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Alverno College accepts women who have recently completed their high school education as well as women who have been out of school for some time. We seek women who have the ability and desire to succeed in college.

The college admits students of any color, race, religion, age, and national or ethnic origin. Alverno is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

The Application Process

All applicants for a bachelor’s or associate’s degree must submit the following:

  • An application for admission (Applications are available from the Alverno Admissions Office or at
  • A nonrefundable $20 application fee (no fee if application is submitted online). Note: International applicants are not eligible to apply online.
  • An official transcript of high school coursework or an official report of test results for the General Educational Development (GED) indicating a passing score
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended, if any
  • Official American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score report (for students applying directly from high school). (This item is not needed for international students; see below

Home-Schooled Applicants

Alverno welcomes applications from home-schooled students who demonstrate promise of success in college. We recognize the contributions that home-schooled students bring to college life both in the classroom and as part of student life. We encourage home-schooled applicants to help us get an adequate picture of their college preparation by providing us with the following documents:

  • Transcript: A GED or transcript from a reputable home-school correspondence/umbrella program is acceptable. A home-prepared transcript is acceptable with a detailed roster of at least 17 academic units of high school coursework, including English, history, social sciences, mathematics, and natural science.
  • Portfolio: To help us evaluate your readiness for college-level work, submit at least two substantive samples of work in each of the following areas: English, history, social sciences, mathematics, and natural science.
  • Letters of recommendation: Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to evaluate you not only as a student but also as a member of the community. These individuals might include employers, teachers, coaches, pastors, and so on.
  • Communication Placement Assessment (CPA): See section on CPA on p. 12. You must complete the CPA before an admission decision is made.

International Applicants

To ensure that Alverno College has all the information and documents necessary to make a decision on your application for admission, please make sure that you submit all of the materials listed above and please note the additional steps you must take as follows:

Proof of English Language Proficiency

If you are an incoming international student and English is not your first language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency before Alverno will issue Form I-20, the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. The college accepts proof of English language proficiency from TOEFL, IELTS, or STEP Eiken, as follows:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (
    A minimum TOEFL score of 520 (written) or 190 (computer) or 68 (Internet) is required. The Alverno school code is 1012. Alverno requires receipt of an official copy of the test results directly from the testing service.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (
    A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required. Alverno requires a photocopy of the Test Report Form bearing the Test Report Form number (TRF number).
  • The Society for Testing English Proficiency, Inc. (STEP Test) (
    A minimum STEP grade of Pre-1 is required. Alverno requires receipt of an official copy of the test results directly from the testing service.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

Your non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluator such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) (, or Education Evaluators International, Inc. ( Choose a “general” evaluation of your secondary school records and a “course by course” evaluation of your university/college transcripts.

Statement of Evidence of Financial Support

Provide Alverno with official (i.e., certified) evidence of your financial ability to live and study in the United States for the first academic year. Follow the instructions on the college’s Statement of Evidence of Financial Support form.

Certification of Intent to Transfer from Transferring F-1 Students

If you are an F-1 student wishing to transfer from another U.S. college or university, you must submit the Alverno form International Student Notice of Intent to Transfer In. This form can be obtained from the Alverno International & Intercultural Center.

Questions concerning this information should be directed to the Alverno College International & Intercultural Center at or at 414-382-6008.

All applicants are invited to submit any additional documents that they feel may assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating the application.

Student Application Form Fee High School Transcript College Transcript Test Scores
New Student X X X X (1, 2)
Transfer Student X X X X
International Students X X X X X (3)
Postgraduate Student X X x
Youth Options Student (still enrolled in high school) X X X (5)

The Admissions Office may request additional credentials in some cases.

  1. For information on the ACT, visit or see your high school guidance counselor.
  2. For information on the SAT, visit or see your high school guidance counselor.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency is required.
  4. Based on previous academic history, some applicants may be asked to complete the Communication Placement Assessment as part of the application process.
  5. Alverno College welcomes high school juniors and seniors to experience college academics while still enrolled in high school through the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Youth Options Program. This program, open to women and men, gives students the chance to earn college credits at a reduced tuition rate while still in high school. A range of possible courses and timeframes is available from the Admissions Office. Students interested in this program should call the Alverno Admissions Office at 414-382-6100 for more information.

Students enrolling in the Youth Options Program must submit a Youth Options application, an official high school transcript indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a letter of recommendation from a principal, counselor, or teacher. Students must meet with an Alverno College admissions counselor and submit all appropriate forms by August 1 for the fall semester or December 1 for the spring semester.

Criteria for Admission

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

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 2.0. 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.
  • Completion of the Alverno Communication Placement Assessment (if requested by Admissions)
  • 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.

Transfer Credits and Articulation Agreements

A student with previous college experience who enrolls at Alverno College receives a transfer credit evaluation. This evaluation is based on official transcripts that she has submitted to the college. Courses taken at an institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and that show an earned grade of C or better are reviewed. At the time of registration, she receives notification of transferable coursework. These credits are listed on an official Transfer Evaluation form.

Alverno College holds articulation agreements with several two-year colleges in both Wisconsin and Illinois. A prospective student should check with the Admissions Office if she has questions about a particular school or major. Agreements exist for nursing, education, business and management, community leadership and development, international business, and psychology.

If a student has any questions about transfer credits prior to registration, she should contact an admissions counselor at 414-382-6100 or at 1-800-933-3401, or visit the Alverno website at

Notification and Confirmation

Once an applicant has submitted the required credentials, the admissions staff reviews her application and notifies her of a decision within four weeks.

Accepted students confirm their acceptance by depositing $100 within one month of acceptance. This fee is refundable until May 1 for the fall term and until October 15 for the spring term.

Prior Learning Assessment

Through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) processes, Alverno works with students to recognize the learning that they have already accomplished through a variety of life, work, and educational experiences. Students may earn college credits toward their degree by demonstrating how their learning experiences meet the requirements of a major or support area.

If a student decides to pursue PLA, the student and a faculty member work within the guidelines and policies developed by each discipline as they collaborate to determine the number of credits and assessment process that reflect the student’s experience and the expected learning outcomes. Policies set by the academic departments are designed to ensure that the student develops the depth and breadth of the arts and humanities along with the depth and breadth of the major and support areas that are expected of a quality baccalaureate program. If a student would like her work to be considered for PLA, she should contact an admissions counselor at 414-382-6100 or at 1-800-933-3401. An administrative fee is charged for PLA.

If a student has taken college-level coursework in other accredited institutions, Alverno also offers a preliminary transfer evaluation, free of charge. The college encourages prospective students to submit accredited college transcripts for a preliminary transfer evaluation. Courses that transfer do not need to be assessed for credit for prior learning.

To determine if you may be eligible for college credit in Alverno’s Prior Learning Assessment program, ask yourself if you have:

  • Used theory to understand life and/or professional experiences;
  • Completed noncredit classroom experiences (e.g., courses, seminars, workshops, training, continuing education programs);
  • Participated in paid or volunteer experiences related to an academic discipline;
  • Created or developed a product, publication, artistic work, innovation, or program.

Communication Placement Assessment

Each entering student participates in an entrance assessment before registration. Some may participate in it as part of the admissions process. This half-day series of assessments provides us — and the student — with a detailed picture of her abilities in several areas crucial to college learning.

The Communication Placement Assessment’s primary purpose is to tailor the student’s program to her individual abilities and goals. She and her advisors use the results in selecting her initial courses and in deciding which ability levels she will develop for credit in each course. If the results show areas that might inhibit her successful work in college if not developed, she is referred to courses in Instructional Services.

The Communication Placement Assessment’s second purpose is to give the student a taste of assessment. Because assessment is a key element in her college learning, and is the way she earns credit toward her degree, we want her to become familiar and at ease with it before her coursework actually begins.


Alverno College makes every effort to provide accessible facilities and programs for individuals with disabilities. If you have a diagnosed disability and would like to request accommodations for any part of the admissions process, including the Communication Placement Assessment, please contact the coordinator for student accessibility at 414-382-6026.


The Alverno academic year consists of two semesters, approximately sixteen weeks each, and a summer session. Accepted students may begin in the fall or spring semester, and may submit registration materials once invited to do so. Continuing students register online each semester during the two-week period specified on the academic calendar.

Interactive Online (IOL)

Interactive Online (IOL) is a web interface with the College’s administrative database that provides students with direct and easy access to an array of academic information. The password-protected system allows students to access their personal academic records — such as academic evaluations, course history, progress reports, and validation reports — while maintaining strict confidentiality of those records. Information that is newly entered or updated is immediately available to students online. IOL makes it easier to manage student contact information and follow-ups, bolstering the College’s high-touch communications approach.

With IOL, in addition to being able to register online, students can access general academic information such as class schedules, faculty information, and financial information.

Course Schedules

Every semester Course Offerings are available online approximately two weeks before the registration period. Ordinarily a course is offered if it meets enrollment expectations. Changes in course schedules are posted online.

Adult Evening & Online Program


Alverno’s Adult Evening & Online program is designed for women who are seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree in business, communication, or liberal studies. Students with no previous college credits and those who have completed college courses are eligible for enrollment. Transfer credit evaluation and assessment for credit for prior learning (CPL) are available during the admissions process. Alverno admits students of any color, race, age, religion, and/or national or ethnic origin.

Personal Assistance

A member of the Admissions staff is available to work individually with interested students. Admissions counselors are available by phone, email, or in person during the day, Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available by arrangement. Call 414-382-6100 or 1-800-933-3401 to make an appointment.

Application for Admission

To apply for admission, a student should:

  • Submit an application online at
  • Arrange for the Admissions Office to receive:
    • Official college transcript(s) from all institutions attended
    • Official high school transcripts with confirmation of graduation OR official record of GED completion.

Enrollment and Registration

Once a student’s file is complete, the Admissions Office reviews her credentials and notifies the student of her status within four weeks.

Enrollment Confirmation

A $100 enrollment confirmation fee (nonrefundable) is required of accepted students prior to registration. This fee is used as a tuition deposit.

Registration for Classes

After acceptance, students are registered for the first class. Schedule and orientation materials are mailed to students after registration.

Orientation to the Program

Orientation to the Adult Evening & Online program is required and takes place in GEO-100, a zero-credit course that introduces the student to the campus, available resources, and the technology necessary to participate in this program.

Topics covered:

  • Ability-based curriculum
  • Hybrid learning format
  • Alverno’s learning management system (Moodle)
  • Technology and library resources
  • Student services

The student also participates in and completes a Social Interaction Level 1 assessment.