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Tuition & Fees

$32,470

$32,470

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

28%

72%

male

female

1
12

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,240
Declined + 430
Total Received 1,670
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Private (nonprofit)

2,358

undergraduate students

498

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. Criminal Justice
  3. Behavioral Health
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Codes

SAT 2431
ACT 3521

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
7%
500-599
41%
400-499
44%
300-399
8%
600-699
8%
500-599
45%
400-499
37%
300-399
10%
700-800
1%
600-699
7%
500-599
35%
400-499
43%
300-399
14%
30-36
0
24-29
0
18-23
0
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
0
24-29
0
18-23
0
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
1%
24-29
31%
18-23
56%
12-17
12%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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School Facts

Alvernia is a church-affiliated university. Founded in 1958, it adopted coeducation in 1971. Its 121-acre campus is located in the Blue Mountain area of eastern Pennsylvania, 50 miles from Philadelphia.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 2,856
Established in 1958
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Accredited by •  ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)
•  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

Reading, PA

121-acre campus in Reading (population: 87,893), 50 miles from Philadelphia. Served by air and bus; major airport and train serve Philadelphia. Public transportation serves campus.

Alvernia University
400 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607-1799

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
43%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
78%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
10%
Top 1/4
35%
Top 1/2
65%
Bottom 1/2
35%
Bottom 1/4
10%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
7%
500-599
41%
400-499
44%
300-399
8%
600-699
8%
500-599
45%
400-499
37%
300-399
10%
700-800
1%
600-699
7%
500-599
35%
400-499
43%
300-399
14%
30-36
0
24-29
0
18-23
0
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
0
24-29
0
18-23
0
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
1%
24-29
31%
18-23
56%
12-17
12%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $25
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 1,240
Declined + 430
Total Received 1,670

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Recommendations

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Considered

Religious affiliation/commitment

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
State residency

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Admissions Right Now

Admissions Contact

Shanna Bossler
Associate Director of Admission & Transfer Coordinator
P: 610 796-8269
F: 610 796-2873
admissions@alvernia.edu

Cost

Tuition $31,650
Room $5,380
Board $5,650
Additional fees $820
Books & supplies $1,500
Total $45,000
Average Financial Aid - $19,663
Total with Avg. Aid $25,337

Financial Aid

64%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$19,663

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $3,844,668
State $2,951,356
Institutional $15,356,558
Other external $1,589,378
Total $23,741,960

Non-need-based

Federal $0
State $34,243
Institutional $2,913,357
Other external $751,231
Total $3,698,831

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cheerleading
cross-country
field hockey
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Middle Atlantic Conference (Division III), Eastern Athletic Conference
Mascot
Crusaders
School colors
maroon and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Athletic Training
Banking/Finance
Biochemistry
Biology
Biology/Medical Technology
Business
Business Management/Administration
Chemistry
Chemistry/Medical Technology
Communication
Communication/Theatre
Community Counseling
Community Service/Economic Leadership
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education/Special Education
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Biology
Finance
Forensic Science
General Science
Health Care Administration
Health Care Science
History
Human Resources Management
Leadership
Liberal Arts
Liberal Studies
Marketing
Mathematics
Medical Imaging
Middle School Education/English/Language/Reading
Middle School Education/Mathematics
Middle School Education/Mathematics/Science
Middle School Education/Social Studies
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Organizational Leadership
Philosophy
Physical Therapy
Political Science
Psychology
Secondary Education/Biology
Secondary Education/Business
Secondary Education/Chemistry
Secondary Education/English
Secondary Education/General Science
Secondary Education/Mathematics
Secondary Education/Social Studies
Social Studies
Social Work
Sports Management
Theatre Studies
Theology
Urban Education
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Undergraduate

83%

2,358
students

Female
72%
1,698

Male
28%
660

Graduate

17%

498
students

Female
66%
329

Male
34%
169

undergraduateFull-time

74%

1,765
students

Female
71%
1,244

Male
29%
521

undergraduatePart-time

26%

593
students

Female
77%
454

Male
23%
139

Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
12%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
64%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

42%

Transfer applicants accepted

49%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Recommended of Some
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

45

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

80%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Note-taking services

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 6
Countries most often represented Dominican Republic
Haiti
Mexico
San Salvador
Saudi Arabia
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Shanna Bossler
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
610 796-8370
shanna.bossler@alvernia.edu

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