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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1887
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 3400 S 43rd Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53234
    • Phone:
    • +14143826000
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Alverno College

Alverno College is a Roman Catholic, four-year, independent, liberal arts college, historically and still primarily a women's college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1887 as St. Joseph's Normal School, Alverno became Alverno Teachers College in 1936. It adopted its current name in 1946.

Academic Highlights

Alverno offers undergraduate programs and a coeducational Master of Arts program for teachers and business professionals, the Alverno MBA, and a Master of Science in nursing. The Weekend College was opened in 1977 as the first alternative time-frame program in Milwaukee to serve working women in the Milwaukee area. It is still primarily a women's college. The baccalaureate degree programs, residences, etc. are still open only to women; graduate degree programs are open to both women and men.

Life in Alverno College

Alverno College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Boxing was added as a club sport in 2016, and the team competes as part of the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association

School Ranking

Alverno College's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities Midwest, #53.


Generally, eligibility for admission is based on a combination of the following factors:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 2.3. A Student whose GPA falls between 2.0 and 2.3 may need to petition the Admissions Committee, depending on her other credentials.
  • Completion of 17 academic units of study in high school.
  • Rank in the upper half of the high school graduating class.
  • A minimum composite score of 17 on the American College Test (ACT). A student whose composite score is between 17 and 21 may need to petition the Admissions Committee, depending on her other credentials.  Alverno also accepts SAT scores.
  • Evaluation of high school and/or college transcripts (coursework and GPA).

Candidates for admission to Alverno should have received credit for seventeen academic courses in high school.  These should include four units in English, three units in history or the social sciences, three in mathematics, and three in the natural sciences.  Two units in a foreign language are recommended.

Notable Alumni

  • Diane Drufenbrock - Roman Catholic nun and Socialist Party nominee for Vice President of the United States
  • Georgine Loacker - educator
  • Toni Palermo - educator and baseball player
  • Sister Joel Read - Roman Catholic nun and educator
  • Marilyn Shrude - composer

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Alverno College is 67.1%.

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