Why Choose Alvernia?

Since 1958, Alvernia has been making its mark, first as a small college serving the local community, and today as a forward-thinking, comprehensive university attracting students from across the globe. Our mission to form ethical leaders with moral courage is integral to everything we do - and is a valued characteristic recognized in our graduates, students and faculty.

Throughout your education at Alvernia University, you will be guided and encouraged to seek and achieve your potential through real-world learning while preparing for a lifetime of leadership and positive impact in the lives of others. We will help you discover your passion and develop what you love into lifelong professional success and personal fulfillment.

As a first step, we encourage you to schedule a visit to see Alvernia for yourself and meet the Admissions team, so that you can ask questions about majors, life on campus, financial aid and scholarships - and tell us how we can best help you to create your own unique and rewarding future. 

The Application Process

Simple and Straightforward

We want to make applying for admission as easy as possible for you, whether you're a first-year freshman or a student transferring from another college. Students can apply at any time after their junior year of high school. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 610-796-8269. If you want to send documents by postal mail, our mailing address is - Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Center, 400 Saint Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607.

Applying and submitting documents electronically is easiest for most students. When applying, all applicants should submit:

  • Completed online application via the Alvernia Student Portal or The Common Application
  • Official high school transcript or GED
  • An official report of combined SAT or ACT scores* - the requirement for SAT and ACT test scores has been waived for students applying for the 2023-24 academic term.   

Students interested in becoming part of the Honors Program should complete the additional application for enrollment in that program online.


Transfer and Military (active, reserve, veteran and dependents) students may also be required to submit:

  • Transcripts from any previous higher education institutions attended
  • 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 at https://jst.doded.mil.jst/.
  • 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.



International Students

We welcome students from around the world, and urge all international students to review our international undergraduate program details. Once you have decided to apply to AU, our dedicated Director of Global Engagement Sibel Ahi, will assist you through the admissions process. All international candidates must submit the following:

Alvernia uses the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to facilitate compliance with regulations set forth by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Notification of Admission: International applicants are notified of a decision as soon as all credentials have been received and evaluated. By May 1, students must submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $300 to hold a place in the class and a $250 housing deposit to reserve a room in the residence hall. The I-20 form will not be issued until this deposit has been received.

Undergraduate Admissions

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