Year for Admissions...
For the second
time in its history, Muhlenberg received more than 4,000 applications.
The College set a record with 4,111 applications last year and
has received 4,039 this year. The College has posted seven application
records in the past nine years.
“We continue to be excited about
the rise in quality of the applicant pool,” says Dean of Admission
and Financial Aid Christopher Hooker-Haring. “An enthusiastic
and energetic campus climate, a strong sense of community and the
quality of the academic and social experiences continue to fuel our
For the first time in history, more than
40 percent of the incoming students (43%) are in the top 10 percent
of their high school class. The all-inclusive combined SAT profile
hit 1227, topping the 1200 mark for the third straight year.
of 2008 is projected to be on target, with 550 first-year students
expected to be on campus this fall. This is down from 589 students
last year. The College continues to cap enrollment and focus on quality.
new Life Sports Center, which includes a new health and counseling
center, as well as coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a fitness
center and weight training facilities, will open in August. Major
renovations to the science facilities are also being discussed. In
the past six years, the College has constructed the Trexler Pavilion
for Theatre and Dance; a new outdoor athletic complex including a
soccer stadium, a new all-weather track, Scotty Wood Stadium and
Frank Marino Field; Robertson and South Halls (residential facilities);
and Moyer Hall, a state-of-the-art academic center.
facilities are terrific, and they clearly create excitement among
prospective students and parents,” says Hooker-Haring. “Even
more exciting, however, is what happens inside those facilities – the
people and programs that make Muhlenberg such a distinctive place.
Ultimately, it is our strength across such a broad academic waterfront,
in combination with the successful extra-curricular and co-curricular
programs that makes us so attractive. The combination of strengths
continues to be the hallmark of the Muhlenberg experience.”
Ethics and Disease
This fall, the Center for Ethics will take on a new topic – Disease:
Representation, Research and Rights. The prevention and treatment
of disease is a key area to which significant resources are devoted;
thus, myriad ethical questions relating to disease emerge.
fall programs will aim to answer some of these questions. How do
we decide, for example, which diseases receive priority in funding
for research and education? How do such factors as gender, race,
sexual orientation, age and disparities between rich and poor influence
such decisions – and shape approaches
to healing? Who, in fact, should carry the financial burden of researching,
preventing and treating disease? Do the policies and practices of
pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, hospitals and other
corporate entities tend to increase or alleviate disparities in who
receives treatment or preventive care? How are people who suffer
from disease viewed and treated by society? To what extent are they
perceived as disabled? How do the media, academics and artists represent
disease, and to what extent do they have a responsibility to advocate
for more ethical
systems of research and treatment? Finally, what are the global implications
of these issues?
For a schedule of events, most of which will be free
and open to the public, visit www.muhlenberg.edu/cultural/ethics.