Alverno College
Year established: 1887
Type of school: college, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes
Campus enrollment: 2,480 students
Coeducational information: women's college
Location description: in or near a major city (pop. 300,000 or more)
Application fee: $20

Street address: Alverno College
3400 South 43rd Street, P.O. Box 343922
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922
Mailing address: Alverno College
3400 South 43rd Street, P.O. Box 343922
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922
Main telephone numbers: 414 382-6000
800 933-3401 (toll free)
414 382-6354 (fax)

Main homepage:

SAT number: 1012
ACT number: 4558
FAFSA number: 003832
FICE number: 3832

Alverno College is a four-year private liberal arts college located on the south side of Milwaukee. The campus is located in a primarily residential neighborhood with access to public transportation from several points near campus. As a Catholic women's school, the institution exists to promote both personal and professional development. Such development is fostered through the curriculum, off-campus internships and community involvement.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2006-07 academic year.

Alverno College
Admissions officer: Kim Wankowski,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office: 414 382-6100
800 933-3401 (toll free)
414 382-6354 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 22%
Application fee: $20
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: no
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 19 and minimum 2.5 GPA recommended.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: not available
Visit for interview by: July
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT required, SAT II not used
School's test preference: ACT
Dates test scores should be received: August 15 for SAT I/ACT, August 15 for SAT II
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 required
Foreign language: 2 recommended
Math: 3 required
Science: 3 required
Social studies: 3 required
Total: 17 required
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay important
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 99%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 16%
Top quarter: 33%
Top half: 72%
Bottom half: 28%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 86%
Average ACT: 21 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 17 - 22
Test taken by majority of applicants: ACT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 2%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 96%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis

Number of completed applications received: 911
Number of applicants offered admission: 538 (59%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 283 (53%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 4%
Tuition deposit amount: $100, refundable May 1
Room deposit amount: $100, partially refundable ?
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 1 year

Semester/term begin dates: in late August and late January.
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August and January.
Number and length of summer sessions: One summer session.

Majors with the highest enrollment: nursing, elementary education, psychology
Majors with the lowest enrollment: history, philosophy, art
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 71%
Student:Faculty ratio: 13:1
Total faculty: 51 men, 174 women, 225 total
Full-time faculty: 26 men, 81 women, 107 total
Part-time faculty: 24 men, 95 women, 119 total
Graduation rate: 35% within six years

Alverno College
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: required of all for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: no

Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, independent study, internships, weekend college
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in adult education, art, biology, business/management, chemistry, computer science, creative arts, dance/theater, English, English language arts for teachers, global studies, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, professional communication, psychology, religious studies, science for teachers, secondary education, sociology, social studies for teachers, and Spanish language/cultures.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, pre-physician assistant
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: no
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs: UN Semester
Study abroad opportunities:
Argentina;Austria;Brazil;Canada;China;Denmark;France;Hong Kong;Ireland;Japan;Korea, South;Mexico;Spain;United Kingdom
Other special or unique academic programs:
Alverno College offers several faculty led credit courses with travel abroad components each semester.
Army ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University

Associate's Degrees

  • Agriculture Business/Supply
  • Agriculture Machinery Systems
  • Auto Service/Technology
  • General Liberal Studies
Bachelor's Degrees

  • Architectural/Engineering Technology
  • Art
  • Art Education/Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Biology
  • Business/Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communication/Management/Technology
  • Community Leadership/Development
  • Computer Science
  • Education/Broad Field Science
  • Education/Broad Field Social Studies
  • Education/Early Childhood
  • Education/Elementary
  • Education/Mathematics
  • Education/Middle Childhood
  • Education/Secondary
  • English
  • English Language Arts
  • Environmental Science
  • Global Studies
  • Global/International Affairs
  • History
  • International Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal
  • Philosophy
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Professional Communication
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Credit placement options:
  • placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • credit for CLEP general
  • credit for CLEP subject
  • credit and/or placement for school's own challenge exams
  • placement for relevant life experience
  • credit for international baccalaureate
Restrictions on CEEB Advanced Placement options:
CEEB Advanced Placement tests transfer in as direct credits for general education courses.
Major Departments review CEEB Advanced Placement tests for direct transfer.

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Daniel Goyette,
Director of Student Financial Planning
Contacting the office: 414 382-6046
800 933-3401 (toll free)
414 382-6354 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003832

Undergraduate tuition: $16,896; $16,896 out-of-state
Additional required fees: $400
Book fees: $1,050
Miscellaneous expenses: $3,154
Combined room and board expenses: $6,106 - $6,106


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 15yesN/A
Institution's own financial aid formApril 1yesN/A
Business/Farm SupplementN/AnoN/A
income tax formsApril 1noApril 15

Date award notification begins: March 1
Applied for financial aid:
98% of first-year students
94% of full-time undergraduates
86% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
0% for first-year students
0% for full-time undergraduates
0% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 11%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Nursing Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 90%
Average student debt upon graduation: $35,117
Types of payment plans:
  • deferred payment plan
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
  • transfer scholarships/referral scholarships
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 8 men, 2,237 women, 2,245 total
Full-time undergraduates: 1,542 women, 1,542 total
Part-time undergraduates: 8 men, 695 women, 703 total
Total graduate students: 35 men, 200 women, 235 total
Full-time graduate students: 19 men, 110 women, 129 total
Part-time graduate students: 16 men, 90 women, 106 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 23
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 3%
First-year student breakdown:
21.6% Black (non-Hispanic)
1.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native
3.5% Asian or Pacific Islander
14.1% Hispanic
59.4% White (non-Hispanic)
0.4% total international (nonresident aliens)
Undergraduate breakdown:
18.7% Black (non-Hispanic)
1.4% American Indian or Alaskan Native
4.5% Asian or Pacific Islander
10.6% Hispanic
64.3% White (non-Hispanic)
0.5% total international (nonresident aliens)

Campus size: 47 acres
City or town school is located in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Population of city/town: 600,000
Nearest major city: Chicago, Illinois
Distance of nearest major city: 90 miles
Population of nearest major city: 3,000,000

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • women's dorms (100%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 29%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 9%
Percent of students who live off campus: 91%
Students required to live on campus: All freshmen under age 21 without children must live on campus unless living with family.
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 90%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 500
Other computer facilities/services: The wireless network is also available in the Commons and other dining facilities as well as the conference center.
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
electronic reserves and hotlinks within EDUCATOR (course management software); wireless connectivity in reference room and study areas; circulation of laptops to students; library computer classroom with 15 computers; smart board and laptop cart for use with information literacy instruction classes; additional 500,000 plus items owned by the SWITCH consortium and available to patrons via daily delivery among the 8-member libraries; email reference services
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
art gallery; Teaching, Learning and Technology Center; clinical nursing skills lab; student-centered multimedia production facility; Career Center; Fitness Center; state of the art NCAA regulation soccer and softball fields; Diagnostic Digital Portfolio; Pitman Theater; Assessment Center; International and Intercultural Center; Communication Resource Center; Math Center

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, health service, day care, health insurance
Counseling services:
career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, resumé assistance, interview training, Career Fairs, Career Research Library, computer-based job search systems
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, adaptive equipment
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: partially

Number of social fraternities on campus: 0
Number of social sororities on campus: 4
Percent of women who join sororities: 2%
Student activities:
student newspaper, literary magazine
School newspaper(s): Alverno Alpha, published 2-4 times per semester, Inside Out, published once annually
Total number of registered organizations: 38
Campus-based religious organizations:
Campus Ministry,
Minority student organizations:
The Caravan, Hispanic Women of Alverno, Muslim Student Association, Women of Asian Ethnicity, United Native American Voices of Alverno
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
Alverno College Student Nurses Association, Pre Law Society, Psych Forum, Society of Human Resource Management, Students in Free Enterprise, Inside Out, literary journal, Alverno College Ambassadors, Community Advisors, PAGE Board, Programming Activities and Great Events, Peer Advisors, Student Activities Spirit Staff, Alverno Institute of Management Accountants, Student Chapter, Inferno Heat, Dance Team, Student Athlete Advisory Council, Alpha, Student Newpaper, Residence Hall Association, Club Clio, Eco-Friends, Women of Wisdom, Music Therapy Club, Alverno Student Education Organization, Artourage, Association for Women in Communication, Circle K, Gay/Straight Alliance, Meeting of the Minds, Association of Pre-Health Professionals, Pi Sigma Epsilon Delta Omicron Chapter

School has an athletic program: yes
Director of women's athletics: Kay Wolferstetter
School colors: Red, White, Black
School mascot: Inferno
Athletic conference memberships: Northern Athletics Conference (Division III)

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Women's basketballno 
Women's cross-countryno 
Women's soccerno 
Women's softballno 
Women's volleyballno 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 28%
Athletic facilities:
gymnasium, fitness center, athletic training room, team room, locker rooms, practice field, softball/soccor sports complex

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Milwaukee, WI (10 miles)
Nearest other airport: Chicago, Illinois (90 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee, WI (10 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Milwaukee, WI (10 miles)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 12%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: fair
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 16% immediately
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
Alverno College (WI);Cardinal Stritch University (WI);Marquette University (WI);Mount Mary College (WI);University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (WI)
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 89% within six months of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Milwaukee area schools, Columbia-St. Mary's, Financial and insurance firms, M & I Corporation, Metavante, U. S. Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Humana, Higher Education institutions, Alverno College, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools, Bryant & Stratton College, Government agencies, U. S. Government, Milwaukee County government, City of Milwaukee, We Energies, Harley-Davidson, Greendale Public Schools, Milwaukee area hospitals and hospital systems, Aurora Health Care, Covenant Health Care, Children's Hospital of WI, Froedtert Hospital, ProHealth Care
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Dr. Carol Meils, Cardiologist Sister Catherine Ryan, Attorney & Child Welfare Advocate

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2006 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 769
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 397 (52%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 238 (60%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 38%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, spring
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript required of all
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement recommended of all
  • interview recommended of all
  • standardized test scores not required
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Closing date for transfer applicants: August 1 for fall, January 1 for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: C
Other/Unique transfer policies: Transfer scholarships available.

International student contact: Mary Ellen Spicuzza,
Assistant Director, Intrnt'l and Intercultr'l Cntr
Contacting the office: 414 382-6099

Number of foreign countries represented: 12
Most represented countries: South Korea, Tanzania, China, Estonia, India, Guatemala

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Application closing dates: May 15 for fall, October 15 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: no
Test requirements: TOEFL required
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 520 paper, 190 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: English lab, special counselors/advisors, international student center, special orientation

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: no

Learning disabled program contact: Colleen Barnett,
Coordinator for Disability Services
Contacting the office: 414 382-6026

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Total number of students in LD program: 45
Services available to LD students:
remedial math, remedial English, remedial reading, note-taking services, tutors, reading machines, tape recorders, learning center, extended time for tests
LD students are tutored: individually and in small groups
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: yes
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

Requirements that may be waived for LD students: Criteria for applicants with LD are same as criteria for all applicants.
An essay is required: no
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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