Reading, PA
Alvernia University


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Recent Reviews

Kasey
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Alvernia is probably best known for their eclectic offerings for students. The have education, nursing, clinical services ( ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Alvernia is probably best known for their eclectic offerings for students. The have education, nursing, clinical services ( AT, OT, PT) as well as many course in criminal justice, law and forensics. It is a small campus, only about 2500 students which makes it more appealing to me.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that you choose a variety and that you take the time to visit the campus. It is best to find a campus that best suits your personality. I chose a small campus becuase it was important to me to be able to have small classes and be able to be engaged in my coursework with my professors. Also take into consideration the surrounding area and make sure that it has all that you feel you need. Lastly, make strong bonds with your dorm mates and develop a network of resourses and friendships.

What's unique about your campus?

I like the fact that I am able to begin my major coursework within the first and second year of my degree and that I am able to get my Master's degree in five years. I have made some great friends and we support each other always.

Jessica
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Alvernia University strives to help the community, create responsible citizens, and encourage learning both in and out of the...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Alvernia University strives to help the community, create responsible citizens, and encourage learning both in and out of the classroom.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When considering a college it is imperative to examine the quality of education, availability of intended major, enthusiasm of professors, available resources, and the amount of possible financial aid. Quality of education, although hard to determine from a few pamphlets and an overnight visit, can be shown through the success rate of alumni in the workforce, the opinions of students attending, and in some cases classroom sizes. If the student is looking for lecture-style classrooms, then he or she should look for schools in which many of the classrooms are structured in that way so as to get the most out of the classroom experience. Similarly, if hoping for one-on-one, approachable professors, then the student may want to examine smaller schools. The quality of education also depends on the program the school has for the student's intended major. This program should be strengthened by internship opportunities and variety in curriculum. College is designed to open the eyes of students to new opportunities, so research the interaction between the institution and community. Finally, make sure that the college is affordable and that financial aid will help with any remaining costs. Happy college hunting!

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are interested in a small school with attentive professors and friendly students.

Angela
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure to meet faculty members and advisors for your childs needs before attending..

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would of knew more about the faculty as though i feel that they dont really care about your well being

Ryan
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Alvernia is best known for its business, nursing, and its prelaw academics.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Alvernia is best known for its business, nursing, and its prelaw academics.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice i would give parent and students to picking the right campus would be to pick the one that is best known for your major and one that isn't really big but not to small. Another reason would be to pick a campus that they would be living at because i think students that live at campus get a better expierence of being responsible for themselves and a chance of being on their own.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The kind of person that should attend this school would be someone that is open minded abobut other people and easy going with people.

Kaytelin
Describe the students at your school.

The most, amazing, brilliant, well-focused, determined, athlete, compassionate people I could ever meet.

Describe the students at your school.

The most, amazing, brilliant, well-focused, determined, athlete, compassionate people I could ever meet.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure the college is what will be the best enviroment for you or your child to be at. A place were everyone is friendly and willing to help one an another. A place where they can call home and be proud of it. A place where teachers care about their students and are willing to give them more help if and when need. A place that they can say 4 yrs from now that they are proud to be alumni.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

How everyone is so friendly and everyone on campus knows each other. We are a great group of kids, having amazing athletes and the professors are amazing. Our school is like one giant family. Everyone is there for each other and care about everyone. If someone is having a bad day everyone makes that person feel better. There is not one day in the school year that I ever feel like my school choice was the worse thing ever.

Joanna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In my opinion, it does not matter whether you attend a school that has 5,000 or 50,000 people. It matters that a student mak...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In my opinion, it does not matter whether you attend a school that has 5,000 or 50,000 people. It matters that a student makes the best of their experience by getting involved on campus and making friends. Most schools offer activities and clubs that any student can find interest in at least one. By getting involved, it allows students to meet new people and find out what it is they really want to do in life. In addition, students put a lot of emphasis on the surrounding areas of the school, however I think that the most important aspect a student or parent should consider is the academic portion of the school and whether or not it contains the area of study which the student is interested. College is a time for students to find themselves and figure out a career path for the rest of their lives. It is also the last chance for students to be young and have a good time. That is why it is important to find a school that balances out those aspects in the eye of the student. Find a school that suits your personality and career interests!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school would probably be the lack of parking around campus. It is really inconvenient because all students, whether a freshman or senior are permitted to have cars, but there are definitely not enough parking spaces on campus to accomodate all of the students.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My campus is extremely clean and well taken care of. The dorms are in very good condition and provide a good living space. I like the size of the school in relation to the amount of people that go there; it is not over- or under-whelming.

Julia
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone has something unique about them here, we are all here for the same reason, yet with different long term goals. You'...

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone has something unique about them here, we are all here for the same reason, yet with different long term goals. You'll meet wonderful friends here.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When you are searching for potential colleges or universities to attend, make sure you visit! You will defnitely get the vibe of whether or not you are going to fit in, and you will see how students spend their time on a regular day. Make sure wherever you choose is best for you and suits your needs, whether it be financial aid, a specific major or academic program, or internship opportunites. It's going to be your home away from home, and you'll be spending a great deal of time there, and you want to make sure you're comfortable. Once you do choose your institution, make sure you get involved! No matter where you are, there will always be opportunities for clubs, sports, or community service. It's all about balance. Don't be a hermit, you want to get out there and mingle because you will be making lifelong friendships. But don't forget the reason you're here..keep forcused on your studies!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

This school needs to work on 1) PARKING! (although we are under construction right now) 2) 24 hour facilities including study areas and places to get food on campus 3) Either better food for the same price, or crappier food with a lowered price. the cafeteria food is not something to be excited about.

Ashley
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Alvernia is a very hands on school, yes it is Fransican but it is only as Catholic as you make it, the professors bring in al...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Alvernia is a very hands on school, yes it is Fransican but it is only as Catholic as you make it, the professors bring in alot of real world knowledge and experience into the classroom and there os always someone around to help with any questions or concerns you have.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first thing is don't limit yourself. If you know you want a small college still visit a large one. Always go with your gut. If the college really wants you they will work with you so you can attend. Be willing to make compromises. Always visit your schools and if you can do an overnight. Talk everything over.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Roommates can be the most frustrating thing. The only other frustrating thing on campus right now is the parking situation but it will soon be fixed.

Ray
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Well for finding the right college, I feel that you need to realize what you want out of your education. There are always mea...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Well for finding the right college, I feel that you need to realize what you want out of your education. There are always means of getting some kind of grant, scholarship, or loan towards school so money shouldn't be made into an issue. If you're the type of hands-on, need the professor nagging you about this or that, then a smaller college or university is the way to go. If you just basically want to waltz by in and not have to worry about attendance or anything like that then a larger school should be your choice. As for making the most out of the college experience, it all starts with the friends you make and the people you associate with. Over my 2 and a half years so far, I've made some great friends and met some great people who that I probably never would have if I didn't go to the school I went to, and I feel that many of them have had a big influence on my life. So to make the most, go out, have fun but make sure school is the first priority or honestly you will fail.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How dead it got on the weekends and how it was basically like high school all over again with the drama.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

How strict it is about anything that goes on in the dorms, and how the people who abuse their power come into your room for anything just to find something to write you up for. You get written up for having a single beer can in your room, and it doesn't matter if you're 21 or not.

Jerome
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When searching for an appropriate college to attend, be open minded. Do not become too focused on attending your dream schoo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When searching for an appropriate college to attend, be open minded. Do not become too focused on attending your dream school; there are many other colleges or universities that offer the same opportunities. Also, be sure the college you choose to attend offers opportunities for career or research experience, as they will be vital in ensuring that you are competitive when applying for a job or graduate school. Many colleges offer the same courses, but it is the out-of-classroom experience that truly makes you a competitive applicant. As with most college applicanst, money becomes an issue. However, it is important that you do not sacrivice quailty for quantity. A small private school may offer you greater monetary incentives to attend, but that slightly more expensive school may be more well equipped to prepare you for your life after college. Of course, in your search for a school, finding a college that offers a comfortable social life is important to your well-being and adaptation to your new life away from home. Those around you wil be your support group for the next 4 years. So, keep an open mind and find a college that will ensure your success.

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