Reading, PA
Alvernia University


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Recent Reviews

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

My school is clean, safe, and friendly.

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

My school is clean, safe, and friendly.

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

My advice is to ensure you do research on the schools. Do not choose a school because a friend/family member is or has attended that school. You need to decide what is best for you, or your child. Everyone has different needs and wants in life. Cost is another aspect to consider, you have to compare each school that you are looking at. You need to be sure to visit the school and familiarize yourself with its surrounding area. You also need to consider the degree programs available at the school. Make sure that they offer a couple programs that you are interested in. Most students change their major multiple times before actually deciding on one. Also, what extra-curricular activities are offered at the schools you are considering? Housing and transportation are also very important. You also need to familiarize yourself with the financial aid department. Dealing with this office can be very frustrating, make sure that the school you are going to attend is prompt in responding to your concerns. Despite the frustration of the financial aid office and the course scheduling fiasco, I am satisfied with my education and my choice of a school.

Joshua
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Drinking (although you can be busted if caught), volunteer service and giving back in general, Catholic-Franciscan background...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Drinking (although you can be busted if caught), volunteer service and giving back in general, Catholic-Franciscan background, and the ability to exceed expectations.

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

Parents and students have to understand that finding the right college is impossible. Whatever a college brochure or study says about a school may be irrelevant when the student actually starts in the Fall semester and experiences the lifestyle for the first time. The best measure of finding a good school is to take the time to visit the campus, ask as many questions as possible about student life and academics, and then stay over for a night and experience what a college student does. When this is done, a prospective student has the best chance in deciding whether or not the school is right for them or not.

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

The small class sizes, the open space around campus, the ever-growing facilities that allow for more activities and living on and off campus, and how easy it can be to get through classes with the right professors.

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

Alvernia is a great student-centered school.

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

Alvernia is a great student-centered school.

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

I would say pick the college that you think is right for you. Make sure you take the time to visit the colleges and get feedback from students who are currently attending there. Be open to what the campus has to offer. Focus more on your academics than on your social life. Get to know as many people as possible because you will make lifelong friends in college. Develop good study habits. Make decisions for yourself not for anyone else. Also, think wisely about your financial situation when picking a college.

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

I would say the diversity needs a lot of work at Alvernia.

Ashley
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Having the small class sizes really helps in the learning process.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Having the small class sizes really helps in the learning process.

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

Make the most of what you have, college is a once in a lifetime thing. There will be many bumps down the road but in the end it will all be worth it and you will meet the greatest people you have ever met at college.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone that is coming to only drink and party and not really pay attention the learning that is going on around them

Stefanie
Describe the students at your school.

They are all helpful and fun to be around.

Describe the students at your school.

They are all helpful and fun to be around.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a small school and everyone is so helpful and it's a catholic school.

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

I would tell them to go and take a tour of as many colleges as you can and make sure that it is the right college that you want to go. Make sure that they have a good program of whatever you want to go to school for and that there is always somewhere around that you can talk to if you need help with anything. Make sure that the campus isn't to big if you don't want to be on a big campus or if you want to be on a big campus make sure it's not small.

Christy
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The small classes. Also how well the teachers teach, they make sure you understand the material.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The small classes. Also how well the teachers teach, they make sure you understand the material.

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

I would tell them to find something that fits them. Don't just decide on a college that is going to give you the most financial aid or schloarships. The school has to be something that you are going to like for the next four years. Make the most of your college experience by engaging in any activity you can. Also try to make as many friends as possible. Most of all just enjoy yourself and make many memories that will last a lifetime!!

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

The professors are rarely available. The parking is horrible, there is never enough parking for all the students that attend.

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

Alvernia is a small liberal arts college that is constantly growing to improve itself and, although it is a Franciscan univer...

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

Alvernia is a small liberal arts college that is constantly growing to improve itself and, although it is a Franciscan university, as an institution, is open to other cultures and backgrounds (like mine) to improve its diversity and promote cultural tolerance.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Alvernia offered me an opportunity to stand out as an individual. I was able to bring who I am to extracurricular activities (and the classroom) and contribute to the enviornment. Students are encouraged to get involved. The professors helped prepare me for graduate school and helped me develop who I am as a person. I look at college as an opportunity to develop the self. And the whole of the Alvernia community really helped to make that happen (friends, faculty, other students, etc).

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

Research the school. Talk to current students (not just the ambassadors or admissions or financial aid people) and find out what really happens during the week and weekends. Talk to residence life about housing options for students. Get involved. For instance, I started two clubs on my own and am a founding member of Alvernia College's theatre program (which, by the way, has grown tremendously in five years). It doesn't matter if it's a large or small school, find something you enjoy and do it. It's your chance to totally be you (or reinvent yourself) so just do it. Don't worry about roommate situations and just handle situations as they arise. And don't be afraid to talk to people (faculty, staff, other students) to get what you need. If you want to get the most from your classes, do the work (or extra work). You may be able to breeze through by not reading a book, but you're the one paying for the credits and school. And don't forget to figure out the class to money ration -- you'll skip class a lot less when you figure it out (trust me).

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

It is very beneficial to visit the campus of each college you are interested in attending. Sometimes you will get the feelin...

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

It is very beneficial to visit the campus of each college you are interested in attending. Sometimes you will get the feeling that the campus is not right for you and other times it will just feel right. You definately need to choose one that feels like it best fits you and your needs as a student. If you attended a small high school it is usally good to also attend a smaller college since you are already used to smaller class sizes. If you attended a large high school a smaller college still might be good for you if you would like to know the students in your class as well as have a connection with the faculty. In order to make the most of your college experience you need to first choose the college that is right for you. Then you will enjoy the activities that occur on campus. There are many clubs that are available to each student that actually decide what activities should be done for the students on campus. This way students have a say in what they get to do. It is also beneficial to get involved in sports and leadership positions on campus.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person who wants to be able to skip class and get away with it.

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

Small campus with small class sizes which is geared to more of a 1-on-1 learning environment.

Bill
Describe the students at your school.

Some high school classmates and many people from my hometown.

Describe the students at your school.

Some high school classmates and many people from my hometown.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Very clean and greatly expanded the campus from when I started.

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

Start early to visit and apply to colleges. Try to spend a night or two at the college and when you pick a school try to get involved on campus. If you don't play a varsity sport then do a club sport or activity.Be very sure to get good guidance from your college counselor and if you have any doubt that the advice is incorrect them request a different person. Too many students come up short with courses needed to graduate or could have dual majors if planned properly. Students have to start from the first year to maximize their opportunity to make the most of the four years and to finish on time. The student needs to know themselves and what type of classroom situation will benefit them the most. I thought my college was small and that I might have enjoyed a large city school campus but the small class size at my school was a great benefit to me.I was a much better student my last 2 years and I went home too much during my first 2 years.I got more involved my last 2 years at school.

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  • 2,323
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $32,270
  • Acceptance rate
  • 75%

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