Information for New Incoming Students:
New students to the
university are housed based on the interests in a Living-Learning or Themed
Community. If you know of another students attending Alvernia as a new student,
you may request that person as a roommate on your Housing Application only if
you both plan on living in the same Living-Learning or Themed Community. We
always hope that all roommate matches will result in lasting friendships.
However, if things don’t work out, room change requests will be considered
after the first two weeks of classes have been completed.
Alvernia University is
committed to providing a living environment that support first year students’
academic achievement, personal interests, and/or co-curricular needs. Alvernia
requires all first year students to live in a living-learning or themed
community in one of our three first year residence halls. Alvernia offers three
distinctive types of communities for students to choose from:
We offer 11 different
communities that fall into one of these three categories. First year students
will be asked to list their top preferences of these communities when
completing their housing application.
- Curricular or Academic Communities
- Co-Curricular Communities
- Extracurricular or Interest-Based Communities
Academic Communities offer first year students the opportunity to live in a
community with students of similar majors and academic coursework. This type of
community allows first year students the opportunity to create study groups,
develop relationships with the Learning and Educational Planning Centers, and
focus on their academic coursework. There are three Academic Communities: (1)
Health Sciences, (2) Mathematics & Sciences, and (3) Business, Arts,
Theology, Communication, and Humanities (BATCH).
Sciences: The Health Science
community is a community for Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Athletic Training,
Health Sciences, & Behavioral Health Students.
& Sciences Community: The Mathematics
& Sciences community is a community for Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry,
Biochemistry, Forensic Science, General Science, and Physics.
Arts, Theology, Communication & Humanities (BATCH) Community: The Business, Arts, Theology, Communication,
& Humanities (BATCH) community is a community based for most of our Arts
& Humanities programs.
Co-Curricular Communities offer first year students the opportunity to live in
a community that engages them in the mission, spirit, and activities that the
university offers all of its students. This type of community allows first year
students the opportunity to get more involved in students organizations &
campus life while giving them valuable leadership and life skills. There are
five Co-Curricular Communities: (1) Crusader Spirit, (2) Academic & Career
Explorations (ACEs), (3) Ignite Student Leadership, (4) Common Ground-Global
Education & Awareness, and (5) Serving Reading.
Spirit: The Crusader Spirit community
is designed for students that want to fully immerse themselves in the
traditions and campus life at Alvernia University. Activities include
participation at athletic events, involvement in student activities, etc.
& Career Explorations (ACEs): The
ACEs community is designed for students that entering Alvernia University is an
undeclared major. The community partners with the career center to assist the
students in examining potential majors and career options throughout their
Student Leadership: The Ignite
Student Leadership community is designed to engage students in the process of
leadership development. The students in this community will participate in a
two semester leadership seminar designed to assist them in becoming strong
Ground-Global Education & Awareness: The Common Ground community offer students the opportunity to engage in
conversations and experiences which highlight the growing diversity of our
local area of Reading and the nation.
Reading: The Serving Reading
community will offer students the chance to engage in one of Alvernia’s core
values…service. Students will have the opportunity to participate in community
specific service projects through our Holleran Center for Community Engagement.
Extra-Curricular Communities offer first year students the opportunity to live
in a community with students that have similar personal interests. This type of
community allows students to make social connections with students that share
similar personal interests. There are three
Extra-Curricular Communities: (1) Outdoor Activities & Recreation (OAR),
(2) Fitness, Athletics, Sports, & Training (FAST), and (3) Just Arts &
Activities & Recreation (OAR): The OAR community is designed for
students who enjoy outdoor lifestyles. Students who enjoying hiking, playing
disc golf, or other similar activities will feel right at home in this
Athletics, Sports, & Training (FAST): The FAST community is designed
for students who lead a more active lifestyle in terms of exercise and personal
- Just Arts
& Music (JAM): The JAM community is for students who enjoy talking
about new musical artists, singing or playing musical instruments, painting,