As America’s sixth-oldest college, Moravian College (MC) has been a little revolutionary from the start. The College has been pushing boundaries in small ways that have big (lasting) impacts since 1742. That’s when a 16-year-old Moravian girl Benigna founded the nation’s first school to educate women. Almost 275 years later, Moravian College gives 1,850 undergraduates eye-opening, heart-racing ways to discover their own little revolutionary spirits.
Moravian College maintains its deep-rooted traditions and honors its long-standing affiliation with the Moravian Church by offering an annual $2,000 grant to all Moravian congregation members who enroll as full-time undergraduate students. The Moravian Church Grant is designed to help make attending Moravian more affordable for members and their families.
The College challenges all of its students to dream a little bolder, think a little differently, and do something “a little out there.” That’s why MC annually awards $30 million in financial aid to students – with more than 90 percent receiving institutional grants and/or merit scholarships. It’s why MC gives every freshman a MacBook Pro and iPad to get ready for the tech-savvy, ever-connected world.
Moravian College believes in the liberating power of the liberal arts. This means students have the freedom to own their education. They choose from more than 55 academic programs; they get hands-on, in-the-field opportunities; they work one-on-one with professors on SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) projects; or they study abroad in nearly 20 countries.
From 20 NCAA Division III teams to 80-plus clubs and organizations, students participate in service, Greek life, performing arts, and campus communications. They can serve on United Student Government, host a radio show on WRMC, join the Greyhound Marching Band, and see a show in New York City with IMPACT. They can even start their own clubs.
Greyhounds get to be front-and center for campus traditions (like Vespers, MC’s Christmas services), and enjoy amenities such as the always-buzzing student union and the new fitness center. A bonus: Moravian College’s hometown—Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (and the Lehigh Valley)—is the perfect college town for students to explore, with its student-friendly restaurants, quirky shops, and a growing arts scene.
Being a little revolutionary has taken Moravian College (and its students) a long way. Ninety-five percent of the College’s graduates finish in four years. And 97% of newly-minted alumni from the Class of 2015 landed jobs or went to grad school within 6 months. So it’s not surprising that Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the College among the top 25 percent of U.S. schools for high return on investment.
For centuries, Moravian College has been unleashing the kind of out-of-the-box dreamers, doers, and go-getters – revolutionary-thinking Greyhounds – the world needs. And that’s just the beginning.
Prospective students can qualify for the Moravian Church Grant if they: have applied and been accepted to Moravian College; are an active member of the Moravian Church community; and provide a letter from their pastor supporting the student’s participation. For more information on the Moravian College Church Grant, please contact Peter McCullough at McCulloughp@moravian.edu, by calling (610)861-1448 or visiting the website: www.moravian.edu/churchgrant. n
From the April/May 2016 Moravian Magazine