U.S. News & World Report Top 100: For the third consecutive year, Alvernia University is ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, the university is among the 2021 Best Regional Universities in the North. Of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the northeast region, U.S. News only ranks 176, and Alvernia is at 97 in the top tier.
Alvernia University has been recognized as a College of Distinction for its commitment to engaged, experiential education. Listed among the 2022-23 national Colleges of Distinction, Alvernia was noted as a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction. As it is an honor to receive these awards, we would like thank all staff and students for their combined efforts in achieving rare level of recognition.
Alvernia University earned recognition for providing opportunities and pathways to success for low-income and first-generation college students by being tagged as a “Strive Five” institution by education nonprofit Strive for College. Alvernia earned distinctive honors in the categories of inclusion, completion and outcomes, which are a set of data-based benchmarks that demonstrate a commitment to students from underrepresented backgrounds, and received a customized badge to highlight their dedication to student opportunity and success.
Alvernia University has achieved the 2021 Campus Prevention Network Seal of PreventionTM for exemplary efforts to student safety, well-being, and inclusion through online prevention programs. Fewer than 15% of US institutions have earned this distinction in 2021. Alvernia remains committed to creating the safe and inclusive experience students expect and rely on to thrive in their academic, career, and life pursuits.
Alvernia University has been awarded a Colleges of Distinction’s Career Development Badge for 2022-23 for providing exceptional support during every stage of students’ college experience. Alvernia’s Office of Career Development gives students the support they need to explore their career field and begin job applications. The office has many services, partnerships, and programs to help students gain experience and knowledge about their careers and prepares them for life after college.
Alvernia University achieved Military Friendly ® status for the tenth consecutive year, this year earning the silver award. Alvernia is one of only a little over 600 institutions nationwide to receive the designation for meeting university benchmarks in areas such as student retention, graduation and job placement as well as for being in good standing with federal programs such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Armed Forces Tuition Assistance Funding.
Colleges of Distinction awarded Alvernia University with its Military Support Badge for 2020-21. Alvernia received this award for continually providing a high level of support for its active military duty and veteran students. Alvernia is one of the few institutions across the country that has a physical Veterans Center. This hub offers the resources, support, and advocacy necessary to succeed in higher education. The Veterans Success Team, comprised of a Veterans Center Coordinator and three student veterans, encourages participation in military organizations, develops outreach programs to enlighten the campus community about veteran culture, history, and raises awareness about issues surrounding veterans and their families.
Alvernia is recognized as Yellow Ribbon Select School by MilitarySupportiveColleges.com for being an institution that is among the best place for any veteran, active duty service member, or anyone from their families using military educational benefits to earn a degree and for effectibe use of the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program.
Community Civic Responsibility
- For the third year in a row, Alvernia has been recognized as a "Voter Friendly Campus" for the 2021-2022 voting period. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Alvernia was still able to empower students to participate in the historic youth voter turnout of 2020. The "Voter Friendly Campus" initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations, Fair Election Center's - Campus Vote Project and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, has allowed students to gain access to the information and tools they need to participate in political processes and develop a culture of democratic engagement on campus. In addition, Alvernia's Veterans Center planned several initiatives in conjunction with Constitution Day and National Voter's Day, including #TheVernVotes, to bring educational resources about voter registration to students and encourage them to exercise their right to vote.
- Alvernia University has been included in Washington Monthly's 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll. This listing identifies schools across the country committed to turning students into engaged citizens.
Below are a list of rankings and accolodates for our academic offerings:
Addictions and Mental Health Treatment
- Alvernia University’s Addictions and Mental Health Treatment major has been ranked #13 nationally by Value College’s Top 25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Addiction Counseling for 2021. Alvernia’s Addictions and Mental Health Treatment degree provides the education needed for students to become effective mental health treatment professionals specializing in addiction. Our students graduate with the knowledge needed to pursue their alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) certification. This program is offered as a traditional undergraduate program, in an accelerated adult education format and in a 100% online format. A post baccalaureate certificate is also offered.
- Alvernia University was recognized by the 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings as #4 Best Counseling programs in Pennsylvania. PLEXUSS has fostered over 7 million student’s college and career planning efforts. Alvernia was honored to receive such recognition regarding our Addictions and Mental Health Treatment programs.
- Alvernia University has been recognized as a College of Distinction for its commitment to engaged, experiential education. Alvernia qualified for the Business field of study badge.
- Alvernia University was recognized by the 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings for our Accounting program, ranking #14 in Pennsylvania for 2021.
- Alvernia University was recognized by the 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings for our Criminal Justice program, ranking #13 in Pennsylvania.
- College Factual ranked Alvernia in the top percentile of four categories in 2020-2021. This included the Highest Paid Criminal Justice Graduates award.
- Alvernia University has been recognized as a College of Distinction for its commitment to engaged, experiential education. Alvernia qualified for the Education field of study badge.
- Alvernia was listed by Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, as a part of their 2021 Master’s in Gifted and Talented Education Degree Programs. Out of the 192 schools evaluated, only 38 made the list, Alvernia found itself ranked as #28 for Best Online Master of Special Education Program in the Northeast. Their unique scoring system reviews program courses, cost, reputation and flexibility. Their methodology also uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to compare programs more effectively.
- University HQ, an industry-leading, independent educational organization, which compiles data for students pursuing higher education, ranks Alvernia University’s Forensic Science Program in the Top 100 Most Affordable Forensic Science Colleges of 2021. Alvernia received this ranking based on cost, location, accreditation, graduate requirements, and instruction methods. As the criminal justice system continues to become more sophisticated, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects significant growth in this sector. Alvernia’s Forensic Science majors develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a modern crime lab.
- Alvernia was listed by Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, as a part of their Alvernia ranked in the top 45 Online Bachelor of Health Science Degrees after assessing more 122 universities and colleges, and comparing 327 educational programs. Their unique scoring system reviews program courses, cost, reputation and flexibility. Their methodology also uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to compare programs more effectively. Alvernia was ranked #37.
- College Factual ranked Alvernia in the top percentile of four categories in 2020-2021. This included the Most Focused Health Science award and and Most Popular Health Science award.