About Alverno

Let us introduce ourselves.


We are a Catholic, Franciscan liberal arts college for women in Milwaukee, Wis., expanding our mission through graduate and other programs that are open to both men and women.

We are an inclusive, vibrant community of students, faculty and staff who support and uplift each other.

We are game changers. For more than 130 years, we’ve been transforming lives with our powerful combination of liberal arts education plus career readiness. Our pioneering abilities-based approach to education has been studied by others around the globe.

We are trailblazers. Nearly 70 percent of our incoming students are the first in their families to attend college.

We are Alverno College.


Sponsored by the
School Sisters
of St. Francis

Alverno Strong Alums Worldwide


Mission Statement

Alverno College prepares women for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission by offering graduate and adult programs to women and men. Inspired by its Catholic, Franciscan and liberal arts heritage, the College intentionally creates an inclusive community that engages students in active and collaborative learning and fosters academic excellence.


To be the leading Catholic, Franciscan college inspiring passionate and principled leadership through transformational education.

We are family.

One thing I love about Alverno is that it’s not about school, it’s about life. Even though you’re pursuing an academic degree, Alverno teaches in such a way that it’s about your pursuit of life and how these skills are going to help you in life.

– Lisa, social work major, class of 2020

We are here for you.

No matter your next step, we’ll get you ready. We invite you to explore our academic programs.

Alverno at a Glance

An Alverno undergraduate music student


An Alverno graduate student

Institutional Profile

Alverno continuing education students