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Alvernia combines the personal touch and attention of a small private
college with many of the opportunities of an outstanding university. It’s the best of both worlds! As a student, you’ll benefit from our liberal arts foundation that offers a well-rounded education to help you develop your own opinions, attitudes and beliefs. You’ll also receive first-rate professional preparation to provide you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need for career success after graduation. If you are like most of our students, you’ll appreciate the small class sizes and breadth of our academic programs all taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and equally committed to your success. Alvernia is a great value among private universities, and we work hard to keep our costs affordable for families. In fact, when compared to other leading private colleges, you’ll find our tuition cost is less than the national average. We also offer generous scholarships and financial aid to help you realize your college dreams. As one of only 22 Franciscan institutions in the United States, we promote a values-based learning philosophy guided by the ideal of “knowledge joined with love” that shapes our educational philosophy and strong campus community. Our emphasis on developing ethical leaders with moral courage is blended with a commitment to service in a campus environment that provides our students the ideal setting to grow and develop.
Employers often tell us that they look to Alvernia first when they’re hiring because they know that with an Alvernia graduate, they’re hiring someone with high ethical standards. Dr. Thomas F. Flynn, Alvernia University President
With a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of less than 20, the Alvernia experience is personal. The Student Center, pictured here, is a hub for campus activity.
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Athletics & Recreation......................................... 28
Spiritual Life......................................................... 13
Career Connections............................................. 32
Service & Leadership........................................... 15
Campus Visit........................................................ 35
Residential Life.................................................... 18
Financial Aid........................................................ 37
Student Life.......................................................... 20
Apply for Admission............................................. 40
Around Alvernia .................................................. 23
Programs of Study............................................... 41
academics learning without limits Alvernia offers a range of academic programs with
We want every student to reach their full potential
a learning approach grounded in the real world.
and we offer resources to do just that. The Learning
As a student you will have access to more than 50
Center is available to students who would like assis-
majors and minors in nearly every field to prepare
tance in most courses, with peer and professional
you for your career of choice.
tutors available to help students build skills in writing,
With a foundation in the liberal arts tradition, our
math, science and foreign languages.
curriculum and instruction will help develop your
Learning at Alvernia comes to life through hands-on
critical thinking skills and encourage you to explore
experiences such as:
your own ideas. It’s an approach that produces well-rounded individuals who are ready to succeed no matter what path they choose. For students who seek greater intellectual challenges, our honors program is ideal. It’s designed to encourage academic excellence and facilitate the exchange of ideas between students with different interests
Domestic and international service projects, including programs with the Holleran Center for Community Engagement and the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership & Public Service Study Abroad and internship opportunities Our unique Washington Center Experience
and in different disciplines.
knowour faculty Victoria Williams, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science
Students are chosen for the Honors Program because we believe that they will thrive in this environment and achieve academic excellence.
Alvernia combines the diverse academic opportunities of a thriving university with the personal attention of an outstanding college.
Learning for Real Life
Preparing you for a successful career and a rewarding future is a priority at Alvernia. You’ll learn about life and develop as a person. But equally important, you’ll get the training and knowledge needed to land that first job after graduation. Our graduates go on to work at many top organizations, including Boeing, Calvin Klein, Disney, Coca-Cola, ESPN, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard and the FBI, to name just a few. Others choose to attend graduate school at places such as the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, Seton Hall, Lehigh, Villanova, Temple and Ohio State. To support our students’ academic success, we have recently invested in a number of multimillion-dollar additions to our campus, including: A laser laboratory supporting our science programs A state-of-the-art learning suite for our criminal justice and counseling programs A theater and recital hall An Educational Technology Center and media suite An art gallery, music studios and rehearsal spaces An expanded Library Learning Commons equipped with the latest technology and resource options These are only the most recent features of the renaissance occurring on our campus. It really is an exciting time to be at Alvernia!
Mary Ellen Wells, J.D. Associate Professor of Business
We are nurturing and caring, but we are going to push you to do your best. 6
Completed in 2006, the O’Pake Science Center is Alvernia’s largest academic building and is equipped with 10 state-of-the-art laboratory/SMART classrooms.
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences links learning with a strong liberal arts foundation, providing you with a well-rounded education that gives the options you want in choosing your future. Core courses in the sciences, humanities, social sciences and foreign languages open your mind to new ideas and ways of thinking. They help you learn to think critically, communicate effectively and solve complex problems — skills that are vital for career success and for a fulfilling life. This kind of focus further hones your intellectual abilities while preparing you to advance your academic interests through graduate school or pursue a wide range of career paths. Our approach to learning in the College of Arts & Sciences develops your intellectual promise, fosters your ethical and moral perspectives and enhances your leadership potential. The expertise of our diverse faculty members extends Alvernia’s commitment to ethics and leadership beyond the classroom into scholarship and service.
Programs of Study Biochemistry
WRFY Y102 Radio Station
Media Design & Production
Public Relations & Advertising
I truly enjoyed my time at Alvernia; it really helped me get to where I am today.
Film, Culture & Creative Arts
(For a comprehensive list, see page 41.)
Krysta Blocher â€™10
College of Professional Programs
Alvernia’s College of Professional Programs offers a wide variety of career-focused majors for indemand professions that prepare tomorrow’s leaders in growing fields. As a student, you’ll develop highly marketable skills that will allow you to thrive in the fast-paced world you’ll encounter as a professional. You’ll be exposed to real-world lessons that will support your growth as a broadly educated lifelong learner as well as a reflective professional and engaged global citizen. As an aspiring law enforcement leader, clinician, manager, therapist or consultant, you’ll be offered
Programs of Study Athletic Training Behavioral Health Business Accounting Human Resource Management Management Marketing Sport Management Criminal Justice Administration Education
an array of field placement opportunities, often with
Early Childhood (PreK-4) & Special Education (PreK-8)
diverse populations, to develop the knowledge,
Middle School (4-8)
skills and understanding to reach your full
potential. Our professors bring their practical
experience into the classroom to anchor learning
in a setting that is ideal to help you meet your personal and professional goals.
Occupational Therapy (5-year Master’s Degree) Social Work (For a comprehensive list, see page 41.)
StudentProfile Zach Zima ’13 Major: Marketing
The Alvernia business program is helping me to gain the training needed for graduation and also to use the knowledge I’ve learned in real-life scenarios so I am prepared for the real world.
faculty Experts. Advisors. Mentors.
Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields and supportive mentors who are committed foremost to their students’ success. Outside the classroom, many regularly publish books and articles, present scholarly works at national and international conferences and serve as experts to the news media. Above all, our professors love to teach and they thrive on your curiosity, enthusiasm for learning and accomplishments in and out of the classroom. They spend time with you as instructors, advisors and mentors and help you acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need after graduation.
Professors Who Care Alvernia professors will challenge you and strongly support you in your studies. Our faculty members will encourage you to reflect not only on your responsibility to stretch yourself to exceed your abilities and limitations, but also to apply your talent for the betterment of others as an agent of positive social change. Our president, Dr. Thomas F. Flynn, not only leads our university — he is active in the classroom as well. Recently, he team-taught the Faith and Doubt in Literature class with Dr. Donna Yarri and Dr. Carrie Fitzpatrick.
Beth Berret, Ed.D., SPHR Associate Professor of Business Takele Tassew, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics
Tim H. Blessing, Ph.D. Professor of History and Political Science
Di You, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology
Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D. Professor of Biology
Karen S. Thacker, Ph.D., RN, CNE Dean, College of Professional Programs
developing your mind, heart & soul
Alvernia isn’t like everywhere or anywhere else. Our Catholic heritage guides us to foster ethical leadership and service to others while promoting civic engagement as a lifelong pursuit in every career and life path. Our Franciscan mission influences all that we do, from our curriculum and culture to what we teach and how we teach it. This creates a learning environment that encourages students to follow their individual gifts to transform themselves and the world around them. Alvernia’s unique learning environment is abundant with opportunities for students of all backgrounds to enrich their ethical, moral and spiritual development. Many students are active in Campus Ministry and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which provide opportunities to engage in a community of faith, pursue a life of service and advance peace and social justice initiatives. Others enjoy involvement with Alvernia’s nationally recognized Holleran Center for Community Engagement and the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership & Public Service. The university also offers a rich liturgical life for all interested students, who are welcomed to Mass on Sunday and during the week.
Our Franciscan core institutional values â€” service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking â€” have a universal ethical appeal.
service & leadership Doing Well and Doing Good At Alvernia, service learning and volunteer opportunities abound. Youâ€™ll be inspired to help those in need through community service activities that will expose you to environmental, cultural and social justice issues as well as a variety of programs and activities. Our service trips are popular with students who want to combine their desire to help those in need with an interest in exploring cultures different from their own. Recent trips have included travel to Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, New Orleans and Appalachia. Caring for each other, our planet and our community come together with a first-class education to provide you with an unparalleled environment to belong, grow, develop and bloom â€” as a person and a professional. For more information about service learning and volunteer opportunities, visit www.alvernia.edu/about/holleran-center/community-service.html
StudentProfile Cristina Urena â€™14 Major: Psychology
Just like so many people have helped me at Alvernia, I want to help other college students in the future.
Completed in 2005, Judge Hall is situated in the heart of campus and offers suite-style apartment living.
a place you’ll call home
When it comes to on-campus housing, Alvernia makes you feel right at home. Our student housing is known for offering spacious and clean accommodations that make living on campus your best bet. Campus housing features all the latest amenities, including high-speed Internet connections, cable TV, air-conditioning/heating units in each room or suite, free laundry facilities,
Living on campus has been a fabulous experience. It has allowed me to meet many people, stay involved and grow as an individual. Kayla Morgan ’13 Psychology
study areas and much more. Housing choices include traditional residence halls, suites, townhouses and new apartment-style buildings — all just a short walk to classes and the Physical Education Center. The Student Center is the hub of campus life, with a renovated dining hall and Crusader Café, which is always open between classes and for late-night study breaks.
The two latest additions to the Founders Village residence halls, left, opened in August. With room for 185 students, the state-of-the-art facilities have fast become the most popular housing option on campus, with apartments for upperclassmen and innovative suites ideal for small learning communities. 18
At Alvernia, youâ€™ll build friendships that will last a lifetime.
student You’re Going to Love It Here While you’re here, you’ll build your self-confidence as you learn to solve problems, make important decisions and develop critical thinking and leadership skills. In between, you’ll make friendships that will last a lifetime and develop enduring relationships with faculty, students and alumni that you’ll treasure forever. But you’ll also have your share of just plain fun through your involvement in a rich campus life that includes more than 55 clubs, intramural sports, research projects, academic societies and much more!
Student Clubs and Organizations Alvernia Education Association Alvernia Theatre Club The Alvernian (student newspaper) Athletic Training Student Association Black Student Union
Phi Beta Lambda (business) Political Science Club Pre Health Club Psychology Club Science Association Sigma Tau Delta
Social Work Association
Campus Activities Board (CAB) Chorus Council for Exceptional Children
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (student chapter) Sport Management Association
Stitch to Serve
Environmental Club Game Club Gay-Straight Alliance History Club Institute of Management
Get your passport ready! Our expanded Study Abroad program will allow you to experience opportunities to study around the world while working toward your Alvernia degree. Sites include Africa, Australia, England, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
& Ethnic Awareness
Accountants InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Intramurals Athletic Board Marketing & Communication Association
Advisory Committee Student Government Association (SGA) Student Nurses Association Student Occupational Therapy Association Students Teaching Others Peace Substance Abuse Awareness Society Theology Club
around alvernia Our Hometown Alvernia is located in a quiet residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, in the heart of historic Berks County. Reading offers a mix of cultural entertainment destinations such as the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the Reading Public Museum, outlet shopping, minor-league sports (Reading Phillies, Reading Royals, Reading United and Reading Express) and concerts at the Sovereign Center. You will also find plenty of opportunities for community involvement, internships and fieldwork experience at many local businesses, agencies and organizations. The beautiful Blue Marsh Lake is close to campus, offering biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming and more. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, French Creek State Park and plenty of great golf courses are also nearby. Our convenient location is an easy car ride away from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Discover our scenic campus in historic Berks County, Pa.
culture For more than 50 years, Alvernia has been providing a
dynamic environment for students and community members to experience arts and cultural events. Whether through student performances, visiting lecturers, featured faculty
Arts & Culture
presentations or guest artists, the arts are alive at Alvernia! For many of our students, the arts are an ideal venue to
Recent Student Productions Electra Macbeth Oklahoma! Romeo and Juliet Tales of Shoogilly The Good Woman of Setzuan The Seagull The Shadow
express themselves through theater performances, concerts and art exhibits. In addition, our annual Lecture Series and Literary Festival feature world-class presenters who provide outstanding access to extraordinary learning experiences. These complement classroom activities and provide insights and perspectives from around the world. We invite everyone to participate in university events, theater performances and lectures hosted throughout the year. Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall provides a first-class venue for many arts performances and cultural events and remains the historical landmark of the university.
knowour faculty Nathan Thomas, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theatre
Our audiences and students have felt very positive about the work we have done. We welcome theatre majors and non-majors, and I am very proud of that.
Photo by Joe Craig
The Skin of Our Teeth
Itâ€™s A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre
Award-winning actor William Salyers appearing in the Alvernia student production of The Seagull.
Alvernia students perform The Shadow by Evgeny Shvarts.
Spoken Hand Percussion Ensemble
tradition Crusader Nation
Alvernia has a reputation for winning athletic teams and a fired-up school spirit. Students are known to rally around our teams and cheer on the Crusaders for both home and away games no matter the sport, while our student athletes enjoy the competition of NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, club sports and intramural programs. Since 1992, Alvernia has appeared in 28 NCAA tournaments — nine in baseball, seven in men’s basketball, six in women’s basketball, three in field hockey and one each in men’s golf, softball and men’s tennis.
Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
Alvernia competes in the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Conferences
(MAC). The MAC includes Albright, Alvernia,
Arcadia, Delaware Valley, DeSales, Eastern,
Track and Field
Elizabethtown, Farleigh Dickinson-Florham, Hood, King’s, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, Manhattanville, Messiah, Misericordia, Stevenson, Widener and Wilkes.
Tennis Track and Field *club sports
Cardio Fitness Room
Inner-Tube Water Polo
new on campus Construction is underway on the new Campus Commons featuring a large two-story fitness center, a dance/ aerobics studio and a campus “living room” complete with a fireplace. The Center will accommodate more than 100 students for leisure activities, study and programs.
Intramurals You don’t have to be a competitive athlete to enjoy sports at Alvernia. Our robust intramural program attracts students of all skill levels and interests who are involved with intramural teams to stay in shape, make friends, compete or just have fun. The turf field is the perfect spot for outdoor sports like intramural soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. It’s also a great place to cheer on the Crusaders.
Whether you’re looking to play volleyball on the outdoor campus courts or after-class disc golf on our nine-hole course, Alvernia has plenty of ways for you to stay fit and have fun! You can also take advantage of a full range of fitness programs, including Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, Tai Chi and aerobics. Or
you can grab a workout with friends in the fitness center or free-weight room.
Opened in the Fall of 1999, the Student Center serves as the hub for student activities. The first floor houses a cafeteria with a patio dining area, the Crusader CafĂŠ, and the university bookstore. The second floor is home to Undergraduate Admission and public safety offices.
career services Your Tomorrow Is Our Priority Today Anticipating your first job? Thinking
Beginning in your freshman year,
ahead to grad school? We are
you can work with Alvernia’s
already thinking about your future,
Career Development Office to
too. All the time.
start planning your future. The
Preparing you for a career and a successful, rewarding future is our priority. At Alvernia, you’ll get the
office provides easy access to a variety of on-campus resources to help you, including:
training and knowledge you’ll need
to land that all-important job or to
continue your studies at the graduate
Access to internships
level. Our career center and alumni network offer a variety of resources
Electronic job databases
for you to tap and put to work in
establishing your career.
AlumniProfile Ashley Knight ’10 Third Grade Teacher, Mooreland Elementary School
My education at Alvernia helped me with the planning aspect of my job. Alvernia prepared me for teaching with two really great student teaching experiences in a rural school and an inner-city school. 32
Partial List of Employers Caron Treatment Centers
Your Future Starts Here At Alvernia, you’ll chart your course to a bright future, just like many of our successful alumni! We measure our success by our
Children’s National Medical Center CNN Washington Bureau C-SPAN Electronic Data Systems Ernst & Young
graduates’ personal and professional satisfaction and by the many
ways they contribute to the greater good in all areas of society. Our
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graduates work in education, healthcare, social services, large and
small businesses, the media, law firms, law enforcement, all levels
of government and in many other professions and fields. No matter what your aspirations and dreams, we’ll give you the tools and support to help you thrive.
Kellogg Company Merck & Co., Inc. Missoula Children’s Theatre Philadelphia 76ers Sovereign Bank The Walt Disney Company
AlumniProfile Daniel Carr ’10 Major: Nursing Registered Nurse Pulmonary/Cardiac Unit Virtua Marlton Hospital
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Wyeth Pharmaceutical
Alvernia’s nursing program helped me understand the diagnosis and care provided instead of relying solely on a textbook.
Michael Heimbach ’88 Senior Director of Global Security at ESPN. On the set, center, with Mike Greenberg, left, and Mike Golic of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show.
Amanda Fenkner ’08 Manager, Ticket Office Business Operations at Washington Redskins
Ryan Rutherford ’09 Social Media Director Lux Performance Group, LLC
Carol Klimas ’84 President Lake Ridge Academy
Rain or shine, the campus quad is a great place to hang out and is often the site of major campus events.
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The Experience That Counts
campus visit and the tremendous impression it made on them. Visiting Alvernia is the only way to experience what makes this a truly special place where you can be yourself. We know you and your family have busy lives, so we
Driving Distances from Regional Cities
offer a number of convenient ways to experience
Alvernia for yourself. You can schedule an individual
1 hour, 15 minutes
visit or a one-day shadow visit, attend an information session or open house or get a feel for real life on campus with an overnight visit. You can meet with an
2 hours, 15 minutes
admissions counselor, sit in on a class, talk with pro-
2 hours, 15 minutes
fessors, coaches and students â€” even get to know
New York, NY
2 hours, 30 minutes
your future teammates. To schedule a visit or register
for an introductory event, call us at 1-888-ALVERNIA
New Haven, CT
or go online at www.alvernia.edu/visit.
An Alvernia education is valuable and affordable. In fact, the cost of tuition continues to be less than the national average for private universities.
Financial Aid Alvernia offers a top-quality education at a private
We offer the scholarships and financial aid to
university that fits into your budget. We under-
help you achieve your college dream. In fact,
stand that your ability to learn isnâ€™t determined
99% of undergraduates receive some type of
by your familyâ€™s income, and neither should your
financial award or aid, and our average award is
opportunity to get a great college education.
over $16,000. To see what you may qualify for,
Our staff will work with you to make your Alvernia
visit our financial aid web page and complete our
education affordable, pursuing all available
options to develop a plan to help you finance your college education.
investment in your
future Paying for Your Education At Alvernia, there are many ways to pay for your
Endowed Scholarships Federal Loans
education. Pursuing financial aid is easy, and we
Need-based Grants and Awards
encourage everyone to apply.
We also offer payment plans as a convenient alterna-
tive, featuring equal monthly payments, no interest,
Private and Alternative Loan Options
no credit review and automated payment options.
To learn more about these options and for details
about our scholarships and awards, contact the Office of Student Financial Planning at email@example.com or 610.796.8356. 38
apply Admission to Alvernia
Our friendly Alvernia attitude extends to the ease of applying for admission. Once you have decided to apply, our supportive admissions staff will help you along the way. We use a rolling admission process, which means that we constantly accept and review applications contingent on openings in specific academic majors. We recommend submitting your application as early as possible, and you may apply any time after your junior year in high school. After receiving your completed application, we make every effort to notify you of our decision within four to six weeks. To apply you’ll need to submit the following: Completed application for admission Non-refundable $25 application fee Personal essay Official high school transcripts Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency Two letters of recommendation if applying to our nursing program Thinking of making a change? We welcome transfer students who are eager to continue their career preparation at a university committed to providing
personal attention and flexible class schedules. We make it easy for you to become part of the Alvernia community and we work with you to make your transfer painless and easy.
Programs of Study Majors & Minors Athletic Training B Behavioral Health *Addiction Studies *Child Welfare *Mental Health Biochemistry B Biology Biology-Medical Technology B Business : Accounting Human Resource B Management Management Marketing B Sport Management B Chemistry Chemistry-Medical Technology B Communication : *Corporate *Film, Culture and Creative Arts *Journalism *Media Design and Production *Public Relations and Advertising *Theatre Studies Criminal Justice B Administration Education: Early Childhood (PreK-4) Early Childhood (PreK-4) & Special Education (PreK-8) Middle School (4-8) *English/Lang/Reading *Math *Math & Science *Social Studies Secondary (7-12) *Biology *Chemistry *English *Mathematics *Social Studies
English B Forensic Science B General Science Healthcare Science B History Liberal Studies B Mathematics Nursing Occupational Therapy (5-year Masterâ€™s Degree) B Philosophy B Political Science B Psychology : *General *Counseling Rehabilitation *Forensic Psychology *Sports Psychology Social Work B Theatre B Theology Undecided
Additional Minors Art Computer and Information Studies Digital Media Economics Gerontology Information Studies International Studies Music Physics Sociology Spanish Womenâ€™s & Gender Studies
Pre-Professional Programs Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre-Veterinary * emphasis B minor
Alvernia offers more than 50 majors and minors delivered in the optimal environment to grow and learn. Students in the Franco Library have access to a collection of approximately 100,000 print, audiovisual and digital materials.
At Alvernia, youâ€™ll get a personal learning experience to discover, grow and develop your own strengths. Office of Admissions 400 Saint Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607
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