Alverno focuses on the abilities graduates will need in the real world and has created a curriculum surrounding those abilities (problem solving, analysis, global perspective, social interaction, valuing, communication, aesthetic engagement, and effective citizenship). You can tell an Alverno woman from well-rounded skill set and her ability to constantly self-assess efficiently and thoroughly. Because of the ability-based curriculum, there are no grades. It may seem crazy, but it is highly beneficial. There is no focus on aiming for the highest grade, but instead there is focus on reaching your highest potential. Not only is the curriculum unique, but Alverno's atmosphere draws its students in. The moment I stepped on campus for a tour, I felt wanted and like I was already part of the family. At Alverno, you are not a number.