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to Moravians Class of 2005 was the most competitive in the
Colleges 259-year history. The result is a freshman class
of particularly high quality, as measured by high school class rank
and SAT scores, according to the Admissions Office.
percent of entering freshmen ranked in the top quarter of their
high school class, up from 50% last year, said Bernard Story,
vice president for enrollment. 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.
said one of Moravians strongest weapons in the national intercollegiate
war over top-notch students was an expanded use of merit scholarships
for students who had excelled in high school and who had demonstrated
significant leadership and citizenship qualities.
College expanded its current list of merit scholarships, he
continued, and added a Trustee Scholarship for students who
were members of their high school National Honor Society.
67 percent of freshmen applications were accepted, the lowest acceptance
rate on record. Nevertheless, the Class of 2005 has 320 freshmen,
one of the Colleges largest classes ever.
hail from the mid-Atlantic region and New England, but there are
students from states as far away as Georgia, Wisconsin, and Washington.
In addition, there are students from the Czech Republic, India,
Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
a related note, Moravian College continued to score high marks in
freshman retention (84 percent of its first-year students stay in
school) and graduation rates (75 percent) in U.S. News and World
Reports 2002 ranking of the best American colleges.
continues to climb in the numerical rankings, Story said.
The College improved in six of the seven ranking categories
and currently is ranked 14th in graduation rate performance among
all national liberal arts colleges.