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Moravian College announces it has received approval from the PA Department of Education for change to University status

BETHLEHEM, PA, May 17, 2021: Today, Moravian College announced that it has received the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s letters of approval for changes to its Articles of Incorporation and University Status. In a letter from Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it was stated that Moravian College is now approved to “operate as a university.”

“This is one of the biggest moments in Moravian’s 279 year history, signifying a historic shift in how we serve our students, alumni and the Lehigh Valley community,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College.  “Now all the hard work begins in earnest to complete the transition to Moravian University, which we expect to officially take place on July 1, 2021.”

In the fall of 2020, Moravian College announced that it would be transitioning to University status in the summer of 2021 as the college grows and continues to offer both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to master and doctoral degrees.

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About Moravian College
Moravian College is the nation's sixth-oldest college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian College is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to midsize independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.