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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 hone their leadership skills. 

The program is coordinated and led by upperclass students who serve as mentors and guides to their First-Year teams.  Together, they work to support the missions and goals of local non-profit organizations who tackle a variety of today's pressing social issues such as:
  • Poverty & basic needs
  • Homelessness & affordable housing
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Environmental conservation & sustainability

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


The 1742 Experience Application 2024

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What Does a Typical 1742 Experience Week Look Like?

2024 Schedule

Sunday, August 18: 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 19 - Thursday, August 22: Prepare for early breakfast with the team and full days of service in the community. Nightly evening activities are planned by your team leaders every night to get to know your new campus and each other.

Friday, August 25: Join your family and the rest of the Class of 2028 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 the program, housing, meals, local transportation and all evening activities.

How can I apply? 

Applications are available here. Completed applications are due by June 18, 2024. Zoom interviews will take place in late June/early July.  Applicants can expect a decision by July 22, 2024.

I am participating in the band or 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!