Alverno College is an independent women’s college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The college’s faculty place an emphasis on ability-based education which puts knowledge to practical use. With recognition by the Assocation for American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and others, Alverno is an ideal place for those who wish to benefit from a curriculum that has gained national and international praise. The college is also affiliated with the Catholic church and was founded by the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1887.
Living in Milwaukee, students can enjoy the nearby Milwaukee River, Havenwoods State Forest, or the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Milwaukee is the 26th largest city in the United States, with a population of approximately 604,000 people. However, the city also possesses a hometown attitude and students find it very easy to make friends.
Alverno is also home to a competitive athletics department. Their team name is the Alverno Inferno and their mascot is Blaze. The Alverno Inferno compete in Division III of the NCAA in basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, softball, and tennis.
Undergraduate degrees that are awarded at Alverno College include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduate degrees include Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing. Enrollment averages between two and three thousand and there are currently 118 full-time faculty. Thus, the student/teacher ratio is around 21 to 1.
The most popular degree programs are liberal arts and health professions. Business/marketing, education, psychology, and communications/journalism are also popular.
Alverno College is also well-known for its Institute for Educational Outreach which works with educators from kindergarten up through professional levels. Faculty and staff share their experience with performance-based assessment and outcomes through workshops, the Leadership Academy for Character Education (LACE), and through publications.
A distance education offering is expected in the future at Alverno as well as expanding its popular Alverno on the Weekend Major and Minor programs. Students can now take all of their courses on the weekends including the following majors: Business and Management, Communication, Management and Technology (CMT), and Community Leadership.
Financial aid and career counseling are also available at Alverno. The Alverno Scholars of Wisconsin (ASW) Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded to graduating high school senior women. The Career Education Center at Alverno College is a resource focused on quickly placing recent and upcoming graduates into careers and jobs that pertain to their area of interest.
Alverno’s Diagnostic Digital Portfolio (DDP) is the first web-based system that allows all students to track their learning across their years of study. This helps the student receive feedback from faculty and peers as well as providing a means to notice patterns in the student’s academic work. This accessible performance data can be used to create a unique electronic resume for potential employers or for graduate schools.
Both annual in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,060. The cost per credit hour is $815 in Fall 2010.