Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to transfer into Alvernia University in the fall semester?
No. Alvernia has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We’re happy to welcome you to the Alvernia community beginning in either the fall or spring semester. Contact Assistant Director for Transfer Students Arielle Phillips, at 610-796-8207 or email the Undergraduate Admissions Office to discuss your situation.
- What kind of grades do I need to transfer to Alvernia?
You’ll need to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (higher for some majors) from a regionally accredited two- or four-year institution. A maximum of 75 credits will be accepted in transfer. You must complete a minimum of 45 credits at Alvernia to receive your degree. After you have completed the application process, we’ll review your application for admission and do an official transfer evaluation to determine your academic class level.
- What does Alvernia University offer me as a transfer student?
Learning for real life, for starters. At the university, preparing you for a career and getting you ready for a successful and rewarding future is a priority. Alvernia offers you a breadth of academic and specialized, career-oriented fields of study with a boundary-free learning approach that gives you choices and options, and is grounded in the real world. Most importantly, you’ll get the training and knowledge needed to land that first job in whatever field you choose, with a degree from a university that employers and grad schools respect.
Then there's the caliber of our faculty. They’re more than professors. They’re experts, advisers and mentors, and they’re dedicated—to you. They devote their time and attention to you, to help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to move into the real world after graduation. Alvernia has an average 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with fewer than 20 students in most classes so you’ll get the individual attention that can make the difference in your future success.
- Will an Alvernia degree improve my job prospects?
Yes. Last year, 96% of Alvernia University graduates found jobs or were accepted into graduate and professional schools after graduation—a testament to the respect employers and other schools have for the value of an Alvernia degree and the quality of our students. In addition, our alumni network and Office of Career Development offer many valuable resources you can use from your very first day on campus.
- Can I live on-campus as a transfer student?
Absolutely, and we hope you do. Alvernia’s student housing is well known for offering a variety of spacious and clean accommodations that make living on campus your best bet. We invite you to come see for yourself! Call the Admissions Office at 888-ALVERNIA (610-796-8269) to talk to our transfer coordinator or schedule a campus visit.
- How can I get started?
Apply online by clicking the 'Apply Now!' link on the left. You should also contact any school you've attended previously and request your transcript(s) so that we can evaluate any transferable credits for courses you have already completed. Please note that Alvernia does not grant credit for online courses in laboratory science for major science courses, including those offered in a hybrid format. We look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals and get you on your way to starting in the career of your dreams.
To chat about anything related to transferring and taking day classes to earn your Bachelor's degree at Alvernia's main campus in Reading, contact Assistant Director for Transfer Students Arielle Phillips in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 610-796-8269.
To discuss transferring to take online classes, courses in an accelerated adult ed program, or to earn a graduate (Master's/PhD) degree, contact Graduate & Adult Education Coordinator Lori Korch in the School of Graduate & Adult Education at 610-796-5611.
If you want to learn more about taking courses at Alvernia's Philadelphia or Schuylkill County campuses, please click the links to visit their webpages for information and contacts: