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Founders Village work progressing

Date: 11/18/2011

Construction on Founders Village buildings #3 and #4 is fully underway. A new green space will front the new state-of- the-art Founders Village facilities.The university will be able to house over 1,000 students on campus once the buildings open next fall.  

The units will feature apartments for upperclassmen and innovative suites ideal for small learning communities. A new 18,500 square foot student activities center, attached to one of the units, will provide a large two story fitness center, and a dance and aerobics studio. A gracious campus “living room,” complete with a fireplace, will be included in the activities center, able to accommodate up to 110 students for leisure activities, study, and programs. 

"The opportunities this new facility will provide for our students is really exciting," said Abby Swatchick, assistant dean of students and director of student activities. "New space for clubs and organizations, the fitness center, and the living room will enhance the experiences that students can have together."

Founders Village


Tips for Parking

• Park where your permit allows you to. Visit the color-coded parking map for details.
• Utilize on-street parking and the Upland lot as needed. There is plenty of on-street parking on Greenway and St. Bernardine Streets. Those who have offices or classes at Upland may choose to park and ride the shuttle to main campus. Print the Shuttle Schedule for future use.
• Allow yourself time to park. It is likely that during the construction period, it may take a few extra minutes to find a spot — so plan accordingly.  
• Freshmen resident students are reminded to park in either the Ken Grill or Angelica parking lots.

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• Shuttle Schedule


  • 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.