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Philadelphia Center prepares students for careers in criminal justice

Date: 5/8/2012

Alvernia University’s Philadelphia Center is a hub of activity for students from various walks of life searching for a flexible and affordable opportunity to begin, continue, or complete a college education. Located just outside Philadelphia in Cheltenham, the Center offers a variety of degree programs, as well as English as a Second Language. Currently, one of the more popular programs among adult students is Criminal Justice.

Courses are taught by expert faculty who possess not only years of teaching experience, but also hands-on, practical experience as working professionals in their respective disciplines. “We’ve had a lot of interest in Criminal Justice recently,” said Christina M. Dennis, Director of Alvernia’s Philadelphia Center. “With new courses beginning in May and again in July, we will provide many new students a great program to earn their Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.”

For a working adult, starting or finishing a degree is not always easy, but Alvernia, which is recognized as one of the leading Catholic colleges in Pennsylvania, makes it easier for students by offering classes during the day, in the evening, and on weekends.

“I understand that life presents challenges, but I know firsthand the power of an education. That’s why I’m committed to helping our students succeed,” said Dennis. Attaining degrees in fields such as education, social work, or criminal justice provides students with opportunities to work in meaningful, fulfilling careers. 

“We are not only working to make sure our students get the education they need to succeed, but to meet the needs of our community, as well,” Dennis said. “There’s a reason we’re here in Philadelphia, and we will continue to serve both our students and local community.”

>> Complete listing of programs offered at Alvernia University Philadelphia 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.