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Moravian College Attracts Largest Class of First-Year Students

Class of 2011 includes largest number of students of color

Bethlehem, Pa., Tuesday, August 21, 2007—As Moravian College continues a major initiative to increase the size of its student body, the Admission Office is reporting another record-breaking year. The incoming class of 407 freshmen will be the largest in Moravian’s 265-year history. The Class of 2011 is distinguished also by the large number of students of color who have enrolled. Nearly 12% percent of the class are students of color.

Other notable characteristics of the Class of 2011 include:

    * Nearly one-third of the class has expressed an interest in majoring in the natural sciences
    * Nearly ten percent of the class has expressed an interest in majoring in music
    * Nearly one-fourth of the freshmen were athletic team captains in high school
    * 44 are recipients of the college’s prestigious Comenius Scholarship
    * Over one-third of the class are members of the National Honor Society
    * 18 students are recipients of the college’s Emerging Leader Scholarship

“We are especially pleased to deliver this class to the Moravian College community” said Bernard Story, vice president for enrollment.  “We enrolled our largest class, keeping up with our enrollment growth strategy while at the same time we were able to meet our goals for quality and greater diversity.”
“The class of 2011 includes a large number of students interested in the natural sciences, music, and leadership” said James Mackin, director of admissions.  “Many students (38%) indentified Moravian as their number one choice by going through the Early Decision process.  We are pleased that students and their families conducted a thorough college search and determined that Moravian was their top choice.  We value students who are serious about their education and seek future leaders who will continue the tradition of leadership within the Moravian community.”

Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2011 on Orientation Weekend (August 24-26) that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment.  Highlights of the weekend include Opening Vespers, a cookout, orientation programs, the class walk, Moravian history hunt, campus service project, and Introduction to College Life group discussion of The Glass Castle, and a community event featuring the author of the book, Jeannette Walls, MSNBC columnist. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 27.

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.