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Alvernia University

  • Reading, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 72%28%
    student ratio
  • 2,371
    total students
  • $29,500 | $29,500
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 77%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 495
    sat math
  • 490
    sat reading
  • 483
    sat writing
  • 20
    act composite

Overview

A Private, Caring University

Alvernia combines the personal touch and attention of a small private college with many of the opportunities of an outstanding university. It's the best of both worlds! Students' benefit from Alvernia's approach to real-world education infused with traditional theory-based classroom learning that is grounded in the liberal arts foundation. With about 3,000 students, a 12:1 student-to-faculty member ratio and average class size of less than 20, Alvernia is the perfect size for students to develop and thrive.

Academics & Majors

Alvernia offers students a range of academic programs with a learning approach that is grounded in out-of-the-classroom experiences. With more than 600 courses and 50 majors and minors in nearly every field, including pre-professional tracks in dentistry, law, pharmacological and veterinary medicine, an Alvernia education can prepare students for the careers they want.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science candidates can major in the following areas: accounting, athletic training, behavioral health, biochemistry, biology, biology/medical technology, chemistry, chemistry/medical technology, communication, criminal justice administration, education (early childhood, early childhood with special, middle school and secondary), English, forensic science, general science, healthcare science, history, human resource management, liberal studies, management, marketing, mathematics, nursing, occupational therapy, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sport management, theatre, theology and undecided.

Alvernia University also offers 5-year programs leading to the Master of Education, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. A Bachelors degree in biology, healthcare science or psychology may be used to track towards application for Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program, which is currently in pre-candidacy stages.

First-Class Faculty

Alvernia's faculty members are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields and supportive mentors who are committed to helping students acquire the knowledge they will need to excel once they graduate. Faculty members understand that students learn best when lessons come alive through out-of-the-classroom experiences and that real-world learning helps students develop capabilities that enable them to thrive in the uncertain circumstances of life.

Alvernia's faculty members spend time with students as instructors, advisors and mentors to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed after graduation. This very personal approach to learning is a hallmark of an Alvernia education.

Financial Aid at Alvernia

Alvernia is also a great value among private universities, and the university works hard to keep its costs affordable for families. In fact, when compared to other leading private colleges, students will find the tuition cost is 8.5% less than the national average. Alvernia also offers generous scholarships and financial aid to help students realize their college dreams.

Alvernia University's Campus

Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, PA, the university is bordered by a picturesque park that features hiking trails, a fresh water stream, picnic grove and new 9-hole disc-golf course. And when students are ready to explore big city life, they are an easy care ride away from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Public Safety Officers are on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help and serve students while the Health and Wellness Center, staffed by a medical doctor, is there for whenever students need a little TLC!

Alvernia Student Life

Alvernia offers a rich campus life that provides hands-on experiences with more than 55 clubs and organizations, including intramural sports, student government, academic societies and much more. While students are here, they'll build their self-confidence as they learn to solve problems, make important decisions, and develop critical thinking and leadership skills.

Alvernia features outstanding living and learning facilities to help students achieve and excel. The university has been investing in a number of multi-million dollar additions to the campus that include a new laser laboratory to support science programs, state-of-the-art learning suites developed for the criminal justice and counseling programs, an educational technology center that supports all majors, a new theater and recital hall and a new campus commons which features a dance studio, gym and campus living room.

When it comes to on-campus living, Alvernia is second to none. Student housing is well known for offering spacious and clean accommodations that make living on campus a popular choice. Housing choices include traditional residence halls, suites, townhouses and new apartment-style buildings -- all just a short walk to classes and the Campus Commons.

Alvernia offers a full range of intercollegiate sports, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The university is a member of the NCAA Division III, the ECAC, and the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (MAC), a highly competitive Division III intercollegiate conference.

At Alvernia, service learning and volunteer opportunities abound. Students do well and perform good deeds at the same time. It's part of the values-based learning philosophy that is ingrained in the heritage as a distinctive Franciscan university. Caring for each other, the planet and the community come together with a first-class education to provide hands-on learning that leads to professional skills development.


Location & Contact

Alvernia University

400 Saint Bernardine Street
PA 19607-1799

Mr.Dan Hartzman

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 610-568-1530
Fax: 610-796-2873
Email: admissions@alvernia.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Special Education&-Elementary School
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Science and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radiologic Technology/Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

77% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,792
    • Accepted1,391
    • Acceptance Rate77%
    • Enrolled2,371
    • Female Applicants1,244
    • Females Accepted960
    • Female Acceptance Rate77%
    • Male Applicants548
    • Males Accepted431
    • Male Acceptance Rate78%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Interview
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.27
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 490 440 530
    • SAT Math 495 450 540
    • SAT Writing 483 440 530
    • ACT Composite 20 18 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$29,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,500
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$580.00
    • Room and board *$10,450.00
    • Room only *$5,200.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,371
    • Male Student Percentage28%
    • Female Student Percentage72%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.79%
    • Black or African American12.95%
    • White or Caucasian64.45%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.04%
    • Asian1.31%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races1.48%
    • Unknown4.26%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.18% representing 4 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students25% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 57%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Student Nurses Association of Alvernia (ASNA), Criminal Justice Association (CJA), Sport Management Association (SMA), Science Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty318
    • Full-time Percentage33%
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 1,936 students to 158 faculty


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