Moravian College, with Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and Muhlenberg College, is a member of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). One of the benefits of this association is the opportunity for full-time students to take courses at one or more of the member colleges at no additional tuition charge. Regulations for Moravian College students include:
- A full-time day-session student of Moravian College in good academic standing who has earned at least six course units may enroll for up to two course units per term, to a total of eight course units, at any of the LVAIC institutions, provided:
- The student has submitted the cross-registration form online at www.lvaic.org.
- The student cannot schedule a course at another LVAIC institution if it is offered at Moravian the same semester.
- The student's total courseload for the term, including the cross-registered course unit, does not exceed 4.5 course units.
- A course carrying three or more semester hours of credit at an LVAIC institution will be accepted at Moravian as a full course unit when taken as one course of a normal four-course-unit load during a fall or spring term.
- All grades earned in courses taken through cross-registration at LVAIC institutions are entered on the Moravian transcript and computed in the cumulative GPA based upon grade equivalencies determined by the College.
- Students who register for courses at other LVAIC institutions assume responsibility for the costs and means of transportation and accept the inconvenience of differing academic calendars.
- Online cross-registration is not available for courses offered during summer or winter terms. Cross-registration forms and additional information about policies and procedures for taking summer or winter courses at other LVAIC institutions are available at the Office of the Registrar.
LVAIC also has extended to part-time degree candidates the opportunity to cross-register for courses offered by member institutions with established programs for part-time day and evening students. Both grades and credits earned in one of the cooperating colleges under this policy will transfer automatically to the student's home institution. Cross-registration provides an opportunity to take courses not available at the home institution and thus eases the scheduling difficulties sometimes experienced by working adults. A part-time student may cross-register for a maximum of two courses for each year of equivalent full-time study. Students interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the registrar.
Enrollment in cross-registered courses is permitted only on a space-available basis. At Moravian College, private music instruction, nursing courses, independent study, internship, Honors, student teaching (including the associated seminar), and online courses are excluded from cross-registration except by permission of the dean of curriculum and academic programs.
Study at Non-LVAIC Institutions (Transfer of Courses)
Students who wish to receive credit at Moravian College for study at non-LVAIC institutions (e.g., for summer-session or winter-session study) must submit their requests to the registrar. Approval must be granted prior to registration for the course. To gain approval, students must get written approval of the relevant department chair prior to enrolling in the course. In some departments or for some courses, a review of the course syllabus or student learning outcomes is required. For courses in the art department, a portfolio review upon completion of the course may be required before final approval is granted.
Grades from a non-LVAIC institution, except for approved study-abroad programs, are not recorded and do not affect the cumulative GPA. An approved course will transfer credit to Moravian if a grade of C (not C–) or better is earned, the course is taken at a regionally accredited institution, and the course is equivalent to courses taught at Moravian or is judged by the College to be consistent with Moravian's curriculum. In some cases, a portfolio review or proficiency test may be required (for example, in art or music) to determine the transferability of a particular course . Students who have earned 16 or more course units must attend a four-year institution in order to transfer credit to Moravian.
Note: Courses taken in summer sessions of non-LVAIC institutions are transferred to Moravian using a system where 1 credit hour = .25 units of credit. Thus, a 3-credit-hour course = a .75 unit course. Courses from institutions operating on a trimester or quarter-hour system have different equivalencies. To be considered for transfer, courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution.