Location
Reading, PA
Undergrads
1,689
Tuition
$27,950
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 301 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere isnt the best but its not the worst either

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have a greek life

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and safety system at Alvernia is really great

5 College Freshman

Computers: Campus has many computers available

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public and campus transportation is really good

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My first year the financial aid was great, but i;m having problems with my second year

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug safety on campus is evident. The health and wellness center provides many activities to avoid drugs

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is nice on campus

3 College Senior

Transportation: I drive my own vehicle

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I do not need to use public transportation, however, from what I understand, the transportation around campus is among the best.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Alvernia University is a great campus. It’s atmosphere is among the top I have ever encountered (as a student and visitor). I am extremely proud to call Alvernia home.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors I have at the Alvernia are the best! Those who work in the education department are always willing to work with you and help you.They are very involved in what you do. It's great!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Being a private school they have more money to give and are willing to work with students but it is still expensive and I still require loans and outside scholarships to help me pay for college.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: For being at small school there is always something to do.

3 College Junior

Weather: The only weather that really affects my campus experience is either flooding or snow/ice storms. Our school does an excellent job at alerting students whether or not classes or the entire campus is closed due to dangerous weather conditions. Alerts are sent via text message, via e-mail, or posted directly on their school website. If snow/ice storms occur and the campus is not closed, preventative measures will be taken in order to prevent injuries from occurring to students. For example, laying down an adequate amount of salt to the walkways to and from classes.

College Junior

Transportation: As stated previously, I am a commuter. Therefore, I do not know a whole lot about the transportation provided on-campus. The bus shuttles on-campus are free of cost because it is included within one's tuition. The shuttle buses also run on a strict schedule that work around class schedules. Students are able to receive transportation from these shuttle buses as long as they live on or near the campus.

3 College Junior

Computers: As stated before, since Alvernia is a relatively small school computers are scarce sometimes especially in the library. A personal computer would be more convenient except if you need to print a document. Printing costs are included within the tuition so a student is able to use a limited amount of printing paper. Computer labs are well kept and up-to-date. The network reliability is decent although the speed is a little slow at times. The wireless is alright.

3 College Junior

Parking: Alvernia University is a relatively small school, therefore, parking spaces are fairly limited. I find myself parking on side streets quite often, depending on the time at which I arrive on-campus. Permits are of no charge, which is greatly appreciated. Ticket and fines vary depending on the violation that was committed, but they are generally not very high in cost.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The population of students and administrators is rather diverse. It is encouraged to both students and faculty to be both tolerant and accepting of different political beliefs, economic backgrounds, as well as ethnic/racial diversity. Due to the fact that Alvernia is a Catholic University, there are several required classes that must be taken in order to be exposed to Catholic beliefs. These Catholic views are presented in classes, but are by no means forced upon students to accept.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Many students make it a point to be well-dressed for class. Many students convey their personality through the way in which they dress. For example, some individuals enjoy a particular music group and will convey that through a logo on a shirt. Many relationships are established out of class if you live on-campus. Other relationships are established between students in class if you are a commuter, such as myself.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are several nice off-campus dining options. Some diners that I have visited were relatively cheap and served good quality food. A select few of these diners offered a 10 to 20% discount which is greatly appreciated, being a college student. Many of these diners are within 5 to 7 miles of the campus which is extremely convenient.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Alvernia University is located right near the inner city of Reading. It is in close proximity of the Vanity Fair outlets and the Berkshire Mall. Other attractions include many restaurants such as Queen City Diner which is about 5 miles from campus. It is generally a quite campus that is located in the back of several neighborhoods. The local attitude toward students is relatively optimistic and accepting.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a Biology major. The workload can be overwhelming at times. However, that is to be expected in any science-related majors. The science facilities are up-to-date and well kept. I enjoy many of the laboratory experiments conducted in Chemistry, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology classes. The internship opportunities are posted throughout the science department hallways and posters.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are many academic majors that are able to pursued at Alvernia. Most the majors are accredited as Bachelor Degrees. The registration process is relatively easy. Students meet with their designated advisors and then select their classes each semester before a specific deadline. The workload varies between every major.

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