Alvernia University understands that transfer students have unique needs. You've already taken college classes elsewhere, or possibly served in the military, and you don't want to start from the beginning again. And you don't have to.

Whether you’re coming from a four-year institution or a community college, or have military schooling and experience, Alvernia is committed to providing you with personal attention and flexible class schedules that make it easy for you to join Alvernia's main campus community. We consider each student's academic record individually, so most students' previous coursework counts toward an Alvernia University Bachelor's degree, which typically means you continue on your educational journey without repeating a step.

To assist transfer students with their unique concerns and questions, AU's Assistant Director for Transfer Students Arielle Phillips-Law is dedicated to guiding you through the process. Based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, she is ready to help you get where you want to go, so please feel free to email her at, call her at 610-796-8207 or email our Admissions Office.

Please note that if you have missed less than one academic year, you do not have to re-apply and can contact our Registrar's Office to register for classes. We also recommend that you complete the FAFSA so that you can be considered for financial aid, if and when you are admitted.

Transfer Admissions Process

The AU transfer admissions process is simple: 

  • Submit an application via our AU online portal or The Common Application
  • Submit proof of high school graduation (copy of diploma or transcripts)
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges that you have attended previously. For college transcripts to be considered official, they must be requested and sent via that institution’s Registrar
  • Military (active, reserve, veteran and dependents) students may also be required to submit:
    • DD214 (member 4 copy) from military service - This form is a complete and thorough document that verifies a service member's proof of military service.
    • Joint Service Transcripts - Students with prior military schooling can submit a Joint Service Transcript (JST). The JST is a collaborative program that replaces previous transcript programs, detailing your military schooling and work history in civilian terms. This standard form approach allows colleges to read and recommend credits with ease. Alvernia accepts JST transcripts and they are available by contacting the JST website.

These documents can be emailed or sent via postal mail to:

Alvernia University, ATTN: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
400 Saint Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607

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Transfer Students

Alvernia University entrance sign at Angelica Park
An Undergraduate Transfer Story
“If you are looking for a university that not only provides you with credits to graduate, but goes above and beyond for you to succeed, then look no further. Alvernia not only has great programs, but also has attentive professors who are willing to help no matter the time of day.”

Margarita Cornejo-Jimenez
RACC Transfer Student & recipient of Alvernia's Reading Collegiate Scholar Transfer Award
Reading, PA
Honors students walk to a class in Francis Hall
An Alumni Transfer Story
“I would tell anyone looking to transfer that you have the chance to be a part of something bigger here at Alvernia University. I call it "The Alvernia Experience," the idea that the more involved you are around campus, the more you will take out of your four years at Alvernia. The tools to become a great person and an even better leader are here at Alvernia for the taking. Overall Alvernia is the perfect place for anyone to get an unbelievable education, make life-long friends and become a better person in life.”

Matthew Tunis
Brick, NJ

Quick Facts

At this time, the BIO-PA 3+2 program is only available for first-year students. We invite transfer students to complete another major and apply for Master's in Physician Associate programs after completion of their baccalaureate degree.

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (higher for some majors) from a regionally accredited institution.

  • A maximum of 75 transfer credits will be accepted & students must complete a minimum of 45 credits at Alvernia to receive their degree.
  • After we have your application and documents, we will review your application for admission within two weeks. If you are accepted, we will provide an official transcript evaluation that reflects the courses that are transferable.
  • Typically, 100+ level courses, from a regionally accredited institution, with a grade of C or better (C+ or higher in fundamental science courses for the Nursing Program) are transferable.
  • Alvernia does not grant credit for online courses in laboratory science for major science courses, including those offered in a hybrid format.
  • Once admitted, any additional courses for transfer credit must be pre-approved following university procedures.|

Interested in Returning To Alvernia?

If you have already attended classes as an Alvernia student at some point in the past and would like to resume classes at AU, we would like to welcome you back!

All students looking to return to 'The Vern' will work with Assistant Director for Transfer Students Arielle Phillips, who will assist you through this admissions process. If you have missed one or more academic year(s)*, and would like to be considered for admission, please:

  • Apply online using our free Alvernia application
  • Submit official transcripts from each school you have attended since your time at Alvernia. These can be emailed or sent via postal mail to: Alvernia University, ATTN: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 400 Saint Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607

*Please note that if you have missed less than one academic year, you do not have to re-apply and can contact our Registrar's Office to register for classes. We also recommend that you complete the FAFSA so that you can be considered for financial aid, if and when you are admitted.