Alverno College

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School Overview

Alverno College is a private, four-year, women’s college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It was first established as St. Joseph’s Normal School in 1887 and was renamed Alverno Teachers College in 1936. It wasn’t until 1946 that it became Alverno College. Even though the college is primarily a women’s college, it does offer a few coeducational master’s degree programs. All bachelor’s degree programs are reserved for women only.

Alverno offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs designed for aspiring educators, teachers and working business professionals. Students can attend Alverno during the week or on weekends–depending on which is more convenient. The college’s weekend program was established in 1977 in an effort to provide accessible higher education for Milwaukee’s working women. Alverno offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Education.

Alverno uses a student-centric education approach that relies on high levels of interaction between students and faculty. It employs indepth performance evaluations and feedback designed to help students learn and grow. The ultimate goal of all programs at Alverno is to help students learn how to effectively comunicate (oral and written), solve problems, develop a global perspective, become contributing citizens and develop critical analysis skills.

General Information

Admission Office

3400 South 43rd Street

PO Box 343922

Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922

(414) 382-6101

(800) 933-3401

Fax: (414) 382-6055

Contact: Dianna Gaebler

Executive Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 343922

PO Box 343922

Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922

(414) 382-6000

Total undergrads: 2,371

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 267

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,303

Graduate enrollment: 411


Urban setting

ery large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 89%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 73%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Interactive media design B
Music – General A,B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Business administration/management and operations B
International Business B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Communications Technologies

Communication management and technology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Teacher Assistance A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Art Therapy B
Music Therapy B
Nursing (RN) A,B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Multi/Interdisciplinary studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Social Sciences

International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Alverno College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (414) 382-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 3400 S 43rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,744
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 45%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,596 (92% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $29,456
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,456
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $18,927

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Alverno College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Alverno College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 42
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 161108
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 543
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 2344614

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Alverno College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $29,456
Out-of-state $29,456
Books and supplies $768

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,771
Out-of-state $10,771

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 185 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 185 100% $18,927
Student loan aid 134 72% $7,552

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,150 94% $15,424
Federal student loans 967 79% $9,344

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Alverno College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Alverno College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 777 0 777
Percent admitted 100% 0% 69%
Percent admitted who enrolled 22% 0% 22%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Alverno College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,744
Undergraduate enrollment 1,105
Graduate enrollment 639

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Alverno College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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