Resources › For Students and Parents Alvernia University Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More Share Flipboard Email Print Alvernia University Library. AU540Up / Wikimedia Commons For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated February 10, 2018 Alvernia University Admissions Overview: Alvernia University has a fairly high rate of acceptance: in 2016, the acceptance rate was 74 percent. Students can choose to apply with either the Common Application or the university's own application. Either way, a complete application includes SAT or ACT scores, information about extracurricular activities, and an essay. Two letters of recommendation are required for nursing applicants. Admissions Data (2016): Alvernia University Acceptance Rate: 74 percentTest Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 440 / 540SAT Math: 440 / 550What these SAT numbers meanACT Composite: 19 / 23ACT English: - / -ACT Math: - / -What these ACT numbers mean Alvernia University Description: Alvernia University is a private, Roman Catholic institution located on a 121-acre campus in Reading, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is just an hour away. Alvernia is one of only 22 Franciscan universities and colleges in the country, and as such, the school has a focus on service, humility, contemplation, peacemaking and collegiality. Students can choose from over 50 majors and minors, with professional fields in health and business being the most popular. Academics are supported by a healthy 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can expect to receive a lot of personal attention from their instructors during their years at Alvernia. The university values hands-on learning, and nearly all students complete some form of internship, practicum, field work, service project, or research project. Campus life is active with over 55 student clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the Alvernia Crusaders compete in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Conference. The university fields nine men's and twelve women's intercollegiate sports. Students can also participate in a range of intramural sports such as volleyball and flag football. Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 2,872 (2,323 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 26 percent male / 74 percent female74 percent full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $32,270Books: $1,500 (why so much?)Room and Board: $11,240Other Expenses: $2,500Total Cost: $47,510 Alvernia University Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100 percentPercentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 97 percentLoans: 83 percentAverage Amount of AidGrants: $18,903Loans: $10,005 Academic Programs: Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Behavioral Health, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Nursing Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates: First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82 percentTransfer Out Rate: 37 percent4-Year Graduation Rate: 37 percent6-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent Intercollegiate Athletic Programs: Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross CountryWomen's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Field Hockey, Cross Country Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics Interested in Alvernia University? You May Also Like These Colleges: If you're looking for a school nearby to Alvernia that's also affiliated with the Catholic Church, and with the Franciscan order in particular, be sure to check out such schools as Neumann University, St. Bonaventure University, Felician University, Saint Francis University, or Siena College. Widener University, Messiah College, Arcadia University, and Lycoming College are also great options. These school are generally the same size as Alvernia, and all are in the same Division III athletic conference.