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Becoming a University 

As of fall 2020, Moravian College is in the process of transitioning to Moravian University.  

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. 

The transition process is underway, but the move to university status is subject to approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
 We expect it to be complete in 2021. 

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