Cedar Crest College

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100 College Drive

Allentown, PA 18104-6196

Phone: (610) 437-4471
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#15 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Cedar Crest College is a private institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 85 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Cedar Crest College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 15. Its tuition and fees are $33,000 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Cedar Crest College is a liberal arts college for women dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. Cedar Crest College educates the whole student, preparing women for life in a global community. Cedar Crest College, founded in 1867, was one of the first women's colleges in the nation. Today it remains an independent, comprehensive liberal arts college for women that combines excellence in scholarship and undergraduate education with growing graduate programs that serve women and men in the surrounding region. The College is nestled on a beautiful 85-acre campus in the western residential section of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Allentown is part of the Lehigh Valley region, the third-largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. Cedar Crest College is conveniently located approximately 55 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from New York City. The college grounds are adorned with more than 140 species of trees that comprise a nationally registered arboretum. The College borders an extensive park system and Allentown offers cultural activities ranging from symphonic orchestras to theatre to art museums. With more than 30 academic areas, the flexibility of Cedar Crest's curriculum allows students to combine areas of interest like art and psychology or dance and forensic science. Cedar Crest's forensic science program is 1 of the few undergraduate programs accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Science. The College has one of the first undergraduate neuroscience and genetic engineering programs in the U.S. In the College's conservation biology program, students travel to the Amazon, the Caribbean and the American Southwest to conduct research. The active undergraduate research program in all the sciences allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience beginning in their freshman year. Cedar Crest's nursing program has unprecedented success, with state-of-the-art labs, while the accredited nutrition program has a nearly 100% acceptance rate for highly-coveted nutrition internships. Students in the College's accredited social work program receive advanced standing in graduate schools. Cedar Crest also offers a B.S./M.Ed. program, an M.S. in forensic science, an M.S. in nursing, and a pan-European MFA and BA/MA in Art Therapy. Recently expanded psychology labs allow for greater student-faculty research, which students often present at regional and national conferences. The College also has newly expanded and renovated student newspaper facilities and student radio station, which streams over the internet. In addition, Cedar Crest students can cross-register at Lafayette, Muhlenberg and Moravian colleges as well as Lehigh and DeSales universities. Cedar Crest students intern at nearly 350 sites worldwide including the FBI, CNN, MTV, Pfizer, Walt Disney World, U.S. Department of Defense, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Crayola, the New England Aquarium and more. Recent graduate placement includes Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton, and Columbia universities. The College fields teams in 8 NCAA Division III sports plus an equestrian team and swim team. The College's national gold award-winning health and wellness program offers yearlong programs on body, mind and spirit. Students can participate in over 60 clubs and organizations, including the national award-winning newspaper, a wildly successful forensics team, and performance opportunities through active theatre and dance programs. Community service is also an integral part of the Cedar Crest experience. Cedar Crest recognizes students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement through merit scholarships of up to half tuition to qualified students. In addition, students can apply for scholarships for community service, art, dance, theater, and English.The college recently built a state of the art convergience lab as the focal point of a new major in New Media.

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School type private, women's college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $18,940,331


When applying to Cedar Crest College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 20. The application fee at Cedar Crest College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Cedar Crest College is 10:1, and the school has 75.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Cedar Crest College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 35%
Psychology 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 8%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 6%

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Student Life

Cedar Crest College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,359, with a gender distribution of 5.6 percent male students and 94.4 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus. Cedar Crest College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,567
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Cedar Crest College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring. Cedar Crest College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Cedar Crest College, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Cedar Crest College.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Cedar Crest College, 92.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,819.

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Tuition and fees $33,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,171 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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