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Merit scholarships attract quality Class of 2005 to Moravian College

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Admission to the Moravian College Class of 2005 was the most competitive in the college’s 259-year history. The college was extremely selective in choosing the new class as only 67 percent of freshmen applications were accepted by the admissions office, the lowest acceptance rate on record.

The college expects to enroll over 320 freshmen, one of its largest classes ever. "We have attained significant increases in the quality of the freshman class as measured by class rank and SAT scores," said Bernie Story, vice president for enrollment. "Sixty-one percent of entering freshmen ranked in the top quarter of their high school class, up from 50% last year. Twenty-four percent ranked in the top 10% of their class. In addition, average SAT scores of enrolled students have jumped from 1105 to 1120," Story reported.

"Director of admission, Jim Mackin, and the staff executed a superb admission and recruitment strategy that included an expanded use of merit scholarships for students who had excelled in high school and who had demonstrated significant leadership and citizenship qualities," said Story. "The college expanded its current list of merit scholarships and added a Trustee Scholarship for students who were members of their high school National Honor Society."

The majority of the class of 2005 hails from the Mid Atlantic and New England regions, and includes students from states as far away as Georgia, Wisconsin and Washington State. In addition, students were attracted from foreign countries such as the Czech Republic, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.