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Moore College of Art & Design is embarking on a $15 million comprehensive campaign that will advance our position as one of the country’s best art and design schools.


What if our common thread is that we are all different?

Extending college opportunity and career training to underserved populations is nothing new at Moore; it’s the idea that inspired Sarah Worthington Peter to found our college in 1848. Moore College of Art & Design is the first, and remains the only, all-women’s art and design school in the country.

America’s women’s colleges educate a higher percentage of racially diverse, low-income, first generation college students, and Moore leads the way.

  • 20% of our students are the first in their families to attend college.
  • 23% of our students work full-time, supporting dependents while attending Moore.
  • 35% of our students are from ethnic and diverse backgrounds.

We prize diversity for more than just altruistic reasons. The most recent academic and workplace studies show that diversity improves the way we think. Diversity disrupts our instinct to conform; it spurs us to question assumptions, and to develop original insights and opinions.

Diversity is a lot like art. At Moore, we excel at both.

We’re looking for young women with exceptional artistic potential, and many have significant financial need. Our average annual scholarship award is $13,000 per student; some receive substantially more. And when we admit a young woman to Moore, we make a financial commitment to support her hard work through the completion of her degree. That’s a promise not many colleges will make.

We need your help to fully fund both need-based and merit scholarships for our current students and to invite more deserving women to join our inclusive, creative community.

ImagineMoore will raise $10.5 million to guarantee we can admit and graduate the most talented students, regardless of any family's ability to pay.

Building a Creative Community

ImagineMoore Connected: A creative hub in the heart of Philadelphia
The resounding success of this space has inspired us to imagine a next phase. We have plans to upgrade the interior courtyard, the Great Hall and Fox Commons. We are committed to keeping pace with the best and most relevant practices in the classroom, studio and galleries. Excellence in 21st century teaching, learning and creating all depend on new technologies and updated spaces.

We encourage our students to live on campus. We know it’s a key factor in student retention, keeping young women on the path to their degree. As we’ve provided funding for more students to live on campus, our retention rate has also risen. We need your financial support to upgrade those living spaces, some of which have not been significantly renovated in more than twenty years.

ImagineMoore will raise $3.5 million to create and renovate spaces that enhance our sense of community.

Moore is a vibrant, supportive and engaging community that fosters life-long relationships. Essential to this vision is a campus in the right place, with the right space.

Right place? Check. Moore is located in the center of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We are within walking distance of the city’s most significant museums, with easy access to Philadelphia’s network of thriving smaller galleries and studios.

Right space? Check. Our campus is an exciting work in progress. We’ve transformed our dining hall into a spectacular new Campus Commons that has become the vibrant center of life at Moore. The project – designed with a nod to the space’s mid-century modern roots – includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, café, and lounge seating around an inviting fireplace. Although construction is complete, significant naming opportunities for donors are still available.

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ImagineMoore Successful: An art and design college with a 96% employment rate.

Moore graduates have the critical thinking skills, business acumen and resourcefulness to distinguish themselves as leaders in their fields.

  • 96% of Moore graduates are employed six months after graduation
  • 90% working in their chosen profession
  • #3 Moore recently ranked as the #3 value-added arts education in the country by The Economist magazine

It starts in the classroom, with an accomplished faculty dedicated to teaching undergraduates. Our faculty includes some of Philadelphia’s most successful working artists.

  • 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio is the smallest of any Philadelphia art school
  • 80% of our professors have obtained the highest degree in their field

Students are introduced to the Locks Career Center in the fall semester of their first year. Our team provides four years of individual and group coaching on professional communication, leadership skills and networking. Additional resources funded through the Visionary Woman Honors Program propel our most promising students to their best futures.

Unique among design schools, Moore requires every junior to obtain a paid summer internship. We provide a $1,000 tuition subsidy to ensure each student chooses the right internship, one that might not offer the highest salary, but that gives her the best opportunity to build career skills.

We place our students with leading businesses, including Campbell’s Soup, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Michael Kors and Marvel Entertainment. And employers rave about their professionalism and skill level. In fact, more than 40% of them will re-hire from Moore’s talent pool. Other graduates choose entrepreneurship; 33% of our alumni own their business or studio.

Surprised? Then you need to know Moore.

ImagineMoore will raise $1 million to support faculty hiring and retention and to fund leadership training, career services and ambitious internships.

Imagine how you can change the lives of Moore Women

ImagineMoore Impactful: Our individualized approach to arts education and career development means your dollars matter more.

Our small undergraduate population makes it possible for donors to develop personal relationships with some of the students they support, depending on the gift. Many funders avidly follow “their” artists’ careers, while at Moore and for years after.

Our small campus means that capital funds are put to work quickly, and renovations directly and significantly affect the quality of life for our student artists and our faculty. Our most ambitious projects often take less than a year to complete.

Finally, our leadership team is on campus every day with an open door policy for all members of the Moore community. We see first hand all the opportunities and challenges involved in running one of the country’s best urban art and design colleges. It’s our goal to make responsive and strategic decisions without a lot of bureaucratic and institutional red tape.

All donors are looking for maximum impact for their money. At Moore, we understand it, and we guarantee it.

We invite you to be a part of ImagineMoore and to join the exciting, creative community that is Moore College of Art & Design.

For more information, please call the Advancement Office at 215.965.4037 or

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