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Alvernia University is a private institution that was founded in 1958. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,347, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 123 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Alvernia University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 116. Its tuition and fees are $29,060 (2013-14).
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Alvernia is a thriving university that empowers students through real-world learning to discover their passion for life while providing the education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment. Students follow their hearts into productive careers and vibrant lives where they help make the world a better place. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university is conveniently located near Philadelphia (60 miles) and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With a College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies, Alvernia today offers more than 600 courses and over 50 undergraduate majors and minors including business, criminal justice, social work, psychology and a comprehensive health sciences program that includes programs in nursing, occupational therapy and athletic training, as well as tracks for pre-med, pre-dental and pre-pharmacological studies. The university also provides a range of graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels through its School of Graduate and Adult Education. Alvernia's main campus is located in Reading, with satellite sites in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County. The university supports a rigorous and caring learning community that is welcoming to more than 3,000 students who hail from diverse geographical, cultural and religious backgrounds. They benefit from faculty who are accomplished scholars and supportive mentors. Alvernia students also enjoy the personal attention (12:1 student to teacher ratio) afforded by small class sizes (average class size below 20) and real world application of their studies via an extensive network of field experiences, internships, and service projects that develop successful professionals and engaged citizens.
|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 80.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||80.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Alvernia University is 12:1, and the school has 67.2 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 Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.8 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||38%|
|Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates|
Alvernia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,347, with a gender distribution of 29.2 percent male students and 70.8 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Alvernia University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|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, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Alvernia University.
|Students who have cars on campus||70%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Alvernia University, 88 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,967.
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|Tuition and fees||$29,060 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$10,190 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data