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Becoming a University 

On May 12, 2021 Moravian University received approval from Noe Ortega, Acting Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to begin operating as a university. On July 1, 2021 the change took place and Moravian University officially made the transition to Moravian University. 

Since its founding in 1742, Moravian University has grown from a small female seminary to a private liberal arts university offering masters and doctoral degrees, welcoming students from across the world and providing an opportunity for each to discover their brilliance. 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. 

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 University 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