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7/11/2014 - What's the return on your Alvernia education?

When students invest in an Alvernia degree, they expect that investment will produce a very good return. And as the numbers show, they are not disappointed!

7/8/2014 - Lessons in leadership

Before earning her Ph.D. from Alvernia, Kathleen Nevel had to learn hard fought lessons during a 32-year career in the once male-dominated steel industry.

7/2/2014 - Alvernia Magazine Feature: Die Harder

In "Die Harder," experts from different fields discuss the challenges that end-of-life issues bring focus.

6/17/2014 - Flynn named to CIC steering committee

President Flynn has been named to a new CIC steering committee to develop future innovation of independent colleges.

6/2/2014 - Educating the city's finest

Police officers are expanding their education through a partnership between Alvernia and the Philadelphia Police Academy.

5/27/2014 - Kestrel Nestbox Web Cam

A new bird-cam has been installed in a Kestrel nestbox — and already, five eggs have hatched!

5/20/2014 - Alvernia Magazine Feature: No Regrets

Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at the hand of land pirates in Somalia, and rescued by SEAL Team Six. Today she expresses no regrets.

5/19/2014 - Regional Young Professionals Leadership Summit

Alvernia hosted a leadership summit and networking reception for the Greater Reading Young Professionals entitled "Leadership & Culture: Impact on Organizational Development"

5/14/2014 - Congratulations Class of 2014!

View photos and read about the Alvernia University Class of 2014 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10.


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  • 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.