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Cedar Crest College
Motto Religio, Libertas et Scientia (Latin)
Established 1867
Type liberal arts college
Endowment US $20 million
President Dr. Carmen Twillie Ambar
Faculty 92 full-time
Students 1,885
Undergraduates 1,800 students
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Yellow and White
Mascot Falcon
Affiliations United Church of Christ

Cedar Crest College is a private liberal arts women's college in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States.[1] During the 2006-2007 academic year, the college had 1,000 full-time and 800 part-time undergraduates and 85 graduate students.[2]

Founded in 1867, the college is historically tied to the United Church of Christ, though it remains academically independent.[3]

Cedar Crest is one of two four-year colleges located in Allentown. Muhlenberg College, a liberal arts college loosely affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, like Cedar Crest, is located in Allentown's West End.[4]



For the past two decades, Cedar Crest has been ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in U.S News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" survey.[5] The college's bachelor of arts and science programs span more than fifty majors, from Fine Arts and Environmental Biology to Nursing Science and Business Administration. The curriculum also includes programs in Pre-Law, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. In addition, Cedar Crest offers master's degrees in Nursing, Education, and Forensic Science.[2][6] Undergraduate and graduate programs are also offered to adult students through the college's Center for Lifelong Learning.[7]


Cedar Crest is located off Cedar Crest Boulevard at 100 College Drive on the western edge of Allentown.[1] The 84-acre (340,000 m2) campus is adjacent to the city's Cedar Beach Park.[8]

Campus buildings include Blaney Hall administration building, Cressman Library, Tompkins College Center, Dorothy Rider Pool Science Center, Donald P. Miller Family Building for art, science and peace, Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness, Alumnae Hall for art and performing arts, Rodale Aquatic Center for Civic Health and Lees Hall gymnasium and fitness center.[9] Additional classroom and faculty buildings include Hartzel Hall, Curtis Hall and Hamilton Boulevard Building.[9][10] The college also has four residence halls: Butz Hall, Moore Hall, Steinbright Hall and the upper level of Curtis Hall.[11]

Cedar Crest's collection of 140 species of trees is designated as the William F. Curtis Arboretum, which is registered with the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.[9] The arboretum is named for the college's seventh president, who after purchasing the property in 1915, beautified the campus by planting flowers, shrubs and trees from all over the world.[12]

The campus is also the site of the Da Vinci Discovery Center, an independent science demonstration facility that opened in 2005.[13]


Cedar Crest competes in NCAA Division III athletics and has teams in basketball, cross country running, equestrian, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. In addition, the Rodale Aquatic Center on campus is home to the college's non-competitive swimming club.

During the 2007 season, the Cedar Crest Falcons tennis team placed 4th in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). The team also broke two school records, one for the most wins in a season (12) and one for the most PAC wins (7). The team's record was 12-3. Coach Lynn Pigliacampi is two games away from becoming Cedar Crest's winningest tennis coach. Pigliacampi played both at local Easton Area High School (class of 1999), where she was undefeated, and at Division I Drexel University. Her father, Jules Pigliacampi, is an assistant coach. The United States Tennis Association named her Coach of the Year in 2008.[14]

Cedar Crest's Falcons basketball team finished the 2008-09 season at 13-11 overall and 8-8 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The team posted more conference victories than in the previous nine seasons combined, earning a CSAC playoff berth for the first time in a decade. Head coach Valerie Donohue (Cedar Crest, '95) led the Falcons in tying the school record of 13 season wins set in 1998-99, the last time the team made the playoffs. The 6th-seeded Falcons beat Centenary College's women in the 2009 tournament's opening round.[15] Donohue was subsequently named Colonial States Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.


  • Under the college's "Big Sis, Little Sis" program, each freshwoman is assigned a "Big Sister," who serves as her mentor.
  • A strawberry festival is held in the fall for all incoming students. The entire campus enjoys strawberries and whipped cream, chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry lemonade, and related refreshments. The event is held on the front lawn of the President's home.
  • Incoming students introduce themselves on the steps of Blaney Hall, where they are welcomed by the entire Cedar Crest community.
  • Each year, juniors receive their class rings at a special ceremony. The design of the rings has not changed in decades. As a result, many students have rings identical to those of their mothers, aunts and grandmothers.
  • Free Road Trips are offered to students to the neighboring cities of Philadelphia and New York City, as well as to college sporting events.

Notable alumnae and faculty


  1. ^ a b "Cedar Crest College website". Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  2. ^ a b "College Profile: Cedar Crest College" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  3. ^ "United Church of Christ website". Retrieved 2008-10-13.  
  4. ^ "'Berg at a Glance". Muhlenberg College. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  
  5. ^ ""Cedar Crest College Named 'Best Value'"". News Release. August 18, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  
  6. ^ "Graduate Catalog Issue for 2008-2009" (PDF). Allentown, Pennsylvania: Cedar Crest College. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2009-05-02.  
  7. ^ "Cedar Crest College: An Adult Student's Guide" (PDF). Cedar Crest College Center for Lifelong Learning. 2007-08. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  8. ^ "Virtual Campus Tour". Allentown, Pennsylvania: Cedar Crest College. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  9. ^ a b c "Campus Facilities". 2007-2008 Catalog. Cedar Crest College. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  10. ^ ""Cedar Crest College Celebrates Official Opening of New Facility"". News Release. Cedar Crest College. October 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-27.  
  11. ^ ""Housing lottery nears: Residence halls revealed"" (PDF). The Crestiad. March 29, 2007. pp. 3–4. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  12. ^ "William F. Curtis Arboretum: Mission/History". Cedar Crest College. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  13. ^ "Da Vinci Science Center website". Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  14. ^ Messner, Sara (November 20, 2008). "Pigliacampi named College Coach of the Year". The Crestiad (Allentown, Pennsylvania: Cedar Crest College) 90 (10): p. 1. Retrieved 2009-05-02. "Along with the USTA Coach of the Year Award, L. Pigliacampi is also Cedar Crest’s winningest tennis coach with a record of 37-26 overall which tops Cedar Crest’s previous tennis coach, Mikki Smith (1996-1999) who had a record of 29-28. (Records date back to 1993.)"  
  15. ^ "Colonial States Athletic Conference - Women's Basketball CSAC, NCAA & ECAC Championship Information". Colonial States Athletic Conference. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-02. "2008-09 CSAC Championship Information Seed Team
    1. Cabrini
    2. Gwynedd-Mercy
    3. Centenary
    4. Neumann
    5. Marywood
    6. Cedar Crest

    First Round: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
    1. 6 Cedar Crest 82, #3 Centenary 71
    1. 4 Neumann 63, #5 Marywood 56"  

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Coordinates: 40°35′13″N 75°31′08″W / 40.587°N 75.519°W / 40.587; -75.519



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