Alvernia is a thriving small university that combines all of the best features of a small college with the range of opportunities typically found only at large universities. Alvernia empowers students through real world learning to discover their passion for life while providing the training and education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment. Our students follow their hearts into productive careers and vibrant lives where they help make the world a better place.
The university supports a rigorous and caring learning community that is welcoming to approximately 3,500 students who hail from diverse geographical, cultural and religious backgrounds. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania, the university is conveniently located one hour from Philadelphia and within an easy drive of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Satellite campus sites are also in the Philadelphia and Schuylkill County areas.
With a College of Arts and Sciences and a College of Professional Studies, Alvernia today offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors. Programs offered include majors in:
Alvernia also provides a range of other graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels through its School of Graduate and Adult Education, including a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership.
All undergraduate classes are taught by faculty members and never by graduate students. Many faculty are leading scholars and/or active, experienced professionals in their fields. Alvernia students benefit from mentoring by faculty and the personal attention afforded by small class sizes and real world application of their studies via an extensive network of field experiences, internships and service projects.
As one of only 22 Franciscan institutions in the country, Alvernia’s focus on caring for each other, the environment and the community are joined with a challenging educational experience to provide an unparalleled environment for students to grow, develop and mature as individuals and professionals.