Record Breaking Class of 2019


At 405 students, Alvernia’s Class of 2019 is already breaking records. Not only is it one of the largest incoming classes in university history — but it also boasts the strongest academic profile of any first year class.

“Interest in occupational therapy, nursing and the just launched Doctor of Physical Therapy program is fueling growing student enrollment at Alvernia,” said Rebecca Finn Kenney, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Planning.

“New majors like finance, environmental biochemistry and healthcare administration are also gaining notice and attracting students.”

Kenney said many students are increasingly attracted to Alvernia by the strength of other programs like its health science and human services programs that include athletic training, criminal justice, social work, behavioral health and healthcare science.

About the Alvernia University Class of 2019
• Second largest class in school’s history
• Strongest academic profile in school’s history
• 80% living on campus
• 25% are from out-of-state
• 33% are athletes

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New students are already taing part in Orientation Weekend, which offers one activity after another all weekend long to help students get immersed in the university experience and meet like-minded friends.

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One major activity this weekend is Orientation Day of Service. Part of the First-Year Experience, the full class — led by upperclassmen, faculty and staff — will be bussed into Reading to clean up neighborhoods and children’s recreation areas all across the city. Though their efforts more than 15 city sites will impacted.

The service project is tied to the Freshmen Common Reading: “The Other Wes Moore” — a book about two men with the same name who grew up in Baltimore, Md. The author became a Rhodes Scholar, while the other Wes Moore is serving a life sentence for murder. Throughout the fall semester, first-year students will discuss parallels between the cities of Baltimore and Reading – through the eyes of those born in poverty and those from privilege. The author will speak to Alvernia’s Class of 2019 during an open event on main campus, Sept. 29.

Upper-class students arrive at Alvernia University on Sunday, and classes begin on Monday.

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Follow #gotserviceAU to see Alvernia students in action.

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