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Alvernia University is a private institution that was founded in 1958. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,366, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 123 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Alvernia University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 124. Its tuition and fees are $27,950 (2012-13).
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Located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Alvernia University offers all the best features of an outstanding university- specialized professional programs, experiential learning, internships, and a variety of leadership opportunities-in the personal setting of a college environment. A private Franciscan institution founded by the Bernardine Franciscan sisters and rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts tradition, the core institutional values- service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality are relevant today and have a universal ethical appeal. Students appreciate the small class sizes and breadth of academic programs offered, all taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and committed foremost to their students' success. This individual attention is a hallmark of an Alvernia education, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14-1 and average class size below 20. The University's 3,000 total students (1,500 traditional undergraduates) can choose from over 600 courses and 50 majors and minors the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Programs. Programs are geared toward real-world learning and preparing students for a rewarding career. Study abroad, internships, and international service trips make learning come alive and allow students to develop practical, valuable skills. Master's degrees are awarded in occupational therapy, business administration, nursing, community counseling, education, and liberal studies. A Ph.D. program in leadership is also available. Alvernia has recently invested in several additions to campus including a new laser laboratory to support science programs, state-of-the-art learning suites developed for the criminal justice program, an educational technology center that supports all majors, and a new recital hall and theater. In 2008, Alvernia received the prestigious Community Engagement Designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Alvernia has also been honored by the Templeton Foundation as one of the top 100 character-building colleges in the nation and a model of excellence in education. In addition, the University is regularly named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its achievement in community service. Alvernia's first-year experience for incoming freshmen and their intervention efforts to keep students on track academically was twice recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. New programs and community initiatives launched by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement (HCCE) and the O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Public Service build on existing efforts in civic engagement, ethics, and leadership; serving as incubators for innovation and fostering expanded faculty and student collaboration. The HCCE is an emerging catalyst for creating strategic community partnerships and for establishing Alvernia as a regional leader in community-based learning. The O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service houses the many leadership programs of the university created for a range of individuals including honors students and other student leaders; those pursuing doctoral degrees in Leadership Studies; and professionals active in Leadership Berks. It will also support students and faculty engaged in community-based research and will sponsor programs and activities that address important community needs. In addition, the O'Pake Institute will link members of the Alvernia and surrounding communities in efforts to foster civic leadership and public service and will highlight the university's distinctive emphasis on ethics education. In 2008, Alvernia acquired university status and celebrated its golden anniversary--50 years of preparing graduates to achieve their personal dreams and professional success, to be engaged citizens and lifelong learners.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
When applying to Alvernia University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Alvernia University is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||75.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Alvernia University is 13:1, and the school has 61.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Alvernia University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.2 percent.
Alvernia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,366, with a gender distribution of 30.0 percent male students and 70.0 percent female students. At this school, 56.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44.0 percent of students live off campus. Alvernia University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Alvernia University offers a number of student services including health service and health insurance. Alvernia University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Alvernia University, 72 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Alvernia University.
|Students who have cars on campus||72%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Alvernia University, 87.0 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,485.
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|Tuition and fees||$27,950 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,010 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data