Alvernia is a church-affiliated college. Founded in 1958, it adopted coeducation in 1971. Its 85-acre campus is located in the Blue Mountain area of eastern Pennsylvania, 50 miles from Philadelphia.

Website: www.alvernia.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,323
Undergraduate
Students
(73.9%) 1,716 Women
(26.1%) 607 Men
549
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
74% of 1,788 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.33
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
21 average
19-23 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$49,530
Tuition and Fees
$33,640
Room and Board
$11,890
Average Percent of Need Met
68%
Average Freshman Award
$22,520
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$51,958
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
108
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Reading Population
88,102
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
59% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Crusaders
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.6% Asian
10.5% Black/African-American
8.6% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.6% White
9.8% Unknown
International Students
0.4% from 6 countries
First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   2
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
400 Saint Bernardine Street
City, State, Zip
Reading, PA 19607-1799
Phone
(610) 796-8269
Fax
(610) 796-8336
E-mail
admissions@alvernia.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 recommended for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
74% of 1,788 applicants were admitted
Women
75% of 1,264 applicants were admitted
Men
73% of 524 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
412 (31%) of 1,332 admitted students enrolled
Women
280 (30%) of 947 admitted students enrolled
Men
132 (34%) of 385 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.33
3.75 and Above
18%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
16%
2.00 - 2.49
4%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21 average
19-23 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 11%
Top quarter: 19%
Top half: 72%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$49,530
Tuition and Fees
$33,640
Room and Board
$11,890
Books and Supplies
$1,500
Other Expenses
$2,500
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline May 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning November 25
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003233
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
333 (96.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
294 (88.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
294 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
41 (13.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
68%
Average Award
$22,520
Need-Based Gift
Received by 294 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $18,943
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 250 (85.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,206
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 31 (10.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
51 (14.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,419

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,582 (93.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,434 (90.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,431 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
192 (13.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$20,349
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,400 (97.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $16,212
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,263 (88.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,085
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 120 (8.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
207 (12.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,054

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
84%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$51,958
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
19.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Local/State Students, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,592
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Communication, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Occupational therapy
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
108
Part-Time Faculty
211
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 65% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
143,809
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
424
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Education--General
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Liberal Studies
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Psychology
  • Urban Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management

Location and Setting


Reading Population
88,102
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Campus Size
121 acres

Weather

Temperature
18.8 average low in January, 80 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Reading
Nearest Train Station
50 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
59% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
41%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Not available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Crusaders
School Colors
Maroon and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading
Men's Club Sports
ice hockey

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, student government association, student nurses association of alvernia (asna), criminal justice association (cja), sport management association (sma), science association
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,323
Women
1,716 (73.9%)
Men
607 (26.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,719
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.6% Asian
10.5% Black/African-American
8.6% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.6% White
9.8% Unknown
International Students.
0.4% from 6 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
549

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
51%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
53.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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