Moravian College

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1200 Main Street

Bethlehem, PA 18018

Phone: (610) 861-1300
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#138 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Moravian College is a private institution that was founded in 1742. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,582, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Moravian College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 138. Its tuition and fees are $35,518 (2013-14).

Through the Learning in Common program, students at Moravian College take clusters of a wide range of courses while earning a degree in one of more than 50 areas of study. Prescribed courses for every student cover history, foreign languages, religion and philosophy, and more. All full-time students are required to live on campus; however, students who reside in a parent's home within a 50-mile radius of campus are permitted to commute. The college's campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Moravian College, founded in 1742, is proud of its history as one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts colleges. With more than 270 years of experience in providing equal access to education for all, Moravian believes that everyone is born with an innate love of learning and its mission is to set it free. Moravian's combination of elements: strong academic majors, many opportunities for hands-on learning, and programs to foster the pursuit of passions that lead to a greater enjoyment of life changes and empowers students in four years. Of those who earn a Moravian bachelor's degree, 97% do so in four years, significantly higher than the national average, giving them an advantage in their continuing education and/or in pursuing their careers.

Through everything it does, Moravian provides a transformational experience for its students that allows them to walk prepared into the world after graduation. In a survey of the Class of 2011, more than 91% felt their Moravian education fully prepared them for work and/or graduate school, which is supported by the fact that 93% of graduates are either employed or attending graduate school within ten months of their graduation date. In the same survey, more than 90% cited full confidence in the leadership abilities and critical-thinking skills acquired during their four years at Moravian. And the results pay off for graduates. A national survey by PayScale recently placed Moravian College in the top quarter of more than 1,200 schools for providing the highest return on investment.

Students 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.

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 historic Bethlehem that offers a multitude of amenities for today's students.

Recent additions to the more than 50 academic programs include pre-music therapy, sports management, public health (in partnership with East Stroudsburg University) and a defined pathway to a master's degree in athletic training (in partnership with ESU). Learning experiences at Moravian go beyond its 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 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 televised each year. Students from the 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.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1742
Religious affiliation Moravian Church in America
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $91,585,695


When applying to Moravian College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. 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 78.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.5%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Moravian College is 12:1, and the school has 66.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Moravian College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Social Sciences 14%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Psychology 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%

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Student Life

Moravian College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,582, with a gender distribution of 39.4 percent male students and 60.6 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. Moravian College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,909
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Moravian College.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Moravian College, 85.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,876.

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Tuition and fees $35,518 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,644 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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