Muhlenberg College: Narrative Description

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2400 Chew St.
Allentown, PA 18104-5586
Tel: (484)664-3100
Admissions: (484)664-3245
Fax: (484)664-3234
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Lutheran Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1848. Setting: 75-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $88.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $794,668. Educational spending 2003-04: $8722 per student. Total enrollment: 2,446. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 4,040 applied, 45% were admitted. 43% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 18 class presidents, 6 valedictorians, 55 student government officers. Full-time: 2,242 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 204 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 4 other countries, 69% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 91% live on campus, 0.5% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 6 members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 2/1 for early decision. Notification: 3/20, 2/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $33,825 includes full-time tuition ($26,570), mandatory fees ($230), and college room and board ($7025). College room only: $3875. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $3125 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 109 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 23% of eligible men and 26% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Theater Association, Environmental Action Team, Jefferson School Partnership, Select Choir, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: homecoming, Jefferson School Field Day, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,865 college housing spaces available; 1,855 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Trexler Library with 302,946 books, 329,805 microform titles, 865 serials, 13,848 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 486 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 110,000. Allentown is located on the Lehigh River. It is Pennsylvania's third largest industrial market. Diversified manufacturing includes machinery and tools, trucks, electrical appliances, electronic equipment, apparel, cement, and gas-generating equipment. Other industries manufacture metal products, batteries, foodstuffs, textiles, and shoes. The area has good transportation facilities including four railroad lines, air service, and bus lines. The community has many churches representing various denominations. Four hospitals, a dental hospital, a library system, a museum and an Equity theater company are located here. Local recreational facilities encompass volleyball, baseball, tennis, basketball, pools, hiking, band concerts, opera, community theatre, five radio stations, and many motion picture and drive-in theatres. Part-time employment is available for students.

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