Banner Image

U.S. News & World Report 2012

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Alverno College First in Midwest of doing “the best job of educating undergrads” for 2nd straight year

College receives accolades in five overall categories in 2012 rankings

Milwaukee, WI (September 12, 2011) - Alverno College ranked first in the Midwest for doing "the best job of educating undergrads," in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 America's Best Colleges guidebook for the second consecutive year.

Top marks for the college came in the "Strong Commitment to Teaching" category, in which college presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to "identify schools where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching." This marks the eleventh consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings.

"To be ranked first in the Midwest for educating undergrads two consecutive years is an incredible honor," said Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., president of Alverno College. "There is nothing more important to us at Alverno than educating the next generation of leaders in this community."

Other colleges and universities ranked number one in the "Strong Commitment to Teaching" category include: Dartmouth College & Princeton University (National Universities); Carleton College (National Liberal Arts Colleges); and SUNY-Geneseo (Regional Universities / North).

Alverno College was also listed in the three categories below – and was the only Wisconsin college or university listed in the first two.

First-Year Experience:  Schools nominated were "more determined than others to provide freshmen and all undergrads with the best possible experience."

Ethnic Diversity: Schools nominated have environments where "students interested in studying with people of different backgrounds" thrive.

Learning Communities: Schools nominated ensured students get to take "two or more linked courses as a group and get to know one another and their professors well."

Overall, Alverno College remained in tier one in the category of Master’s granting colleges and universities.

This is the 28th edition of the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings. The rankings are published in the September issue, in a separate college guidebook, and posted online at The rankings measure up to 15 academic performance indicators for each institution. Quantitative data that assess a college's performance in areas such as graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving account for 75 percent of a college's score. The other 25 percent is based on a peer assessment survey the magazine sends to top officials at each school asking them to rate the other colleges in the country.