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ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY, READING, PENNSYLVANIA

Reading, PennsylvaniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1958Established Year
  2838Enrollment

Alvernia University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Alvernia University is a private Franciscan Roman Catholic university located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The institute is a renowned name in the US Education System that was previously known as Alvernia College and recently gained the status of a university. There are over 2,900 students in the university including 1,500 undergraduates and around 780 graduates.

The institute is honored in the list of top 100 Regional Universities North that offers programs at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels. It also provides several pre-professional programs for its aspirants from across the globe. Nearly 63% of the classes at the university are held with students less than 20 which ensures maximum individual attention and an open room for discussion and growth of the students.

Admissions at Alvernia University are available on a rolling basis for the seasonal intakes of Fall and Spring. All the applicants require to deposit a nonrefundable fee of 25 USD when applying for the institute. The organization falls under the category of lightly selective universities for studying in the USA with an acceptance rate of around 71%.

Rankings

US News (2019) :

  • The university was ranked 94 in Regional Universities North.
  • It was also ranked 117 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.

NICHE (2019) :

  • Ranked 281 out of 1384 for Best College Dorms in America.
  • Ranked 430 out of 1692 for Most Conservative Colleges in America
  • Ranked 667 out of 1379 for Safest Campuses in America.

THE Rankings :

  • The University was placed over 600 for the US Rankings 2020.

Highlights

University TypePrivate
Campus SettingSuburban
UG Application PortalCommon Application; Official website
Annual EndowmentUSD 30.6 million
Student Retention Rate82%
Work-Study ProgramYes
Mode of ProgramsFull time; Online
Campus Housing Capacity1,022
Annual Cost of AttendanceUSD 49330
Admission Helpdesk610.796.8269;
admissions@alvernia.edu

Programs, Campus and Accommodation

Campus

  • The university campus is spread in the lush green area of over 121 acres.
  • There are diverse Clubs and Activities that the students can take part in when on campus. Some of them include Alpha Phi Sigma, Campus Activities board. Criminal Justice Association, Delta Epsilon Sigma, etc.
  • The Franco Library provides excellent resources and services according to professional standards. It has over 100,000 physical items including books, periodicals, DVD and other items.
  • The college team of the campus, Golden Wolves compete at the NCAA Division III level.
  • The university is also home to 8 men's and 10 women's varsity teams

Housing facilities/Residence

  • There are over 10 living facilities ranging from traditional suite-style dorm to apartment-style residence halls providing housing to 62% of the student population
  • The residence is well equipped with beds with mattresses, dressers, desks with chairs, wifi, high-speed internet connection, laundry services, social and study lounges in the building.
  • First Year students have their own Residence Halls- Clare Hall, Veronica Hall, Francis Hall.
  • There are also Student Center Dining Hall present along with Courtside Cafe, Kestrel Cafe, Freshens for all students to avail.

Courses

  • The institute provides an array of courses for international students including more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 8 areas of study.
  • There are many majors and minors present at the university comprising Accounting, Biochemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Criminal Justice Administration, History, Mathematics Physics etc.
  • The institute also provides pre-professional programs like dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, among others.
  • The university offers 2 Ph.D. courses namely, a doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Philosophy in leadership.
  • The most popular majors are - Business, Management, Marketing; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting; Education; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions.

Alvernia University Application Process

How to apply?

Application portal: The application can be done through the online application portal present at the university website.

Application fee: 25 USD

Application deadlines: Rolling admissions. As classes begin in January, all applications have to be completed by October 1. For the fall semester ()beginning in August, the applications must be submitted by May 1.

Basic Admission Requirements

  • Official academic transcripts translated in English
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Standardized Test Scores like - SAT/ACT or GRE/GMAT
  • Basic English language requirements for non-native English speakers: The student must score 550 in TOEFL-PBT or 190-213 for TOEFL-CBT or 5.5 and higher on IELTS.

Additional Documents: A formal Letter of Acceptance, I-20 form, Confirmation of enrollment form, Health and wellness forms, proof of residence and family income, personal information, and F-1 Students visa, Copy of Passport

Alvernia University Cost of Attendance

If you are a prospective candidate of the institute hoping to enroll at the university in the upcoming sessional year, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been tabulated below

ExpensesResidence Students living in Campus (USD)Commuter students living off-campus (USD)
Tuition and Board3535035350
Room and Board12340-
Fees800830
Comprehensive Fee550250
Books, Personal expenses, insurance, travel40004500
TOTAL5304040930

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The university offers financial aid in the form of grants, work-study programs, loans and scholarships for international students to study in the USA. About 98% of students receive some form of financial aid from the institute.

Some of the awards offered by the university are as follows:

  • International scholarship for freshman and transfer international students: The total sum of the scholarship adds to USD 10,000 annually.
    • Eligibility Criteria: Full-time student every semester. GPA of 2.5 and higher, A minimum of 24 credit points per year, Student of the Main Campus.
    • Merit-based scholarships: This category includes several awards awarded on the basis of academic excellence and includes studentships like Presidential Scholarship (22,000 USD); Trustees' Scholarship (21,000 USD) and Veronica Founder's Scholarship (20,000 USD), among others.
    • Outside Scholarships: The student can also apply for external scholarships and aids from the state or the government or apply at International Scholarships.com and International Education Financial Aid, among others sources.

Alumni Network

  • There are many Alumni Benefits, Awards, and Events for all the Alumni of the University.
  • Benefits for the alumni include Alvernia License Plate, Tuition Discount for Continued education, Career Related Services for Alumni, Publications, Transcripts, Fitness Center, Franco Library, etc.
  • Alumni awards include The Distinguished Alumni award, The Ellen Frei Gruber Award, Young Alumni Under Forty Achievement Award, Hall of Fame Award etc.
  • Notable alumni include Wayne Hoffman, Chris Ciabarra, Zach Lutz, Anthony Recker, Wade Miller etc.

Placements

The university has a superior track record of career placements and quality graduation opportunities. Nealry 95% of the students get employed or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Jobs and Internship listings are done via Handshake. Resume and cover letter reviews are done by appointment. Employer and industry connection events are held for the students at timely intervals. Career and internship Fairs and Personality, Interest and Skills Assessments events are also organized to aid the job-hunt process. Job Search assistance is provided for the same along with networking opportunities and Linkedin profile assistance.

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Alvernia University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population3534
FAFSA Code003233
Application Cost$50
Accreditation MSCHE
Average Cost of Attendance$34,070 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-80- -
IELTS-6- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score10499501148 93%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing529480578-
Mathematics520470570-
ACT211824 22%

Alvernia University Acceptance Rate

70.8%

Acceptance Rate

2179

Total Applicants

3534

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

28.3%

Male

71.7%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program70.8%
Total Applicants4004
Total Enrolled2835
Graduate
Graduate Programs70.7%
Total Applicants988
Total Enrolled699

Alvernia University Enrollment

Enrollment
Alvernia University Enrollment3534
Undergraduate Enrollment2835
Graduate Enrollment699
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate45.7%

Attendance Cost

$34,070

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$34,070 / Year
Post Graduate Program$23,550 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,500 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$11,690 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,500 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$5,100 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$3,600 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$2,500 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$2,500 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Program Wise Accreditations
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Physiotherapy ProgramsAmerican Physical Therapy Association
ProgramsAmerican Occupational Therapy Association

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
157815483018

College rating

based on 1 student ratings

8.8/10

9/10academic
9/10infrastructure
9/10placements
9/10faculty
8/10extracurricular
9/10accommodation

Reviews

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Manoj thomas, INDIA Communication
Alvernia University
Current student , Batch : 2022
8.8
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

THE EXPERIENCE OF STUDYING AT ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY

Studying at the Alvernia University links my learning with a strong liberal arts foundation, providing me with a well-rounded education that provides me the option that I want in choosing my future. The approach to learning in the university is helping me to develop my intellectual knowledge and is also fostering my ethical and moral perspectives. I applied to the university with the help of an online application form.


Course Curriculum - 

The ability to express ideas and communicate clearly is being taught to be with the help of this course. The ways to seek and tell the information is also included in the curriculum. By developing my skills and insights, and by learning to apply the evolving tools cutting-edge communication, I will be valued in the marketplace for my ability to convey concepts, relay messages, and transmit meaning.

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infrastructure
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accomodation/food
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extracurricular
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Book Store

Alvernia University Bookstore0.52 Km
Carol J Haile, Author2.36 Km
1up Collectibles3.04 Km
Symbiote Collectibles3.05 Km
Celtic Myth and Moonlight3.22 Km
Dale Shelly3.24 Km
Ollie's Bargain Outlet4.14 Km
FYE4.66 Km
Hintz Bookstore6.36 Km
Barnes & Noble6.55 Km
Golden Eagle Comics & Games7.46 Km
Your Bet7.59 Km
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Airport

Wyo Express and Taxi1.04 Km
Penske Heliport2.41 Km
Hospital Helipad East2.57 Km
Hospital Helipad west2.68 Km

Restaurant

Canal Street Pub and Restaurant1.65 Km
Judy's On Cherry2.57 Km
Speckled Hen Cottage Pub2.57 Km
Ugly Oyster Drafthaus2.62 Km
Jimmie Kramer's2.67 Km
The Works in Wyomissing3.74 Km
Building 24 Kitchen and Bar3.75 Km
Stokesay Castle & The Knight's Pub4.38 Km
Ruby Tuesday4.64 Km
Subway Restaurants4.69 Km
Quality Inn & Suites Outlet Village4.71 Km
Auntie Anne's Pretzels4.72 Km
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant4.97 Km
Plaza Azteca5 Km
Cafe Sweet Street5.96 Km
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza6.77 Km
Austin's Restaurant & Bar6.85 Km
Berks Lanes6.87 Km
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant7.04 Km
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Shopping Mall

Kenhorst Plaza1.9 Km
Shillington Shopping Center2.24 Km
VF Outlet3.48 Km
The Big Mill Shopping Center3.74 Km
Carlito Chavez ( Reconstruction of bodywork and painting )3.75 Km
Smok shope4.24 Km
Stabon Pond Plaza4.55 Km
Berkshire Mall4.69 Km
Sunglass Hut4.7 Km
Antietam Valley Shopping Center4.97 Km
The Shoppes at Wyomissing5.19 Km
Berkshire Square5.3 Km
Spring Towne Center5.92 Km
Shops at Hiesters Lane6 Km
Exeter Commons6.05 Km
Village Square6.25 Km
AT&T6.8 Km
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