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4 College Junior

Diversity: The school is very accepting as far as ethnic diversity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and religion. At times, it can be a little over-bearing with the liberal ideas for those who disagree.

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4 College Student

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. A lot of the classes offered at Alverno is about diversity and culture.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I mean this school has students from all over the globe and different racial background, ethnicity and religion and that's what I love about it.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: To put it simply, the most accepting place I've ever been. Alverno College has been a second home to me from the moment I first walked in, where everyone and anyone is accepted for who you are and to help you explore who you can become.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our college has a huge range of diversity. It is an only girls college. Which I think makes it very easy to get an education

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Obviously, Alverno is not gender diverse, but there are students from every socioeconomic status, religious background, and section of the world. Over the years, Alverno has hosted students from Jamaica, Mexico, Korea, and Ireland. Even though Alverno is a Catholic college, there are 19 other religions present and represented on campus. Most programs are not strictly Catholic, and Campus Ministry provides services in which all students can relate.

Students at Alverno are also from various age groups and a large percentage are commuters, of which many are nontraditional, meaning that they did not come directly from high school to college. Many of these students have families and partners, and offer different perspectives from that of an 18-year-old. Students who are part of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) community at Alverno are visible on campus through the programs and events they plan.

Facts & Statistics

African American
18%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
17%
International
2%
Native American
1%
White
55%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
3%
Common States of Residence
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 18%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 21%
25+: 38%
Female Faculty
78%
Male Faculty
22%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 90%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Alverno's chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) isn't always active, depending on the leadership in place. Its annual program, "Day of Silence," brings quite a large amount of attention, though.
Political Activity
There is little in terms of political activities or events on campus.
Economic Status
Since Alverno is a private college, there is a solid percentage of students whose parents pay for their education because they can afford it. However, Alverno does offer a lot of grants and financial aid options. Students come from all different backgrounds, including many who are the first to go to college in their family. Alverno is also the cheapest private school in Wisconsin, so when compared to other private schools in the area, it seems more reasonable. There are also various massive scholarships, such as the Alverno Scholars of Wisconsin, which can be the difference between students going to Alverno or not.
Most Common Religions
The most dominant religious affiliation on campus is Catholic. But there are 19 other religious denominations on campus. Campus Ministry tries to be as inclusive as possible and has plenty of nondenominational events. Everyone's religion, or lack of religion, is respected at Alverno.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are events put on by various minority clubs throughout the school year. Some of these clubs are the Hispanic Women of Alverno, the Muslim Student Association, United Native American Voices of Alverno, and Women of Asian Ethnicity. The group Caravan focuses on bringing all cultures together for festivities through one program instead of small programs. Caravan has been quite successful through the past few years.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 18% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 36% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 7% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 38% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 27 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Republican
  • 9% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 45% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 18% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 17% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 18% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 45% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 27% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 93% Very accepting.
  • 7% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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