Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College, founded in 1848, is an independent, undergraduate, coeducational institution associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its 75-acre campus is located in Allentown, 60 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from New York City.

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Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Muhlenberg College aims to develop independent critical thinkers who are intellectually agile, characterized by a zest for reasoned and civil debate, committed to understanding the diversity of the human experience, able to express ideas with clarity and grace, committed to lifelong learning, equipped with ethical and civic values, and prepared for lives of leadership and service.

AT A GLANCE

Founded: 1848

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

Affiliations: NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference


Admission: Highly selective; the most important factor is high school record. Entering first-year students are strong aca
demic performers and significant extracurricular contributors.

Test Scores:
Middle 50% range SAT-R Reading and Writing: 590–680; SAT-R
Math: 580–680; ACT composite: 26–30; a test-optional plan is available.

Full-Time Enrollment: 2,200 students; 39% men, 61% women; 36 states and 19 countries represented

Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Financial Aid: 88% of Muhlenberg students receive grant and/or scholarship aid.
 
Majors and minors: 38 majors and 35 minors

Academic Majors:
• Accounting
• American Studies
• Anthropology*
• Art History*
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business Administration*
• Chemistry*
• Computer Science*
• Dance*
• Economics*
• English*
• Environmental Science*
• Film Studies*
• Finance
• French & Francophone Studies*
• History*
• International Studies
• Jewish Studies*
• Mathematics*
• Media & Communication
• Music*
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy*
• Philosophy/Political Thought
• Physical Science
• Physics*
• Political Economy & Public Policy
• Political Science*
• Psychology
• Public Health*
• Religion Studies*
• Russian Studies*
• Sociology*
• Spanish*
• Studio Art*
• Sustainability Studies*
• Theatre

* Designates majors also available as minors

Minors
• Africana Studies
• Analytics
• Asian Studies
• Creative Writing
• Documentary Storymaking
• German Studies
• Innovation & Entrepreneurship
• Italian Studies
• Latin American & Caribbean Studies
• Statistics
• Women’s & Gender Studies

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

Education Certification:
• PreK-Grade 4
• Grades 4-8
• Secondary (7-12)

Muhlenberg College part
ners with several other institutions to offer graduate academic partnership programs in Engineering, Finance, Management, Law, and Health.

The College is committed to providing an intellectually rigorous education within the context of an inclusive and diverse campus; we strongly believe that diversity is essential to learning and to our success as a pluralistic community. Our curriculum integrates the traditional liberal arts with select pre-professional studies. Our faculty are passionate about teaching, value close relationships with students, and are committed to the pedagogical and intellectual importance of research.

All members of our community are committed to educating the whole person through experiences within and beyond the classroom. Honoring its historical heritage from the Lutheran Church and its continuing connection with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Muhlenberg encourages, welcomes, and celebrates a variety of faith traditions and spiritual perspectives.

About Allentown and the Lehigh Valley
Located in the vibrant Lehigh Valley, less than 90 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia, Allentown is Pennsylvania’s third-largest and fastest-growing city. Nicknamed “the Queen City,” it is home to three historic districts and an extensive park system with a variety of gardens and trails.

Thanks to more than $1 billion in recent downtown investments, the city was recently honored as a finalist for a global award for excellence. Allentown and the Lehigh Valley are ranked as top regions for economic development. Muhlenberg students and alumni often find internships and full-time employment opportunities with area businesses.

Through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Muhlenberg students can take courses at other local colleges and universities, and community members benefit from shared educational resources and invitations to lectures, readings, film screenings, and more.

Powerful outcomes
From 2016–2019, approximately 90% of graduates reported being employed, attending graduate/professional school, volunteering, or serving in the military within a year of graduation. The success of our students is made possible by extensive support through all four years at Muhlenberg—not just as students prepare to graduate.

Nearly 3,000 alumni and parents are available to provide career advice and mentoring, and each year, our Career Center offers approximately 20 industry site visits through our road trip program. Students and alumni have access to more than 6,000+ full-time job and 3,000+ internship postings. More than 600 shadow opportunities take place over College breaks, and in 2018, students completed more than 1,400 hours of job shadowing.