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The United States is a top destination for many international students given that it's considered to be one of the most affordable cities to live in.
The 121-acre campus in historic Berks County is situated three miles from center-city Reading in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania. There are two satellite centers in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
Alvernia University does not provide housing accommodations for married couples or families, and does not allow infants and children to reside on campus.
A student must be enrolled as a full-time student at Alvernia University in order to be eligible for campus housing. A student is considered full-time when registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours.
Alvernia University’s current student residences are designed to complement the pursuit of full-time undergraduate studies, with respect to their design as multiple resident units, their supervision by undergraduate resident assistants reporting to graduate and professional staff members, and their emphasis on educational programming and leadership development to complement students’ curricular pursuits. For those reasons, students who are under the age of 17 or over the age of 30 normally are not eligible for University
housing. Petitions for exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual basis by the Vice President for University Life, whose decisions with respect to such petitions will be final. If the University develops residential facilities for graduate students, this policy may be amended accordingly.
Living On Campus
Alvernia University’s housing philosophy promotes moral development and civic responsibility, welcomes diversity, and respects the dignity of the human person at all times. The vision for the residence program has four points:
The Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life has overall supervisory responsibility for campus residences and works closely with the Director of Public Safety and the staff within the Facilities Office to assure safety. The Associate Dean & Director, assisted by the Housing Coordinator and Resident Directors, develops and implements residence life policies and procedures, and programming objectives. The Office of Residence Life is located in Veronica Hall and can be reached at 610-796-8320.
Resident Assistants (RAs) assist in the management and implementation of day-to-day operations of the office as well as assisting students in taking advantage of all opportunities campus life offers. Your RA can be one of the most helpful and resourceful individual you will interact with. These individuals are full-time, academically successful students who have been carefully selected because of their leadership potential, interpersonal skills, positive attitudes and sense of commitment to promoting a living/learning environment. RAs complete extensive and ongoing training to fulfill their many roles.
As peers, the RAs not only provide general information, referral help and models of successful adjustment to University living, but they assist with roommate or suitemate conflicts and planning educational, cultural and social programs.
Resident students are informed of University policies and housing security and enforcement procedures in hall meetings throughout the year. In the first hall meeting, Residence Life staff, along with the RAs, explain policies and procedures in this handbook. Special emphasis is placed on residence hall safety and the vital role each student has in helping to maintain a secure environment. Hall meetings are held as warranted to remind residents of safety procedures, policies and to enhance the communal environment.
In the spirit of collegiality and shared responsibility, resident students are expected to accept the responsibility of group living and to act in accord with University policies and procedures. Students are expected to take an active, positive role in residence life governance through the Residence Hall Association.
Services for Residents
All international candidates should submit the following: