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Alverno College

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Chartered in 1887 as St. Joseph's Normal School, Alverno became Alverno Teachers College in 1936. It adopted its current name in 1946.Alverno takes its name from a mountain in Italy (La Verna). From this mountain, St. Francis and his followers reflected on life and gained an understanding of what it means to love in life, to love God, one's family and community.


Alverno's 60-plus undergraduate areas of study reflect the multiple interests of the student body. These areas of study are a rich diversity of majors, minors and associate degrees, and are contained within four schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing.

Graduate programs for men and women meet the needs of the 21st-century professional with programs including the Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Community Psychology.


At the Career Education Center, resources and tools are available to empower you to employ your interests and education in a career. During the past three years, 94% of Alverno undergraduate alumnae were employed six months after graduation, and 84% report that their jobs were directly related to their studies at Alverno. Career education and activities are integrated throughout your curriculum, helping you focus and develop the abilities needed to be successful in your chosen field.

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Student services

Student Services include:

  • Counseling Health Services
  • Campus Safety and Security
  • Civility Project
  • Commencement
  • Community Day
  • Stress Management
  • Family Resources

Housing services

Living on campus is a great chance for students to live and learn with their peers.  On campus residents have easy access to dining facilities, classrooms, and a wide variety of campus activities.  Living on campus gives students the ability to live and learn with their peers while reaching their academic goals.

Library services

Throughout its history, the Alverno College Archives has had a reputation for quality service. The Archives is currently staffed by one full-time archivist/records manager, Sara Shutkin and a part-time archives assistant, Debra Butz.

Medical services

We offer the following services on campus:

  • Illness assessment and care for routine and common ailments
  • Strep throat testing
  • Mononucleosis testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Basic first aid care for minor injuries
  • Blood pressure checks
  • TB skin tests and immunizations
  • HPV vaccinations
  • Flu shots
  • Health education
  • Wellness coaching

Student Life

Campus life

With two residence halls, 30 student organizations and clubs, sports teams, outdoor recreational and communal areas, the Pitman Theater, the Commons, the Inferno Café, the Fitness Center, and numerous art and cultural events on Alverno's campus, there are friends to make, interests to be explored and activities to enjoy.

Sports facilities

Alverno College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Inferno are a member of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). Alverno was also a member of the Lake Michigan Conference until the spring of 2006. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.


Alverno College is accredited by the following organizations:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Music Therapy Association

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