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Becoming a University 

On May 12, 2021 Moravian College received approval from Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to begin operating as a University.  In a letter to the Moravian College community President Bryon Grigsby said the change will become official on July 1, 2021.

Since its founding in 1742, Moravian College has grown from a small female seminary to a revolutionary private liberal arts college, welcoming students from across the world. Growth and innovation are critical components of the education Moravian provides. And now it’s time for Moravian to evolve, along with the ever-changing needs of its students and the community. 

To read the press release issued on May 17, 2021, please visit Moravian College announces it has received approval from the PA Department of Education for change to University status.

A Message from President Bryon Grigsby 

In this video, President Grigsby, Chairman of the Board Ken Rampolla, and other members of the Moravian community share their thoughts on this exciting new chapter in Moravian’s history.


Why Switch to University?

Simply put: we’ve grown. The Carnegie Classification System will move us from Baccalaureate Colleges to Master’s Colleges and Universities. What does this mean? Colleges are typically smaller and focus mainly on undergraduate education. Universities are larger and offer both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to master and doctoral degrees.

Moravian College now offers both masters and doctoral programs, in addition to a robust undergraduate curriculum.


This change will have a significant impact on Moravian and our community. The benefits of switching to university status include:

  • A better fit for our current and planned academic offerings 
  • Increased return on global recruiting efforts
  • A more competitive academic and athletic landscape 
  • Elevated academic status, as universities are seen as more prestigious and having more degree options
  • Ability to recruit dean-level faculty to lead colleges
  • Higher rates of reimbursement from businesses
  • Increased domestic applications, as students generally favor universities over colleges