Guided by Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” and rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, Alvernia is a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering:
- Broadly educated, life-long learners;
- Reflective professionals and engaged citizens;
- And ethical leaders with moral courage.
five core values from the Franciscan tradition. All members of the Alvernia community including trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students embrace Alvernia’s core Franciscan values which are:
Alvernia University combines all the best features of an outstanding university, complete with specialized professional programs, experiential learning, internships and a variety of leadership opportunities, delivered in the personal setting of a college environment.
Our Franciscan Identity"Knowledge Joined with Love"
"To Learn, To Love, To Serve"
Alvernia University’s institutional identity is informed by Franciscan intellectual and artistic traditions, with a commitment to service and belief in environmental sustainability. Inspired by the missionary spirit of the Bernardine Sisters, Alvernia aims for practical, spiritual, and moral intellects who contribute to and serve their communities with grace and charity.
Alvernia History & Timeline
The roots that were to become Alvernia University were planted in 1926 when the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis established a Teacher’s Seminarium for the education of the Sisters. Thirty-two years later, 1958, the institution was expanded.Read More
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