Milwaukee, WI
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4 College Junior

Academics: Being a nursing student is difficult. The workload is very heavy. For the nursing program students must get an 80% or higher in classes to pass, and two drops or fails equal being kicked out of the nursing program. The facility or nursing building is old and outdated, but currently a new nursing building is being built with brand new simulators. I love that each semester you have the opportunity to have your clinicals in a different location. Senior year second semester everyone is put into and internship. I have heard from many students, usually graduates get a job within 3-4 months.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I think that the most popular program is nursing. It is a very tough program. You must be able to get into the program, and when your in the program, you can't get no less than 80% on tests otherwise you either fail or get kicked out of the program. I heard that Alverno has one of the toughest nursing programs in the state of Wisconsin.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is a lot but the college had so many resources to help us get through and really learn the information that is needed. The professor's interact with the students on so many levels , that it really make your head spin. They have you call them by there first name. They will help you to understand the load of work. They give so much time and attention that I love it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They challenge you intellectually and enforce communication, along with speaking up.

4 College Junior

Academics: Very tough curriculum but very thorough.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 19th
    Best Registration Process
  • 19th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 26th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 45th
    Most Available Classes

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Katy Kujala-Korpela
History/Political Science
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Everyone wants students to succeed at Alverno. Professors want students to call them by their first names and will often give out their personal email addresses or home phone numbers. In fact, countless professors say that they feel they are learning from their students just as much as their students are learning from them. Professors at Alverno understand that life happens and are often more than happy to assist students or make other accommodations. However, the professors at Alverno also have high expectations for their students, and the level of everyone's work is challenging. Having an exceptional academic system is what Alverno stands for. Students come to the College as an alternative to the large lecture halls and faceless crowds that are par for the course at many other universities. Coming to Alverno is an investment in not only yourself, but also in the community. Students who graduate from Alverno are prepared with not only the knowledge of the material, but also the interpersonal skills to take them far in their careers.

Alverno is a little different than a "traditional" college. It does not have a standard grading system, and there are quite a few students that are coming back to college after 20 years. Overall, the College makes an extra effort to help female students prepare for their careers. A benefit to not having a traditional grading system is that students are not placed on a scale according to what grades other students are getting—there are no bell curves here! Students can focus on their own progress, instead of comparing themselves to their friends.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 68%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 16%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Semester at Sea
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Best Places to Study
  • The library
  • The Mug Coffeehouse & Café
Tips to Succeed
  • Do your reading and other homework.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Teachers are so cool about setting up times to meet with students to go over materials or concepts. Tutors are also really helpful and accessible to all students.
  • If you can't get your homework completely done, always come to class with something. Something is better than nothing, and something is also better than excuses. Teachers will be more understanding.
  • If you live in the dorms, don't let all the drama get you down.
  • Remember: Taking breaks from school is important.
  • Take advantage of the time management classes and tutors offered at Alverno. If you are struggling with something, there are all kinds of people and services there to help—so use them.
  • Talk to your professors and don't be afraid to tell them what is going on in your life if your assessment was really bad or you haven't made it to class in a couple days.
Did You Know?
  • Alverno has an ability-based program that does not rely solely on multiple choice tests but rather on group projects and presentations.
  • Some classes can be taken at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee if they are not offered at Alverno. Mount Mary is something of a sister school to Alverno.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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