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Undergrad Profile

Muhlenberg College occupies a distinctive niche in American higher education. 

Its long and strong liberal arts tradition is matched by a commitment to helping students translate the liberal arts into practical postgraduate pursuits. With a program designed to both challenge and nurture students, Muhlenberg exposes students to the broad spectrum of liberal arts and sciences while building effective bridges to “real-world” experiences beyond the undergraduate years.

Widely recognized for educational excellence, Muhlenberg encourages students to make their college experience “hands on,” intellectually active, and fully engaged—and provides a curricular framework to make that happen. Internships, field work, study abroad, Washington semester, service learning, and independent study with a faculty mentor are all encouraged and actively pursued by Muhlenberg students. In addition, the College’s small size (2,200 students, 11:1 student-faculty ratio) provides for individual attention, academic challenge, and personal support.

The effectiveness of Muhlenberg’s approach is reflected in graduating classes that routinely send 4%–8% of their members to medical, veterinary, or dental school; another 3%–7% to law school; and many others to the best graduate programs in the country. Students choosing a career immediately upon graduation begin with many of America’s finest corporations, largest banks and accounting firms, and most prominent social and helping agencies, as well as schools, government, and family-owned businesses; a variety of media, writing, and advertising positions; and a host of theatrical and artistic pursuits.

Finally, Muhlenberg alumni often report that their years at the College helped them develop a combination of work ethic, mental limberness, and intellectual toughness that has enabled them to excel in a variety of fields.

From corporate presidents and CEOs to religious leaders, from distinguished scientific researchers and medical healers to noted writers and educators, Muhlenberg graduates across the years share at least one thing in common—a rigorous and supportive undergraduate experience that helped shape them and prepare them for excellence in their lives and careers.

“Forget the vision of a stodgy professor blandly lecturing to masses of glassy-eyed students. Professors at Muhlenberg College are more than just teachers—they become friends and confidantes....Professors expect a lot from students, but they are also known for distributing their home phone numbers, offering extra office hours, and even inviting students out for dinner....Stu-dents are openly encouraged to explore a range of aca-demic and extracurricular activities to help them wend their way toward a fulfilling career....”
— Fiske Guide to Colleges, 18th Edition
By Edward B. Fiske, Former Education Editor,
The New York Times


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.

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

Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Financial Aid: Over 80% 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
- VeterinaryMedicine
• Pre-law
• Pre-theological