Location
Reading, PA
Undergrads
1,689
Tuition
$27,950
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 343 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and Wellness is great, and can help if you're not feeling well or pull a muscle, however sometimes it is difficult to set up an appointment if you work as well as have class, because they close at 4. If you don't have many classes or don't intend on working, then it is simple and quick and effective. I've never heard of anyone being sexually assaulted on campus so I feel very safe walking from building to building no matter what hour.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all types of guys at school, however there are many many guys that play sports, and those are the ones who enjoy partying every weekend. Not all partiers are sporty though, some are just your average fun-loving people who are outgoing and easy to get along with. Then there are the guys who are more into school, or just don't have any interest in drinking. There are a fair amount of guys in the math and science programs who are extremely intelligent and fun, but there are also a great deal of athletic trainers. Either way, sporty or not, the guys are all very friendly, polite, outgoing, and great to be friends with.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's really not too much of a problem, because most people are accepting of everyone, however the predominant "look" of someone at Alvernia is a well-off, sporty white girl. But really, there are all types of people, just small groups of them.

College Freshman

Greek Life: No greek life. There are no frats or anything. Sports teams are very tight and they throw their own parties every weekend, so those could be considered the frats of school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There isn't much of a real strictness on campus, other than drinking. People still do and are able to drink (underage), but if people are being loud or obvious, they will be taken care of. Also, if anyone gets alcohol poisoning, the RA's are helpful and are more concerned about your safety rather than getting you in trouble. It's all about safety and consideration at Alvernia. Don't be obnoxious or rude while others are sleeping, and don't be reckless with yourself or others.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are so many wonderful professors at Alvernia who really care, and are extremely interesting and helpful. This is the majority of the teachers, however there are a few duds which tend to be the adjuncts, but I'm not saying that all of them are, just a few. Overall, the staff and the curriculum is relevant and challenging, yet very beneficial and top quality.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Although I have just finished my first year as an OT, the program is still relevant and important with certain classes like A&P, despite it's difficulty, it is still important to prepare yourself for the more challenging classes ahead. Everyone I know in the program loves it, and find that the opportunities through fieldwork in their junior year, and the experiences that go along with it are very meaningful.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Reading is an interesting place. While driving up the main strip (Lancaster Ave.) it may seem like nothing special, just a place that has what you need like a CVS, Giant, gas stations, fast food, etc. But if you go into the city, it is really very nice (in certain parts). There is the library and goggleworks and the park, and enough pretty curches and interesting buildings. It is a nice sight to see, and it's really close to campus. Other than the city, there is Wyomissing, which has neat little shops and nice places to eat, along with interesting architecture as well. There is much more to the area if you go out and explore, rather than passing by the main drag to get to school.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Alvernia does offer a bit of help, but they're rather over-priced in general, so their aid isn't too helpful. It is likely that even if you have a presidential scholarship, loans, a grant or two, and one outside scholarship, you'll still be left with a significant chunk. If you contact them they will work with you, and pull some strings, but you've got to cover some yourself.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No one really lives off campus. You're expected to stay there all four (or five) years. There are communities and houses right outside campus, but people already live there. There is this apartment building off-campus, but I don't know of anyone who lives there, it is an option though, but I have not heard good or bad news about the place. That is essentially the only off-campus place the school offers. But there's really no reason to live off campus at Alvernia unless you're just a commuter.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball and baseball are huge at Alvernia. Basketball possibly more so, since it is the winter months and that's the only time people really get out, but our team is also VERY good. Everyone is really pumped for games and everyone shows up, however people don't necessarily yell and scream as much as a big school game. People get hyped, and there are always the really obnoxious but funny people making comments, but I think people wish there was more excitement and they want to be excited but they just don't. Despite that, the games are still very entertaining due to our excellent team.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the variety and freedom you get in deciding

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The education major isn't big on campus so you get a lo more one on one time with professors

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The choices vary but living off campus is worth it

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food is good and reasonably priced

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College Junior

Greek Life: There are no fraternities on campus

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4 College Junior

Majors: This is one of the best nursing programs around the area

College Junior

Majors: Haven't had this art yet

4 College Junior

Diversity: This is a catholic school but they are very understanding of differences

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The program I am in is a very good one

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They are helpful for the most part

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I have always lived here

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I don't associate much with campus life

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have a home off campus

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't live on campus

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