Alvernia University

Alvernia University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Alvernia University Ranked?

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Alvernia University was awarded 66 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general health services/allied health/health sciences.

Overall Quality

Alvernia is ranked #857 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Alvernia held the #1,273 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Alvernia is also ranked #60 out of 117 schools in Pennsylvania.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Alvernia?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Alvernia University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 70%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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Alvernia University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Alvernia University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Alvernia University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Alvernia University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Alvernia University is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Alvernia the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 42%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  42 out of 100

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Alvernia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,045 undergraduates at Alvernia with 1,655 being full-time and 390 being part-time.

How Much Does Alvernia University Cost?

The overall average net price of Alvernia is $30,641. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Alvernia

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$26,553 $23,745 $24,953 $29,420 $37,358

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Alvernia, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Alvernia, approximately 97% of students took out student loans averaging $9,695 a year. That adds up to $38,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Alvernia is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Alvernia Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Alvernia make around $48,680 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Alvernia students since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Alvernia University make the most money.

Location of Alvernia University

Alvernia University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Alvernia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 400 Saint Bernardine St, Reading, PA 19607-1799
Phone: 610-796-8200

Alvernia University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 40 majors graduated from Alvernia University. Of these students, 474 received undergraduate degrees and 193 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 96 $66,956
Health Sciences & Services 41 $32,466
Criminal Justice & Corrections 35 $36,786
Business Administration & Management 28 $66,259
Public Health 22 NA
Accounting 21 $45,308
General Psychology 18 $31,572
Finance & Financial Management 16 NA
Social Work 15 $36,850
Other Health Professions 13 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Alvernia University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Alvernia

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 891 students took at least one online class at Alvernia University. This is an increase from the 732 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 891 366
2018-2019 732 339
2017-2018 732 364
2016-2017 816 350
2015-2016 775 268

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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