Undergraduate Admissions

Why Choose Alvernia?

Since 1958, Alvernia has been making its mark, first as a small college serving the local community and now as a forward-thinking, comprehensive university attracting interest from across the nation as one of only 24 Franciscan schools in the United States. The ideal of "knowledge joined with love" is integral to everything we do and is an ethic 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.

The Application Process

Simple and Straightforward

We want to make applying for admission as easy as possible for you, whether you're a traditional freshman or a student transferring from another institution of higher learning. Once you have decided to enroll at AU, there are several ways to do so - you can apply online via either our portal or The Common Application, or mail a paper form to us: Alvernia University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 400 Saint Bernardine St., Reading, PA 19607. Students seeking admission to Alvernia may apply anytime after their junior year in high school.

All applicants should submit the following:

  • A completed online application or paper form (Call our office to request an application be sent to you). 
  • An official high school transcript or GED.
  • Transfer students should submit transcripts from any previous post-secondary institutions attended.
  • An official report of combined SAT or ACT scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Required only for Alvernia’s Nursing Program applicants.
  • A copy of form DD214 from military service, if applicable.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 610-796-8269 or email us at admissions@alvernia.edu - we're happy to help.


Individual Visit

Meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor and tour our beautiful campus.

Overnight and Shadow Visits

Spend the day or stay on campus overnight for a more in-depth look at Alvernia.

Summer Information Sessions

A morning seminar on what makes Alvernia special, plus a campus tour & lunch in our dining hall.

Saturday Hours

Spend a brief time with us on a Saturday morning for an overview of AU and campus tour.

Alvernia On The Road

We travel to bring AU information sessions to you.

Open Houses

You can customize your visit to your academic and extracurricular interests.

Transfer Events

Designed for transfer students, these events focus on completing your degree at Alvernia.



International Students

Our warm Alvernia attitude extends to students from around the world. Once you have decided to apply to AU, our supportive admissions staff will help along the way. We have an admissions counselor dedicated to working with all of our international applicants to assist you through the admissions process.

All international candidates should submit the following:

  • Complete an online application via either The Common Application or our online portal.
    Call our office to request an application be sent to you by mail.
  • Provide official secondary school transcripts (or GED) and all post-secondary school transcripts
  • Provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report if English is not your first language. Register for the test online.
  • Provide a completed World Education Services, Inc. evaluation of all transcripts. Learn more.
  • Provide a completed Alvernia University Financial Statement. (Contact us if you need help obtaining this form).


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