Alvernia University (formerly Alvernia College) is a private, Catholic, Franciscan liberal arts college. It offers about 40 undergraduate majors and about 20 undergraduate minors, as well as associate of science degrees in business and computer information systems, six master's degrees programs, and a doctor of philosophy program. Its main campus is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, with additional courses taught in Pottsville and Philadelphia. The university has a total enrollment of some 3,000 students. Alvernia was founded in 1958 by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters. The institution gained university status in 2008.