Muhlenberg College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,865
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$35,152
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.92%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
62.2%
4,543 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
2,067
98.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
81.3%
482 Graduates

About

Muhlenberg College is a higher education institution located in Lehigh County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Muhlenberg College were General Business Administration & Management (82 degrees awarded), General Drama & Theater Arts (75 degrees), and General Finance (63 degrees).

In 2020, 690 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Muhlenberg College. 62.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (514 degrees), 9.52 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (54 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Muhlenberg College is $53,865, which is $25,465 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Muhlenberg College is $53,865, which is $25,465 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,152.

In 2020, 85% of undergraduate students attending Muhlenberg College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 56% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,865
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Muhlenberg College was $53,865. The cost of tuition at Muhlenberg College is $25,465 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$35,152
2020 Value
4.61%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Muhlenberg College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $35,152. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Muhlenberg College grew by 4.61%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,035
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Muhlenberg College was of $12,035 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 2.29% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.358% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Muhlenberg College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 3.41% with respect to 2019, when 88% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.92%
2018 Default Rate
8
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Muhlenberg College was 1.92%, which represents 8 out of the 416 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Muhlenberg College received 4,543 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 7.55% annual growth. Out of those 4,543 applicants, 2,825 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 62.2% acceptance rate.

There were 2,067 students enrolled at Muhlenberg College in 2020, and 60% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Muhlenberg College has an overall enrollment yield of 18.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

62.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,825
Accepted Out of 4,543

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Muhlenberg College was 62.2% (2,825 admissions from 4,543 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 66.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 7.55%, while admissions grew by 0.965%.

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SAT Scores

60%
Submission Percentage
308
Scores Submitted

60% of enrolled first-time students at Muhlenberg College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Muhlenberg College has a total enrollment of 2,067 students. The full-time enrollment at Muhlenberg College is 2,037 students and the part-time enrollment is 30. This means that 98.5% of students enrolled at Muhlenberg College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Muhlenberg College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.6% White, 8.37% Hispanic or Latino, 4.06% Black or African American, 3.34% Asian, 3.1% Two or More Races, 0.0484% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Muhlenberg College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.6%), followed by White Male (28.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.65%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.9%), followed by White Male (28.6%) and Two or More Races Female (9.52%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

98.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Muhlenberg College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,067 students. The full-time enrollment at Muhlenberg College is 2,037 and the part-time enrollment is 30. This means that 98.5% of students enrolled at Muhlenberg College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Muhlenberg College was 94%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Muhlenberg College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,542
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    173
  3. Black or African American
    84

The enrolled student population at Muhlenberg College is 74.6% White, 8.37% Hispanic or Latino, 4.06% Black or African American, 3.34% Asian, 3.1% Two or More Races, 0.0484% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 89 students (4.31%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 178 more women than men received degrees from Muhlenberg College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Muhlenberg College is white (514 degrees awarded). There were 9.52 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (54 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Muhlenberg College is General Business Administration & Management (82 degrees awarded), followed by General Drama & Theater Arts (75 degrees) and General Finance (63 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Muhlenberg College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Visual & Performing Arts (126 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (11 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (9 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Elementary & middle school teachers (261,403 people), Other managers (232,141 people), Postsecondary teachers (171,374 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (155,438 people), and Secondary school teachers (112,886 people).

The most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Visual & Performing Arts (126 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (11 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (9 degrees), English (25 degrees), and Communications (50 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aerospace engineers, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Visual & Performing Arts (126 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (11 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (9 degrees), English (25 degrees), and Communications (50 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Elementary & secondary schools (544,189 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (393,907 people), Computer Systems Design (194,304 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (146,145 people), and Legal services (144,116 people).

The most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Visual & Performing Arts (126 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (11 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (9 degrees), English (25 degrees), and Communications (50 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Muhlenberg College.
Most Common
  1. 82 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 75 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 63 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Muhlenberg College was General Business Administration & Management with 82 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

256
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
434
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 256 degrees were awarded to men at Muhlenberg College, which is 0.59 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (434).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 41 degrees were awarded to men at Muhlenberg College in General Finance, which is 1.86 times more than the 22 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 49 degrees were awarded to women at Muhlenberg College in General Psychology, which is 8.17 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

77%
100% Completion Time
82%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 77% of students graduating from Muhlenberg College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 82% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 86% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Muhlenberg College is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.32% of graduates (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    514 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    54 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    40 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Muhlenberg College is white (514 degrees awarded). There were 9.52 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (54 degrees).

3.48% of degree recipients (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    312 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    202 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    40 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Muhlenberg College is white female (312 degrees awarded). There were 1.54 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (202 degrees).

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Operations

Muhlenberg College has an endowment valued at nearly $286M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $6.34M (2.21%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Muhlenberg College had a total salary expenditure of $105M. Muhlenberg College employs 62 Professors, 56 Assistant professors, and 39 Associate professors. Most academics at Muhlenberg College are Male Professors (41), Male Assistant professors(30), and Female Assistant professors (26).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Muhlenberg College are: Service, with 76 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 68 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 57 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$286M
2020 Endowment
0.964%
decline from 2019

Muhlenberg College has an endowment valued at about $286M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Muhlenberg College declined 0.964% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $246M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.57M - Federal
  2. $177k - State
  3. $3.02k - Local

As of 2020, Muhlenberg College received $1.57M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $177k from state grants and contracts, and $3.02k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$44.4M
2020 Salaries
1.29%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Muhlenberg College paid a median of $44.4M in salaries, which represents 42.4% of their overall expenditure ($105M) and a 1.29% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.45% growth from 2018 and a 0.787% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15M
Instructional Salaries
182
Number of Employees

In 2020, Muhlenberg College paid a total of $15M to 182 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
62 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
76 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Muhlenberg College were Professor with 62 employees; Assistant professor with 56 employees; and Assistant professor with 39 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Muhlenberg College were Service with 76 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 68 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 57 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Muhlenberg College was Male Professor with 41 employees, Male Assistant professor with 30 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 26 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Muhlenberg College.

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