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Record numbers arrive at Alvernia

Date: 8/31/2010

The Class of 2014 that arrived on Alvernia University’s campus this fall is remarkable in more ways than one. Besides being the most geographically diverse, with 30 percent coming from outside Pennsylvania, the class is the largest incoming group of first year students ever — 391. 

Alvernia also broke records for total number of new students (first year students plus transfer students), total undergraduate enrollment (over 1,440 students) and students living on campus (over 800).

“Word about Alvernia is spreading throughout the wider region,” said Alvernia President Tom Flynn, “even as we draw increased numbers from the City and County and other Pennsylvania communities. It is exciting and gratifying that more and more students are attracted to our campus by the range of our academic programs and talented faculty and by our success at integrating our distinctive Franciscan approach that emphasizes ethics, values and service.”

Alvernia’s undergraduate enrollment has grown more than 53% in the last decade, with an approximately 80% increase in the number of full-time faculty.

  • 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.