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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).
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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 www.alverno.edu or call 1-800-933-3401.
|School type||private, women's college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||82.0%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
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.
|4-year graduation rate||15%|
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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.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
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|
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.
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|Tuition and fees||$23,231 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$7,252 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data