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First-Year Applicants

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First-Year Applicants

You are considered a first-year student if you are currently in high school or if you graduated with a GED or high school diploma but have not yet enrolled in a degree-seeking program. We look forward to welcoming you to 鶹 to discover your brilliance!

Wondering which application to use? Both have the same requirements, so you can choose whichever is easiest for you. The best part—鶹 has no application fee!

Application Checklist 

1. Completed Application

You must complete either the or the . Both applications have the same requirements and your application choice will not have a bearing on your admission decision. Regardless of your application choice, there is no fee to apply to 鶹. 

2. Official High School Transcripts

Once available, submit your official high school transcripts. You do not need to submit your transcripts at the same time as your Moravian application. This can be done after submission.

A high school college-preparatory curriculum should include the following courses:

Subject Matter
Mathematics (four years for students planning to major in the natural sciences or in economics and business)
Social Science
Foreign Language (same language)
Natural Sciences (at least two of which must include a laboratory experience)

AP Credits

鶹 awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level certain Advanced Placement Examinations taken prior to admission. 

Credit by Examination

鶹 recognizes the concept of “course equivalency,” which permits the University to certify the educational value of private study and other out-of-class experiences and, following appropriate evaluation by the University, enables the student to receive academic credit toward a degree. Some ways by which students may receive advanced placement and credit by examination are detailed in the following tables. A maximum of 8 course units for credit by examination, in any combination, may be applied to a 鶹 degree.

Advanced Placement Examination

鶹 awards credit to students who have passed at an acceptable level certain Advanced Placement Examinations taken prior to admission. Minimum scores are given below:

Minimum Scores for AP Examinations

  • Art History 4
  • Art (studio) 4
  • Art (studio): 2-D Design 4
  • Art (studio): 3-D Design 4
  • Art (studio): Drawing 4
  • Biology 4
  • Calculus AB 4
  • Calculus BC 4
  • Chemistry 4
  • Chinese Language and Literature 4
  • Comparative Government and Politics 4
  • Computer Science 4
  • English Language and Composition 4
  • English Literature and Composition 4
  • Environmental Science 4
  • European History 4
  • French Language 4
  • French Literature 4
  • German Language 4
  • Human Geography 4
  • International English Language 4
  • Japanese Language and Literature 4 Latin: Literature 4
  • Latin: Virgil 4
  • Macroeconomics 4 †
  • Microeconomics 4 †
  • Music Theory 4
  • Physics 1 4
  • Physics 2 4
  • Psychology 4
  • Spanish Language 4
  • Spanish Literature 4
  • Statistics 4
  • U.S. Gov’t and Politics 4
  • U.S. History 4
  • World History 4

† The Department of Economics and Business will waive the requirement for Economics 152 upon the student’s completion of both tests with a minimum score of 4.

3. Standardized Test Scores (Optional!)

Ѵǰ’s Test-Optional Policy makes the submission of SAT and ACT standardized test scores optional if you are applying for undergraduate admission. 

Your scores will still be accepted and considered if you desire. However, if you feel your test scores are not an accurate representation of your academic abilities, you can choose not to have your scores considered for admission.

If you choose not to submit test scores, it will not hurt your application! Test scores are not required in order to be considered for most scholarships and financial aid.

4. Recommendation

In your application, you should include the contact information of at least one recommender—this could be your school counselor, principal, another school official, or an 11th- or 12th-grade teacher. We will reach out to them for a recommendation. 

5. Essay

An essay is an opportunity for Moravian to get to know you better and for you to distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want us to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Your submission should be well written, but it doesn't need to necessarily be an "essay." Examples of topics include personal hardships or great accomplishments. You’ll have an option to upload this essay with your application. 

6. Special Program Requirements

Your program of interest may have additional application requirements. Please review the list below and submit the additional materials if necessary:

Prospective nursing majors are required to meet additional prerequisites. View all nursing requirements.

Prospective art majors are encouraged, but not required, to submit a portfolio of their work along with their application for admission. View portfolio submission guidelines.

Since an audition is required for admission to the music major, students who are planning to major in music at Moravian should arrange an audition with the Music Department directly by calling 610-861-1650. View music requirements.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Early Action Deadline November 15
Nursing Priority Deadline November 15
Nursing Regular Deadline January 15
Regular Decision Deadline Still accepting applications!
Deposit Deadline  Extended to June 1

Tips for Applicants

Visit campus.

We want to be the first stop on your college tour! Come for a full-day admission event, stop by for a quick tour, or meet us online—it’s up to you. In our experience, a visit to campus can help you determine if 鶹 is the right fit for you. Plus, you’ll probably meet some professors and current students who can give you an insider perspective!

Reach out to your admission counselor. 

Your admission counselor will be your main point of contact throughout the entire admission process, so don’t hesitate to reach out. They are there to help you every step of the way—that includes giving advice and assisting any application questions.

Schedule an interview.

Though it’s not required, we would love for you to come in for an interview. This is one of the best ways for the admission committee to get to know you! 鶹 has always taken a holistic approach to application review. We want to know the student behind the grades and extracurricular activities. Email to schedule a time.

Follow us on social media.

Following and is a great way for you to get a feel for everything 鶹 has going on! Plus, you can meet other future Greyhounds by connecting with Moravian on the app. 

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