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For More Than 150 Years, Cedar Crest College Has Prepared the Next Generation of Empowered Learners and Leaders.

Immersed in our mission, we deliver a powerful educational experience through strong scholarship, real-world training and holistic support. We empower our diverse student body — young women, adult undergraduate students and graduate students — to hone their skills, realize their potential, and reach for bolder and braver goals now and into the future. This is Cedar Crest College.

Explore the four levels of the Cedar Crest story:

Students in the Dietetic Lab

Next level preparation

We meet the needs of the future

In a society made better when all people are given a voice, we help all our students realize and accept the potential and power within them. Through new and innovative programs, leading-edge undergraduate research and technology and a commitment to building global perspectives, we prepare students to not just see the issues that impact society, but to also invent their solutions.

Cedar Crest College Students

Next level leadership

We empower strong and confident leadership

At Cedar Crest College, your inner leader comes to life. Our strong academics and real-world experiences urge the passionate pursuit of interests. The result: the fearless independence and unwavering confidence to contribute to a global community.

Exercise Science Students

Next level transformation

We inspire progress and possibilities

Cutting-edge learning and interdisciplinary opportunities inspire progressive thinking. We prepare students to remain relevant in an ever-changing workforce, applying their unique gifts and intelligence to rise beyond their circumstances and take the next steps to change their lives so they can change the world.

Education student and Professor

Next level community

We champion the individual in collaborative community

At Cedar Crest College, we strive to maintain an inclusive environment in which each individual has a voice and unrestricted access to the world. Our supportive, close-knit campus community invests in the whole person, encouraging meaningful connections while providing resources to help each student thrive. We open our doors to a diverse and international community, creating opportunities that bring out the very best in each other.

Student in the Lab

Cedar Crest College is educating the next generation of leaders, offering flexible pathways to achieving bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and certificates in high-demand fields for both men and women.

Keep reading to learn what sets us apart from the rest.

Our Latest Rankings

  • #3 Nursing School in Pennsylvania in 2021 by RNCareers.org
  • #17 in Washington Monthly’s 2020 Best Bang for Your Buck Category in the Northeast
  • #5 in Washington Monthly’s national 2020 Master’s University Ranking based on contribution to the public good through social mobility, research and promoting public service
  • #5 Best Registered Nursing Programs in Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org
  • #11 Performer in Social Mobility among regional universities in 2022 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Ranked by the Council of Independent Colleges in the top 20 nationally for 2007-2016 Women in Chemistry Doctorate Recipients by Institutional-Yield Ratio
  • Listed by the Council of Independent Colleges in the nation’s top 100 for Women PhDs in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and overall STEM Doctorate Recipients
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The College

Blaney Hall

Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Mission: Cedar Crest College is a liberal-arts college, primarily for women, dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. Cedar Crest College prepares students for life in a global community by educating the whole student at all stages of life and experience.

Campus: 84-acres; includes a nationally-registered arboretum with more than 130 species of trees

History: Cedar Crest College, first known as Allentown Female College, was founded in 1867 in the basement of the Zion Reformed Church with an inaugural class of nine young women

School Colors: Yellow and white

Motto: Religio, Libertas et Scientia (Latin) or Divinity, Liberty and Knowledge

Learn More About our History and Traditions

Our Community

1400+

Number of Students Enrolled (91% female)

35%

Students of Color

37%

First-Generation Students

5%

International Students

Majors & Programs

Students in classrooms grid

Majors: 40+

Minors: Almost 30

Preprofessional Programs: 3 pre-dentistry, pre-medicine and pre-veterinary

Graduate Programs: 17

Certificate Programs:18

See a full list of our majors, minors and programs

In the Classroom

9:1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

15

Average Class Size

76%

Of Classes have Fewer than 20 Students

74

Full Time Faculty; 79% with Highest Degree

OTD Professor with student
Professor with students
Nursing Professor with student
Professor with students

Global Experiences

Education Abroad

  • Sponsored programs and approved partner locations around the world
  • Sophomore Expedition, a guaranteed short-term study abroad experience. Recent destinations include Greece, England, Brazil and Costa Rica.
  • 216 students studied abroad in 2019
  • 56% of the Class of 2020 studied abroad
  • $18,750 awarded through the CCC Study Abroad Scholarship in 2019

Visit the Office of Global Initiatives and International Programs

Life at Cedar Crest

Cedar Crest Students at Orientation

30+

Clubs Available on Campus

See the Club and Organization List

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16,000+

Hours of Community Service Performed by Cedar Crest Students in the Lehigh Valley, 2019-2020

Learn More: The Lutz Center for Community Service

Athletics

Cedar Crest Softbal Batter

11 Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swim & Dive, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Mascot: Franki the Falcon

Athletic Department GPA: 3.393

Athletic Conference Affiliations: NCAA Division III, CSAC, NEAC, ECAC

Learn more about Cedar Crest Athletics