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Location
Milwaukee, WI
Undergrads
1,412
Tuition
$22,126
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Academics: The teachers are nice and extremely helpful. The workload is average.

4 College Junior

Academics: The teachers are very friendly and helpful. The counselors help with all the registration process which is done entirely online.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Education program is very helpful and will help me grow into a great future teacher.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many different options when it comes to majors to study. The registration process is easy and people are helpful. The most popular study area is nursing.

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4 College Student

Academics: There are a lot of options for you at the school. A lot of people come as undeclared and are able to find a major or minor they want to pursue.

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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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katy Kujala-Korpela
Hometown
Wisconsin
Major
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
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
118
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
143
Total FT Faculty
118
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,889
Full-Time Retention Rate
73%
Part-Time Retention Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
39%
Programs/Majors Offered
48
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 19 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 19 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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