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Celebrate 130 Years of Alverno

When you change a woman, you change the world.

When two School Sisters of St. Francis, Mother Alexia and Mother Alfons, left Germany to found St. Joseph’s Normal School, in what is now Campbellsport, Wis., they never could have imagined how their school would change the world.

The normal school established on April 28, 1887, grew into Alverno College in 1954. Today, Alverno comprises undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing, where we prepare women for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. We also offer multiple graduate level programs for men and women, and in 2016 Alverno launched its first doctorate in nursing.

The Franciscan values upon which Alverno was created are alive and well. Alverno’s unique educational philosophy and teaching methodologies are replicated worldwide. When introduced in 1973, the abilities-based curriculum was stunningly courageous and innovative, and Alverno has never stopped moving down that road of courage and innovation. 

Alverno students are competent and focused women with big, but not out of reach dreams. Many of them have overcome significant obstacles to achieve their dreams of a college education.

Once they graduate, Alverno women continue to motivate, encourage, lead and inspire those around them. More than 16,000 Alverno Strong alums are making a difference in their families, workplaces and communities.

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