What's your return on an Alvernia education? Click here to find out why more than 94% of our graduates would recommend Alvernia to others!five core values from the Franciscan tradition. All members of the Alvernia community including trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students embrace Alvernia’s core Franciscan values which are:
Alvernia University combines all the best features of an outstanding university, complete with specialized professional programs, experiential learning, internships and a variety of leadership opportunities, delivered in the personal setting of a college environment.
Alvernia University’s institutional identity is informed by Franciscan intellectual and artistic traditions, with a commitment to service and belief in environmental sustainability. Inspired by the missionary spirit of the Bernardine Sisters, Alvernia aims for practical, spiritual, and moral intellects who contribute to and serve their communities with grace and charity.
The roots that were to become Alvernia University were planted in 1926 when the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis established a Teacher’s Seminarium for the education of the Sisters. Thirty-two years later, 1958, the institution was expanded.Read More