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Reviews 357 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I know that there are flyers around campus advertising off campus housing. I know there are many options and many people would rather live off campus because of the freedom.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus is strict about things that are necessary such as underage drinking. One thing that bothers most students is how strict public safety is with parking and giving tickets.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: The student center is a great place for students to get involved. Our cafeteria is in the student center and there are always club fairs or job fairs. Students should come with their resumes for jobs and ready to learn about many things to get involved with!

3 College Senior

Greek Life: We only have about two Greek organizations. I am a part of Alpha Phi Omega which is a service fraternity.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love chipotle the best. My teammates and I go there at least once a week. Everyone loves it. Unfortunately there is no student discount. There is a student discount at a local pizza place though.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I am from the area so I do not think it is really anything special because I have lived here my whole life. I do know that people enjoy going to the pagoda, shopping, and going to blue marsh.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food is not bad at all. The hours are just inconvenient at times. I play volleyball so once I am done practice the cafeteria is closed. Then I am forced to use my bonus dollars at courtside, which is another dining option.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I play volleyball and I feel like we are not treated the same as some of the other sports. A big sport to go out & watch here is Men's basketball. The gym is packed with students and the student have a lot of school spirit!

4 College Senior

Nightlife: I am 21 now so I usually go to the bar. There are only two bars that are fairly close. Being able to get out and away from academics once and a while is nice. I think it has a positive impact because I am able to take my mind off of schoolwork/work for a little while.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Anytime an incident occurs, which is rarely, we are notified immediately. Also, public safety is always around campus. We also have emergency phones on campus in case we ever need to get in contact with someone immediately.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I work in the financial aid office at my school as a workstudy. It is very busy here! So I understand why sometimes things are slow for the students. I work here to hopefully make it easier for some students and parents. Tips that I have are to do everything as soon as possible! Then one is not running around and freaking out last minute. Also to apply for as many scholarships as one can. It is a hassle to apply for some of them but if it is awarded, it is totally worth it!

4 College Senior

Diversity: I do not really pay attention to everyone's differences. I accept people of all kinds. I treat everyone the same so I do not really point out and notice everyone's differences.

4 College Senior

Majors: I just changed to a psychology major last year and my psychology adviser was extremely helpful. It was easy and I am happy to be in a major I enjoy!

4 College Senior

Majors: I love that we must complete hours at an internship. It allows us to finally get into what we want to do. I also like that we are required to find our own internship. It let us take responsibility and be able to choose the exact field we are interested in.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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