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- Party SceneB-
- Campus FoodC
- Student LifeB
Alvernia is a private, Catholic university located in Reading, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,690 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Alvernia acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Professions, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 57% of students, Alvernia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,000.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Middle Atlantic Conferences
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses
Most Popular Majors
Health Professions50 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration42 Graduates
Health Service Preparatory Studies38 Graduates
Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling35 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services17 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.39 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.51 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
Alvernia University Reviews
I absolutely love Alvernia! The campus is beautiful and as soon as I walked onto campus it felt like home. Everyone is so nice and friendly. The professors are so helpful too! They care so much about the students and really want them to succeed. Most of my professors make the material interesting and explain it in a way that helps the students understand/remember it. Also, extracurricular activities at Alvernia are really good. They always have events going on such as movie trips, trip to NYC & D.C, Bingo, exercise classes, and more! You just need to push yourself to get involved. Dorms are amazing here too. This school has the best housing options out of all the schools I looked at. The food is okay here. Not amazing, but not horrible. There are a lot of options, just not super healthy. Lastly, campus is very safe. Public Safety doesn't do too much, but I have never felt unsafe walking around campus.
Freshman year, I learned quickly that Alvernia wasn't the place to party. Not that I minded much. As a student in the Eng/Com department, I can say that I have not encountered a professor that was inherently bad. Though, I must say the language department is lacking. I feel like, on the whole, Alvernia is a relatively average campus, with average problems (the dining hall food isn't the greatest, nor are some parts of on-campus life - like housing). But, it is what it is - I probably would have transferred to a cheaper school, if it weren't for the wonderful profs. in the Eng/Com department and the handful of good friends that I made. It's also a little late, in my opinion, to transfer out as a senior. Definatly consider all of your options when choosing a college - and visit the campuses.
This was my first experience with on-line learning. The professors were amazing and the zoom worked great! I would highly recommend on-line classes during COVID-19.