhlenberg, from Student Government to athletics, from the arts to community service. In addition, Muhlenberg has special scholarship monies for students of color who qualify and file their financial aid paperwork on time. Thanks to the generosity of a number of alumni and friends of the College, there are endowed scholarships to assist minority students with the costs of a Muhlenberg education.

A small, safe, friendly campus. Easy access to New York and Philadelphia. A caring college community. And opportunities to grow, make friends, and make a difference. Consider Muhlenberg and see for yourself why this might be an excellent college choice for you!



Founded: 1848

Type: Private, four-year, liberal arts and pre-professional studies

Admission: Highly selective; the most important factor is high school record. Entering freshmen are strong academic performers and significant extracurricular contributors.

Test Scores: In recent years, the middle 50% of entering freshmen have scored between 560–660 on the SAT Critical Reading and between 560–660 on the SAT Math. A test-optional plan is available.

Full-Time Enrollment: 2,200; 42% men, 58% women

Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Financial Aid: Approximately 85% of students receive some form of financial aid (both need-based and merit aid awarded).

Academic Majors:
• Accounting
• American Studies
• Anthropology
• Art
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Dance
• Economics
• Engineering (3-2 program)
• English
• Environmental Science
• Film Studies
• Finance
• Forestry (3-2 program)
• French
• History
• History/Government
• International Studies
• Jewish Studies
• Mathematics
• Media and Communication
• Music
- History
- Performance
- Theory/Composition
• Natural Science
• Neuroscience
• Occupational Therapy (3-2 program)
• Philosophy
• Philosophy/Political Thought
• Physical Science
• Physical Therapy (3-3 program)
• Physics
• Political Economy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Health
• Religion Studies
• Russian Studies
• Social Science
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theatre Arts
- Design
- Directing
- Performance/Acting

Professional Certification:
• Elementary Education
• Secondary Education

Pre-professional Programs:
• Pre-health Professions
- Dentistry
- Medicine
- Veterinary Medicine
• Pre-law
• Pre-theological