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Applying to Moravian College

Moravian College is a member of the Common Application group. Students may apply to Moravian by submitting the Common Application or by submitting the Moravian College Online Application.

Applying to a Graduate degree or certificate program? Click here for the Moravian Graduate Application.

Students graduating high school in 2017 are welcome to apply for admission as early as the beginning of their senior year.


Enrollment Checklist

Standards for Admission

Candidates for admission should be enrolled in a high school college-preparatory curriculum and should complete the following courses by the time they graduate:

  • four years of English
  • three years of mathematics (four years for students planning to major in the natural sciences or in economics and business)
  • four years of social science
  • two years of the same foreign language
  • three years of natural sciences (at least two of which must include a laboratory experience)
  • electives chosen to prepare for successful study in a liberal arts program

Nursing Program Admissions Requirements

  • 2016 SAT of 530 Math and 560 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    ACT score of 23 or above
  • 3.3 HS GPA

AP Credit Policy

Credit by Examination

Moravian College recognizes the concept of “course equivalency,” which permits the College to certify the educational value of private study and other out-of-class experiences and, following appropriate evaluation by the College, enables the student to receive academic credit toward a degree. Some ways by which students may receive advanced placement and credit by examination are detailed in the following tables. A maximum of 8 course units for credit by examination, in any combination, may be applied to a Moravian College degree.

Advanced Placement Examination

Moravian College awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level certain Advanced Placement Examinations taken prior to admission. Minimum scores are given below:

Minimum Scores for AP Examinations

  • Art History 4
  • Art (studio) 4
  • Art (studio): 2-D Design 4
  • Art (studio): 3-D Design 4
  • Art (studio): Drawing 4
  • Biology 4
  • Calculus AB 4
  • Calculus BC 4
  • Chemistry 4
  • Chinese Language and Literature 4
  • Comparative Government and Politics 4
  • Computer Science 4
  • English Language and Composition 4
  • English Literature and Composition 4
  • Environmental Science 4
  • European History 4
  • French Language 4
  • French Literature 4
  • German Language 4
  • Human Geography 4
  • International English Language 4
  • Japanese Language and Literature 4 Latin: Literature 4
  • Latin: Virgil 4
  • Macroeconomics 4 †
  • Microeconomics 4 †
  • Music Theory 4
  • Physics 1 4
  • Physics 2 4
  • Psychology 4
  • Spanish Language 4
  • Spanish Literature 4
  • Statistics 4
  • U.S. Gov’t and Politics 4
  • U.S. History 4
  • World History 4

† The Department of Economics and Business will waive the requirement for Economics 152 upon the student’s completion of both tests with a minimum score of 4.

International Baccalaureate

Moravian College awards credit to students who have passed any higher-level International Baccalaureate exams with a score of 5 or better (6 is the minimum required score for English language.) Departments reserve the right to verify test results and to make supplemental assignments.

Admissions Procedures

Students interested in Moravian College should submit an application for admission during the fall or winter of their senior year in high school. Although an interview is not required, candidates should make every effort to visit the Moravian campus to discuss their enrollment plans with an admissions counselor. Such visits, including the interview, typically take place after April 1 of the student’s junior year and before February 15 of his or her senior year.

Since an audition is required for admission to the music major, students who are planning to major in music at Moravian should arrange an audition with the Music Department directly by calling 610-861-1650. (Music Student Requirements)

Prospective art majors are required to submit a portfolio of their work along with their application for admission. (Portfolio Requirements)

Early Decision

We encourage you to start the application process as soon as possible. If you have identified Moravian as your first choice, we invite you to apply under one of our Early Decision plans. The deadline for Early Decision is January 15, 2017. Early Decision applicants should submit their $400 enrollment deposit no later than two weeks following acceptance to the College. 

Regular Decision

Students are encouraged to apply for admission through Regular Decision early in their senior year. Regular Decision applicants have until May 1 to submit an enrollment deposit, although we encourage students who are ready to choose Moravian to submit the deposit at any point following acceptance (the enrollment deposit of $400).