Muhlenberg College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Muhlenberg College

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Muhlenberg College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church with an acceptance rate of 62%. Founded in 1848 and located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg offers 38 undergraduate majors and has an impressive 10-to-1 student / faculty ratio. While some of Muhlenberg's most popular programs are in pre-professional areas, the school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor society. In athletics, the Muhlenberg Mules compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference.

Considering applying to Muhlenberg College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Muhlenberg College had an acceptance rate of 62%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 62 students were admitted, making Muhlenberg's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 4,146
Percent Admitted 62%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Muhlenberg College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Muhlenberg may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 60% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 580 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Muhlenberg's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Muhlenberg scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 680, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 680. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher is competitive for Muhlenberg.

Requirements

Muhlenberg College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Muhlenberg participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Muhlenberg does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Muhlenberg has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 29% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 32
Math 23 28
Composite 26 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Muhlenberg's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Muhlenberg received a composite ACT score between 26 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that Muhlenberg does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Muhlenberg does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Muhlenberg does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Muhlenberg College's incoming freshmen class was 3.34, and over 40% of admitted students had average high school GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Muhlenberg have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Muhlenberg College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Muhlenberg College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Muhlenberg College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Muhlenberg College, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, Muhlenberg also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Muhlenberg strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Muhlenberg's average range.

Note that while standardized test scores are optional for admission, applicants must submit either SAT or ACT scores to be considered for the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Scholarships, Honors Programs, and Academic Partnerships.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of admitted students had high school grades of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. Many admitted students had solid "A" averages. Note that grades are much more important than test scores due to Muhlenberg's test-optional admissions policy.

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