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Quick Facts

Alverno is Independent, Catholic

Alverno is a four-year, independent, Catholic liberal arts college for women, founded by the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1887.

Alverno College Institute for Educational Outreach

Alverno’s ability-based curriculum and assessment-as-learning methods draw faculty, academic staff and administrators from all over the world to workshops to learn about Alverno’s innovative teaching practices. Alverno College is nationally recognized as the pre-eminent resource of research on lifelong learning and outcome-based education.

Athletics: 7 sports

Team sports at Alverno are an important part of your college experience. A NCAA Division III school, and a member of the Northern Athletics Conference, Alverno offers basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, cross country, tennis, golf and a fitness center.


Alverno offers fall and spring semesters in Weekday and Weekend programs, optional summer courses. Alverno also offers Graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Nursing and Community Psychology.

Career Services: Career Education Center

At the Career Education Center, resources and tools are available to empower you to employ your interests and education in a career. During the past three years, 94% of Alverno undergraduate alumnae were employed six months after graduation, and 84% report that their jobs were directly related to their studies at Alverno. Career education and activities are integrated throughout your curriculum, helping you focus and develop the abilities needed to be successful in your chosen field.

Class Size Average: 20 to 25 students

Small class size with uncommon access to faculty is the standard at Alverno College. The average undergraduate class size is 20 to 25 students. We strive to keep class sizes small to maintain focus on your individual learning experience and the collaborative nature of the classroom.

College Seal

The College's motto, In Sanctitate et Doctrina, was incorporated into its seal in 1940. It appears in the quiet places and public spaces on campus. Meaning "in holiness and learning," it is meant to inspire the whole student -- body, mind and heart.

Degrees Awarded

We offer degrees that are in high demand in today’s workplace. For undergraduates: bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in nursing are available. The graduate programs include: master of arts, master of business administration, master of science in nursing and master of science in community psychology. Certificate and licensure programs are also available.

Enrollment: 2,017

In fall 2016, student enrollment was 2,017. There are 1,413 women in Alverno's undergraduate programs, with an additional 604 women and men enrolled in our graduate programs.

Full-Time Faculty: 99

We pride ourselves on offering you a professional faculty with a passion for teaching and a commitment to the highest academic standards. Alverno has 94 full-time faculty, of which 88% hold the highest degree in their field.

Financial Aid

At Alverno, 100% of full-time undergraduate students who filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and demonstrated need received financial aid assistance from the college’s $37 million-plus financial aid program in 2015-16.

Location: Milwaukee, Wis.

Alverno College is on a 46-acre campus located in a safe, residential neighborhood on the southwest edge of Milwaukee, Wis., and offers easy access to Milwaukee’s vibrant city life.

Mission Statement:

Alverno's mission statement 

President of Alverno: Sister Andrea Lee, IHM
Programs of Study: 60-plus

Alverno's 60-plus undergraduate areas of study reflect the multiple interests of the student body. These areas of study are a rich diversity of majors, minors and associate degrees, and are contained within four schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing.

Graduate programs for men and women meet the needs of the 21st-century professional with programs including the Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Community Psychology.

Student Life

With two residence halls, 30 student organizations and clubs, sports teams, outdoor recreational and communal areas, the Pitman Theater, the Commons, the Inferno Café, the Fitness Center, and numerous art and cultural events on Alverno's campus, there are friends to make, interests to be explored and activities to enjoy.

Tuition and Fees

Alverno College gives you the power to invest in your future. The Financial Aid and Admissions Offices are dedicated to helping you find resources to finance your education. Detailed tuition and fee information can be found at the Student Accounts.

Why is the college named Alverno? Because the view from the mountaintop is unlimited.

Alverno takes its name from a mountain in Italy (La Verna). From this mountain, St. Francis and his followers reflected on life and gained an understanding of what it means to love in life, to love God, one's family and community. For Franciscans, "Alverno" has come to mean a place to gain greater insight into one’s own life and enables others to find a deeper, more meaningful life. Alverno College gives you the power to make the climb. The view from the mountaintop is unlimited.

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