In the News: 2009


12/9/2009 - Alvernia University recognizes area clergy as part of its “Year for Priests” commemoration
12/9/2009 - Winter Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, Sunday, December 13
12/9/2009 - Inaugural John Updike Conference returns “Rabbit” to his roots
12/7/2009 - Alvernia receives $600,000 grant to support inner-city program


11/12/2009 - Alvernia opens new facility in Schuylkill County


10/28/2009 - God, Science, and Designer Genes
10/16/2009 - Alvernia honors Paul Roedel, Berks Women in Crisis, and Mary's Home/Mary's Shelter
10/1/2009 - MBA Executive Leadership Class
9/29/2009 - Alvernia Hosts Alcohol Awareness Week


9/29/2009 - Judicial Ethics & Leadership Lecture
9/14/2009 - First Annual Founders Day Lecture


8/24/2009 - Class of 2013 welcomed to campus
8/4/2009 - Alvernia University expands to Sunbury


7/22/2009 - International exhibit at Alvernia University comes to a close with style


6/24/2009 - Tuition-Free Education for Veterans
6/18/2009 - Hollerans to Give Cedar Hill Farm to Alvernia University
6/16/2009 - Alvernia University Schuylkill satellite center relocating
6/2/2009 - Alvernia University pairs with Leadership Berks


5/18/2009 - Alvernia University receives new ceremonial mace
5/11/2009 - Seniors College Community Service Award


4/25/2009 - Alvernia names 2009 McGowan Scholar
4/22/2009 - Earth Day at Alvernia University
4/21/2009 - Blessing Exhibit Opening


3/16/2009 - Alvernia Spring Theatre
3/16/2009 - Comedian Michelle Buteau
3/12/2009 - A Blessing to One Another
3/16/2008 - Eleven Days in Ireland


2/25/2009 - Invisible Children
2/23/2009 - President Flynn honored by Catholic Charities
2/10/2009 - FAFSA and FUN
2/9/2009 - Alvernia University Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service
2/4/2009 - Alvernia University earns Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
2/3/2009 - Alvernia Students See Japan


1/20/2009 - Getting Electrified with Alvernia’s new Online MBA
1/15/2009 - Alvernia announces largest fundraising campaign in history

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.