Hey everyone! I’m Shanna the Transfer Coordinator, and I’m here to help you see if Alvernia is the right fit for you. You may be out of college for a while or still taking courses at a community college. Whatever your situation is, Alvernia is a transfer friendly campus, and I will be your contact in Admissions. The most common question I receive is – What credits will transfer? The easy answer is that your classes will transfer as long as you got a C or better and they are 100 level classes and higher. For example, MAT 090 does not transfer but MAT 100 does. Some programs (like Nursing) require C+ and higher grades in the sciences. We can talk more specifically about those as you progress through the application flow.
The application process is easy to complete. You have done this before and ours is simple. Just apply online and have your high school and college transcripts sent to my attention (Shanna Bossler, Office of Undergraduate Admissions). If you have taken classes at more than one school, please be sure to have each one issue an official transcript so that we can give you credit. We do require a final high school transcript showing your graduation or a copy of your GED, regardless of how many college credits you have. As a transfer, you do not need to send SAT or ACT scores or submit an essay. Please also feel free to check the box at the end that says you have a fee waiver card. It’s our small way of saying thank you for your interest in Alvernia. If you are looking at majoring in Nursing, please have two reference letters sent also.
Once your file is ready, I will review your overall GPA. If you have a 2.0 or higher, you should be in good shape. Some majors require higher GPA’s such as Education (3.0 needed for state of PA). Again, if you have specific questions please let me know! Included in your acceptance packet will be a credit evaluation showing you exactly which courses transferred and how they fit in with Alvernia’s curriculum. If there is a “T” next to the course, it has transferred. If it is blank, you will need to complete it here to earn your bachelor’s degree.
Transfer Tuesday are events just for you! Visit campus and bring copies of your transcripts, even if you just print them online. Our Registrar’s Office will be available to review your credits on the spot and discuss your options over lunch. We will also talk about financial aid and assist you with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if needed. We offer Transfer scholarships and you will be notified if you receive one after you have been accepted. Otherwise, all financial aid comes from the FAFSA form. Please make sure you file by May 1st if you are interested in transferring for Fall 2014 (August) or Spring 2015 (January).
In addition to transfers, I also work with our military and veteran students and families. We are so thankful for your service and are proud to be a SOC (Servicemembers Opportunity College) and Yellow Ribbon participating school. We issue college credits for your service and have a Veterans Club on campus. Our Military Certifying Official is Jason Deitz, and we work very closely together to be sure our military and veteran students are receiving the benefits you need. We have great connections with the VA and our Health and Wellness Office also has a number of services to offer.
Thank you so much for reading my first blog and please let me know if I can help!
-Shanna Bossler, Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Transfer Coordinator
About Alvernia University
Alvernia University is one of the leading Catholic colleges in PA. Receive a classic, liberal arts education in over 50 different subject areas, combining all the best features of an outstanding university, delivered in the personal setting of a college environment. Alvernia provides an affordable, private education in Reading and the surrounding communities in Pottsville, Harrisburg, Allentown, Lancaster, Kutztown and Philadelphia. For more information visit: http://www.alvernia.edu/