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Alverno College
Motto In Sanctitate et Doctrina
Established 1887
Type Private Roman Catholic women's college
Endowment $16.7 million[1]
President Mary J. Meehan
Dean Kathleen O'Brien, SSSF
Faculty 110
Staff 450
Students 2,654 [2]
Undergraduates 2,314
Postgraduates 340
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Colors Brown/Gold
Nickname Inferno
Mascot "Blaze"
Affiliations School Sisters of St. Francis

Alverno College is a Roman Catholic, four-year, independent, liberal arts women's college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chartered in 1887 as St. Joseph's Normal School, Alverno offers weekday and weekend undergraduate programs, as well as 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 timeframe program in Milwaukee in order to serve working women in the Milwaukee area.

Alverno is nationally recognized for its unique, student-centered approach to education, relying on lengthy and highly personalized performance assessment systems which provide critical feedback for students to use as they learn and develop. This accredited, award-winning institution consistently outpaces colleges and universities on the National Survey of Student Engagement, a project out of the Indiana University that surveys more than 300,000 students nationwide in an effort to determine whether or not students are actively and progressively engaged in their studies. In addition, Alverno College is ranked in the top tier of US News & World Reports America's Best Colleges, and in 5 of 8 national categories in their Programs that Work section. Alverno College was awarded the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Award" in the 90s, and continues to attract national attention for its work on learning outcomes and accountability of higher education.


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