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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 B
  4. Campus
    grade B minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade C+
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade A minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade C
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  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

Welcome to Alvernia University!

A private liberal arts university guided by Franciscan values, Alvernia serves a diverse student body of 3,000 students who hail from 25 states and 14 countries. Located in Berks County— just three miles from historic Reading, Pa. —our beautiful campus is an easy car ride to some of the Northeast’s major metropolitan areas.

With more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors, Alvernia offers students a unique blend of a rigorous liberal arts core for development of the mind, strong technical training in high-demand majors, experiential learning through internships and real-world opportunities, and community engagement through our service model. We call this the Alvernia Advantage, and believe it transforms students into ethical leaders with moral courage.

We’re proud to be the Golden Wolves, and our pack is recognized as a College of Distinction and ranked in the top 100 among best regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

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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
64%
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
$27,798 / 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
$20,992 / 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
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 34 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 40 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 40 responses

Majors

Engineering Programs at Alvernia

Alvernia prepares electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering majors to be fundamentally sound and application-ready. Our unique 4-year design sequence provides real-world projects each year and culminates with a year-long design experience sponsored by an industry partner. State-of-the-art labs and research facilities in Alvernia’s downtown metro-complex deliver a world-class education.

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
6
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    78%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,656 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
467
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
30%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
  • Dedicated
    50%
  • Some students are dedicated, some goof off a lot.
    45%
  • Small
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
79%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 39 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Friendly
    58%
  • Good
    23%
  • Small
    12%
  • Easy
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,500 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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