About Muhlenberg College
Muhlenberg College, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania is an undergraduate, independent college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Allentown is situated in the Lehigh Valley, the third most populous region in Pennsylvania. The valley lies between the Blue Mountains to the north and the South Mountains to the south. Allentown offers many opportunities for entertainment, arts, and culture. The Allentown Art Museum contains over 13,000 works of art from a wide range of history and culture. The Civic Theater presents plays, film, and education from a professional community theater staff. The Da Vinci science center teaches visitors about science, math, and technology through hands-on experiments. Native American history and art is on display at the Museum of Indian Culture. For recreation, Allentown has Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, an amusement part, and one of the country's largest water parks. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the local baseball team, play in their new stadium near the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Muhlenberg offers a theater major with a concentration in design. The theater design program teaches students to use design to visually communicate and to enrich the experience of the theater. The department believes that students must study as well as experience. Students are expected to participate in productions throughout their time at Muhlenberg. Design students work on costumes, lighting, scenery, and sound for the student productions as well as department productions. To major in theater, students must take 12 related courses. For a concentration in design, students may choose from courses in theater design, the art of acting, scene design, stage lighting, and costume design.
The financial aid office at Muhlenberg emphasizes to students the need to understand the aid process. They work together with the students' families and the state and federal governments to offer the best choices and opportunities. Muhlenberg has several different merit scholarships to offer students, which range from $1,000 to $15,000. They are renewable for all four years as long as academic standards are maintained. For loans, the college offers advising, applications, and recommended lenders.
Since 1921, Muhlenberg College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission in Higher Education, which is a division of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The most recent formal review was in spring of 2006. The Middles States Commission is voluntary and peer-based. Its purpose is to peer-evaluate and review institutions of higher education.