#52, overall score 58/100

Fun Fact:

The Liberty Bell was hidden from the British in Allentown during the Revolutionary War.

Why should Jewish students attend Muhlenberg? Muhlenberg College Hillel is a student-led, staff-supported organization. We are Muhlenberg College’s largest and most active student club that offers two to three weekly Shabbat services, Friday night dinners, holiday dinners, social, religious and community service programs. We are also a very active presence on the Muhlenberg College campus, working closely with other religious group on campus as well as programming and collaboration with other student life offices. — Rabbi Melissa B. Simon, Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director, Muhlenberg College

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 48%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $48,310
  • Room & board costs: $11,090
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $24,028


  • Location: Allentown, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,397
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 613
  • Jewish population share: 26%
  • Student origin: 24% in-state/76% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Mules
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Flying Squirrels

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 39
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.67/40

  • Score: 26.67/40
  • Hillel: Muhlenberg College Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Student Center - Allentown, PA
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 0
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 75
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: MulePAC, our AIPAC chapter, was recognized as Chapter of the Year a few years ago. It works closely with our Israel Fellow to do Israel advocacy. They attended the annual AIPAC Policy Conference and work closely with the AIPAC offices in Washington, D.C. and local politicians in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Most Muhlenberg students come from the East Coast, and many Jewish students are from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. However, we do have students from all over the country and the world — we have growing numbers from California, Florida, Illinois, Washington State and Israel, to name a few. We have a strong number of students who participated in a gap year program, as well.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is widely available at Muhlenberg College. Our campus has two kosher sections in our dining hall, run by Sodexo and under Star K and Star Dairy supervision. Kosher food is available seven days week (including holidays, and Kosher for Passover food) —- we have both a meat and a dairy side. It is so good and so popular that even people from the community come to eat from there. Kosher food under Star K supervision is served at Muhlenberg College Hillel for Shabbat, holidays and programs.
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