By Ann Villamarin '20
Are you interested in going away to college, but still want to come home to Sunday dinner at grandma’s whenever you want? You may want to consider Muhlenberg College, a small, selective, liberal arts college, located just 90 minutes from Bay Ridge in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The 83-acre suburban campus is divided by a city street, which was a bit surprising. It did not have that enclosed campus feel that I was looking for, but the old stone buildings, all with red painted doors, were charming. The most impressive structure was the Egner Memorial Chapel. Its carved stone and wooden interior were as gothic as you can get. Unfortunately, the only Catholic mass celebrated in this chapel is on Sunday morning at 9:30 am.
Muhlenberg is best known for its theater program and extensive cooperative programs where students can earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time. Double majors are encouraged and popular. With over 40 majors, there are a lot of choices for Muhlenberg's 2200 students.
Our tour guide was a drama major who certainly had a flare for the theatrical- especially when she touted that the dining hall food was better than homemade. That was a big exaggeration, but I appreciated the free lunch. Not all colleges are willing to expose prospective students to their food.
The dorms were your standard, cinder-block doubles with a communal bathroom down the hall. Most of the bulletin boards in the dorm we visited were bare, so I couldn’t get a strong sense of dorm sponsored events.
I fear the rainy weather did not allow this campus to shine on this particular day. While some students were hunkered down in the student center, I imagine most were tucked away in their dorm rooms because the library was empty and the quads were deserted. The students we did meet were friendly and motivated and I could easily see that Muhlenberg’s culture focuses on each individual. This is a college you should certainly explore if you are interested in a personal touch and professional focus.