14 Common Questions
At Muhlenberg, we welcome questions and we look forward to getting to know you. For starters, though, we’ve put together answers to the 14 most common questions.
Where is Muhlenberg?
What are the current expenses for tuition, room, board, and fees?
What types of financial aid are available?
What kinds of tests are required for admission?
Are interviews required?
Can I sit in on a class?
What is social life like on campus?
Does the College honor AP credit?
Are there honors programs?
Is there academic support available if I have difficulty with my classes?
What is the diversity like on campus?
What are my housing options?
Are students required to purchase a meal plan?
Can students have cars on campus?
Muhlenberg's beautiful campus is nestled in the West End neighborhood of Allentown, PA, in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, about an hour north of Philadelphia and an hour and a half west of New York City. The campus sits on about 82 acres, and we also maintain a 60-acre arboretum and a 40-acre environmental field station/wildlife sanctuary. Allentown is Pennsylvania's third largest city, and the Lehigh Valley has attracted a number of corporations, dining establishments and entertainment outlets in recent years. More about our region >
For the 2013-2014 school year, a comprehensive fee of $52,835 covers all but books and personal expenses for all students in or out of state. More about costs and opportunities >
The primary component of a student's financial aid package is the Muhlenberg College Grant, which does not need to be paid back and is renewable for four years based on academic progress and family financial circumstances. In addition, the Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, Pell Grant, and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant are all available based on family need. Entering freshmen are eligible for Merit Scholarships in amounts ranging up to $18,000 per year. In addition, the three honors programs each carry $4,000 annual awards, and performing and fine arts talent grants are awarded on the basis of an audition or submitted portfolio. Read the Real Deal on Financial Aid. And get more details about our grants and awards here.
If you submit test scores, we ask for the SAT-I or ACT. Since 1996, Muhlenberg has offered prospective freshmen the option of not submitting their SAT or ACT scores, and approximately 10-15% of our applicant pool takes advantage of this option each year. If you opt not to send your scores, you’ll need to have a personal interview and submit the SAT-optional form, as well as a graded paper from 11th or 12th grade with the teacher’s grade and comments included (no poems or mathematical formulas, please). We also honor AP credit. One final note, if you’re applying for a cooperative program or wish to be considered for merit scholarships, you must submit test scores.
Interviews are highly recommended for all students, and required for students applying for one of our cooperative programs and for students who choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores. Please make advance reservations for interviews and tours by calling 484-664-3200. More about visiting >
Yes. If you’re a high school senior, you have two options: scheduling a day visit, which is hosted by a current student and may include sitting in on one or two classes and eating in the student dining room; or simply sitting in on a class. We ask for at least two weeks' advance notice for both options. More about visit options>
Busy! There are over 100 student organizations on campus, from 6 a capella singing groups to theater, dance and improv; from intramurals to community service; and from environmental action to writing, polling and political activism. There are also four sororities and four fraternities. And if you don’t find what you are looking for, you can start it yourself!
Students who take an Advanced Placement class in high school and who score a 4 or 5 on their AP examination may earn a course unit (one course) toward graduation from Muhlenberg and eliminate the corresponding Skills and Perspectives course from their graduation requirements. Students earning a score of 3 on the AP exam may eliminate a required course but will probably not earn a course unit. Muhlenberg also offers credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) testing.
Yes, incoming first-year students may be invited to join one of three honors programs: Dana Scholars, RJ Fellows, and Muhlenberg Scholars. Muhlenberg also houses a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and several other academic honor societies.
Yes. The Academic Resource Center offers a range of services, including workshops on study skills as well as specific academic subjects, and peer tutoring,
In recent years, approximately 12 percent of Muhlenberg students are of African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American descent. Several organizations support multicultural life on campus. In addition, Muhlenberg enjoys unusual religious diversity, with approximately one third Catholic students, one third Jewish students, and just over 20% Protestant students. Organizations such as an active Hillel, the Newman Association, and the Lutheran Student Movement support religious life on campus. See Berg at a glance.
Campus housing is guaranteed all four years. First-year students may live in one of three dorms: Prosser Hall, Walz Hall, or Brown Hall (female only). Roommates are matched based on basic living and studying habits which students indicate on their housing preference card. Visit the Office of Residential Services.
Are students required to purchase a meal plan?
Freshmen are required to purchase one of two meal plans: the seven-day meal plan (19 meals per week) or the gold meal plan (285 meals per semester). A flexible "Berk Bucks" program allows students to swipe their ID for food a number of local restaurants and markets as well. Upper class students can choose from a flexible range of plans.
Can students/freshmen have cars on campus?
Freshmen may not have cars on campus. Beginning in the sophomore year, students are eligible for campus parking permits. A shuttle is available to take students to area restaurants, malls, theatres, and other fun places.