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SIf a student misses classes due to illness, injury, family emergency, or some other reason, it is the responsibility of the student to notify instructors as soon as possible. Your student should contact professors to let them know of the situation and to develop a plan for making up the work. Accommodations and make-up procedures are at the discretion of the faculty member. The Academic Advising Office can send notice of absence to instructional staff if the student is unable to do so.

An extensive network of advisors is here to help students connect to campus resources and reach their academic and career goals. All undergraduates are assigned to an advisor in their area of academic study. Students should meet with their advisors at least once a semester and discuss topics beyond course enrollment, such as connecting majors to careers, getting involved, and creating a graduation plan.

Academic support services and resources come in many forms around campus. Services range from classes in quantitative literacy, communication, and English as a Second Language provide a foundation for success in the curriculum. Students can find further support through the Communication Resource Center and the Daniel M. Soref Science and Mathematics Resource Center , as well as peer and instructor tutoring, course-based study groups and workshops. Support services and accommodations for students with disabilities are also available.

Yes! Taking summer courses allows students to get ahead in their studies and can lighten the load for fall and spring semesters. Students can add a semester’s worth of work to their academic record and still have time to savor the best of summer. The same material is covered as during a traditional semester, but everything moves faster. It’s a quick but manageable pace. Summer courses become available the middle of March. Visit the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Alverno College follows the guidelines set forth in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 in maintaining the privacy of student records. Students have the right to inspect and review information contained in their education records and to request amendment of records a student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA. In addition, students also have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Students wishing to review their education records must make a written request to Kate Tisch, Director of Academic Advising, (414)382-6036, listing the item or items of interest. No one outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose any information from a student's education records without the written consent of the student, except to:

• Officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll
• Agencies providing students financial aid
• Accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function
• Persons in compliance with judicial order
• Persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.

All these exceptions are permitted under the Act. Within the Alverno College community, only those members, individually or collectively, acting in the students' education interest are allowed access to student education records. Alverno College will attempt to notify any student whose records have been requested through judicial order. (Taken from "Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, Policy for Alverno College" the entire policy is available in the Academic Advising Office.

Careers

Yes, every student is encouraged to work with the Career and Professional Development Center (“CPDC”) to explore post-graduation options. The career exploration and planning process takes time, and students are encouraged to begin working with the CPDC as early as freshman year. First- and second-year students who are not sure what careers they would like to pursue are encouraged to visit the CPDC as well. Additionally, students can start a conversation with their academic advisors about career interests. Academic and career planning go hand in hand.

The CPDC professional staff work with students at all stages of the career-development process. Even when students have many different career interests, the staff can help them reflect on their skills and interests, so they understand how those can be applied to the work world. Students will also learn to create plans to advance their interests and find a way to a satisfying career.

Alverno graduates are highly sought after by employers. Encourage your student to visit the Career and Professional Development Center early to gain a competitive edge for the future. To learn more, visit the Alverno Career Center.

Yes! For many students, ideas about their careers, academic and personal interests, strengths, and values are interrelated. Learning about one of these areas can help clarify or refine a student’s understanding of another. Learning about the connections between majors, skills and interests, and careers can help students understand the different paths of the college experience.

Alverno College alums have access to career counselling for two years after graduation, including job search coaching, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, grad school planning, and interpretation of vocational instruments. To schedule an appointment, please call (414) 382-6010 or visit our career education page. In addition, Alverno hosts alum networking breakfasts, job search workshops, and career fairs, all of which provide continuing opportunities for our graduates to build their professional networks and skills. To learn more, visit alumnae.alverno.edu.

Financial

The 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was available as of October 1, 2017! Every eligible student is encouraged to file the FAFSA. Even if you believe that your income may be too high for federal financial aid, you will still qualify for student loans, and many scholarships and grant programs still require a FAFSA for consideration. Students who are graduating by May 2018 only need to submit a FAFSA if they plan to continue onto another degree program.

Helpful FAFSA filing hints:

  • Don’t wait! Make sure your student submits the FAFSA before the priority deadline or as soon as possible thereafter. Certain types of aid run out, so the sooner you file, the better.
  • File online at fafsa.gov
  • Be sure to enter Alverno’s school code, 003832, to send your student’s application electronically to the Alverno Financial Aid Office.
  • After the FAFSA is processed, the U.S. Department of Education will email your student the Student Aid Report (SAR) that includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and any important messages regarding your student’s FAFSA. Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) with your student.
  • Financial Aid staff are available to answer your questions.
  • Our goal is to help you find a smart, sensible path to finance your education.

For additional questions about the financial aid application process or eligibility criteria not covered here, call the Financial Aid Office at 414-382-6262, toll-free at 1-800-933-3401 or email the Financial Aid office at financial.aid@alverno.edu.

Alverno Academic Scholarships are determined upon admission to the college and awarded to students based on academic performance in high school or a previous college. In addition, many local and national organizations offer scholarships. Students are encouraged to investigate any outside scholarships early. For more information on scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page.

Grants are designated for students who demonstrate financial need. Our financial aid counselors will work with you to determine the specific amount of financial aid available to you from Federal or state programs, or the college's own grant program. For more information on grants, please visit our Grants page.

You will need to make arrangements with your student to obtain the 1098T form, which contains important tax information related to the payment of tuition and other educational expenses. Students can download these forms directly from Interactive Online (IOL). Account statements showing amounts billed are also available. Since tax reporting can change as the tax season progresses, please contact the Financial Aid and Student Accounts with questions, 414-382-6262.

Health and Safety

Counseling, Health Services and Campus Ministry take a body + mind + spirit approach that shows consideration for the whole person. By linking wellness to the Eight Abilities, our work is more meaningful and consistent for students.

There is no cost to see the nurse and nominal fees for prescriptions, flu shots and immunizations. These fees are charged to the student’s account. Students can be seen on a walk-in basis, no appointment required. The nurse is available M-F, 9am-3pm. Counseling is free and confidential for all Alverno students. Appointments are recommended. Students experiencing a crisis can usually be seen the same day that they request an appointment, and most students are usually seen within 48 hours of their initial request for services. You can schedule your initial appointment by contacting Counseling and Health Services, at 414-382-6119.

Your student should follow the directions below to enter your phone number to our Rave Alert System.  Once your information is entered you will receive notification via text, voicemail, or both when there is a campus emergency. 

  • Login to Rave at https://www.getrave.com/login/alverno with your Alverno network user name and password;
  • Click the Add link after Mobile Phones or Voice Only Line Contacts on your My Account page;
  • Follow the prompts to add and confirm a parent’s phone number.

Advise your student to avoid potentially dangerous situations by maintaining awareness of her surroundings and planning ahead. Preplanning a response for situations allows her to be safer while on campus, at home, or at any other location.  Our Campus Safety department provides emergency procedure training to all new students, women’s self-defence programs, sexual assault awareness and prevention programs, and safety escorts between buildings or a building and a vehicle, and are offered any time of the day or night. Limited escorts to bus stops may be available based on staffing and bus stop location.

Visit Campus Safety for further tips and information. 

At Alverno there are many opportunities for your student to engage and be active in campus life. The Department of Student Activities & Leadership wants your student to have the full college experience by participating in a variety of activities and events outside of the classroom. Visit Student Activities & Leadership for more details.

Many students experience difficulty in making new friends.  It can be especially hard for those students who are away from home for the first time.  If your student lives on campus, encourage her to reach out to CA (Community Advisor).  CA’s are seasoned students who are trained to assist students with the adjustment to campus life.

Student Activities & Leadership is also a good place for students to connect and network with other students.  Your student can choose from over 30 student organizations to become involved with.  If she doesn’t see something she likes, she can always start a new organization!

Alverno also maintains active Facebook and Twitter accounts that highlight all of the interesting events, activities, and happenings on campus. From leadership roles, to volunteering, to social organizations, there are countless ways for students to explore their interests and get involved.

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