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Alvernia University Admission Requirements

Reading, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Alvernia University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Alvernia University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Alvernia University is 59%.  Its admission rate is the 21st lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Alvernia University and can you get accepted?

Alvernia University is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,365 out of the 5,703 who applied were admitted.

Alvernia University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Alvernia University?

59% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Alvernia University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.41 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1080 on the SAT

Alvernia University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Alvernia University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Alvernia University are to have around a 3.41 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Alvernia University accepts 59% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Alvernia University is 3.41 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #68 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Alvernia University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Alvernia University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 19.57% Good
3.75 to 3.99 15.22% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.83% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.83% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.26% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 15.22% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 5.87% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.22% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Alvernia University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Alvernia University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 7% of students submitted SAT scores and 1% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Alvernia University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 513
Math 25th Percentile 483
Composite 25th Percentile 996
SAT Scores for Alvernia University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 580
Math 75th Percentile 590
Composite 75th Percentile 1170
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Alvernia University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Alvernia University is 1080 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 996-1170. Students who get into Alvernia University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Alvernia University ranks #87 in the state of Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1080 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Alvernia University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 996 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 996, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 910, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Alvernia University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1080 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1083, you have around a 59% chance of being admitted. A 1170 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 73% chance of getting in.

Alvernia University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1170 and Above Good >73%
1083 to 1170 Avg + 59%-73%
996 to 1083 Avg - 43%-59%
909 to 996 Reach 29%-43%
Less than 909 Low <29%
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Alvernia University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Alvernia University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
ACT Scores for Alvernia University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Alvernia University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,866 2,837 5,703
Accepted 1,936 1,429 3,365
Acceptance Rate 68% 50% 59%
Enrolled 273 224 497
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Alvernia University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Alvernia University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Alvernia University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Alvernia University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=210775 IPEDS survey data for Alvernia University.


Does Alvernia University prefer SAT or ACT?

7% of students submit their SAT scores to Alvernia University. 1% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Alvernia University?

59% of those who apply are granted admission to Alvernia University. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Alvernia University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 996 and 1170. The average SAT score is 1083. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.