Points of Pride



  • Alvernia University has been recognized as a College of Distinction for its commitment to engaged, experiential education. Listed among the 2020-21 national Colleges of Distinction, Alvernia was noted as a Catholic College of Distinction and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction. Alvernia also qualified for Business, Nursing, and Education field of study badges along with additional student support badges for Career Development, Equity & Inclusion. 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 achieved Military Friendly ® status for the eighth consecutive year and is one of only 625 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. 


  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA): Alvernia lands a spot as one of eighty-three campuses in 23 states to earn the designation as “Voter Friendly Campuses” through a new program sponsored by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and Campus Vote Project (CVP), a project of Fair Elections Legal Network. The program requires campuses to engage their student body and promote voter registration and voting as part of their institutional mission. The goal of the Voter Friendly Campus designation program is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process and develop a culture of democratic engagement on campus.  



  • 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 University has been awarded a Colleges of Distinction’s Career Development badge for 2020-21 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 earned recognition for providing opportunities and pathways to success for low-income and first-generation college students by being tabbed 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.