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Moravian College

  • Bethlehem, PA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 59%41%
    student ratio
  • 1,585
    total students
  • $34,938 | $34,938
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 79%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 535
    sat math
  • 520
    sat reading
  • 520
    sat writing
  • 22
    act composite


Moravian College -- the 6th Oldest College in the Nation

America's sixth-oldest college, Moravian delivers a values-based liberal arts education in a caring environment, through which it nurtures in students the capacities for leadership, lifelong learning, and positive societal contributions.

The College traces its founding to 1742 by followers of John Amos Comenius, the 17th century Moravian bishop whose humanistic ideals helped to shape modern education. Those ideals that learning should be available to all, that teaching should be in accord with human nature, and that education should be applied to practical uses, are much in evidence at Moravian. Today, the College enrolls students from a great variety of socioeconomic, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds; provides for highly personalized learning experiences; and offers many opportunities for students to direct their education toward individual and professional goals.

A Transformational Experience

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

Moravian provides provide a transformational experience for its students that allows them to walk prepared into the world after graduation. It has a long history of educating and developing leaders in a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, finance, education, and the sciences.

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 our 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.

Moravian students benefit from what is called "the Moravian Effect." This added value from their Moravian experience is created through an emphasis on strong, personalized majors, hands-on learning opportunities, and encouragement of a deeper enjoyment of life -- all of which is encouraged and supported by engaged faculty and alumni. Surveys of graduates show that these qualities help them grow in four years into focused adults who succeed and excel in an increasingly challenging world.

Two Picturesque Campuses

Moravian's two campuses -- the Main Street Campus and the Pricilla Payne Hurd Campus -- located within 8 blocks of each other are both historic and modern. College-owned transportation runs continuously between the campuses.

Many campus buildings have been renovated in the last few years including a 10,000 sq. ft. modern fitness/wellness area. Comenius Hall, home to the social science departments, received a renovation to the first floor to provide for improved classroom spaces and more student study space. The student union (or HUB) was renovated to provide for new student dining and meeting space, and an outdoor patio with fire pit. A residence hall called the HILL, containing only single rooms in suite-style living, was opened in 2009. The Collier Hall of Science is receiving major upgrades in 2013 to update building infrastructure and provide new, modern laboratory and student study space.

Moravian College Top Rankings

Moravian's value and accomplishments have been recognized by many reputable sources. "Bloomberg Business Week" has named the college among the top 25% of schools surveyed for their high return on investment. Moravian is consistently included in the prestigious "Barron's Best Buys in College Education."In addition, "The Princeton Review" has included Moravian on 3 of their recent superlative lists, including "The Complete Book of Colleges," "Best 376 Colleges," and "Best Northeastern Colleges." "Washington Monthly" ranked Moravian as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country for their dedication to social mobility, research, and service. It has also been recognized as one of 170 "Colleges of Distinction" in the nation for undergraduate education, innovative learning experiences, and its active campus life.

Multidisciplinary Classes and Practical Internships

A scholarly and dedicated faculty reinforces Moravian's strong curriculum and personalized courses. The college boasts a student-faculty member ratio of 11 to 1. The Learning in Common component to the general education curriculum presents students with sets of courses in multidisciplinary clusters designed to complement each other and build connections among fields. Faculty and staff members provide personal attention and mentorship to students to help each student identify and prepare for the most appropriate career or post-graduate path for that student.

Real hands-on learning such as field studies and internships also help students develop professional skills and build a network of professional contacts while still in school. Moravian students have completed field study placements at such prestigious organizations as AT&T Microelectronics, Merrill Lynch, Philadelphia Zoo, and St. Luke's Hospital. These connections and the exceptional work of the College's Career Services Center allows more than 93% of Moravian graduates to be employed full-time or attending graduate or professional school within 10 months of graduation.

Undergraduate Degree Programs from Moravian College

Moravian College offers over 50 bachelor's degrees in a wide range of concentrations. A Bachelor of Arts (BA) is available in 13 majors: art, economics and business, education, English, environmental policy and economics, foreign languages, history, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

A Bachelor of Science (BS) is available in 9 majors: biochemistry, biological science, chemistry, education, environmental science, mathematics and computer science, neuroscience, nursing, and physics and earth science.

Moravian also offers several concentrated Bachelor of Music (BMus) programs through the departments of education and music.

Additional minor fields of study are available in Africana studies, international studies, medieval studies, and women's studies.

Student Life at Moravian

Campus life opportunities at Moravian College are designed to educate the whole person by promoting personal development, leadership skills, and global responsibility. Though the college is spread out onto 2 campuses, Moravian prides itself on having a close-knit community. On-campus housing is guaranteed for all 4 years of study, and fraternity and sorority housing is also available.

Student activities and campus cultural events provide opportunities to explore new interests and broaden students' experiences. The campus is home to over 80 student-led programs and Greek organizations, including the Equestrian Team, Beta Beta Beta, Moravian College Community Orchestra, and WRMC radio station.

Student Opportunities for Academic Research

Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) provides an undergraduate student research experience in collaboration with a faculty mentor. SOAR students receive stipends, travel allowances, and research expenses to support research in a variety of areas. Many students have presented their works at academic conferences across the region.

Additionally, independent study and honors research programs allow students to delve deeply into areas of personal interest. These opportunities also allow students to work closely with senior faculty members on research projects -- an unusual opportunity at the undergraduate level.

Financial Aid Opportunities at Moravian

Moravian College is committed to making education financially possible for all students. In fact, over 90% of students at Moravian receive some form of financial aid through grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.

Moravian offers merit scholarships to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership skills. Scholarships are awarded at time of admission and every student who applies for admission is considered for a merit award. Generally, students should have academic and personal credentials that place them well above College averages for both grade-point-average and SAT scores. The Moravian College Heritage Grant is presented to first-generation college students, particularly those from diverse or underrepresented groups.

Located in Historic Bethlehem

Moravian College is located in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the Lehigh Valley. The college's 2 campuses are located at either end of a busy retail section of Main Street, on an area known as "the Moravian Mile." The area offers students an environment rich in history, culture, and outdoor recreation. Students may take frequent trips to Philadelphia, New York City, and the Pocono Mountains, all located within 75 minutes of campus.

The lively city of Bethlehem is known for its historic sites, dating back to before the Revolutionary War, art, craftsmanship, and music events. The annual 9-day Musikfest attracts over 1 million visitors each August. "Money Magazine" ranks Bethlehem as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live."

Location & Contact

Moravian College

1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018-6650

Steven Soba

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Phone: 610-861-1320
Fax: 610-625-7930

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • German Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Literature, History and Criticism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nonprofit Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management and Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,636
    • Accepted1,308
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled1,585
    • Female Applicants894
    • Females Accepted756
    • Female Acceptance Rate84%
    • Male Applicants742
    • Males Accepted552
    • Male Acceptance Rate74%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.38
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 520 460 580
    • SAT Math 535 480 590
    • SAT Writing 520 460 580
    • ACT Composite 22 20 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$34,938
    • Out-of-state tuition *$34,938
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$580.00
    • Room and board *$10,644.00
    • Room only *$5,950.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,585
    • Male Student Percentage41%
    • Female Student Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.86%
    • Black or African American3.41%
    • White or Caucasian74.95%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.06%
    • Asian1.45%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races.44%
    • Unknown9.09%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.47% representing 3 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students32% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 75%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations United Student Government, Moravian College Choir, Habitat for Humanity, Environmental Coalition, Art Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling No Division C No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling No No No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division C No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty163
    • Full-time Percentage63%
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 1,428 students to 123 faculty



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