Muhlenberg College


Enrollment: 2,411.

Student Body: 58% female, 42% male, 71% out-of-state, international (5 countries represented). Asian 2%, African American 2%, Caucasian 88%, Hispanic 3%.

Retention and Graduation: 92% freshmen return for sophomore year. 79% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 30% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 25% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 5% grads pursue law degrees. 1% grads pursue business degrees. 8% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 12:1. 166 full-time faculty, 87% hold PhDs, 7% are members of minority groups, 51% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, certificate, transfer associate.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business/commerce; communication studies/speech communication and rhetoric; psychology.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cross-registration, double major, exchange student program (domestic), honors program, independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: Muhlenberg Scholar, Dana Associate, R.J. Fellow (each provides a $4,000 annual stipend, dedicated freshman seminar, and mentored research). Combined degree programs: BA/MD, BA/DDS, BA/DDS University of Pennsylvania, BS/MD Drexel Un. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: The Muhlenberg Shadow Program matches students with alumni in their field of interest to spend a day on the job over winter break. Students are able to learn first-hand about career options of interest to them, and alumni enjoy the feeling of helping a student and remembering why they enjoy their jobs.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, special housing for international students, women’s dorms, fraternity/sorority housing, apartments for single students, college-owned houses in the neighborhood surrounding the campus. 95% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Martin art gallery, biology museum, Graver arboretum, greenhouse, mainstage theatre, recital hall, 20-foot boat for marine studies, 40-acre Raker environmental field station, two electron microscopes, dance studios, experimental theatres, proscenium theatres.

Computers: 10% of classrooms, 20% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 10% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: City.

Activities: concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook.

Organizations: 100 registered organizations, 12 honor societies, 7 religious organizations. 4 fraternities, 4 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), wrestling. Women: Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball. OnCampus Highlights: Seegers Union by fireplace & Java Joes, The Life Sports Center-Athletic Facility, Parents Plaza-Outdoor Courtyard, GQ, Seegers Union, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance. Environmental Initiatives: Measurement and evaluation of campus sustainability in progress. New construction and renovations incorporating sustainable technology including energy and water conservation and significant materials recycling. Energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction plan is in progress, building on sub-meter installation and a recent energy audit.


Freshman Academic Profile: 41% in top 10% of high school class, 43% in top 25% of high school class, 96% in top 50% of high school class. 70% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 560-660. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 560-660. SAT Writing middle 50% range 560-660. ACT middle 50% range 25-31. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record. Important factors considered include: Application essay, recommendation(s), standardized test scores, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, interview, talent/ability. Other factors considered include: Class rank, alumni/ae relation, first generation, level of applicant’s interest, racial/ethnic status, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, 2 foreign language, 2 history. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 4 mathematics, 3 science, 4 foreign language, 2 social studies, 3 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 4,568 applied, 48% admitted, 27% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, interview, standardized test scores, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.5 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $50. Early decision application deadline 2/1. Regular application deadline 2/15. Regular notification 4/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, noncustodial PROFILE Financial aid filing deadline 2/15. Priority financial aid filing date 2/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 4/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, Private.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,800. Off-campus job opportunities are excellent.

Financial Aid Statistics: 46% freshmen, 46% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 13% freshmen, 9% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 34% freshmen, 37% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 80% freshmen, 79.2% undergrads receive any aid.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, art, leadership, music/drama.

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