Muhlenberg College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,865
3.87% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$33,603
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
3.53%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
66.2%
4,224 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
2,251
97.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
81.9%
476 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 Drama & Theater Arts (86 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (80 degrees), and Mass Communication & Media Studies (77 degrees).

In 2019, 734 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Muhlenberg College. 62.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (508 degrees), 7.82 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (65 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Muhlenberg College is $53,865, which is $26,585 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Muhlenberg College is $53,865, which is $26,585 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $33,603.

In 2019, 88% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 48% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,865
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Muhlenberg College was $53,865. The cost of tuition at Muhlenberg College is $26,585 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$33,603
2019 Value
8.04%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Muhlenberg College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $33,603. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Muhlenberg College grew by 8.04%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,765
Room and Board
$1,395
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Muhlenberg College was of $11,765 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,395. The cost of room and board increased by 3.02% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 7.31% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
48%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

88% of undergraduate students at Muhlenberg College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 4.76% with respect to 2018, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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3.53%
2017 Default Rate
15
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Muhlenberg College was 3.53%, which represents 15 out of the 425 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Muhlenberg College received 4,224 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.88% annual growth. Out of those 4,224 applicants, 2,798 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 66.2% acceptance rate.

There were 2,251 students enrolled at Muhlenberg College in 2019, and 66% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Muhlenberg College has an overall enrollment yield of 19.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

66.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,798
Accepted Out of 4,224

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Muhlenberg College was 66.2% (2,798 admissions from 4,224 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 61.8%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 1.88%, while admissions grew by 9.21%.

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SAT Scores

66%
Submission Percentage
353
Scores Submitted

66% of enrolled first-time students at Muhlenberg College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Muhlenberg College has a total enrollment of 2,251 students. The full-time enrollment at Muhlenberg College is 2,193 students and the part-time enrollment is 58. This means that 97.4% of students enrolled at Muhlenberg College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Muhlenberg College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.4% White, 9.15% Hispanic or Latino, 4.26% Black or African American, 3.51% Asian, 2.18% Two or More Races, 0.0888% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Muhlenberg College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.7%), followed by White Male (29.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.97%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Muhlenberg College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,251 students. The full-time enrollment at Muhlenberg College is 2,193 and the part-time enrollment is 58. This means that 97.4% of students enrolled at Muhlenberg College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%
2019 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 90%. 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
    1,653
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    206
  3. Black or African American
    96

The enrolled student population at Muhlenberg College is 73.4% White, 9.15% Hispanic or Latino, 4.26% Black or African American, 3.51% Asian, 2.18% Two or More Races, 0.0888% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% 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, 108 students (4.8%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 178 more women than men received degrees from Muhlenberg College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Muhlenberg College is white (508 degrees awarded). There were 7.82 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (65 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Muhlenberg College is General Drama & Theater Arts (86 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (80 degrees) and Mass Communication & Media Studies (77 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 Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (148 degrees), and Communications (77 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Physicians (409,434 people), Other managers (321,914 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (232,404 people), Postsecondary teachers (230,645 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (200,220 people).

The most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (148 degrees), Communications (77 degrees), Biology (88 degrees), and History (16 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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (148 degrees), Communications (77 degrees), Biology (88 degrees), and History (16 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 (594,255 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (572,810 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (523,498 people), Computer Systems Design (236,783 people), and Offices of physicians (228,543 people).

The most specialized majors at Muhlenberg College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (17 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (148 degrees), Communications (77 degrees), Biology (88 degrees), and History (16 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. 86 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 80 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 77 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Muhlenberg College was General Drama & Theater Arts with 86 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

278
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
456
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 278 degrees were awarded to men at Muhlenberg College, which is 0.61 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (456).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 49 degrees were awarded to men at Muhlenberg College in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.58 times more than the 31 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 60 degrees were awarded to women at Muhlenberg College in General Drama & Theater Arts, which is 2.31 times more than the 26 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

84%
100% Completion Time
86%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 84% of students graduating from Muhlenberg College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 86% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 87% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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 (69.1%).

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, 7.98% of graduates (38 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    508 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    65 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    55 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Muhlenberg College is white (508 degrees awarded). There were 7.82 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (65 degrees).

8.86% of degree recipients (65 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    319 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    189 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    28 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Muhlenberg College is white female (319 degrees awarded). There were 1.69 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (189 degrees).

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Operations

Muhlenberg College has an endowment valued at nearly $289M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $13M (4.5%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Muhlenberg College had a total salary expenditure of $105M. Muhlenberg College employs 59 Professors, 55 Assistant professors, and 39 Associate professors. Most academics at Muhlenberg College are Male Professors (41), Female Assistant professors(29), and Male Assistant professors (26).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Muhlenberg College are: Service, with 75 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 60 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 56 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$289M
2019 Endowment
1.07%
growth from 2018

Muhlenberg College has an endowment valued at about $289M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Muhlenberg College grew 1.07% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $248M 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. $840k - Federal
  2. $148k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Muhlenberg College received $840k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $148k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$43.8M
2019 Salaries
4.45%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Muhlenberg College paid a median of $43.8M in salaries, which represents 41.6% of their overall expenditure ($105M) and a 4.45% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.787% growth from 2017 and a 4.88% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.7M
Instructional Salaries
184
Number of Employees

In 2019, Muhlenberg College paid a total of $14.7M to 184 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
59 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
75 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Muhlenberg College were Professor with 59 employees; Assistant professor with 55 employees; and Assistant professor with 39 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Muhlenberg College were Service with 75 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 60 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 56 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Muhlenberg College was Male Professor with 41 employees, Female Assistant professor with 29 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 26 employees.

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

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