Alvernia is a comprehensive university that empowers you through real-world learning to discover your passion for life while providing a values-based education that will turn what you love into a lifetime of career success and personal fulfillment. On our beautiful, 136 acre campus in Reading, PA, you’ll experience the personal attention of a small private college with the opportunities of an outstanding university. Alvernia offers over 50 intellectually challenging academic programs and engaging on-campus experiences. Clubs, NCAA D-III athletics, intramurals, research projects, study abroad and community involvement are all part of the mix, creating a rich, full college life.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Distance/online learning
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • Night Class Offerings
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Students who have not yet graduated from high school with a diploma or the equivalent, or students who have graduated from high school with a diploma or the equivalent but have not taken any college or university classes, are considered first year students. Students who have dual credit or college credit from courses taken while in high school are still considered first year applicants.


Students who have graduated from high school with a diploma or equivalent and have taken college or university coursework after graduation are considered transfer students.

Additional Information

Alvernia University is one of only 24 Franciscan schools in the country and is ranked in the top tier among 2019 Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll find that an Alvernia education is a great value and an affordable investment, offering a high-quality university degree at a price below most other private schools. In fact, Alvernia was recently designated as a top college by Affordable Colleges Online as one of the Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Pennsylvania. Making your college dream affordable is a priority and 100% of our students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and work study.
At Alvernia, we put our values into action through real-world academic growth experiences on and off campus. We believe direct engagement with underserved communities is a vital part of learning. Students are required to complete service hours, with many completing hundreds of hours, contributing to more than 40,000 hours of student-driven community service every year. Through real-world learning experiences, 100 percent of students prepare for successful careers.

Our world-class ethics program prepares all students to be leaders with moral courage. By developing ethical character, graduates are socially responsible citizens in the workplace and in their personal lives.

Visit us

Experiencing Alvernia University firsthand is the best way to know if it is the right school for you. Our 136-acre campus is located in a quiet residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Reading, PA, in the heart of historic Berks County. We provide a variety of visit opportunities including individual visits, one-day shadow visits, information sessions, open houses, even overnights to get a real feel for life on campus. You can sit in on a class, talk with professors and coaches, meet with admissions and financial aid counselors, and tour our beautiful campus with current students.

“I came to Alvernia because I wanted real-world experience, and I got it in more ways than one,” said psychology graduate Alyssa Keiffer, referencing her head-start internship, international service trips and organization of a simulation on life as a refugee.

Alyssa Keiffer, Student, Psychology
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Admissions office

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School location

400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607-1799, United States of America

Phone number

(888) 258-3764