Moravian College offers students a diverse learning experience that incorporates the liberal arts education into their daily lives. Students are offered the opportunity to study on or off campus through the homeschooling program, distance learning program, study abroad or the traditional classroom setting. Moravian College believes that offering students multiple study options enables them to follow through with their education more effectively when able to incorporate scheduling into their busy lives. Many students take advantage of the online courses available to accommodate students that maintain a full-time job while attending school.
The student body of Moravian College consists of over 20 states and 15 foreign countries, which provides a well rounded structure of diversity for all Moravian students. The College encourages students to accept and embrace difference, as well as get involved with a pay-it-forward attitude in their local communities. Moravian College also offers the perfect location for college students as it is just outside New York City. Many students take weekend trips into the city for shopping, performances and sightseeing.
Moravian College was founded in 1742 by Benigna von Zinzendorf – a 16 year-old Countess. On her 18 month visit to the New World with her father, honoring the Moravian tradition, the Countess was unaware how the trip would mold her future and legacy. Originally, designated as a girls’ school, in fact, it was the first all girls school in America. Moravian College has since experienced several name changes and presidencies that have all molded the school into the establishment it is today. The Moravian heritage stretches back to the early 14th century and until the last 16th century, experienced many hardships, persecutions and casualties, such as the infamous martyr John Hus. By 1742, two more boys’ schools were added to the surrounding community. By 1807, a college and seminary for men was also created. However, in1858, the three schools has merged together forming what is known today as Moravian College.
Moravian College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and School. The College is also approved by several other organizations such as the American Chemical Society, the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Association of the Schools of Music.
After the merger of the schools to formulate Moravian College, the College became one of the first colleges in the nation to offer a coed bachelors program.
Moravian College strives to provide students with a strong education and structure where they can find the room they need to grow into mature, professional individuals. Students can find nearly everything they would need right on campus such as a state of the art fitness center, bookstore, health center and food services. Many Moravian first year students utilize the Learning Services center that assists students with everything from scheduling classes, tutors and mentor programs to distance learning courses and research assistance. Moravian College delivers the convenience of day to day life in one centralized place to ensure students can focus on preparing for their future.
With over 50 student organizations to participate in, there is always something going on around campus. Whether you would rather explore Greek Life at Moravian or spend your time helping others with the various community service programs available, students are strongly encouraged to experience all that Moravian College has to offer. Most of the organizations and events on campus are student operated, enabling students to be entertained, encouraged and inspired by their peers. For students that enjoy pursuing career driven programs, Moravian College offers extensive Leadership Opportunity programs that can help students develop and strengthen the skills needed in their individual career paths.
While the majority of Moravian College students live on campus, a small percentage also commute to class from the surrounding community. The College offers a wide variety of housing arrangements for students including residence halls, apartments, fraternities and sorority houses. Many students take advantage of the residence hall program available that enables them to get involved with the day to day life and safety of students in the housing complexes as well as campus events.
Moravian College accepts various forms of financial aid to help students pay for college. Upon admission, many students may be eligible for need base grants and scholarships offered by Moravian, based on individual needs and requirements. The College also awards students merit based scholarships based on placement testing and high school statistics. The Financial Aid staff and faculty at Moravian works diligently with both students and their families to ensure all financial options are explored. TAP and FAFSA loan applications can be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or online. Moravian students are encouraged to apply for all forms of aid in which they qualify. College expenses can be unexpected after incorporating personal expenses, transportation and cost of supplies.
Students at Moravian College can take advantage of many work study opportunities that place them in positions throughout the campus. Off campus employment is also available and in many cases, relates to the students program objectives. Moravian College believes that providing students with the peace of mind that financial aid is available and more importantly, obtainable, can directly affect the amount of material they are able to absorb in the classroom. In short, students are able to focus more attentively on their studies when the stress of paying for school is taken care of.