Moravian traces its origin to a girls' school founded in May 1742 by sixteen-year-old Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf. The young countess, on an eighteen-month visit to the Moravian settlements in the New World with her father, Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf, was following a Moravian tradition that was already old in her time.
The residence hall environment provides students with opportunities to learn from one another as well as about themselves. Living in a residence hall helps students realize the effect of their actions on those around them, develop sensitivity, and enhance skills in interpersonal relationships.
Reeves Library contains a collection of more than 256,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 1,200 periodical titles. It provides study space for more than 400 students, including study tables, individual carrels, group study areas, lounge seating, video- and DVD-viewing rooms, and research PCs.
The Moravian College Health Center is managed by St Luke’s Hospital through the St. Luke’s Hospital Occupational Health Program and provides a variety of services during the fall and spring terms. A division of Student Affairs, the unit provides health and wellness Care to the college community through diagnosis and treatment, education, and response to the needs and interests of the students.
Moravian College has two beautiful, well-maintained campuses. The Main Street campus is within eight blocks, located in a residential area; the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street is in the center of Bethlehem's historic district. Campus transportation is provided to allow students to commute easily between campuses.
The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation is to support the aims of the institution by providing physical and sports programs, facilities, and equipment for the various levels of interest and skill in the College community. Moravian supports a broad range of physical activities intended for participation by the entire community, from the highly skilled, experienced athlete to the interested novice or casual spectator.
Student activities can greatly enhance the value of the Moravian experience. The rewards of involvement are many and varied—making new friends, exploring new interests, developing talent, establishing valuable contacts, contributing to the College and the greater community, and combining social and academic interests in ways that are personally rewarding.
Moravian College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on High Education and approved for professional preparation by the American Chemical Society, the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
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