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Alvernia University
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  • 4 Year
  • READING, PA

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Report Card

grade C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade C+
  2. Value
    grade B
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade B minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade C
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade C minus
  11. Student Life
    grade C+
  12. Safety
    grade A minus

About

400 SAINT BERNARDINE ST
READING, PA 19607
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
From Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a Catholic comprehensive university with a liberal arts foundation founded by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in 1958. The university serves over 3,000 students in Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia with a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts education, strong technical training in many high demand majors, ever-expanding experiential learning opportunities through study abroad and internship experiences and community engagement through its Franciscan-based community service model.

Come experience the Alvernia Advantage!

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Alvernia University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
70%
SAT Range
940-1130
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$27,129 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$22,811 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 34 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 43 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 43 responses

Majors

Packapalooza - Nov. 12

Packapalooza is a day designed for you to explore Alvernia and get all the information you need to make your enrollment decision or take the next steps in your registration. Please join us to experience the resources and support available to you on a traditional college campus. Pick and choose the tours, seminars and workshops that will help you understand everything Alvernia has to offer you.

Online

Online Programs Offered
7
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    23%
  • On Campus
    67%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,641 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
391
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
  • Dedicated
    43%
  • Some students are dedicated, some goof off a lot.
    39%
  • Boring or rude
    4%
  • Cant get out of High School mode
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • Small
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
74%
Poll
81%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 42 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
  • Friendly
    52%
  • Good
    21%
  • Small
    10%
  • the worst place to go
    7%
  • Easy
    3%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,500 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 24 responses

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