Alvernia University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a private institution situated on a 121-acre site in Reading, Pennsylvania. The school boasts a focus on service, humility, contemplation, peacemaking, and collegiality. You can choose from over 50-degree options, with the disciplines of health and business being the most popular. Academics are supported by a healthy 13:1 student/faculty ratio, and students can expect to receive much personal attention from their instructors during their years at Alvernia. The institution values hands-on learning, and nearly all students complete some form of internship, practicum, fieldwork, service project, or research project. Student life is active with over 55 student organizations and clubs. When it comes to athletics, the Alvernia Crusaders play in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Conference. The institution sponsors nine men’s and twelve women’s collegiate sports. Students can also engage in a range of intramural sports such as volleyball and flag football.


  • Total Enrollment: 2,792 (2,196 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 30 percent male/70 percent female
  • 77 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $35,100
  • Books: $1,500
  • Room and Board: $12,340
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $51,440

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99 percent
    • Loans: 97 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $15,096
    • Loans: $9,834

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; and Education

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Alvernia University Admissions

Alvernia University has a high rate of acceptance: in 2018, the acceptance rate was 68 percent. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data

  • Alvernia University Acceptance Rate: 68 percent
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/570
    • SAT Math: 470/560
    • ACT Overall: 17/23
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Alvernia University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Alvernia University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Alvernia University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Northridge

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Alvernia University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to Alvernia University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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