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5 College Freshman

Academics: I love the the professors here. They really understand what it is like to be in our shoes and are able to give helpful advice. The workload is manageable, because campus is not too active on the weekends and that leaves time to get work done. The curriculum in my classes is very diverse, but manageable and easy to understand.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Students who attend CCC need to understand that the workload will be heavy and hard. Having a great education at a great college comes with a cost. That doesn't mean you can't have fun or join clubs. Those things keep you going and relieve stress. It's extremely important to have an advisor that you like and can talk to comfortably. Usually freshman year, students are still figuring out their career goals and that's fine. Don't waste it on crap classes. You'll have time for the extra curricular classes later.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers make sure we get the most out of everything we do in the course, offering one-on-one discussions with students and extra material to increase our interest in the class.

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5 College Senior

Academics: We have a great disability office that I take advantage of for additional test time for ADHD. They help with study skills and offer tutoring. Professors are always willing to give additional help. The registration process is very easy and advisors always have extra time to meet before course registration begins for each semester. You are encouraged to do independent research.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable and helpful, always willing to help and advise confused students. However, you have to keep up with your studies or you will be dropping letter grades within days. There are also many alternative options available, and the Forensics program is a new and rapidly expanding major offered.

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Cedar Crest is a liberal arts college that offers majors and minors from art to biochemistry to psychology. In addition to traditional areas of study, some of the departments also offer majors that aren't available anywhere else in the area, including neuroscience, art therapy, and genetic engineering. Every student also completes the liberal arts curriculum, but unlike the general education requirements of other colleges, Cedar Crest's liberal arts requirements don't take up the entire first two years. Many students double major or even triple major simply because they don't have to take an exhaustive list of classes unrelated to their majors. Almost everything you need in terms of academics is online. You can register for classes, look up degree requirements, and check your grades. The College email system is the primary method of communication between professors and students outside of class.

Professors generally enjoy working with each other and with students. The College is small, and professors come to Cedar Crest simply to teach. The vast majority of Cedar Crest professors is very invested in the campus community and can even be seen eating lunch in the dining hall. Most professors enjoy talking to students outside of class and are more than willing to offer their time. Each student is assigned an adviser who is a professor in the department of a given major. Your adviser knows which classes are offered when and what requirements you need to fulfill to graduate. And because you will probably have your adviser as a professor, you will be comfortable talking to him or her about your career plans and the goals that you set for yourself throughout your college career. Cedar Crest is very strong academically, and if you can bring dedication and passion to your classwork, then you are more than set to succeed.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 students: 29%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Dietetics/Dietitian: 2%
  • Foundations of Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 5%
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other: 13%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Until recently, online courses were only offered through continuing education for nontraditional students. Now, Cedar Crest allows all students to take online classes. Even in classes that aren't completely online, professors can use a platform called CedarCrestOnline to deliver class resources and allow students to complete work online.
Best Places to Study
  • Commuter Lounge
  • Cressman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for help. From helping you locate an office to giving you advice on how to succeed in your classes, everyone on campus is more than willing to answer your questions.
  • Cross-register through LVAIC, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. You can take classes at any of the other private colleges in the area. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the academic (and social!) environments of any of the other schools.
  • Don't touch the trees! Cedar Crest's campus is a registered arboretum, and you can be fined for touching or climbing the trees. As one student warns, "Don't touch the trees; don't look at the trees; don't even think about the trees, and you should be safe!"
  • Find friends to study with. There are a lot of great places to relax on campus, so choose your favorite spot and grab some friends to go over your notes. It's a lot more fun than studying alone in your room!
  • Leave campus every so often. Whether you explore historic Bethlehem or go to New York on one of the College-sponsored road trips, a change of scenery once in a while will do you good. No matter how much you love the College, it's a good idea to widen your perspective.
  • Take a moment to look through the College newspaper and read your emails. You'll avoid missing out on great events-everything from musicals to workshops on resume writing offered by Career Services.
Did You Know?
Cedar Crest students can take classes at other colleges in the area. Through LVAIC (the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges), students can take classes at a number of other private colleges in the area without paying extra tuition. Talk about a great opportunity to take any class you could ever dream of!

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 36 responses

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Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 20 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 25% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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