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Over four hundred new students enrolled at Moravian College this fall, including three hundred and twenty six freshmen and seventy-five new transfer students. The class of 2003, the school’s largest in twenty years, was selected from a record applicant pool and is 11% larger than last year’s freshman class.
"Almost all of our enrollment targets were hit this year," said Bernard J. Story, Vice President for Enrollment". "We set out to enroll a class of 325 freshmen, no more and no less. That we came in this close was really remarkable"
Applications for fall admission have increased 15% over last year. "We were obviously pleased by the increase in applications for admission to Moravian. The increase enabled us to meet our quantitative objectives without compromising our goals to maintain quality and increase diversity".
The class also includes fifteen international students, believed to be the largest number of international students to enroll at the college, and ten high school scholars. "We are hoping to increase the international student population to approximately 5% of overall enrollment, so the record number of new internationals was by design."
Moravian freshman to walk the Moravian Mile
Over 300 Moravian College freshman will walk the "Moravian Mile" during the annual freshman class walk on Sunday, August 29, at 11:30 a.m. The walk starts at the 1742 oval located the corner of Locust and Monocacy streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moraivan's Church Street Campus.
The walk is a recent tradition that began in 1996 as part of Freshman Orientation. The walk symbolically links Moravian's Main Street and Church Street campuses. A group of Moravian College vice presidents will lead the walk.
At the conclusion of the walk, the group gathers in Foy Concert Hall for the kick-off of the History Hunt, which is a "scavenger hunt" of sorts. By residence hall floors, students are led by cryptic clues to important College and community areas in the historic Moravian area. At each site, someone tells them something about the area and its importance, and as a group they perform some task (wrap a vespers candle or sing the Alma Mater with kazoos, etc.) before they get their next clue. The group that gets to the destination first gets the Class banner, and has the rest of the weekend to get their classmates to sign it. It is presented to the president the night of the Freshman Banquet, and is then hung in the Pavilion. The activities conclude with a class picnic.