Diversity Profile

Muhlenberg College opens doors to new ideas, discoveries, friendships, and opportunities. It’s who we are and what we do.


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: Middle 50% range
SAT Reading and Writing (EBRW): 570–680
SAT Math: 560–670
ACT Composite: 25–30
A test optional plan is available.

Full-Time Enrollment: 2,200; 41% men, 59% women

Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Financial Aid: Approximately 87% 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
- Choreography
- Dance Education
- Dance Performance
- Dance Science
• 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: 
• Education: PreK-4, 4-8, 7-12

Pre-professional Programs: 
• Pre-medicine 
• Pre-law
• Pre-theological Studies

Muhlenberg is a top-tier liberal arts college that offers a more comprehensive array of pre-professional programs than almost any institution our size. Here students don’t have to choose between theory and practice or between ideas and their application. They are integrated into what we simply call a Muhlenberg education. Our wide-ranging curriculum features 40 majors across the arts, business, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as programs in Accounting, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Public Health, and, of course, Pre-medicine, Pre-health, and Pre-law.

Engaged teachers and mentors
This exceptional curriculum is driven by professors known for their commitment as teachers. Our faculty love teaching, challenging students with bold ideas and bringing their scholarly expertise in today’s most pressing matters to the classroom. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, you’ll work side-by-side with faculty on projects with real impact. This environment helps promote student success. For example, 90% of Muhlenberg’s first-year students return for their sophomore year, and more than 80% graduate in four years.

A full life
Outside of class, students find countless opportunities for learning, enrichment, and connection, all oriented around the intellectual core. Muhlenberg offers more than 160 study abroad options, and more than half of our students study abroad by graduation. On campus there is always something to do, with more than 110 student clubs and organizations, 22 Division III sports teams, and more than 20 intramural and club sports. More than 95% of our students live on campus, and housing is guaranteed all four years.

Our hometown
Located less than 90 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia, Muhlenberg’s campus in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is beautiful and convenient. Allentown is Pennsylvania’s third-largest and fastest-growing city. It is home to three historic districts and one of the best park systems in the United States, and thanks to more than $1 billion in downtown investments, was recently honored as a finalist for a global award for excellence. It has also become a magnet for entrepreneurs and new businesses ranging from tech and design to logistics, finance, medicine, and biotechnology. These businesses offer internships and full-time employment opportunities to Muhlenberg students and alumni.

Prepared to succeed
From this rewarding learning experience, our graduates go on to excel in fields of every kind, building great careers, serving and shaping their communities, and enjoying lives of fulfillment and discovery. Typically 4%–8% of each graduating class enter medical or dental school; another 3%–7% go on to law school. Among the 55%–65% who enter a career field immediately upon graduation, many do so with America’s best-known corporations, banks, schools, and helping agencies. 

Affording Muhlenberg
Muhlenberg strives to educate and inspire the most talented and diverse student body we can, and our comprehensive approach to need-based aid and merit scholarships reflects this commitment. About 87% of Muhlenberg students receive some form of financial assistance.