Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus
Alvernia University campus

From the School

Located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Alvernia University offers all the best features of an outstanding university-specialized professional programs, experiential learning, internships, and a variety of leadership opportunities-in the personal setting of a college environment. A private Franciscan institution rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts tradition, the core institutional values-service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality-are as relevant today as they were in 1958 when the school was founded. Students appreciate the small class sizes and breadth of academic programs offered, all taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and equally committed to their students’ success. Graduates are prepared to achieve their personal dreams and professional success, and to be engaged citizens and lifelong learners. Alvernia has been honored by the Templeton Foundation as one of the top 100 character-building colleges in the nation and a model of excellence in education. Alvernia was also named a Military Friendly School for 2014 by G.I. Jobs magazine. In addition, the University is regularly named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to and achievement in community service.

The University's 3,000 total students (1,500 traditional undergraduates) can choose from more than 600 courses and 50 majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Programs. Programs are geared toward real-world learning and preparing students for a rewarding career. Study abroad, internships, and international service trips make learning come alive and allow students to develop practical, valuable skills.

Master's degrees are awarded in occupational therapy, business administration, nursing, community counseling, education, organizational leadership and liberal studies. A Ph.D. program in leadership and Doctor of Physical Therapy program (currently a candidate for accreditation status) are also available.


From The School

Admission requirements normally include a high school diploma with 16 Carnegie units in the following subjects: English, 4 units; mathematics, 2 units; science, 2 units; social studies, 2 units; and modern languages, 2 units. The remaining units may be made up of academic electives. The University is willing to consider good students whose preparation does not include all of these subjects. Nursing students must fulfill the admission requirements established by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners. The State High School Equivalency Diploma is generally recognized as fulfilling the minimum entrance requirements. Applicants are required to take the SAT; the ACT is also acceptable. Outstanding candidates are considered for entrance to Alvernia at the end of their junior year of high school on the basis of requests made by the candidate and the school. With the approval of their school officials, students may also be admitted to certain courses during their senior year, simultaneously earning credit toward their high school diploma and a college degree.

Application and Information
Many factors are considered for admission, including academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. Application and admission notification is on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to submit the admission application as early as possible. In addition to their transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, nursing applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation.

Alvernia accepts and/or offers special programs for accelerated high school students, nontraditional students (older than 24), transfer students, students with disabilities, veterans, and international students. Applicants should submit an application for admission and enclose a nonrefundable $25 processing fee. The application form may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or the University's website at Applicants should have an official copy of their high school record sent to the Office of Admissions, along with the official results of the SAT or ACT.

Because Alvernia has a rolling admission policy, the Director of Admissions notifies an applicant of acceptance shortly after the necessary credentials are on file and have been reviewed, generally within one month. To reserve a place in the freshman class, all students must make a $300 deposit by May 1. This deposit is credited to the student's account for the first semester but is not refunded if the student fails to attend. Transfer students should have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and should be aware that only grades of C or better are eligible for credit transfer. Alvernia accepts a maximum of 75 transfer credits; at least 45 credits that are required for graduation must be earned at Alvernia and must satisfy all graduation requirements. A detailed analysis of credits to be transferred is done only after the University has accepted students.

The best way to get to know Alvernia is through a campus visit and tour. Applicants and those considering the school are strongly encouraged to come for an individual campus visit, which will be personalized to match each student's unique interests. Alvernia also hosts information sessions and open houses throughout the year that allow prospective freshmen or transfers to meet current students, talk to admissions and financial aid counselors, and meet faculty and coaches. Overnight and shadow visits are also available.

For more information or to schedule a visit, students should contact:
Director of Admissions
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19607
Phone: 888-ALVERNIA (258-3764, toll-free)
Fax: 610-790-2873


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 520
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 530

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Alvernia offers a range of academic programs with a learning approach grounded in the real world. With a foundation in the liberal arts tradition, the curriculum and instruction is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills and explore their own ideas. This approach produces well-rounded individuals who are ready to succeed no matter what path they choose.

Qualified students may participate in the Honors Program, which assists students of outstanding intellectual promise and high motivation that seek a more challenging program and are interested in pursuing future graduate or professional studies. The program encourages students to achieve, often letting them work at their own pace. It facilitates a stimulating exchange of ideas and information between students' varied interests and different disciplines.

In order to earn a bachelor's degree from Alvernia, students must complete a minimum of 123 credits, with 54 credits in the liberal arts. Additional requirements vary by major.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Alvernia offers a breadth of academic programs with a boundary-free learning approach. Bachelor's degrees are awarded in the following majors: accounting, athletic training, behavioral health, biochemistry, biology, biology-medical laboratory science, chemistry, communication, criminal justice administration, education (concentrations in early childhood and early childhood and special), English, environmental biochemistry, finance, forensic science, general science, healthcare science, history, human resource management, marketing, management, mathematics, nursing, occupational therapy, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, sport management, theatre, and theology.

Pre-professional programs are available in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacology, and veterinary studies. Alvernia also offers minors and certificate programs.

Since 1967, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools has granted Alvernia accreditation. The education program curriculum is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. The occupational therapy program is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing has approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The behavioral health program is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. The business department is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Marketing, Other
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Linda Ludgate J.D.
Berks County Judge

Charles Barbera M.D.
President of Berks Count Medical Society

M. Lewandoski
Consulting Firm Owner

Mark Piazza M.D.
Resident Elect of PA Medical Society

Jonathon Encarcion M.A.
Director of Hispanic Center

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For the 2015-16 academic year, tuition is $30,500 and room and board is $10,820 (an approximate cost based on Veronica Hall residence and an all-you-can-eat meal plan).

Financial Aid

Ninety-eight percent of students receive some form of financial aid. Financial aid is offered to students whose personal and family resources are insufficient to meet the full cost of an education. Aid usually comes in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study arrangements. Depending upon their academic record, incoming first-year students may be eligible for one of three merit-based scholarships: the Presidential Scholarship ($17,500), the Truste's Scholarship ($15,500), and the Veronica Founder's Scholarship ($15,000). Applicants interested in financial aid should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.


Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Feb 10

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Alvernia encourages students to take advantage of learning opportunities outside the classroom by participating in any of the more than fifty-five groups including intramural and intercollegiate sports, academic clubs, honor societies, student government, and faith-based environmental and service clubs. Campus organizations offer opportunities to suit the interests of all students, to meet new people, to learn various skills, and to develop leadership abilities.

Athletics are a proud and integral part of the educational mission. Students may participate in intercollegiate, intramural, and club-level programs. Intercollegiate teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. Alvernia is part of the highly competitive Middle Atlantic States Athletic Conference (MAC), and is also a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The Office of Student Activities works with the many student organizations to provide a calendar of social, cultural, and other co-curricular activities. The Student Government Association provides an opportunity for leadership through the exercise of personal and group responsibility. All students complete approved community service hours as part of Alvernia's commitment to peace, justice, and the dignity of life. This helps foster devotion to service of others, especially the materially and spiritually disadvantaged of the local and global community.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


70% female
30% male
14% are out of state
78% are full time
22% are part time


From The School


Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus, Alvernia is bordered by a park that features hiking trails, a picnic grove, and a nine-hole disk-golf course. When students want to explore big city life, Philadelphia (60 miles), New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are all just a short drive away.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Alvernia has recently invested in several additions to campus including a laser laboratory to support science programs, state-of-the-art learning suites developed for our criminal justice and counseling programs, a theater and recital hall, with an art gallery, music studios and rehearsal spaces, an educational technology center and media suite, a healthcare science wing with multiple labs, an expanded library learning commons and a physical therapy center to support the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. On-campus housing includes traditional residence halls, apartments, suites, and town houses. All residential facilities are clean, spacious and equipped with laundry, cable TV, and phones with voice mail.

The Campus Commons houses a fitness center; dance/aerobics studio; and a campus "living room," complete with a fireplace, for leisure activities, study, and programs.

Alvernia's campus is fully networked. Students have access to the academic information network and the Internet from their residence hall rooms, as well as from other campus locations including classrooms, the library, and labs. All students may connect personal computers through the University's secure system. Network access and Alvernia email accounts are available to all students.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The Washington Center experience is a popular way for students to expand their education beyond the classroom. Earning college credit while spending a semester in Washington D.C., students serve as interns in a congressional office, government agency, major corporation, newspaper, news network, or nonprofit groups, or an agency devoted to legal affairs, international relations, or business and economics. Study abroad has become increasingly popular. A new program allows Alvernia students to study in Austria, Belgium, China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine and Spain!

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Crusaders)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey

Student Services

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Lehigh University


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Christa McCusker
Director of Admissions

400 Saint Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Crusader Cafe
Residence Hall Lounge

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shopping at outlets
Reading Phillies Baseball Park
Soveriegn Center for music events
Hershey Park
Great Resturaunts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis, buses, Reading has its own airport

Local Accommodations
Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn, Sheraton

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