Cedar Crest College 
100 College Drive 
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
(610) 740-3780 or 
(800) 360-1222 
FAX: (610) 606-4647


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Nationally recognized for establishing the first undergraduate genetic engineering program at a women's college-and the second in the nation-Cedar Crest also has earned distinction for the caliber of scientific research conducted by its students. The College's health science programs (genetic engineering, nuclear medicine, nursing, and nutrition) currently generate the largest student enrollment and, this fall, will add majors in neuroscience, environmental science, dance.

Prominent alumnae:
Julie Reynolds Willey '88, Director,
Delaware State Police Crime Lab
Judith McGrath '74, President, MTV Music Television
Andrea Joel '72, four-time Emmy Award-winning set designer
Dr. Blenda Wilson '62, President, California State University-Northridge

Most popular majors:
Genetic Engineering
Nuclear Medicine
Life After Cedar Crest:
More than 45% of alumnae enter graduate or professional school within five years of graduation.

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Cedar Crest College  
100 College Drive  
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104 

Cedar Crest College
The Tompkins College Center

College Description 
Cedar Crest's 84-acre campus, a nationally registered arboretum, is situated in a well-established residential section of Allentown, a mid-sized city (105,000) in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania. By car or bus Cedar Crest is less than 2 hours from New York City; 1 hour from Philadelphia; just under 4 hours from Washington, D.C.; and 2 hours from the Jersey shore. Since its founding in 1867 as an independent liberal arts college for women, Cedar Crest has educated women for leadership in a changing world. Of the approximately 1,700 students who come to the College annually from 26 states and 20 other countries, 892 are full-time undergraduates. The 14:1 student-faculty ratio provides for small classes, individual advising, and independent work in an environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary, values-oriented education. The Honor Philosophy is the most compelling statement of each student's rights and responsibilities for her own academic and cocurricular performance.

Academic Life 
Cedar Crest, which operates on a two-semester calendar, offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in over 30 fields of study. The College's curriculum provides coursework in the areas that define a liberal arts education. Self-designed majors, double majors, minors, independent study programs, and individual research projects support serious concentration at the undergraduate level. Highly motivated students with records of academic excellence may participate in the four-year Honors Program, which includes special seminars, off-campus activities, and advanced creative and research projects. Preprofessional programs include dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Certificate programs are offered in accounting, computer science, gerontology, human resource management, international business, management leadership, marketing, merchandising and advertising, nuclear medicine (post-baccalaureate), paralegal studies, and teacher aide studies. Certificate programs include addictions counselor, public school nurse studies (post-baccalaureate), elementary/secondary teacher studies, and social work. Students may participate in the Washington Semester at American University or study-abroad programs for a summer, semester, or an entire year, or do fieldwork at nearby Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. Cedar Crest also participates with Georgia Institute of Technology and Washington University in a 3-2 dual-degree program in engineering and the applied sciences. At no added cost, Cedar Crest students may cross-register at Lehigh University and Allentown, Lafayette, Moravian, and Muhlenberg colleges, all nearby schools.

Campus Life 
A strong sense of community extends throughout all aspects of campus life at Cedar Crest. A focal point is the new 22,000-square-foot, $4-million Donald P. Miller Family Building for art, science, and health, which includes the Harmon Hall of Peace, the Harry and Mary Trexler Pavilion for Nursing, the Allen Center for Nutrition, a new genetic engineering lab, and an art gallery and sculpture gardens, as well as other classroom facilities. The Tompkins College Center's floor-to-ceiling windows frame magnificent views of the park-like campus, making it a popular place for dining, studying, and relaxing. The College Center houses dining facilities, a theater and art gallery, student organization offices, an activities lounge, the College Bookstore, and the Post Office. All students have access to e-mail, Netscape, and word processing through the computer labs; residence halls are currently being wired for individual computer hook-ups. Cedar Crest has a comprehensive wellness program for all students that includes a walkers/runners club, personalized sports training, and nutrition counseling through the College's Allen Center for Nutrition. The Health and Counseling Services Office, Academic Resource Center, and Chaplain's Office provide help for a variety of student needs. Student Affairs sponsors workshops and retreats on leadership and service throughout the year. More than 50 campus clubs and organizations offer opportunities in the performing arts, preprofessional areas, environmental awareness, cultural diversity, and much more. Healthy lifestyle and study-break activities are held regularly in the four residence halls.

Facilities and Resources 
Cressman Library collections include books, periodicals, and electronic and audiovisual resources. Access to the collections is through an online catalog that also provides access to the Library of Congress, OCLC, remote data and indexing sources, and 1.75 million volumes available with daily delivery through the local academic consortium. Campus-wide Internet/World Wide Web connections provide access to full-text reference tools and journals. The College's Educational Technology Center includes three main computer labs, the Multimedia Development Lab, and a 26-station classroom. The main labs provide networked computers and laser printers available to all students. The Multimedia Development Lab provides students with a broad range of advanced capabilities, including scanning, audio and video capture, and multimedia authoring. In addition, each of the residence halls is equipped with a smaller computer lab, available for student use 24 hours a day. Other buildings on campus house theaters, art galleries, sculpture gardens, student exhibit space, music practice rooms, a video production studio, a state-of-the art nutrition laboratory, spectrophotometry equipment, up-to-date genetic engineering laboratories, a greenhouse, a gymnasium, and an exercise/weight room. The campus also includes tennis courts and regulation fields for field hockey, lacrosse, and softball.

Sports/Varsity Athletics 
Cedar Crest College Athletics is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC), and the Philadelphia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (PAIAW). The Cedar Crest Classics compete in seven intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Intramural activities include badminton, basketball, soccer, softball, and tennis. The Equestrian Club competes in collegiate horse shows. Athletics at Cedar Crest embraces the concept of the student-athlete and recognizes participation as an integral part of the educational offerings. The philosophy of the Department of Athletics reflects the central themes of the College, which emphasize student self-development, individual decision making as it affects the quality of life, and an appreciation of values, choice, and responsibility.

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Cedar Crest offers a generous program of scholarships based on academic achievement and financial need, including scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. Federal funds available are Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, Work-Study Program awards, and Nursing Student Loans. Applicants who rank in the top 20 percent of their class and score 1150 or higher on the SAT (24 on the ACT) can qualify for a scholarship of up to one-half tuition per year. Recipients of Girl Scout Gold awards, graduates of Governor's School of Excellence programs, and HOBY alumnae are also eligible for scholarship recognition. A 10 percent reduction in tuition is granted to dependents of United Church of Christ (UCC) ministers. Cort Grants of $1,000 per year are awarded to new students who are active members of a UCC congregation.

Admission Requirements 
Cedar Crest seeks students who have shown academic achievement and promise and those with varied interests, talents, and backgrounds. An academic program providing a good foundation should include four years of English, three of mathematics, three of social science, two of a laboratory science, two of a foreign language, and three or four academic electives. The College considers good students whose preparation does not include all of these subjects. Through the Advanced Placement Program, qualified applicants may apply for advanced study credits. Students need to submit the application form, an official transcript of the secondary school record, examination results from the SAT I or ACT, and a personal essay. Cedar Crest has a rolling admission policy. Students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year of high school. Admission is awarded for the fall or spring semester. International students must complete the international student application form; students educated in non-English-speaking countries must also submit TOEFL examination scores.

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