Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Working together, even when apart

Alverno is here for you during this challenging time. Whether you're a current student or a prospective one, a faculty or a staff member, a parent or an alumna, we're all navigating this together. And we're doing it the best way we know how — in #AlvernoStrong fashion. 

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Students are strongly discouraged from coming to campus. This will help minimize the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus.


  • We will do everything in our power to welcome our students to campus at the end of the summer and to provide a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment in which they can learn and live. We will provide the same safe and welcoming environment for our faculty and staff. Although it is possible that forces beyond our control may thwart its attainment, this goal is and will be the focus of our work.
  • If you are a student who needs to come to campus, or you know a student who needs to come to campus, please contact the appropriate department via email before arriving. Important email contacts: and
  • Please direct student Enrollment Services- and Instructional Services-related questions to this page.
  • As a reminder, all college-sponsored travel is canceled. We continue to follow the CDC guidelines for U.S. and international travel.

March 23 update:

We hope that you are refreshed having spent some time over the weekend with those you love, whether that was inside your homes or outside. We also hope that the online learning experience is going well for our entire community.

You may have seen that Governor Tony Evers plans to formally issue a “safer-at-home” order that we expect to take effect this week. Though we do not know what the order will entail specifically, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), our state agency, is seeking exemption language to allow continuation of online learning and other essential functions for colleges and universities.

  • Right now, the college is open to support students and for core business operations. Most staff continue to work remotely, with skeleton on-campus work proceeding as necessary, in particular those offices that provide services to students or are critical to keeping operations running smoothly, like IT, Campus Safety, HR and Payroll. There are always one or two senior administrators on campus at all times.
  • All offices are observing recommended social distance guidelines, and many employees are working alternating days to minimize in-person interactions.
  • At current point, no employees are prohibited from coming to campus, but we urge care and consultation if you are coming in or would like to.

We are in the midst of a very new and different way of being, and the Administrative Council and campus leaders are being deliberate about the best way to do this, consulting appropriately. We are in continual contact with our colleagues around the country and those at the Milwaukee Health Department, and we are following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Additionally, WAICU is working with the Governor’s office to ensure that the essential work of educating students and keeping individuals employed – while keeping people safe and healthy – are at the forefront of all decisions being made.

Please continue to monitor your email and this page the situation evolves.

Counseling and Health Services and Campus Ministry are available to help students who need support during this chaotic time. See this page for more information. 

Finally, many of you have asked how you can continue to support our students. Here are some ideas:

The Food Pantry will now be open every week, and students can pick up an order every other week. Students must complete an order form at before picking up. We anticipate that demand for the food pantry will increase in coming weeks, so there are bins in the Commons Lobby and Christopher Hall Lobby to collect non-perishable items.

To help bridge the financial gap for our students, particularly tuition, the college has established the Alverno Strong Bridge Fund. Please visit to find out more and share information about the fund.


The CDC recommends the following measures to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:


  • Avoid close contact with those who are ill
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue into the garbage
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using household cleaning spray or wipes
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing

Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

A note to prospective students:
The Alverno Admissions and Financial Aid Teams are here for you. Although our on-campus tours, visits and events are postponed, we still want to connect. Visit to start or continue your journey to becoming #AlvernoStrong. Alverno is now test optional for or first-year students applying for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021. Learn more.

Archived updates:

 March 17, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 11, 2020