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Incoming Class of 2006 is Moravian’s Second Largest
in Its History

Admissions Office exceeds enrollment target

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The Moravian College Admission Office is reporting another record-breaking year, and the Class of 2006 will be the second largest in its 260-year history. The College is expecting 375 freshmen to arrive this fall, just short of the record number of 378 that enrolled two years ago.

In addition, the College set a record for the number of early decision applications, filling nearly one-third of its class through the plan reserved for high-achieving students who have selected Moravian as their top college choice.

"The Admissions Committee was very impressed with the caliber of the applicant pool. The majority of students really challenged themselves in the classroom with Advanced Placement and Honors level courses making the selection process that much more competitive" said Jim Mackin, director of admissions. "When students go the extra mile and are serious about their education, the bar is raised and everyone wins."

"We are very pleased to deliver this class to the faculty of Moravian College" said Bernard Story, vice president for enrollment. "In addition to its large size, the Class of 2006 brings a great deal of enthusiasm for joining this community. It is particularly rewarding to discover that so many of these students have had Moravian on the top of their list."

The Class of 2006 is also among the most academically prepared. With SAT scores topping 1100 and with nearly one-quarter coming from the top tenth of their high school class, Moravian continues to attract high caliber students.

The College points to a number of reasons for its recent success in admission, most notably the expanded use of merit scholarships, the aggressive building campaign, and the recent inclusion of Moravian in such prestigious college guides as The Princeton Review’s Best 345 Colleges.

"The word is surely getting out about the quality of life on the Moravian campus, and we are excited about becoming a truly hot college in the very near future," said Story.

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. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.