Cedar Crest College

100 College Drive, Allentown, PA 18104-6196

School Details

Cedar Crest College is a private not-for-profit, four-year predominantly women’s liberal arts institution of higher education, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Founded in 1867, the institution has an historical affiliation with the United Church of Christ, but is academically independent. Cedar Crest College lies on more than 80 acres near Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park. The campus also features the William F. Curtis Arboretum, a nationally registered arboretum with more than 130 species of trees. Students enjoy the close proximity of the campus to major cities, such as Philadelphia (one hour away), New York City (two hours away), and Washington D.C. (three hours away). Cedar Crest College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the programs at Cedar Crest are also accredited by independent accrediting organizations, such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Council on Social Work Education, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, and more.

Students who live on-campus live in Butz Hall, Curtis Hall, Moore Hall, and Steinbright Hall. Cedar Crest College offers more than 50 student-run clubs and organizations, leadership programs, honor societies, community service, special campus events, and athletics. The “Falcons” compete in NCAA Division III. Athletic teams include: basketball, cross-country, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. Other events include the institution’s “Big Sister, Little Sister” program, the campus-wide strawberry festival, and free road trips.

Every year, nearly 1,200 students apply to Cedar Crest College and about 61 percent of those students are admitted. Students applying to Cedar Crest College enjoy a rolling admissions policy, which means that students can apply anytime and will receive a response in about two weeks. Applicants should have studied four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of laboratory science, three years of social studies, two years of international language, and three or four academic electives.

  • Demographics at Cedar Crest College are as follows:
  • Nearly 1,567 students enrolled (about 1,359 undergraduate)
  • Student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1
  • About 52 percent of undergraduate students and 19 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • Approximately 70 percent of students are Caucasian
  • About 48 percent of students are over the age of 25.
  • Approximately 94 percent of students are female
  • About three-quarters of students come from Pennsylvania and one quarter come from 29 other states and 30 other countries.
  • The overall graduation rate is 61 percent

Cedar Crest College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees and Bachelor of Science degrees in nearly 40 programs of study as well as eleven certificates and eight graduate programs. Adult Evening programs are available in Business and Technology, Health and Social Services, Education, and Arts and Sciences. Classes at Cedar Crest College are offered during the day, evening, weekend, and online. Hundreds of online and hybrid courses are offered through e-College, a web-based course-management system. Graduate students can complete five Business Administration degrees, a nursing degree, an education degree, and two certifications completely online.


Tuition at Cedar Crest College costs $31,196 per year for undergraduate students. Graduate students pay between $442 and $820 per credit depending on the program of study. Approximately 98 percent of Cedar Crest College receive some form of financial aid. Financial aid eligibility is determined by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid between January 1 and May 1 (School Code is 003243). Types of aid include Cedar Crest Grants, Federal Pell Grants, SEOG, Pennsylvania State Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Nursing Loans, the Cedar Crest Competition Scholarship, Merit Scholarships, Talent Scholarships, Latina Leadership Partner Scholarship, and federal work study programs.

Students who are interested in additional details concerning specific programs or other requirements should request more information.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    United Church of Christ

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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