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Hello! My name is Melissa Manny. I work with students interested in studying Nursing, Social Work, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Social Studies Secondary Education, and Theology. I visit high schools and attend college fairs in Pennsylvania (Counties: Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Philadelphia), and New Jersey (Counties: Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem).

I am originally from Latrobe, PA (located less than 2 hours east of Pittsburgh). I recently graduated with my M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, I worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Manchester University in Indiana. In 2007, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Education from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA. During my time at La Roche, I participated in a study abroad program to Salamanca, Spain. That international experience was life changing and I encourage you to seek out opportunities to study abroad during your college experience!

Now I am excited to be part of the Alvernia community! I am available to help you and your family through the college admissions process. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting you!

Majors: History, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Social Studies Secondary Education, Social Work, and Theology.

Contact Me:

(610) 568-1473
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  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: 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”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.