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Moravian College is a private institution that was founded in 1742. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,737, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Moravian College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 140. Its tuition and fees are $34,484 (2012-13).
Through the Learning in Common program, students at Moravian College do not only take courses directly related to their major. Instead, they can take clusters of a wide range of courses while still earning a degree in one of about 50 areas. Prescribed courses for every student cover history, foreign languages, religion and philosophy, and more. More than 75 percent of students live on campus; those who reside in a parent’s home within a 50-mile radius of campus are permitted to commute from home. The college’s campus in Bethlehem, Pa., is also home to the Moravian Theological Seminary.
About 20 percent of Moravian students get involved in Greek life. The Moravian College athletic teams, the Greyhounds, are Division III competitors in the Landmark Conference and, for football, in the Centennial Conference. Notable alumni of Moravian College include NASCAR driver John Andretti and James Beck, U.S. solicitor general under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
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Moravian College, founded in 1742, is proud of its history as one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts colleges. With more than 265 years of experience in providing equal access to education for all, Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their personal and professional future. Moravian students are challenged to reach their full potential as individuals while they benefit from the College's supportive learning community.
Moravian challenges students with a strong, personalized academic major. Students grow intellectually from programs that develop from the faculty's innovative teaching, from the intellectual relationships between faculty and students, and from the broad range of opportunities for personalized learning. Students also experience hands-on learning. They participate in collaborative research and scholarship such as the SOAR and Honors programs, internships, study abroad, leadership, work-study, and community service opportunities. Students live and learn in an environment that promotes the development of a deeper enjoyment of life. They develop personally through co-curricular activities such as athletics and recreation, music and the arts, and opportunities for an active social life. Students leave Moravian with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to more deeply enjoy life, work, and their role in the world.
With facilities that range from historic to modern, a $20 million academic complex featuring state-of-the-art educational technology, lies at the heart of the Main Street Campus. Students can select from a variety of housing options, including town-house style apartments, and a new living and learning residential complex on its historic Hurd Campus in the heart of Bethlehem that offers a multitude of amenities for today's students.
Recent additions to the more than 50 academic programs include biochemistry, environmental studies (with science and policy tracks), German studies, and neuroscience. Learning experiences at Moravian goes beyond it campuses, students are eligible to study abroad for a semester, or a year, through more than 40 academic programs in over 30 locales. They can enroll in a six-week second language program in Italy, Mexico, Spain, or Germany through the LVAIC consortium. Moravian faculty lead May term study tours abroad each year. The College's Leadership Center promotes the development and exercise of student leadership qualities and skills, both on and off campus.
The College expresses its heritage in musical and artistic programs of great distinction, which are shared with the Bethlehem community. One-fourth of the students perform in Moravian's music program. The annual Vespers program, featuring the Moravian College Choir, is broadcast on television each year throughout the region. Students from College's highly regarded art program display their works in Moravian's prestigious Payne Gallery.
Moravian encourages the complete college experience for mind, body, and spirit. One-third of its students participate in intercollegiate athletics. The robust varsity sports program, from football to volleyball, has produced nationally ranked women's softball and track teams and All-American student athletes in many sports. Moravian is a founding member of the Landmark Conference and plays football in the Centennial Conference.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Moravian Church in America|
When applying to Moravian College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and February 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Moravian College is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 91.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||79.7%|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Moravian College is 11:1, and the school has 63.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Moravian College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.
Moravian College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,737, with a gender distribution of 39.2 percent male students and 60.8 percent female students. At this school, 76.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 24.0 percent of students live off campus. Moravian College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Moravian College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Moravian College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Moravian College, 38 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Moravian College.
|Students who have cars on campus||38%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Moravian College, 83.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,336.
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|Tuition and fees||$34,484 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,146 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data