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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: This school has too many stairs to be entirely friendly to people who are physically disabled or who get injured during the year, but other than that the campus is very good. A lot of the buildings are LED-certified, classrooms are spacious enough for discussions and lectures, the buildings are all gorgeous, and the campus is quite walkable.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love being a Mule. Everyone around me makes me happy and pushes me to do better. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everything looks classic on the outside but modern and shiny on the inside.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: If you aren't involved in a club, greek organization, or have a good group of friends, then your life will be pretty boring. I would hazard to say that it is like that at most colleges, though. Seegers Union, the gym, and the library are pretty great places. The college green and academic buildings are nice, but the social science / humanities buildings are in desperate need of renovation.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The dining hall is excellent, much improved from when I was a freshman. However, the tradeoff is that you are basically forced to go there when you want food. Dining options are limited, but what we have is pretty good.

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Muhlenberg’s facilities, in short, are gorgeous. And the school’s recent renovations have only helped. Seegers Union has received its most recent upgrade and is currently all the rage. Most students go into Seegers every day to check mail, visit the bookstore, grab a bite, or speak with faculty at one of the many offices. The buildings along Academic Row alone have an interesting mixture of styles, varying from very modern (New Science Building) to very Gothic (Egner Memorial Chapel). As for study spaces, students enjoy spending time in Trexler Library, with its bright atmosphere and comfy couches; it only feels claustrophobic during midterms and finals. Also, Muhlenberg’s theatre, dance, and music students are very proud of the Baker Center for the Arts and the Trexler Pavilion. These two buildings house the school's top-notch stages. So, the time spent in rehearsals can be a bit more enjoyable in this beautiful space.

Most students have so much praise for Muhlenberg’s academic buildings. But many would agree that they equally enjoy spending their free time on the lawn when the weather is warm. The trees along Academic Row really enhance Muhlenberg’s scenery, and the simple landscaping throughout campus works nicely with the eclectic architecture. All in all, Muhlenberg continues to find ways of expanding and improving upon its facilities. There will always be new eye candy for students to ogle every year.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
124
Campus Size
81 acres
Student Centers
Seegers Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Trexler Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • General’s Quarters (GQ)
  • The lawn
  • Parents Plaza
  • Red Door
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Java Joe Coffee Kiosk brews Starbucks Coffee and specialty beverages.
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but free movies are often shown on the big screen throughout the week in the Red Door.
"Green" Initiatives
There are numerous, active student groups and programs that always host activities to raise environmental awareness at Muhlenberg. The Garden Committee is a group made up of faculty, staff, and students who created (and are currently planting) Muhlenberg's Community Garden. The Committee is also working on making the garden have the ability to compost pre-consumer waste.
The Environmental Action Team (EnAcT) is a student group that helps develop all sorts of "green" initiatives. For example, their most recent accomplishment was passing the "Just Tap It" initiative to reduce the amount of bottled water Muhlenberg consumes.
Also, environmentally-savvy upperclassmen have the option of living in the Sustainability House, where the goal is to reduce energy, food, and waste.
School Slang
  • The `Berg: Nickname for Muhlenberg
  • Academic Row: The main walkway where most academic buildings are located
  • Bagel bombs: Bagels with fried egg and cheese from GQ
  • The Bubble: Trexler Pavilion or Muhlenberg campus in general
  • CA: Baker Center for the Arts
  • The Caring College: Nickname for Muhlenberg
  • CR: When the Wood Dining Commons was first built, it was called the Campus Restaurant for a few months, and students referred to it as the CR. The nickname has stuck.
  • Eastie Beasties: Big bugs that are commonly spotted in East Hall
  • The Fish Bowl: Trexler Pavilion
  • Fro-yo: Frozen yogurt from Garden Room
  • General Pete: Statue across from Haas of John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg who was with George Washington through the famous winter of Valley Forge
  • GQ: General's Quarters
  • ML: Martin Luther Hall
  • Muhley World: Nickname for Muhlenberg because of its tendency to seem almost too ideal at times
  • Napkin Board: Bulletin board in Garden Room where people post napkins with comments
  • OIT: Office of Information Technology; they will help you with your computer problems.
  • Parents Plaza : The area outside of Seegers Union with benches and tables
  • Shuttle Steve: The coordinator of the shuttle
  • Swipe: A unit on your meal plan equivalent to one entry into Garden Room or $4.10 in GQ
  • The Turtle: Statue in Parents Plaza of a species of bog turtle named after naturalist Gotthilf Henry Ernest Muhlenberg
  • Victor's Lament: Big red sculpture on the front lawn
  • The Wood: The Wood Dining Commons; some also call it "The Big Wood."
Traditions
  • Activities Fair: Every fall semester, all of the student organizations set up tables outside of Seegers Union and vie for new members.
  • Candlelight Carols: A service of Candlelight Carols has been a Muhlenberg tradition since 1958. Held in Egner Memorial Chapel the weekend before finals during the fall semester, this beautiful service features performances from the Muhlenberg College Choir, along with student and faculty readings. Tickets are free, but seating is limited, so you need to turn in a lottery form.
  • Geek Week: The fraternities and sororities have Greek Week, and the academic clubs have Geek Week! Different academic clubs on campus have the option of entering into different competitions with other clubs on campus.
  • Jefferson Field Day: Each year, the Friday after the last day of classes is Jefferson Field Day. Students from Jefferson Elementary School in Allentown join students on campus for a day of track and field events. A huge number of Muhlenberg students and faculty spend the day running and helping out with the event. It's a great way to have some fun before finals.
  • Marathon Theatre: During a weekend in the fall semester, members of the Muhlenberg Theatre Association participate in Marathon Theatre. For 24 hours, they put on short dance numbers and skits in order to raise money for different charities. The event takes place in Parents Plaza, so it's fun to stop by and watch on your way in and out of Seegers.
  • Midnight Breakfast: Muhlenberg recently started a new tradition during finals week at the end of the year. On the Friday night that begins the weekend before finals, Garden Room hosts a free breakfast at midnight for students. One of the best parts of the event is that a lot of faculty and staff turn out to serve the food and socialize with students.
  • Mr. Muhlenberg: During the spring semester, Muhlenberg holds a competition to see who will be crowned the next Mr. Muhlenberg. Several guys from each class year compete against each other in a variety of events such as swim wear, evening wear, and talent. Students vote for who they want to win by purchasing tickets for the event with their favorite guy's picture, and a board of students and faculty acts as judges on the night of the event to choose who will win overall. While some may complain that it's sexist, it's a really entertaining night, and everyone has a lot of fun participating.
  • Red Doors: As a sign of welcome, all of the doors on Muhlenberg's campus are painted bright red.
  • Through the Red Doors: Through the Red Doors is an event at the end of the spring semester that is run by Admissions for accepted students. A lot of current students enjoy participating in this day by serving on panels, giving tours, or representing different aspects of campus at tables during an information fair.
Urban Legends
  • A bat affectionately named Bernard lives in the chapel and frequently makes appearances during the Candlelight Carols each December.
  • Robertson is haunted by the ghost of a former member of the Muhlenberg faculty whose house was torn down to build the new dorms.
  • The Gabriel House, the building that is now used for Muhlenberg's night school, is haunted by the ghost of an African American man who is believed to have once been a Muhlenberg maintenance man.
  • The Muhlenberg mascot was almost a turtle because of the species of bog turtle named after naturalist Gotthilf Henry Ernest Muhlenberg.
  • There are many stories about what Victor's Lament actually is supposed to be. Some say that it's a war veteran rising from a wheelchair, and others say that it looks like a large letter "M" when seen from an airplane.
Favorite Things To Do
On an average day, the most popular thing to do on campus is probably hang out in Seegers Union. When the weather is nice, students take advantage of the lawn and at the tables in Parents Plaza. Many students are also found playing ultimate Frisbee throughout the warmer months. The Life Sports Center has a weight room, cardio room, swimming pool, and other amenities for students. For entertainment, there are always music or theater performances at the Baker Theater and Trexler Pavilion; just about every weekend students can watch a play, musical, band, dance show, or singing performance. Also, the Red Door in Seegers hosts many student performances or free movies throughout the year. Otherwise, the Muhlenberg Activities Council (MAC) does a great job of hosting free entertainment for students, including stuff-a-plush and sand art. MAC's most popular events are the big-name band concerts and comedians who come each year.
Student Newspaper
Muhlenberg Weekly
www.muhlenbergweekly.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus, and most are pretty active. Every fall, there is one weekend dedicated to Muhlenberg's Activities Fair, and the Student Union is packed with clubs competing for more members. Throughout the year, there are always posters flying around promoting various club-hosted events. Some of the more popular clubs include the Muhlenberg Activities Council (MAC), the various a cappella groups, Muhlenberg Theatre Association (MTA), Muhlenberg Dance Association (MDA), the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), the Student Council, Hillel, and the Environmental Action Team (EnAct).
Student Activities Offered
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
In the 2009-10 school year, student organizations completed more than 38,000 hours of community service.

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 19% Midnight Breakfast
  • 16% A Capella Fest
  • 12% Football Games
  • 9% Activities Fair
  • 9% Arts Marathon
  • 6% Red Doors
  • 3% Through the Red Doors
  • 3% Candlelight Carols
  • 3% Geek Week
  • 3% Jefferson Field Day
  • 3% Improv Performances
  • 3% MTA/MDA Semi Formal & Formal
  • 3% Mainstage Productions
  • 3% Soccer Games
  • 3% Basketball games
  • 0% Marathon Theatre
  • 0% Mr. Muhlenberg

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 45% Attend performances
  • 18% Play pool
  • 18% Go to the football games.
  • 18% Hang out in the lit lounge or red doors

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 32 responses

  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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