Moravian College: Narrative Description

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1200 Main St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018-6650
Tel: (610)861-1300
Free: 800-441-3191
Admissions: (610)861-1320
Fax: (610)861-3956
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Moravian Church. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1742. Setting: 65-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $58.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,456 per student. Total enrollment: 2,078. Faculty: 193 (115 full-time, 78 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,954 applied, 63% were admitted. 27% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 2 class presidents, 4 valedictorians, 22 student government officers. Full-time: 1,548 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 280 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 14 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 69% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Five other members of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Washington Semester. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 1/15 for early decision. Notification: 3/15, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $30,884 includes full-time tuition ($23,184), mandatory fees ($390), and college room and board ($7310). College room only: $4105. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $725 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 77 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 22% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Alumni Association, United Student Government, Moravian College Choir, Twenty-six Points (student ambassador group), International Club. Major annual events: Mardi Gras, Christmas Vespers, annual concert. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,057 college housing spaces available; 1,052 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Reeves Library with 256,352 books, 11,414 microform titles, 1,318 serials, 1,950 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 236 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Town of about 75,000 residential neighborhood.

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