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Spring Break College Fair

Date: 3/8/2011

More than 50 school busses brought high school juniors to Alvernia this week.

While Alvernia students and faculty rest on Spring Break this week, bus loads of juniors from 20 area high schools visited the university on for its annual College Fair, held Tuesday, March 8.

The yearly event provides an opportunity for high school juniors to gather materials, socialize, and speak to admissions counselors. 114 different colleges across eight states were represented at this year’s fair. The schools talked to more than 1,500 students in Alvernia's Physical Education Center.

  • 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.