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Moravian College Named Among the "Best Colleges" by Princeton Review

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College has been selected for inclusion in the newest edition of The Princeton Review's Best Colleges series. Moravian is one of only 14 institutions nationwide to be added in this year's edition, The Best 345 Colleges, that will hit newsstands in August. Last year, the Princeton Review published The Best 331 Colleges.

"Moravian College clearly fit the criteria, and we are pleased to include you in the new edition of our book," said Robert J. Franek, author of The Best 345 Colleges, and editorial director of The Princeton Review. "On behalf of the entire selection committee, I must say it was a great pleasure reviewing your school's credentials; you have much to brag about! Congratulations," he said.

Considered a leading publication for selecting colleges, The Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" includes a two-page overview on each college that examines the institution's culture, covering academics, social life, composition of the student body, and admissions information. Sidebars of each page supply information in a tabular form, rating campus life, academics, and difficulty of admission along with supplying a freshman profile and financial facts.

The guide also includes frank student opinions on the colleges profiled, based on campus surveys of 65,000 students. The guide's irreverent approach includes an introductory section of indexes, ranking schools by category based on the student survey. Among the categories are "Dorms Like Dungeons," "The Toughest To Get Into," "Party Schools," and "Best Quality of Life."

"We are certainly pleased to be recognized as one of the best colleges in the country, however, there is one small caveat," said Bernie Story, vice-president for enrollment at Moravian College. It is difficult to predict the results of the student survey, and which comments the Princeton Review will use to characterize the college. While we do not believe Moravian will rank among those colleges with dorms like dungeons, we know our students will enjoy sounding off in the student survey."

The college admissions staff collaborated with alumni to petition The Princeton Review for an invitation to apply. "We were confident that once we received an invitation to apply, The Princeton Review, would recognize the unique and outstanding qualities of Moravian College and include us in their Best Colleges guide," said Story. "A group of dedicated alumni provided the synergy we needed to open the door."

Moravian College will join other Lehigh Valley institutions, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, and Muhlenberg College, in the Best Colleges guide.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian College is located at Main and Locust streets in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more admissions information, call 610-861-1320, or visit www.moravian.edu.