Welcome to Alvernia! Kick off your first year with confidence, success skills, new friends, and credits at no cost to you!


Take advantage of free, virtual summer seminars designed specifically to welcome first year students to Alvernia’s intellectual community. These 3 week courses taught by our expert faculty will give you the opportunity to meet other students, gain critical feedback from faculty and set you on a path to success for the Fall semester!      


Explore the classes below and our advisors will carefully review your interests and transcripts to ensure that you are placed in a course that is suitable for the beginning of your academic career!


Once you have selected a course(s), please register via the link provided. Our team will reach out to you via email to discuss choices and confirm placement. Spots will be limited to keep faculty to student ratios low in order to support relationship-building!


Take advantage of this great opportunity to engage with Alvernia faculty and fellow students. You'll kick-off your freshman year with earned credits - at no cost to you.


One final session remains:

Session 3: July 26 - August 13


One-credit courses are designated as Freshman Only. Class sizes will be capped to ensure access to the instructor.


PHI 190 Philosophy Games (1 credit)

Course Description: Learn to think philosophically through interactive group activities, logical puzzles, and games. Students will be introduced to key issues related to ethical values, critical thinking, and the meaning of life.                                                        

Instructor: Dr. Janae Sholtz

Philosophy Professor Dr. Janae Sholtz

Day/Time: T/TH 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM via Zoom

ART 190 Greek Gods; The Art, Myths and Legends (1 credit)

Course Description: The Classical period is known as a time of great achievements from the 8th -2nd centuries. Intellectual advancement is at the forefront of this movement as importance is placed on art, architecture, literature, mathematics, science, politics, and religion. Giving rise to the individual and the greatness one could achieve both mentally and physically.  While the rest of the world was considered barbaric. In this class we will highlight the Art and Architecture of the Classical Greek period and how they used it to honor their gods and give shape to the Western World we know today. 

Instructor: Mr. Peter Rampson 

Peter Rampson

Day/Time: T/TH 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom

THR 190 Get moving! Dance - Wellness for Small Spaces (1 credit)

Course Description: Guides participants in developing awareness, alignment, strength and flexibility utilizing ballet, jazz, and modern dance concepts. You can dance anywhere - including in whatever space you have available to you! No previous dance experience necessary. The instructor will provide modifications for individuals who need additional adaptations. This course will combine synchronous meeting times with readings and written reflections to provide a movement practice focused on joy and connection.       

Instructor: Ms. Jessica Warchal-King

Day/Time: M/W 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM via Zoom

UNIV 190 Head, Shoulders, Needs, and Knows - Success in Anatomy and Physiology (1 credit)

Workshop Description: Calling All Healthcare Majors!

Careers in healthcare are both challenging and rewarding. Get an insider’s view of how to be successful in Anatomy and Physiology.  Meet your professors and experience how classroom and laboratory settings unfold to provide foundational knowledge used to build a life-time career in healthcare. A high-tech virtual laboratory experience adds fun and supports your learning.

Join your healthcare peers in Athletic Training, Healthcare Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy to learn strategies and that support the science of learning. Get a sneak peek to how Alvernia supports your success through supplemental instruction, writing in the health professions, expert advice from a medical librarian, and exploring the science behind learning.

Instructor: Megan King

Day/Time:  T/TH 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM via Zoom


Professor and Students in Zoom Classroom
Incoming Freshmen - Register for Summer Courses