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Alvernia University
Motto Doceat Christus Vos Facere
Motto in English I have done my part; may Christ teach you to do yours
Established 1958
Type Private
President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D
Staff 206[1]
Students 2,861
Undergraduates 2,138 (1,680 full-time, 458 part-time)[1]
Postgraduates 723[1]
Location Reading, Penn., USA
Campus Urban, 80 acres (320,000 m²)
Athletics 15 varsity teams
Colors Maroon and gold
Mascot Crusader
Alvernia University logo

Alvernia University is a private university located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The school was originally known as Alvernia College changing its name in 2008.



Alvernia was founded by Bernardine Franciscan Sisters who originally only accepted members of the congregation as students. In 1961 the college received its Charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since then, the college has grown from a small liberal arts institution to a recognized college of higher learning with over 2,600 students, 5,700 alumni, and two satellite campuses — one in Philadelphia and the other in Pottsville — and still maintains its strong ties to the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters.


Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and offers degrees in 40 majors with 21 minors. Undergraduate degrees are Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work. Graduate degrees are Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

There is also a two-year program that leads to the Associate of Science degree and evening programs that include non-degree tracks.



Library holdings are 100,000 print, audiovisual, and computer materials; approximately 900 periodicals and 400 current subscriptions. The Library supports Polish-American and Italian-American cultural centers.[2]


The Pennsylvania Department of Education has granted university status to Alvernia College in Reading. The school is now known as Alvernia University. The announcement was made late morning on September 25, 2008 during a ceremony attended by students, faculty, and staff. "University status reflects what we have already become due to the extraordinary growth and progress of recent years," said Dr. Thomas F. Flynn, president of Alvernia University.

The school has also unveiled a logo showcasing its new identity. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled at Alvernia, which has a 123-acre (0.50 km2) campus in southwest Reading and two academic centers in Philadelphia and Pottsville. 2008 marks the school's 50th anniversary.[3]

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Coordinates: 40°18′36″N 75°56′06″W / 40.310°N 75.935°W / 40.310; -75.935


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