Class of 2007 rocks.
Selected from a record-breaking applicant pool, it’s the
biggest class in Moravian history: 386 students. The previous high
mark for enrollment was the Class of 2004, when 378 freshmen were
It has the highest median SAT score. More than half these incoming
freshmen were in the top 20 percent of their high school class,
and more than 30 percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their
high school class.
It has an unusually large number of up-and-coming leaders:
nearly half the freshmen, were members of the National Honor
were team captains in an athletic program.
were high school class officers.
are Comenius Scholars.
are students of color (an unprecedented 10 percent of the new
were editors of their high school newspapers.
have performed at Carnegie Hall.
“This is one of the strongest classes ever to enroll at
Moravian,” said James Mackin, director of admissions.
And it has the College bursting at the seams. There simply is not
enough dorm space for so many students!
But fear not: no one is sleeping in a tent on the Quad. Other facilities
have been pressed into service.
There are students on the top floor of the Health Center building.
There are students in the house at 1319 Main Street, whose former
tenants were International Studies and Institutional Diversity/Multicultural
Affairs, now in Monocacy Hall. Five other houses have been pressed
into service to hold students: three on West Greenwich Street (including
one next to the Office of Campus Safety, so the students can feel
very secure), one on Iron Street, and one on Monocacy Street.
“Everything was ready for the start of the new term except the house
on Monocacy Street,” says Robert Windolph, dean of student
life in the Office of Student Affairs. “The students assigned
to this location had to spend the month of September in the Hotel
Bethlehem waiting for the unit to be ready for occupancy.”
There also are students on the top floor of little Hamilton Hall.
Formerly, the Philosophy Department was on the first floor and the
Sociology Department on the second. Philosophy has moved to Zinzendorf
Hall and Sociology to the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.
Now the faculty of the School of Nursing have on-campus offices on
the first floor, and seven students occupy the second floor, which
still has a working bathroom and shower from the long-ago days when
it was a Seminary residence.
The College points to a number of reasons for its recent success
in admissions. The most notable are the expanded campus facilities,
aggressive use of merit scholarships, and surge in national college
“Moravian College has the unique opportunity to deliver the message
of a high-quality and rigorous undergraduate academic program, fostered
within a caring community and provided by an outstanding faculty.
It’s a simple message, and students and their families have
really responded to the ‘no bells and whistles’ approach,” said
Bernard Story ’80, vice president for enrollment.
“This new milestone is part of a greater success story at Moravian
that reflects the hard work and commitment of an entire campus
President Ervin J. Rokke. “So much of our achievement during
the past few years—in bold strategic planning, sweeping
improvements to infrastructure, and the remarkable qualitative
growth of our student body—is both cumulative and highly