There are more than ten colleges and universities in Lehigh Valley, PA. The diversity of these magnificent institutions of higher education not only offers a variety of cultures, histories and studies, but it also produces students and future leaders. That said, here is a brief overview of some Lehigh Valley colleges.
Cedar Crest College
Located in West Allentown, this college’s impressive campus is a nationally registered arboretum as well. The arboretum hosts 140 tree species and is known as William F. Curtis Arboretum, the name of the college’s seventh president who started planting trees there in the early part of the 1900s.
Located on College Hill in Easton, a regional town in Pennsylvania, Lafayette College is a little private nonprofit college. It is a Presbyterian Church college, and a good place to study engineering, social studies, English literature, psychology, and biomedical and biological sciences.
Nestled in Bethlehem, PA, Moravian College is a great historic college. It is the sixth oldest higher learning institution in the entire United States. One of the main attractions of the campus is the Comenius Hall, which was built in 1892.
Muhlenberg College was founded in 1848, and is associated with the Lutheran Church. Named after the German founder of America’s Lutheran Church, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the college is located in Allentown, PA and has one of the best dance and theater programs in America.
Northampton Community College
Located in Bethlehem, PA, Northampton Community College is one of the few community colleges that offer on-campus hosting. Apart from its Bethlehem Campus, Northampton CC also has campuses in the Poconos area as well as centers in many other locations. In addition, the college now has over 35,000 students each year, pursuing credit and non-credit programs.
Northampton offers certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in over 100 fields, including business and technology, arts and humanities, allied health and education. It’s one of Lehigh Valley’s largest employers and a major school for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, emergency responders, dental hygienists, radiologic technologists, veterinary technologists, chefs, early childhood educators and funeral service directors for the region.
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Also referred to as LCCC, this college was founded in 1966. It serves over 7,500 students from Carbon, Lehigh, Schuylkill and nearby counties, offering over 90 programs, including information technology,healthcare, business administration, criminal justice and education. The college offers online courses as well as part-time and full-time schedules.
LCCC also has study centers in a number of off-campus locations, such as Donley Center in Allentown, Carbon Center in Carbon County, and John Morgan Center (Schuylkill County).
Founded in 1865, Lehigh College is a private college. Located in Bethlehem, PA, Lehigh is a perfect higher education institution that offers business, marketing, management, engineering, social sciences, psychology and biological/biomedical sciences up to Doctorate degree level.
In addition to these colleges, Lehigh Valley is also home to a number of universities, including Lehigh University, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, DeSales University and Lehigh Valley Campus (Penn State University).