Heritage: Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008. Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation, and peacemaking.
Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
Degrees Awarded: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership.
Accreditations: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, American Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), PA State Board of Nursing Approval, PA Department of Education (PDE), Competency and Credentialing Institute.
Campus: The 121-acre campus in historic Berks County is situated three miles from center-city Reading in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania. There are two satellite centers in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
Enrollment: About 3,000 students attend Alvernia, including 1,500 traditional undergraduates. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. Alvernia has an average 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with fewer than 20 students in most classes.
Student Activities: More than 55 student groups, including intramural and intercollegiate sports, academic clubs, honor societies, student government, and faith-based, arts, environmental, and service clubs.
Housing: Eleven residence halls including traditional halls, suite-style apartments, townhouses, and apartment-style halls.
Athletics: NCAA Division III, new member of the Commonwealth Conference, part of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 9 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate sports.
Financial Aid: About 99% of undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Each year, we award more than $3 million in assistance.