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Alvernia University

Reading, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate70%
Acceptance Rate70%

About Alvernia University

Alvernia University Overview

Alvernia University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Reading, Pennsylvania. Alvernia University was founded in 1958 and enrolls around 2,560 students per year year, including 2,045 undergraduates. Alvernia University ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,019 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Activities at Alvernia University

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Alvernia University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Alvernia University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Alvernia University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Alvernia University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Alvernia University on the Student Life page.

2022 Alvernia University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 86%
Tuition $37,780
Percent of Need Met 65%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $22,520

Is Alvernia University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer look at what Alvernia University offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Alvernia University

Alvernia University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Alvernia University is 70%. Last year, 3,683 students applied to Alvernia University and 2,579 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Alvernia University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 71% of students who start at Alvernia University come back for their second year of college. Around 61% of students who started at Alvernia University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Alvernia University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Alvernia University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Alvernia University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Alvernia University meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Alvernia University full-time are awarded $22,520 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $51,958 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Alvernia University.

Based on this information, does Alvernia University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Alvernia University a good school for you?

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Where is Alvernia University?

Alvernia University is located in the suburban setting of Reading, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

If you want to see Alvernia University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 76 to Reading, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Reading Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Alvernia University and Reading are like without leaving home.

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College Info

400 Saint Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607-1799

Campus Setting: Suburban

Alvernia University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Alvernia University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Alvernia University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Alvernia University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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22 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Alvernia University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Alvernia University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Alvernia University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1110


Math SAT Range

470 - 560


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1110 and Above


950 to 1110


950 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Alvernia University students is 1038. Applicants with SAT scores of 1110 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Alvernia University, while applicants with SAT scores between 950 to 1110 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 950 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Alvernia University.

Alvernia University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Alvernia University is like? There are approximately 2,560 students enrolled at Alvernia University, including 2,045 undergraduate students and 515 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 70% percent are from PA and 30% percent of students are from other states.


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