#51 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Alvernia University

Reading, Pennsylvania

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Alvernia University overview
Location Reading, Pennsylvania
Online alvernia.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Alvernia University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Alvernia University, established in 1958 by the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, is a private university located in Reading, Pennsylvania, within a short drive to Philadelphia. The university's 121-acre campus is noted for its modern facilities juxtaposed with a serene, wooded backdrop, facilitating both rigorous academic pursuits and reflective, peaceful study environments. Alvernia offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs, with a particular emphasis on healthcare, business, and education majors. Housing options include traditional dorms, suite-style accommodations, and townhouses for upperclassmen, promoting on-campus living for a diverse student body. Application selectivity is moderate, seeking students who demonstrate strong academic potential. Although not primarily known for its athletic programs, Alvernia fields a number of NCAA Division III sports teams known as the Golden Wolves.

In the most recent statistical year 5,703 prospective students applied, and 3,365 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 497 enrolled in the school.  1,933 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 551 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $39,100 plus fees of $1,650. Alvernia University is ranked 739 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Alvernia University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Alvernia University overview
SAT 996/1170
GPA 3.41

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Alvernia University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,650
Room and Board $14,030
Budget for Other Expenses$2,500
Total One Year Cost$58,780

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

53% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Alvernia University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 33%
Business 20%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 11%
Education 10%
Communication 5%

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