What is it Like to Attend Moravian College?

Samantha is a current senior at Moravian College. She is majoring in mathematics, and specializes in calculus tutoring, geometry tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, she shares her experience at Moravian College:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options.

Samantha: Moravian College is in the old picturesque town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where quaint shops line the streets. There’s a constant police presence on both the north and south campus of the school, so I feel safe all the time. I live on south campus, and it’s always quiet. The school provides a shuttle bus to transport the students between campuses, and it allows students to get from one campus to another in about ten minutes.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Samantha: Every employee at the school readily makes themselves available for the students. I have never felt so cared for than I have at this college. Extra help is easy to access and academic support has been wonderful.

How would you describe the dorm life—rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Samantha: I have only lived in the suites located on south campus, and I have nothing but fantastic things to say! I love being able to have my own room, and sharing the suite with some great girls. There are tons of different meal choices, and the school is incredibly accommodating for students with special food needs. The school also has many clubs and events that allow the students to socialize with others.

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported? 

Samantha: I don’t believe that any one major or program is best represented or supported. The school does a great job of supporting all fields of study. I started out at Moravian College as a vocal performance major, but decided later to become a mathematics major. I tried searching through the different sciences for something I loved, and I noticed that everything I liked revolved around math. People call me crazy, but I love studying and doing math all day! When I decided to make this change, the school was incredibly supportive and helpful when applying my previous classes and setting up a semester-to-semester plan of classes.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Samantha: Being a shy person, I used to have a hard time making friends. Since being at Moravian, I have found it a lot easier to meet new people. The school provides so many different opportunities to meet people that it’s almost difficult to not make friends! Greek life has a large presence on campus, but I’m not currently involved in any.

How helpful are the Career Center and other student support services? Do many reputable companies recruit on campus? 

Samantha: The Career Center is incredibly helpful! When I was trying to determine what area I wanted to study, my career advisor set me up with various job shadows to see what I enjoyed, and also put me in touch with alumni in my field of interest. The Academic Support Center has played a huge role in my success during my time at Moravian. They accommodate students any way that they can, and are always there for support when needed.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Samantha: There are many different areas to study on campus, all of which are easily accessible and have plenty of room for students.

Describe the surrounding town.

Samantha: Because I have been so into my studies the last year, I’m actually not sure! But Main Street is constantly busy with the small shops and cute places to eat.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Samantha: Moravian College is a relatively small school. I love the size of the classes. They tend to stay around 20 students or less. One of my first classes on campus only had six people. I previously went to Rutgers University where I was one student in a lecture hall of 125. You feel like a number, but with smaller classes, it’s more personal.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Samantha: During each fall semester, the music department takes all the music majors to New York City to see an opera at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I had never seen an opera before, and the experience was breathtaking.

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