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Welcome to CHESS
This is an exciting time to be a part of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) and Alvernia University.



Bachelor of Social Work
Read our mission and vision statements, and discover the Franciscan values that comprise the foundation of an Alvernia education.
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Our Faculty
Our faculty take pride in creating a supportive home that fosters compassionate, socially responsible leaders prepared to solve the hardest of today’s societal challenges.
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Our Campuses
Alvernia offers community-based campuses in Reading, Philadelphia and Pottsville.
Helping Professions in CHESS
Students interesting in obtaining a degree in counseling or other helping professions will find plenty to choose from at Alvernia, with programs in both day and evening classes for busy adults.
Early Childhood Education Program Earns A from NCTQ Report
Education program earns top national ranking
Alvernia is one of three universities in PA to earn an “A” in a recent report.