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Profile of Alvernia College

Alvernia College is a regional Franciscan private college located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The College offers a variety of undergraduate majors in fields such as accounting, business, communication, computer information systems, criminal justice, education, marketing, nursing, psychology and more. Established in 1958, Alvernia started out as a small liberal arts institution but over the years has evolved into a recognized college of higher learning with over 5, 000 alumni and two satellite campuses in Pennsylvania; one in Philadelphia and the other in Pottsville.

Points of Distinction

  • Student-faculty ratio of 1
  • Internship and community service opportunities for students
  • Financial assistance for qualified students
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Course Topics

Alvernia offers numerous academic programs. The following are of particular interest:

Certificate programs:

  • Elementary, Secondary or Special Education Certification
  • Principal Certification
Masters Degree Programs:

  • Master of Arts in Community Counselling
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for Community Leadership
  • Master in Business Administration
  • Master in Education with Emphasis in School Health and School Nurse Certification
  • Master in Education
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership

Alvernia College Admissions

Applications for admission may be obtained from the office of Admissions or from the school's website. Applicants should have an official copy of their high school record sent to the office of Admissions, along with the official results of their SAT or ACT. A personal interview, while not required, is often desirable. All interested students and their families are invited to visit Alvernia for a tour of the campus and a personal interview with a member of the Admissions office staff.

Alvernia College Faculty Quality

The faculty consists of 83 full-time and 190 part-time members, and is as widely diversified as the many fields of interest that its members represent. Instructors publish widely in professional journals and other media, present papers and moderate conferences, and serve on boards and committees of professional associations.

Alvernia College Student Enrolment

Alvernia boasts a total Enrolment of more than 2, 800 men and women. Approximately 70% of the Student Enrolment consists of undergraduates.

Alvernia College Student Life

Over 75% of the school's first-year students live on campus. Options for on-campus living include traditional residence halls, suite-style apartments, and townhouses. All residences have phone, cable TV, and high-speed Internet access. More than 500 Alvernia students are active in over 50 student groups, and numerous activities are scheduled throughout the year. The Reading campus is situated on peaceful, tree-lined grounds with modern campus buildings overlooking Angelica Lake. Downtown Reading, about 3 miles from the campus, offers a mix of cultural and entertainment venues.

Programs of Study

(Note:Not all programs are necessarily available at all locations. )

  • Education General
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counselling
Health and Human Services
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counselling
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management and Administration
  • Business Administration and Management General
Medical Assisting and Nursing
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
  • Philosophy General
  • Education General
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
Alvernia College Degrees or Coursework

(Note:Not all degrees and coursework are necessarily available for all programs of study. )

Degrees or Coursework
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate
  • Master
Alvernia College Campus Locations

  • Melrose Park
  • Pottsville
  • Reading

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