Choosing a College: Moravian College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Moravian College 
Bethlehem, PA 

The sixth oldest college in this country is probably one you’ve never heard of: Moravian College. Nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, Moravian was founded to provide all students—regardless of gender or socioeconomic background—with a quality education. The College still has ties to the Moravian Church (a Protestant branch), but students of all religious affiliations are welcome. The school’s 1,900 undergraduates can choose from more than 50 programs of study. Musically-inclined students can specialize in composition, music education, or performance, and private lessons are available for approximately 25 instruments, including the bagpipe, Celtic fiddle, and harpsichord. SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) is an ideal way for students from all majors to pursue original research in conjunction with a faculty mentor. Recent SOAR participants—who have studied DNA binding, the effects of dams on river water quality, and tourism & poverty—benefit from financial stipends and travel allowances to help fund their work. The Moravian Greyhounds compete in 20 DIII sports, with approximately one-third of students participating in varsity athletics. Amazing fact: 95 percent of Moravian graduates earn their degree in four years.

 Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Moravian College

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.