Alvernia University's downtown Reading location at 401 Penn Street

Education and nursing programs also earn accolades by U.S. News & World Report


For the third consecutive year, Alvernia University is ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, the university is among the 2022 Best Regional Universities in the North. Of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the Northeast region, U.S. News only ranks 176, and Alvernia is at 97 in the top tier.


"Alvernia has established itself as a comprehensive regional university on the rise," said Alvernia President John R. Loyack. "Being ranked among the top 100 regional universities in the north for three consecutive years is a testament to our experiential learning model, transformational academic and student life experience and outstanding commitment to our university's mission by our faculty, staff, alumni and community partners."


The university also received nods in the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever national undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rankings, landing in the top 500 programs nationwide. The rankings are based on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members of nursing schools and departments at institutions across the country.


"Alvernia has a longstanding history of preparing excellent nursing candidates to serve our community," said Alvernia Senior Vice President and Provost Glynis Fitzgerald. "This recognition is validation of the incredible work being done by our nursing faculty and our many talented and dedicated alumni serving our communities, locally, regionally and nationally."


Alvernia is also among the top 25 regional universities in the north to earn accolades for its undergraduate education programs based on rankings by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans. The university also scored in the top 100 regional universities in the north for performance in social mobility, or the ability to graduate students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds that are awarded Pell Grants.


"We pride ourselves as an institution that provides educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students," said Alvernia University Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs Mary-Alice Ozechoski. "In this way, Alvernia continues the deep-rooted Bernardine Franciscan tradition of serving the underserved in our communities."


Since being ranked by U.S. News & World Report during the past decade, Alvernia has moved into the top tier and now to among the top 100.


Alvernia has a longstanding commitment to helping students develop their innate talents, discover their passions and lead successful lives with deep meaning and purpose. Through experiential learning, students graduate well prepared for success in the workplace. In the last five years, 95% of students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.


According to U.S. News & World Report, regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs, some master's programs and a few doctoral programs. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


Colleges and universities are ranked by 17 metrics in six key categories—outcomes (40%), faculty resources (20%), expert opinion (20%), financial resources (10%), student excellence (7%) and alumni giving (3%).