• Address: 400 Saint Bernardine St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1799

  • Phone Number: (610) 796-8200

  • Website: https://online.alvernia.edu/

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About Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a Catholic private not-for-profit university founded in 1926 by Bernardine Sisters of Third Order of Saint Francis. In 1960, this college received its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The university is situated at St. Reading, Pennsylvania. The vibrant and intellectual environment in the university provides an outstanding learning experience. Students can grow as leaders with moral courage. It is a thorough, mindful, and comprehensive learning network focused on scholarly greatness.

  • Alvernia University acceptance rate is 74%.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

  • The total student population of this university is 2,872 which consists of 1,923 full-timers and 949 part-timers.

  • The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Alvernia University address is 400 Saint Bernardine St. Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1799.


Alvernia University Online

The university offers convenient and flexible online and hybrid programs which help the students to achieve the career goals. It provides more than 50 Graduate and Undergraduate programs with hybrid program option and precisely 18 fully online programs. This helps the working professionals to pursue education.

Alvernia University login - The university provides 'Blackboard learning' which is the learning management system developed by the university. It helps the students to learn in their own way. It makes the online programs more flexible and accessible for the users.

Alvernia University Bookstore - It provides various services and products to support the academic curriculum. It gives new, used, rental and Digital Textbooks, Men's and Women's Apparel, Clothing, Gear and Merchandisers at the Crusaders Bookstore at the standard rate. 


 Alvernia University Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • School of Graduate and Adult Education


Alvernia University Reviews

  • The university is a magnificent school to get a quality education. This is because of the little class sizes which take into consideration more collaboration with the teachers.
  • The university's culture is positive and students are friendly. 

  • The educators are very concerned about their students and will invest the energy it takes to make the students successful.

  • The dormitories and lodging facilities are magnificent and are well kept. 

Alvernia University Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit
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Headquartered at

Reading, Pennsylvania

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003233
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Institutional Accreditation

MSCHE
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Programmatic Accreditation

ACBSP, CCNE

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Historically Black College or University

No

Facilities

Financial Aid, Military Friendly, Yellow Ribbon Program, Veterans Friendly

Data Source: https://online.alvernia.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Alvernia University Campus Life

The main campus is a 121-acre campus in Berks County. A standard class size of under 20 makes it easier for the understudies to learn and flourish. It offers various opportunities for the students and there are around 50 clubs which helps the students to engage in various activities throughout the year.

It also focuses on community services, contributing to more than 60,000 community hours annually. Some of the clubs are Alpha Phi Sigma, Nurse's Association, Education Association, Criminal Justice Association, Delta Mu Delta and many others. 

Alvernia University Athletics - Alvernia's Golden Wolves Compete at the NCAA Division III level. The university is a member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Conference. Alvernia University Football is one of the most popular sport played on campus.

Alvernia University Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 12: 1
Total Population 2,872
Student Population Full Time: 1,923 Part Time: 949
Gender Division Male: 27 % Female: 73 %
Admission Statistics Male Female
Total Applicants - 1,788 524 1,264
Total Applicants Admitted - 1,332 385 947
Applicants Enrolled - 345 114 231
Full time Applicants Enrolled - 345 114 231

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 43 %

The College Monk

Female: 57 %

Total Graduation Rate: 53 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Alvernia University Majors and Online Programs

Schools and Colleges in Alvernia University

College of Arts and Sciences

Majors available

Literature Biology

School of Graduate and Adult Education

Majors available

Nursing Business Management

Alvernia University Admissions and Application Requirements

Alvernia University Acceptance Rate is 74%

Alvernia University Application Fee
Graduate Application Fee $50

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Alvernia University Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Alvernia University Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 310
Number of students submitting ACT scores 111
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 90%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 32%
SAT Math 495 average 450 - 540 range
SAT Critical Reading 500 average 450 - 550 range
SAT Writing 475 average 420 - 530 range
ACT Composite 21 average 19 - 24 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Alvernia University Financial Aid and Scholarships

Applying for financial aid at the university is flexible. 98% of the undergraduates get some or the other type of financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.

The students are requested to fill the FAFSA form to understand the financial requirement and eligibility. The Alvernia University federal school code is 003233.

  • Some of the Federal Aid provided includes the Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Loans and Federal Work-Study programs. 

  • The State Aid provided includes the Pennsylvania State Grant and Out-of-state Grants.

  • The Institutional Aid covered by the university includes Alvernia University Grants, Presidential Scholarship, Trustees' Scholarship, and many others.

  • The Military Aid includes Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.


Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $5,500 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2018
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $3,263 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2018
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,462 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2018
Direct Unsubsidized loan $5,462 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2018
Direct PLUS Loans $5,462 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2018
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work-Study $5,462 U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible Satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2018

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Aid

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pennsylvania State Grant $3,263 Residents of Pennsylvania. Demonstrate financial need. May 1st, 2019
Out-of-State Grants. Varies Residents of Pennsylvania. Demonstrate Financial Need. May 1st, 2019

Data Source: https://online.alvernia.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Institutional Aid

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Alvernia University Grants. $15,830 Demonstrate Financial Need. Full-time Student. Varies
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Presidential Scholarship $18,000 Merit-based. GPA 3.5. SAT 1000. Varies
Trustees' Scholarship $17,000 Merit-based. GPA 3.5. SAT 1000. Varies
Veronica Founder's Scholarship $16,000 Merit-based. GPA 3.5. SAT 1000. Varies
Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars Program $20,000 Merit-based. GPA 3.5. SAT 1000. Varies

Data Source: https://online.alvernia.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military Aid

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Post 9/11 GI Bill $18,651 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Yellow Ribbon Program Varies Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies

Data Source: https://online.alvernia.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $22,557
$30,001 - $48,000 $22,157
$48,001 - $75,000 $23,872
$75,001 - $110,000 $25,352
Over $110,000 $28,376

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 41% $3,999
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 97% $18,903
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 33% $4,424
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 97% $15,830
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 83% $10,005
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 83% $5,462
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 24,675
Military Aid
Number of students receiving (DOD) tuition assistance: 2
Total tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $3,500
Average tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $1,750
Tuition Policies for Veterans and Military https://www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/veteran/index.html
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 65 $18,247
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 58 $18,651
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 7 $14,896

Data Source: https://online.alvernia.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Alvernia University FAQ's

  What is the tuition cost of Alvernia University?


The average tuition cost at Alvernia University is $34,070 per year for full-time students and $934 per credit hours for part-time students.

  What are the majors offered at Alvernia University?


Alvernia University offers online programs across 8 majors, namely, Business Management, Health Science, Psychology, Nursing, Criminla Justice, Arts, Behavioral Science, and Education.

  Does Alvernia University offer financial aid?


Yes, the university offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans and grants which are offered to eligible students. The aids are institutionally or government funded.

  How many online programs does Alvernia University offer?


The University offers 19 online programs across 8 majors.

  What is the application deadline?


The application deadline for the university is June 15t.

  What is the address of Alvernia University?


Alvernia University is situated in 400 Saint Bernardine St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1799.

  What is the acceptance rate?


The acceptance rate of Alvernia University is 74%.

  What Division is Alvernia University?


Alvernia University is a member of NCAA Division III.

  Is Alvernia University accredited?


Yes, Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

  Are the online programs accredited?


Yes, the online programs at Alvernia University are accredited.

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