At Alvernia, caring for each other, the environment and our community come together with a top notch educational experience to provide an unparalleled environment to grow, develop and mature as a person and professional. Alvernia prepares students for successful careers and to become engaged citizens by integrating an emphasis on ethics, principles, and social justice that flows from our Franciscan heritage.
As one of only 22 Franciscan institutions in the country, ours is a campus community that values diversity of thought, faiths and cultures and is a place of transformational opportunity for all people regardless of background or beliefs. Our Franciscan identity
is based on life changing ideals that stress compassion, humility, forgiveness and unconditional love for all people, through an understanding of the gospels of Jesus Christ.
Students’ spiritual development is paramount. It is promoted through interactions with faculty and students as well as involvement in experiences that nurture spiritual growth. With our core values
of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation and collegiality, Alvernia students learn to care about others and to be cognizant of social justice, human dignity and equality. Service learning and volunteering is part of our values-based learning philosophy that is engrained in our Franciscan heritage.
We emphasize the education of the whole person and encourage students to discover a sense of self and a strong work ethic to fully develop their unique gifts.