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, which have included recognition for:
- 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."
- Internships: Schools nominated "require or encourage students to apply what they're learning in the classroom to work in the real world through closely supervised internships."
- Senior Capstone: Schools nominated "ask students nearing the end of their college years to create a project that integrates and synthesizes what they've learned."
- Service Learning: Schools nominated offer "service learning programs, in which required or for-credit volunteer work in the community is an instructional strategy."
In fact, since 1983, U.S. News has listed us 27 times in its highly respected rankings, including eight consecutive years. See what students and faculty had to say about the news: