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Moravian College ranks among National Liberal Arts Colleges

Best Colleges 2002(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College again ranked among the nation's National Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. News and World Report 2002 ranking of best colleges. For the fourth year, Moravian was ranked in the third tier of national liberal arts colleges. Moravian broke into the National category in 1997.

Moravian continued to score high marks in freshman retention and graduation rates in the survey of college admission deans, academic deans, and presidents. Due in large part to an expanded recruitment base, increased selectivity, and wider recognition, Moravian has remained in the National Liberal Arts College category, considered the premier group of liberal arts colleges.

"Moravian College continues to improve its rank among the National Liberal Arts Colleges," said Bernard Story, vice president for enrollment. "Moravian continues to climb in the numerical rankings. The College improved in six of the seven ranking categories, and is currently ranked 14th in Graduation Rate Performance among all National Liberal Arts colleges." Story said.

There are 218 colleges in the United State that rank in the national liberal arts college category. Moravian ranks as one of these schools that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, such as foreign languages, life sciences, philosophy, and psychology. The national liberal arts schools tend to require higher college entrance test scores than those in the regional category.

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.

Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's, third tier
Academic reputation score (5.0=highest): 2.3
Freshman retention rate: 84%
2000 graduation rate:
   predicted: 62%
   actual: 75%
Overperformance (+)/Underperformance (-): +13
Classes with under 20 students (2000): 55%
Classes with 50 or more students (2000): 3%
Student/faculty ratio (2000): 12/1
Percent of faculty who are full-time (2000): 76%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile (2000): 1080- 1220
Freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class (2000): 23%
Acceptance rate (2000): 69%
Average alumni giving rate (2000): 24%