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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Dorney park is right down the road. Many restaurants and shops are near along with major highways to wherever you like.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I haven't seen much of it, but what I have seen is relatively nice.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The area is kind of boring but I've seen Downtown Allentown before and it looks kind of interesting but I wouldn't really know that because I've only passed it on a bus.

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1 College Freshman

Local Area: nothing around accept for restaurants

3 College Junior

Local Area: Allentown doesn't have a nightlife. There are large nearby attractions (Dorney Park, Allentown Farmer's Market which has an annual fair).


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The part of Allentown where Cedar Crest is located is not what most students think of as a typical "college town" atmosphere. The closest forms of entertainment include Dorney Park, a large amusement park, and the bars in downtown Allentown. Although students who are 21-and-up travel in groups to downtown Allentown, it's generally not regarded as a particularly safe area of town. 

Students who are able to travel a little farther out can access the social scenes of the many other colleges in the area, as well as the art and music events and festivals of downtown Bethlehem.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. After Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Allentown is Pennsylvania's third most populous city.
  2. Allentown has more acres of parks per resident than any other city of its size in the United States.
  3. The city is the subject of Billy Joel's song, "Allentown," about the resilience of blue-color America.
  4. The Lehigh Valley Sportsfest is a four-day sports competition held in Allentown. It attracts 150,000 spectators and 10,000 amateur athletes every year.
  5. At 322 feet, the PPL Building is the tallest building in Allentown. PPL stands for "Pennsylvania Power and Light."
Notable Natives
  • Thom Browne - fashion designer
  • Michaela Conlin - "Bones" actress
  • Tim Heidecker - star of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!"
  • Ed McCaffrey - former professional football player
  • Jerry Sags - one half of the wrestling tag team The Nasty Boys
  • Amanda Seyfried - actress
  • Christine Taylor - actress
  • Lauren Weisberger - author of "The Devil Wears Prada"
  • William Marchant - playwright and screenwriter
Points of Interest
  • Allentown Art Museum
  • Allentown Symphony Hall
  • America on Wheels auto museum
  • Civic Theatre
  • Da Vinci Science Center
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
  • Trexler Park
Shopping Centers
  • Lehigh Valley Mall
  • South Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Tilghman Square 8
4608 Broadway
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Carmike 16
1700 Catasauqua Road
(610) 264-9694
Movie Theaters
Franklin Theatre
429 W. Tilghman St.
(610) 433-3640
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures Promenade 16
2805 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley
(610) 709-8635
Movie Theaters
Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre
4540 Shankweiler Road
(610) 481-0800
Major Sports Teams
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Minor league baseball
  • Northampton Laurels FC: Women's Premier Soccer League
  • Pennsylvania Stoners: National Premier Soccer League
  • Philadelphia Force: National Pro Fastpitch (softball)
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Harrisburg, Pa.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • New York: : 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 1 hour, 10 minutes
Did You Know?
Muhlenberg College is within walking distance of the campus of Cedar Crest College. Some student clubs on each campus collaborate and meet regularly.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 39% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 18% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 29% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 27 responses

  • 70% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 37% Totally.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% No way.


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