Alvernia

Alvernia offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors that are uniquely combined with a strong liberal arts foundation to develop critical thinking, communication and an understanding of human behavior.

About the University

The roots of Alvernia University were planted in 1926 when the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis established an orphanage in the building now known as Francis Hall; eventually the orphanage became an elementary school. Beginning as a college for the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters in 1958, the institution became a four-year liberal arts school. Alvernia received its charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1960.

Alvernia soon opened its doors to female students from the laity while the first male students were enrolled in 1971. Since that time, the University has grown in both educational opportunities and enrollment.

Alvernia’s student population has grown from 23 freshmen and eight sophomores in 1958 to a current enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, men and women. Alvernia grants degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursings

Graduate programs were added in 1999 and have grown to include seven master’s degrees (MA, MBA, MED, MSOT, MA-Community Counseling, MALS, MSN) and a recently added Ph.D. program in leadership.

On September 25, 2008, officials announced that it had attained university status and would be hereafter known as Alvernia University.st prestigious international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), Association of MBAs (AMBA), and EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System).

MISSION

Alvernia embodies the following Franciscan values:

* Reverence for the dignity of each individual

* Service to others in the local and global community

* Hospitality as expressed in an openness to all

* Formation of a caring community

* Education of the whole person — mind, body, heart and spirit

* Gospel-centered values.

* Reverence for all creation

* Care for the environment.

* Belief in the basic goodness of life as demonstrated through the expression of joy and optimism.

* Using the Franciscan intellectual tradition in education.

* Commitment to social justice.

* Sense of responsibility to others.

* Development of moral integrity.

BACHELORS

4 Years

Fee: $19,550/ year*

4 Years

Fee: $19,550/ year*

4 Years

Fee: $19,550/ year*
MASTERS

2 Years

Fee: $57,475/ year*

2 Years

Fee: $57,475/ year*

2 Years

Fee: $57,475/ year*

2 Years

Fee: $57,475/ year*

2 Years

Fee: $57,475/ year*

2 Years

Fee: $57,475/ year*

Admission process