Applying as a Transfer Student

Thank you for choosing Alvernia University. Whether you’re a traditional undergraduate student transferring from another college, a working adult student returning to school after a break, or a graduate student looking to finish an advanced degree, we will help you discover your passion and develop  a path toward lifelong professional success and personal fulfillment.

 

Who Can Apply?

We recognize that each transfer student has unique needs and a unique academic background. You’ve already taken classes in pursuit of your goals. At Alvernia, we’ll work with you to make the process smooth and utilize previous coursework to fulfill degree requirements. Generally, students transferring to Alvernia fall into one of two categories:

 

Undergraduate Transfer Students

This option is for traditional undergraduate students, typically 18-23 years of age, who are interested in taking classes during the day at main campus in Reading, Pa. The student may also be interested in living on campus. Coursework is split into a traditional fall and spring semester format.

 

Adult Education and Graduate Transfer Students

This option is for nontraditional adult students. Often, these students are working professional returning to school after a break. Courses are generally offered at night or online which allows students to balance the demands of school with the other commitments in their life. Courses are offered at main campus, at the Philadelphia Center, at the Schuylkill Center, or online. Some daytime course options may be available at the Philadelphia or Schuylkill locations. Coursework is generally completed in a 7-week mod format and available year-round in fall, spring, and summer terms

 

Graduate students are like adult education students but have already earned a bachelor’s degree and will have completed some graduate course work. The location, time, and format for graduate courses will vary by the graduate program of choice.

 

Apply Anytime, We’re Here to Help

Students can apply at any time. Through a rolling admission process, we continually review applications and accept students. Start dates will vary by degree type and academic program. Our admissions team will work with you to determine the optimal time for you to commence taking classes based on our Academic Calendar.

 

Keeping on track is important throughout the process. We encourage you to work with an admission team member to submit all materials and meet all deadlines. Our dedicated team will work directly with you to identify the best options that work for you and your unique situation.

 

Once your application is complete, you will not have to wait long for a decision. We continually review applications and notify students as soon as a decision has been made.

 

Have Questions?

Please contact our supportive admissions staff with any questions you have about the transfer process.

 

For traditional undergraduate students transfer students who seek to take classes during the day and at main campus, our Undergraduate Admissions Office phone number is 610-796-8269. You can also email our general Undergraduate Admissions inbox.

 

For adult education and graduate transfer students, our School of Graduate & Adult Education Admissions Office phone number is 610-796-5187. You can also email our general School of Graduate & Adult Education Admissions inbox.

 

Getting Started

Applying is easy and can be completed via the Alvernia Applicant Portal. For traditional undergraduate transfer students, you can also apply via the Common Application.

 

Please be sure to complete all required fields. Additionally, please consider that lead times may be associated with transcript requests. The sooner you start requesting supporting documents, the faster you’ll be able to start taking classes.

 

Documents You’ll Need

Applying and submitting documents electronically is easiest for most students. When applying, please submit the following:

 

Traditional Undergraduate Transfer Students

  • Completed online application via the Alvernia Undergraduate Applicant Portal or via the Common Application
  • Evidence of high school completion/graduation. Evidence can include high school transcripts, diploma, GED scores or equivalent.
  • An official report of combined SAT or ACT scores (if transferring less than 12 credits)
  • Official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions

 

Adult Education Transfer Students

  • Completed online application via the Alvernia Adult Education Applicant Portal
  • Evidence of high school completion/graduation. Evidence can include high school transcripts, diploma, GED scores or equivalent*.
  • Official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions
  • A 2.0 GPA or higher is required
  • A photocopy of current Pennsylvania registered nurse license (submit after NCLEX is completed, for RN to BSN applicants only)

 

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is providing validating the completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

 

Graduate Transfer Students

  • Completed online application via the Alvernia Graduate Applicant Portal
  • Proof of a bachelor’s degree and official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Transcript indicating grades received in completed graduate courses and completed course descriptions or syllabus

 

Additionally, each graduate program will have its own unique requirements and documentation necessary for admission. Examples include letters of recommendations, personal statements, minimum GPA standards, a resume or curriculum vitae, licenses, and certifications. Please review the graduate admissions requirements for your program of choice.

 

Student Veterans

Veteran students are required to submit a legible copy of form DD214 (also known as separation of discharge papers) from military service.

 

Ready to Apply

For traditional undergraduate transfer students, there are two easy and secure ways to complete your application, our Alvernia University Undergraduate Applicant Portal or the Common Application. When using the Common Application, please be sure to list Alvernia University as a chosen school so that your application is sent to us electronically upon submission.

 

For working adult nontraditional transfer students looking to enroll in an Adult Education program, you can apply conveniently and securely via the Alvernia University Adult Education Applicant Portal.

 

For graduate transfer students, most programs can be applied to via the Alvernia University Graduate Student Applicant Portal. For questions regarding applying to a graduate program as a transfer student, please contact us at 610-796-5187.