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Moravian College attracts another record class

Class of 2008 chosen from largest applicant pool in College’s history

Bethlehem, Pa.—As Moravian College continues a major initiative to increase the quality of its student body, the Admission Office is reporting another record-breaking year. The incoming Class of 2008 will be among largest in its 262-year history. From a record number of applications, the College has enrolled 382 freshmen. The previous high mark for enrollment was the Class of 2007, when 380 freshmen were enrolled.

The Class of 2008 is also among the most academically prepared. The average, combined SAT score of the class is at a record high; more than half of Moravian’s incoming freshmen were among the top 20 percent of their graduating high school class; 27 percent of the new students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Other notable characteristics of the Class of 2008 include:

    * 181 nearly half our freshmen, are members of the National Honor Society
    * 126 were team captains in an athletic program
    * 93 were high school class officers
    * 40 are Comenius Scholars
    * 31 are students of color
    * 22 were editors of their high school newspapers

“The Class of 2008 is a welcome addition to the Moravian community. Chosen from the largest applicant pool in our history, this class is exceptionally well-prepared,” said Bernard Story, vice president for enrollment. “We were particularly impressed by the large number of freshmen who will be bringing with them significant international and community service experience. We are proud to present this class to the faculty of Moravian College.”

“We had a great year overall, said Jim Mackin, director of admissions. “The summer was very busy with appointments and our fall open house programs were well attended. We received the largest number of applications in the history of the college; therefore, selectivity for admission was enhanced—resulting in one of the strongest classes ever to enroll. This class distinguishes themselves in their adventurous spirit in that many of them traveled abroad during their high school experience and volunteered their talents and skills in third world nations.”

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