Franciscan Attributes in Higher Education Affirmed

 Alvernia embodies the following Franciscan values:

  • Reverence for the dignity of each individual
  • Service to others in the local and global community
  • Hospitality as expressed in an openness to all
  • Formation of a caring community
  • Education of the whole person — mind, body, heart and spirit
  • Gospel-centered values.
  • Reverence for all creation



In the words of our students:

“… One of the most important reasons I decided to attend Alvernia is because of their Franciscan-based model of education. Alvernia is dedicated to serving others locally and globally in order to mold their students to become servers of their community.”  Brianna Whitton  (Behavioral Health)

"The Franciscan heritage in the Catholic Church encourages learning that transcends the boundaries of the classroom.”      Mohamed Sesay (Behavioral Health)

“’The Franciscan values encompass all parts of who a person is’… because Franciscan values are not only gospel centered but are people centered.”    Helen Rolon (Behavioral Health)


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.


To Be a Distinctive Franciscan University, Committed to Personal and Social Transformation, Through Integrated, Community-based, Inclusive, and Ethical Learning.