Our students also are preparing to make their housing applications and selections for next year, a process closely associated with registration for fall semester classes. (Registration for fall semester classes is required in order to finalize the housing application.) Living on our campus is an integral part of your student’s college education. In fact, results from research conducted on our campus shows just how important living in on-campus housing can be to a student’s success. Students who live in university housing at Alvernia:
• earn higher grades
• are happier with their college experience
• have more positive contacts with faculty and staff
• use academic support resources more frequently
• feel a greater sense of membership in the University community
• report greater improvement in multiple areas of academic and personal growth
• feel less overwhelmed and more able to manage their time
As residents, students also have more opportunities to get involved with the social, cultural, and extracurricular activities on the University campus. And the more connected students are to the University’s community, the more relationships they develop. As a result, the more satisfied they tend to be with their total college experience.
As the deadlines for applying for on-campus housing come closer there are a few details you should be aware of. In order to be eligible for campus housing, students must complete the following steps: 1) complete our online housing application 2) pay the housing deposit 3) register for 12 or more credits for the fall 2016 semester.
The deadline for all three steps is April 8th.
In addition to our traditional housing options students can become even more involved in their housing by participating in a number of co-curricular and interest based communities (CHOICE Housing). For returning students, those communities include Sophomore Serve, Academic Village, and Affinity Housing.
• Sophomore Serve is a community that will work with the Holleran Center for Community Engagement to continue engaging in service opportunities in the local community.
• Academic Village is a community that centers on dedication to academic rigor through extended quiet hours and extra learning support.
• Affinity Housing is designed for a group of students who want to live together under a theme of their choice (Cancer Awareness, Men's Baseball, Berks Animal Rescue League, etc.) and complete at least one service and community project each semester. Students interested in this housing option will need to complete the application by mid-March.
If you have any questions about our housing selection process, housing options, or the advantages of living on campus, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residence Life at 610.796.8320.