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Muhlenberg College
Established 1848
Type Liberal arts college
Religious affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Endowment US $149.5 million (2012) [1]
President Peyton Randolph "Randy" Helm
Academic staff 171 full-time and 123 part-time
Students 2,225

2,225 students

(43% men, 57% women)
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Cardinal Red and Gray
Mascot The Mule

Muhlenberg College is a private liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is named for Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America.


Muhlenberg College was initially established in 1848 as the Allentown Seminary by Reverend Samuel K. Brobst, a Reformed Lutheran minister. Reverend Christian Rudolph Kessler was the school's first teacher and administrator.[2] Between 1848 and 1867, the entity that is today Muhlenberg College operated as the Allentown Seminary, the Allentown Collegiate and Military Institute and the Allentown Collegiate Institute.[3] In 1867, the college moved into Trout Hall,[4] the former mansion of William Allen's son, James Allen, and was renamed after Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America. Muhlenberg's great-grandson, Reverend Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, served as president of the college from 1867 to 1876.[3] In 1905, the college purchased and relocated to a 51-acre (21 ha) tract located in Allentown's West End, the site of today's campus.[4] In 1910, seeing a need for evening study in the community, Muhlenberg College opened The Wescoe School and began offering adult education classes.


Muhlenberg's current 81-acre (33 ha) campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Allentown's West End. The campus includes numerous buildings with distinctive red doors in traditional European/Protestant style. The Library Building, now the Haas College Center, was built between 1926 and 1929. The Miller Tower, the distinctive dome and tower which sits on top of the Haas College Center, was inspired by

In 1988, the college opened the Harry C. Trexler library, named for local industrialist Harry Clay Trexler.[4] The library houses over 233,000 volumes and 360,000 microforms on-campus and over 1.75 million books via interlibrary loan. It serves as a Federal Depository Library.[6]

As of 2007, a new science building and an additional residence hall have been completed. In addition to the main campus, Muhlenberg maintains the 40-acre (16 ha) Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum and a separate 40-acre (16 ha) wildlife sanctuary, Raker Wildlife Preserve.[7]

As of 2010, Muhlenberg College has expanded Seegers Student Union, including expanded dining facilities.



Muhlenberg College offers Associate and Bachelor's degrees. The college offers an accelerated program, cross-registration, double major, honors program, independent study, internships, Army ROTC, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification, visiting/exchange student program and Washington semester.

Admissions and rankings

46% of applicants were offered admission for the 2013-2014 academic year. 44% of the student accepted for the 2013-2014 freshman class were in the top 10% of their graduating class, 69% in the top 20% of their graduating class and 81% in the top 30% of their graduating class. 75% of the freshman class receive some sort of financial aid. Muhlenberg is primarily a regional college, with 72% of incoming freshmen coming from New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York.[8]

In their 2013 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college #70 among liberal arts colleges.[9] It was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 56th most popular liberal arts school in the US. Forbes Magazine also ranked Muhlenberg #112 on their list of best colleges in the United States. In addition, Princeton Review lists Muhlenberg as one of the best colleges in the northeast, out of a total number of 218 chosen schools. Also, as of 2011, the college's theatre program was ranked #1 in the nation and the college was chosen as one of the "Top 286 Green Colleges" in the country in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.[10]

University rankings

Student life

There are more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus. In addition, the Muhlenberg Activity Council (MAC) is responsible for bringing events and activities to campus. The college arranges off-campus community service opportunities, as well as intramural and club sports for students. The performing arts are represented on-campus through various theatre, dance and music programs.

The college's official student-run print publication is The Muhlenberg Weekly. Established in 1883, the paper is published every week while school is in session. The Muhlenberg Advocate, an online, twice-monthly publication, not affiliated with the college, was established in 2000. The student-run radio station is WMUH, operated year-round by both students and volunteers from the surrounding Lehigh Valley community.

There are five sororities affiliated with the college: Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Zeta, Alpha Chi Omega, and Theta Nu Xi (colony), and four fraternities: Phi Kappa Tau, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Tau Omega. College rules stipulate that students may not pledge to join a Greek organization until their sophomore year. There is also Kappa Kappa Psi, a band service fraternity, as well as Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity; both of these can be pledged as freshman.


Muhlenberg, a NCAA Division III school, participates in 22 intercollegiate sports and competes in the Centennial Conference as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The college also has club teams in ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, women's rugby union.

Both men's and women's teams exist for: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field. In addition, there are men's teams in baseball, football, and wrestling; women have teams for softball, field hockey and volleyball.

Athletic facilities have been expanded in recent years; in 2004, a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) addition was built west of the field house. The tennis courts were built in 2003, as well as two fields in 1998 and 1997 respectively.


Football was Muhlenberg's first official varsity sport, beginning in 1900. But it wasn't until Ben Schwartzwalder became the coach in 1946 that the program really lifted off the ground. In his first year, Schwartzwalder guided the Mules to a 9-1 record and a national championship, defeating St. Bonaventure in the Tobacco Bowl. The following year, Schwartzwalder again led the Mules to a 9-1 record, with the only loss coming by one point to Temple. However, the Mules declined an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl.

After Schwartzwalder departed for Syracuse in 1949, the Mules fell off the national radar until the hiring of Mike Donnelly in 1997. Despite a rough 1-9 inaugural campaign, Donnelly quickly got the team turned around. From 2000-2004, the Mules won five straight Centennial Conference championships, and thus, earned five straight postseason berths. In 2007, the Mules again won the Centennial Conference, and received another berth in the NCAA playoffs, winning their first round game before falling in the second round. Donnelly took his team back to the playoffs by winning the Centennial Conference again in 2008, where they fell in the first round, and again in 2010, with the same result.

Since the 2000 season, Muhlenberg has compiled a 66-28 overall record in the Centennial Conference, second best among all active and former members behind only Johns Hopkins University.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also

  • Historical and Notable Sites in Allentown, Pennsylvania


External links

  • Official website.
  • Official athletics website.

Coordinates: 40°35′52″N 75°30′35″W / 40.597727°N 75.509695°W / 40.597727; -75.509695

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