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Why Alverno?

Welcome to your school.

Some educations change your perspective. Others change your life. From our esteemed faculty to our acclaimed internship program – and everything in between – you’ll find what it takes to keep your studies on track.

A Long History of Excellence

Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of St. Francis, Alverno College is grounded in Franciscan Catholic values and welcoming to all faith traditions.

Many Areas of Study

To meet the interests of such a diverse community of learners, Alverno offers an impressive range of major and minor areas of study.  All are intended to build on your talents, skills and interests to make an impact on your life and on the world around you.

Weekday and Weekend Programs

At Alverno, high school graduates, transfer students, international students and returning adults can pursue an education in either our Weekday or Weekend programs.

A Quality Education that Lasts a Lifetime

Our accredited, ability-based curriculum ensures that you will learn more in class and retain more knowledge longer. It’s no coincidence that 84% of our graduates are employed in their field of study within nine months of completing their degree.

Teaching Methods

We are nationally ranked for our unique approach to teaching and learning. Our ability-based curriculum is part of your Alverno experience. You will develop and master the abilities of: communication, analysis, problem solving, valuing, social interaction, developing a global perspective, effective citizenship and aesthetic engagement.


We are committed to having one of the lowest private college tuitions in Wisconsin. Both the Admissions and Financial Aid offices will help you navigate the financial aid process, from scholarships to grants. 100% of our full-time undergraduate students who filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrated need for assistance received financial aid from the College’s more than $36 million financial aid program in 2010-11.

Student Body

We offer an inclusive and rich community experience composed of students from diverse backgrounds, ages, experiences and ethnicities – all learning side-by-side, with and from each other.


92% of our full-time faculty have earned the highest degree available in their field. You’ll encounter an uncommonly personalized approach to learning with direct access to instructors who have a passion for teaching and are invested in your success. Answers about an assignment are just a phone call or an e-mail away.

Professional Academic Advisors

Our highly skilled academic advisors are professionally trained to help you develop a learning plan and career path for your future. They also partner with faculty advisors to help you navigate your educational experience.

Internship Program

We require at least one off-campus internship beginning your junior year. The hands-on learning associated with this nationally ranked program gives you time to experience the career path you’ve selected before completing your academic work. It’s a great opportunity to begin building a professional network that can help launch your career.

Study Abroad

Broaden your horizons and gain a global perspective in our study abroad program. A leader among Wisconsin’s liberal arts colleges, our study-abroad program offers opportunities to study in countries around the world, including England, Japan, Mexico and France.

Transfer Students

As a transfer student, we recognize the work you have already done in your college career and welcome the opportunity to work with you to maximize your completed coursework. We offer generous transfer credit policies, prior learning credit and personalized attention to help make the transition easy.

Diagnostic Digital Portfolio

With our patented Diagnostic Digital Portfolio, you can monitor learning progress by storing assignments, projects and presentations, and creating a digital archive of your own academic journey. Use it as an electronic resume for potential employers or graduate school.

Campus Life

Our campus community is warm, energetic and friendly. Our campus life is like no other. Whether or not you live on campus, we provide opportunities to engage with other students in comfortable, relaxed settings. Take advantage of a host of activities, social gatherings, sporting and special events, the fitness center or the beauty of our 46-acre campus located in the Jackson Park neighborhood.


Alverno offers NCAA Division III athletics, including basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Become part of the Alverno Inferno team. Let us know where your interests lie.

Residence Halls

Austin Hall and Clare Hall offer you the opportunity to live the complete college experience. From first-year students to upper-level and nontraditional-age students, our residence halls are designed to facilitate a safe, healthy and enjoyable living-learning environment that promote your spiritual, social and academic well-being.

Highly Regarded

Alverno College is accredited by the following professional organizations: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Board of Nursing, Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.