Alvernia University

Reading, PA 19607

Alvernia University is one of the 109 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Pennsylvania. Its campus is small in size and located in Reading. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 371 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 286 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 77%).

Every year 60% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Alvernia University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $32,840, and fees were $800. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $32,840 and $800 respectively.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 1
Master's degree 0 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1967 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/29/2011 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT950 to 1148
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$900/credit
In State Students$900/credit
Out of State Students$900/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$755/credit
In State Students$755/credit
Out of State Students$755/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $40,500 $40,500 $40,500
ADN 70 $63,000 $63,000 $63,000
BSN 125 $112,500 $112,500 $112,500
FNP 50 $37,750 $37,750 $37,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Alvernia University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 32% $3,777
Other Federal Grant 12% $750
State Grant & Scholarships 45% $3,368
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $15,227
Federal Student Loans 94% $4,985
Private Loans 24% $16,222


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$20,185
$30,001 to $48,000$23,245
$48,001 to $75,000$23,107
$75,001 to $110,000$26,618
Over $110,000$30,269

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.

Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607

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