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Welcome Veterans

Alvernia University is honored to assist those who are serving or have served in the military to achieve personal academic goals. We are committed to supporting all veterans pursuing higher education and have dedicated staff members ready to answer questions, counsel on admissions or financial aid matters, and help in any other way our valued veteran students may require. General information is listed below, but we welcome emails and phone calls to address specific concerns and inquiries. Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions can be reached at Admissions or by calling 610-796-8269 (888-ALVERNIA). We are happy to welcome veterans to campus for one-on-one meetings, tours of campus and to create an educational plan customized for you.  

Admission for veteran students is as simple as gathering and submitting a few documents you likely already have at hand. To begin, apply using our Alvernia online application or The Common Application

Once you've submitted your application, send us an official copy of your high school transcript, official transcripts to all colleges attended, military transcripts if you completed courses while serving, your DD-214 and your federal Certificate of Eligibility if you will be using military benefits. In addition, vets wishing to enter the Nursing program must submit two letters of recommendation.

Alvernia's Veterans Center

Located in Room 100 of Bernardine Hall, the recently completed Veterans Center works with our Veterans Club to create a comfortable atmosphere in which veterans and veteran affiliates are able to bond and share experiences. We promote members’ participation in veteran organizations and outreach programs that will enlighten fellow Alvernians about veteran culture and history as well as raise awareness within our community about the issues surrounding veterans and their families.  Our Veterans Advocate Shaun Rostek and our small staff of Student Veterans are ready to help veterans and veteran affiliates discover and make use of all possible Alvernia and external support resources. Feel free to get in touch via email,, or by calling 610-685-3425.

Using Veteran Benefits

Finanical aid is available for those who qualify and Alvernia's Office of Student Financial Planning team can help. Visit the FAQ for Veterans and keep in mind that, along with Tuition Assistance and various Montgomery GI Bill® Benefits, service members can apply for federal assistance. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, was established to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, and work study programs for education beyond high school. The Federal Student Aid website, contains valuable information on how to select a school, how to apply for admission and how to receive federal aid. To determine if you qualify for federal grants and/or loans, as well as state and Alvernia University assistance, you must complete the FAFSA online at

For resources available to military spouses, go to www.MilSpouse.Org.

For other information on VA Benefits, please visit

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Veteran Events

In observance of Veterans Day in November 2016, Alvernia was fortunate to have Col. Cole C. Kingseed Ph.D speak on campus. A thirty-year Infantry veteran, Col. Kingseed, commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. He served in a variety of military assignments, culminating in his tenure as full professor of History and Chief of Military History at the US Military Academy at West Point. The internationally acclaimed author of Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters (2006) and Conversations with Major Dick Winters (2014), Col. Kingseed is a recognized expert on military history and leadership. A featured guest on the History Channel, he has appeared in documentaries about Generals George S. Patton Jr. and Douglas MacArthur. In 2009 he received the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award for his article on U.S. Army leadership during World War II.

Kingseed Lecture

Alvernia veteran students share their experiences about applying and attending Alvernia.

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