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Alvernia University


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.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, And First Professional
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biological And Biomedical Sciences Related; Biology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business/Commerce; Human Resources Management; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programscommunication; Speech Communication And Rhetoriceducationbiology Teacher Education; Chemistry Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Middle School Education; Social Studies Teacher Education; Special Education&Ndash;Elementary Schoolenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishhealth Professions And Related Programsathletic Training; Health Professions Related; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Substance Abuse/Addiction Counselinghistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Forensic Science And Technologyliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiological And Physical Sciencesparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiessport And Fitness Administration/Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophy; Religious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistry; Chemistry Relatedpsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionssocial Worksocial Sciencespolitical Science And Governmenttheology And Religious Vocationstheologyvisual And Performing Artsdramatic/Theater Arts


Admission: 1,864 applied; 1,500 admitted; 412 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.22

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $25
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript
Required for some: 2 letters of recommendation, interview
Recommended: minimum 2 GPA, 1 letter of recommendation
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
2,347 Undergraduate Students, 71% Women, 29% Men, 4% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
12% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 8% Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.1% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 4% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
0.2% Representing 4 Other Countries
Housing Info
57% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required For Freshman Year
Coed, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Choral Group, Student Government Association, Student Nurses Association Of Alvernia (ASNA), Criminal Justice Association (CJA), Sport Management Association (SMA), Science Association
Most popular organizations
Student Government Association, Student Nurses Association Of Alvernia (ASNA), Criminal Justice Association (CJA), Sport Management Association (SMA), Science Association
Campus security
24-Hour Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (C)Unusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Occupational Therapyschool Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division III


Total: 292Full-Time: 35% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 12 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$39,250 includes full-time tuition ($28,500), mandatory fees ($560), and room and board ($10,190). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition: $780 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load
Room and board:college room only: $5070. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:senior citizens and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,1,612 applied for aid, 1,475 were judged to have need, 152 had their need fully met
In 2013,184 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:63%
Average financial aid package:$18,210
Average need-based loan:$4212
Average need-based gift aid:$13,982
Average non-need-based aid:$8526
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$42,552




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