Alvernia University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$35,350
3.76% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$27,798
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6.63%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
64.2%
3,767 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
2,731
70.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
57.2%
235 Graduates

About

Alvernia University is a higher education institution located in Berks County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Alvernia University were Registered Nursing (86 degrees awarded), General Health Services (45 degrees), and Other Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences (41 degrees).

In 2019, 764 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Alvernia University. 72.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 27.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (558 degrees), 7.97 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (70 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Alvernia University is $35,350, which is $13,324 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Alvernia University is $35,350, which is $13,324 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,798.

In 2019, 86% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 82% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$35,350
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Alvernia University was $35,350. The cost of tuition at Alvernia University is $13,324 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$27,798
2019 Value
3.37%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Alvernia University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,798. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Alvernia University grew by 3.37%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,720
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Alvernia University was of $8,720 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 3.87% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

86%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
82%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

86% of undergraduate students at Alvernia University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.38% with respect to 2018, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.63%
2017 Default Rate
55
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Alvernia University was 6.63%, which represents 55 out of the 829 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Alvernia University received 3,767 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 43.3% annual growth. Out of those 3,767 applicants, 2,419 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 64.2% acceptance rate.

There were 2,731 students enrolled at Alvernia University in 2019, and 94% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Alvernia University has an overall enrollment yield of 16.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

64.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,419
Accepted Out of 3,767

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Alvernia University was 64.2% (2,419 admissions from 3,767 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 68.4%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 43.3%, while admissions grew by 34.6%.

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SAT Scores

94%
Submission Percentage
376
Scores Submitted

94% of enrolled first-time students at Alvernia University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Alvernia University has a total enrollment of 2,731 students. The full-time enrollment at Alvernia University is 1,931 students and the part-time enrollment is 800. This means that 70.7% of students enrolled at Alvernia University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Alvernia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 67.9% White, 11.4% Black or African American, 10.9% Hispanic or Latino, 2.86% Two or More Races, 1.65% Asian, 0.256% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Alvernia University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.8%), followed by White Male (22.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.33%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.8%), followed by White Male (14.9%) and Black or African American Female (7.64%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Alvernia University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,731 students. The full-time enrollment at Alvernia University is 1,931 and the part-time enrollment is 800. This means that 70.7% of students enrolled at Alvernia University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Alvernia University was 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Alvernia University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,854
  2. Black or African American
    312
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    298

The enrolled student population at Alvernia University is 67.9% White, 11.4% Black or African American, 10.9% Hispanic or Latino, 2.86% Two or More Races, 1.65% Asian, 0.256% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 114 students (4.17%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 346 more women than men received degrees from Alvernia University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Alvernia University is white (558 degrees awarded). There were 7.97 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (70 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Alvernia University is Registered Nursing (86 degrees awarded), followed by General Health Services (45 degrees) and Other Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences (41 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Alvernia University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Health (414 degrees awarded), Protective Services (41 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Alvernia University are Registered nurses (1,472,812 people), Accountants & auditors (1,004,378 people), Other managers (791,207 people), Financial managers (500,742 people), and Chief executives & legislators (387,783 people).

The most specialized majors at Alvernia University are Health (414 degrees awarded), Protective Services (41 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees), Business (183 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (17 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Alvernia University are Surgeons, Public relations specialists, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Alvernia University are Health (414 degrees awarded), Protective Services (41 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees), Business (183 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (17 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Alvernia University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,824,918 people), Elementary & secondary schools (804,654 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (533,618 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (507,701 people), and Computer Systems Design (499,293 people).

The most specialized majors at Alvernia University are Health (414 degrees awarded), Protective Services (41 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (17 degrees), Business (183 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (17 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Alvernia University.
Most Common
  1. 86 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 45 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 41 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Alvernia University was Registered Nursing with 86 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

209
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
555
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 209 degrees were awarded to men at Alvernia University, which is 0.377 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (555).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 24 degrees were awarded to men at Alvernia University in Non-Profit, Public, & Organizational Management, which is 0.615 times less than the 39 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 102 degrees were awarded to women at Alvernia University in General Health Services, which is 8.5 times more than the 12 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 44% of students graduating from Alvernia University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Alvernia University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.851% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    558 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    70 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    67 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Alvernia University is white (558 degrees awarded). There were 7.97 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (70 degrees).

4.84% of degree recipients (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    393 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    165 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    58 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Alvernia University is white female (393 degrees awarded). There were 2.38 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (165 degrees).

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Operations

Alvernia University has an endowment valued at nearly $26.5M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $931k (3.51%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Alvernia University had a total salary expenditure of $61M. Alvernia University employs 48 Assistant professors, 37 Associate professors, and 22 Instructors. Most academics at Alvernia University are Female Assistant professors (28), Male Assistant professors(20), and Female Instructors (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Alvernia University are: Management, with 57 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 56 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 33 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$26.5M
2019 Endowment
1.55%
decline from 2018

Alvernia University has an endowment valued at about $26.5M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Alvernia University declined 1.55% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $688k - Federal
  2. $509k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Alvernia University received $688k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $509k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$24.7M
2019 Salaries
14.6%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Alvernia University paid a median of $24.7M in salaries, which represents 40.5% of their overall expenditure ($61M) and a 14.6% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.98% decline from 2017 and a 8.77% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.05M
Instructional Salaries
118
Number of Employees

In 2019, Alvernia University paid a total of $8.05M to 118 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
48 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
57 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Alvernia University were Assistant professor with 48 employees; Associate professor with 37 employees; and Associate professor with 22 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Alvernia University were Management with 57 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 56 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 33 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Alvernia University was Female Assistant professor with 28 employees, Male Assistant professor with 20 employees, and Female Instructor with 19 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Alvernia University.

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