Freshmen Arrive For Orientation

On Thursday, Alvernia welcomed the incoming class of 2015 as first year students moved into residence halls for Orientation Weekend. The class is the most academically talented and diverse in the university’s history, with nearly 30 percent hailing from out of state locations. In addition, interest in living on campus has never been greater, with more freshmen living in residence halls than ever before and more students living on campus than ever in the past...more than 800.
To help address the increased interest in living on campus, and more comfortably accommodate all students, a few dozen upper class students will be living in the Candlewood Suites in West Reading for the year. “Our growing reputation and improvements in academic, residential, recreational experiences and facilities are fueling the increase in student demand for campus housing,” said Joseph J. Cicala, vice president for university life and dean of students.
Plans that are moving toward approval by the Board of Trustees next month call for constructing Founders Village units III and IV that will add room for another 185 to live on campus beginning in fall 2012. The new units will be divided between additional apartments for upperclassmen and innovative suites ideal for small learning communities. An attached wing to one of the residences will provide a large fitness center, a dance and aerobics studio, a gracious campus living room able to accommodate up to 110 for programs, and a range of offices and work spaces for student organizations and clubs and for University Life staff.

Click here for photos from Thursday's move-in.

  • 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.