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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Alvernia is a private, Catholic university located in Reading, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,719 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Alvernia acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Nursing, Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 53% of students, Alvernia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,800.
About Alvernia University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607
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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

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1090
ACT Range
19-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$24,675/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,557/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,157/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,872/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,352/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,376/ year
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Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,719Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    50%
  • Some students are dedicated, some goof off a lot.
    44%
  • Small
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
78%
Poll
81%
of students say they don't have Greek life.37 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.49 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    58%
  • Good
    25%
  • Small
    13%
  • Easy
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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Alvernia University Reviews

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Alvernia University has a beautiful campus and many activities to get involved in. It is a relatively new school and is always improving. However, I have not had the best personal experience with the school regarding academics and athletics. I did not have a great experience as a starting freshman on my athletic team. My teammates were all nice, but the coaching staff was less than stellar. Also, my major is Education and contrary to my beliefs when I was researching the school as a high school student, the Ed department is not the strongest. Many classes are not very focused and I do not feel as though I will be prepared to enter a classroom and teach students effectively.
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Alvernia University is a place undergoing many changed. Recently, they just became the Golden Wolves after being the Crusaders for many years. They just built a brand new stadium, and added a football team. I play soccer, so I started my first year a week earlier than regular students. My team and I formed a brotherhood and share a bond like no other. We had a great season which featured playoff appearances as a team, and individually, I started every game and scored two game winning goals as a freshman. My coach put lots of faith in me. In the classroom, professors were very involved and seemed to care a lot more than typical college professors. I finished with a 3.6 GPA. The campus is beautiful and small. I know probably half of the student body. There are only two negatives about Alvernia Alvernia is the #1 school in Pennsylvania and #4 in the nation for student debt. The general cafeteria food is generally very poor as well with limited options and sometimes bad quality.
I have enjoyed attending Alvernia University. I feel like God has opened many wonderful opportunities for me here with internships and work. I value education and how it betters the lives of students. I'm glad that I transferred and am close to home now. My professors have been really good to me and I have created strong relationships with them. I know that they genuinely want me to succeed and become who God has called me to become. It has been a wonderful journey thus far and I look forward to graduating in the upcoming year!