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Alverno College

Quick Facts

2,017 students
Financial aid
Percentage of freshmen receiving aid: 100%.
Student/faculty ratio

Your potential is a mighty force, and we’re experts at unleashing it. At Alverno, you will be challenged to fully realize the greatness inside you, drive change in the world around you and stand on the shoulders of the strong women who came before you. Sponsored by the School Sisters of Saint Francis, Alverno is one of the nation’s largest women’s colleges and has 130 years of experience educating young women. With more than 60 areas of study and a 46-acre campus in one of Milwaukee’s residential neighborhoods, Alverno offers a close-knit community with big-city access.



At Alverno, we go beyond the traditional letter grades, offering you a personalized, cutting-edge curriculum based on eight abilities and a grading system that mirrors performance reviews and feedback in the real world. Every class you take at Alverno requires you to demonstrate competency in these eight core abilities – skills that are essential to succeeding both on the job and in life. Plus, you will gain real-world experience by participating in our nationally-known internship program.


Enrollment: 2,017
Student/faculty ratio: 10:1


Admission requirements

High school diploma reflecting at least 17 academic units of study including English, history or social sciences, mathematics, natural science, and foreign language (recommended); satisfactory GPA and ACT or SAT scores


How AP/IB credits are handled

Alverno accepts IB credits of 4 and higher. We accept AP credits of 3 or higher for most courses. We require a minimum AP score of 4 for biology, computer science, macro and microeconomics and statistics.  

Degrees offered
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Community Psychology, Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Other programs

Class schedules designed to meet the needs of working adults; accelerated bachelor’s completion programs in nursing, business and health care management open to both men and women; graduate programs open to both men and women; teacher licensure programs; study abroad; internships; certificate programs; continuing education; professional and community  education programs and workshops.



Percentage of freshmen receiving aid: 100%.
Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 96%
For institution-specific scholarships, contact: Admission office at 800.933.3401 or 414.382.6100 or

FAFSA Code: 003832

Tuition and fees: $27,552 (full-time non-nursing); $32,160 (full-time nursing)

Room and board: $8,296


Conference/division affiliation: NCAA Division III, Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

Women’s athletics

Basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Intramurals offered


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3400 South 43rd Street
P.O. Box 343922
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922


Girls on walk

-  Research shows that when you graduate from a women’s college like Alverno, you’re more likely to speak up, speak out and be successful on and off the job.

-  As part of our ability-based curriculum, students who graduate from Alverno leave with the essential skills most sought after by today’s employers.

-  Of our graduates, 81% live and work in Wisconsin, contributing to a brain gain.