Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a highly selective, private, four-year liberal arts college located in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to its 81-acre suburban campus on Allentown’s west end, Muhlenberg boasts a smaller, more intimate experience in higher education, with over 170 full-time faculty and over 120 part-time faculty attentive to a student body of approximately 2,200 undergraduates. The College took its present name in 1867 from Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, patriarch of the Lutheran Church in the American Colonies, and is one of 28 colleges and universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In accordance with its College Governance, Muhlenberg is closely affiliated with our Synod. As a supporting Synod, our Bishop is an ex-officio member of the Muhlenberg College Board of Trustees.
Muhlenberg aims to help students become independent critical thinkers who are intellectually agile, characterized by a zest for reasoned and civil debate, knowledgeable about the achievements and traditions of diverse civilizations and cultures, able to express ideas with clarity and grace, committed to life-long learning, equipped with ethical and civic values and prepared for lives of leadership and service. The College offers 40 majors in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences, in addition to strong pre-professional programs in such areas as pre-health, pre-law, pre-theology, business and education.
Muhlenberg affords its students an unusual degree of freedom and responsibility, both within the academic program and in campus life. The Muhlenberg experience is characterized by a deep sense of community and connection, intense student-faculty relationships and collaboration; small classes; passionate teaching and active learning; and powerful outcomes in terms of graduate school and entry-level career placement.