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1742 Experience

The 1742 Experience

1742 Experience

The 1742 Experience at Moravian University offers an opportunity prior to first-year orientation focused on service in the community. This hands-on learning program brings students to campus one week early to build relationships with classmates and to develop a commitment to service and leadership for the common good. The 1742 Experience was launched in the summer of 2011. Since that time, the program has welcomed over 165 First-Year Students to campus. The program is coordinated and led by upperclassmen students who serve as mentors and guides to their First-Year teams.

In 2022, participants in The 1742 Experience spent four days taking a service-oriented “Tour of Bethlehem.” Over the course of the week they volunteered alongside upperclassmen team leaders at area non-profit organizations and schools, as well as participated in meaningful team-building activities.

Spots are limited! Housing and meals are provided on campus. Program fees apply.


The 1742 Experience Application 2023

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1742 Experience 2022 Team Leaders

Annabelle Callis

Name and Pronouns: Annabelle Callis (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Major: Nursing with a minor in public health

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
am looking forward to connecting to the new class at Moravian while serving others within the surrounding community!



Alesha White

Name (pronouns): Alesha White (she/her)
Class Year: 2023
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Major: Health Sciences 

What are you looking forward to about the 1742 Experience?
I am excited to meet all of the new freshmen and help them to see how great of a school Moravian is. Through my own experience in 1742, I was able to make long-lasting friendships and memories, and I hope to help future students do the same. 


What Does a Typical 1742 Experience Week Look Like?

2023 Schedule

  • Sunday, August 20: Arrival on campus. Meet the Team Leaders, Center for Career and Civic Engagement staff, and mingle with fellow The 1742 Experience participants. Move into your residence hall, enjoy dinner with the rest of the team, and relax and unwind before the exciting week ahead.
  • Monday, August 21 -Thursday, August 24: Prepare for early breakfast with the team and full days of service in the community. Evening activities are planned every night.
  • Friday, August 25: Join your parents and the rest of the Class of 2027 for New Student Orientation!


Where will students be housed?
In most cases, students will move into their assigned residence hall at Moravian University. Commuting students are always welcome!

Are there any costs associated with the program? 
Yes. The cost to participate in the program is $250. Costs cover participation in program, housing, meals, local transportation and all evening activities.

How can I apply? 
Applications are available online. Completed applications are due by June 23, 2023. Phone interviews will be held in early July and decisions will be announced in mid July! 

I am participating in a fall sport. Can I still participate in The 1742 Experience?
Unfortunately, many fall sports and the band require commitments during the week of the program. Because attendance in all program activities is expected, athletes and band members with conflicts are unable to participate. We hope that you will reach out to the Center for additional opportunities during the school year!

Do we have free time? Can I go visit my friends that live in the area during that time? 
Full participation in all The 1742 Experience activities is required and expected. There will be free time during the evening, however we encourage students to spend this time relaxing, familiarizing themselves with their new home and getting to know other participants better. Take full advantage of this amazing opportunity!