Alverno College

2014 Quick Stats
3400 S. 43rd Street, PO Box 343922

Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922

Phone: (414) 382-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
rolling admission

More Information


U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#68 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

More About U.S. News Rankings


Alverno College is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,932, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 47 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Alverno College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 68. Its tuition and fees are $23,231 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1887 by the School Sisters of Saint Francis, Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic college for women with a deep-rooted commitment to educating the next generation of female leaders. With a low 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, teaching at Alverno is all about the student experience. It remains a collaborative learning environment with unprecedented access to faculty. Students are on a first-name basis with their professors, 93 percent of whom have the highest degree in their field. The personal and professional development of each of our students is the heart of our mission, and remains the central focus of Alverno.

While students must complete a comprehensive range of courses at the liberal arts college, its far-reaching curriculum that prepares students to think critically has earned Alverno accolades and international respect. As a testament to the effectiveness of its ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, the college has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. In addition, educators from throughout the world regularly visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods. In both 2009 and 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touted Alverno as an educational institution that excels in preparing teachers. He noted that 85 percent of Alverno graduates are still teaching in the classroom five years after graduation, an extremely high retention rate.

The Alverno environment actively engages students in their education through hands-on practical learning. Its highly developed off-campus internship program is integrated into the curriculum and provides students professional support in their educational endeavors, which includes a professional advising office and a fully staffed career education center. Alverno College also hosts a Diagnostic Digital Portfolio, an Alverno-patented, first-of-its-kind Web-based system which helps students process the feedback they receive from faculty, external assessors and peers.

Our unique abilities-based curriculum teaches students the most in-demand skills employers are seeking. In fact, over the past three years, 92 percent of Alverno undergraduate alumnae were employed six months after graduation and 84 percent report that their jobs were directly related to their field of study at Alverno.

Alverno offers more than 35 major program areas of study, including graduate programs in education (including special education), nursing, community psychology, and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit or call 1-800-933-3401.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $19,843,863


When applying to Alverno College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 82 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

More About Applying

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Alverno College is 10:1, and the school has 64.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Alverno College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 44%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Education 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5%

More About Academic Life

Student Life

Alverno College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,932, with a gender distribution of 0.2 percent male students and 99.8 percent female students. At this school, 11 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 89 percent of students live off campus. Alverno College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,522
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

More About Student Life

Campus Info & Services

Alverno College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Alverno College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Alverno College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Alverno College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

More About Campus Info & Services

Paying for School

At Alverno College, 92.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,014.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $23,231 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,252 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

More About Paying for School

* Overview details based on 2012 data

College Rankings

Best Regional Universities - Narrow your search with the U.S. News rankings of Regional Universities, schools that offer undergrad programs and some master’s.

More College Rankings & Lists

National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Colleges, Best Values, more

U.S. News College Compass - My Fit

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Sign Up Now

Calculating this school's fit to see if it meets your personal preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

College Search

Advanced Search

Students Also Applied To

Milwaukee, WI

Now Hiring

Now Hiring Powered by After College



See more jobs »

Top College Resources

Looking at colleges? Find out what you need to know.

Studying in the United States
Finding the Right School
Paying for College
Applying to College

Follow U.S. News Education