Record numbers arrive at Alvernia

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.

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