First Year Experience

First Year Advising

At Alvernia, we believe that advising is a fundamental part of the learning experience; it helps students understand not only curriculum requirements but the variety of elements that make up a rich and successful college education.  First year students are advised by their First Year Seminar instructor.  In addition to helping students build a relationship with their advisor - students will see their advisor each week in class - this formal connection between advising and the classroom allows faculty to approach advising as a form of teaching and students to approach it as a form of learning.  Many of the topics covered in the seminar - liberal learning, self-reflection, educational planning - are at the heart of the advising relationship and help students establish the strong foundation they will need to shape a complete education.

First year advisors use the advising relationship to: 

  • guide students in course selection and registration
  • help students learn methods to transform information into knowledge
  • encourage students to connect their academic and personal interests with co-curricular opportunities
  • promote individual responsibility and independence
  • prepare students for learning at the next level

Students are expected to assume the following responsibilities as advisees:

  • Accept personal responsibility for academic success
  • Make use of campus resources as recommended by advisors
  • Provide advisor with accurate and honest information during meetings
  • Become knowledgeable about University programs, policies, and procedures
  • Keep personal records of academic progress
  • Follow through on action plans created in collaboration with advisors

Advising Curriculum Sheets

Accounting Athletic Training                      Behavioral Health                 Biology
Biochemistry Biology Medical Lab Science Chemistry Criminal Justice
COM (corporate and public relations) COM (journalism, media design, film) COM (theatre)             EDUC:  ECE (PreK-4)
EDUC:  ECE (PreK-4) and Dual Certification Special Education (PreK-8) English Forensic Science General Science
Healthcare Science History Human Resouce Management Management
Marketing Math Nursing Occupational Therapy
Philosophy Political Science Psychology Social Work
Sport Management Theology Theatre Exploratory Studies
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Center for Student Success

Lee Ann Bieber
Student Success Coordinator

Bernardine Hall 1102

400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607
Phone: 610.796.8263

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


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