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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  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 1,690 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.
400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences

Alvernia University Rankings

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

Alvernia Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
950-1130
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$26,891/ 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
$19,687/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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
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

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
    13%
  • On Campus
    76%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,690Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
506
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Dedicated
    50%
  • Some students are dedicated, some goof off a lot.
    45%
  • Small
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
76%
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
Report
  • Friendly
    58%
  • Good
    23%
  • Small
    12%
  • Easy
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
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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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.
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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.