The learning place
Before you pack and start paying out-of-state tuition, consider how much local colleges have to offer.

Community colleges in Lehigh and Northampton counties are priced right for students on a budget. There's also a range of private and public colleges and universities all within driving distance. And whether your interest is basket-weaving or entrepreneuership, you can find credit and non-credit classes close to almost every neighborhood.

Lafayette College in Easton, home of the Leopards, is one of the most academically competitive, independent, undergraduate colleges in the nation. Founded in 1826 by the citizens of Easton, it now has an endowment worth $658 million.

The choices don't end there. The region also offers trade and technical schools, as well as art schools, that help fulfill the need to train for a new job, or just learn for personal enjoyment.


CEDAR CREST COLLEGE (WOMEN) (''FALCONS''), 100 College Dr., Allentown, 610-437-4471, 1-800-360-1222,, (1784 undergrad, 11:1 student teacher ratio)

CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, Satellite program of Chestnut Hill's main campus in Philadelphia. Located at DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, 610-282-0397,, (1,002 undergrad)

DESALES UNIVERSITY (''BULLDOGS''), 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, 610-282-1100,, (1,561 undergrad, 15:1 student teacher ratio)

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (''GOLDEN BEARS''), Kutztown, 610-683-4000, TDD 610-683-1315, 610-683-4499,, (~9,800 undergrad, 19:1 student teacher ratio)

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE (''LEOPARDS''), 1118 Markle Hall, Easton, 610-330-5000,, (2,346 undergrad, 11:1 student teacher ratio)

LEHIGH CARBON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (''COUGARS''),4525 Education Park Dr., Schnecksville, 610-799-2121,, (6,564 undergrad, 14:1 student teacher ratio)

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY (''MOUNTAIN HAWKS'' AND ''ENGINEERS''), 27 Mountain Drive West, Bethlehem, 610-758-3000,, (4,577 undergrad, 9.3:1 student teacher ratio)

LEHIGH VALLEY COLLEGE, 2809 East Saucon Road, Center Valley, 610-791-5100,

MORAVIAN COLLEGE (''GREYHOUNDS''), 1200 Main St., Bethlehem, 610-861-1300,, (1515 undergrad)

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE (''MULES'') 2400 W. CHEW ST., Allentown, 484-664-3100, 484-664-3623 (TTY), (2,125 undergrad, 12:1 student teacher ratio)

NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (''SPARTANS''), 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, 610-861-5300,, (~29,000)

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY (''NITTANY LIONS''), Lehigh Valley Campus, 8380 Mohr Lane, Fogelsville, 610-285-5000,, (682 undergrad); Berks Campus, Tulpehocken Rd., Reading, 610-396-6000,, (2,471 undergrad)

THE WESCOE SCHOOL OF MUHLENBERG COLLEGE, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, 484-663-3300, .