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Viterbo University

Quick Facts

1,700 undergraduate; 910 graduate
Financial aid
Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 99%
Student/faculty ratio

Viterbo University offers more than 40 academic programs (traditional and online) that prepare students for outstanding careers. Whether it be at the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree level, classes are taught by faculty members dedicated to the success of their students. Viterbo students are known by name, and they build strong connections with faculty both in and outside of the classroom. Most programs feature internships, study abroad, service, and field research opportunities that enhance the classroom experience. Viterbo also has a generous transfer-credit policy and accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs specifically designed for working professionals. Viterbo’s beautiful campus and vibrant community are located in La Crosse — a city nestled between scenic bluffs and the Mississippi River, and named a top college town in Wisconsin by the American Institute for Economic Research. Founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viterbo is a Catholic, Franciscan University in the liberal arts tradition.


Viterbo features small classes taught by excellent faculty dedicated to student success. The university also has terrific facilities, including a state-of-the-art School of Nursing building and the new Weber Center for the Performing Arts, a premiere theatre facility located on the Mississippi. Viterbo offers more than 70 programs of study, many of which offer guaranteed paid internships, study abroad, and research opportunities to enhance your classroom experience.


Enrollment: 1,700 undergraduate, 910 graduate
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1


Admission requirements

At least 16 academic units of study: English (4), math (3), natural science (3), social science or history (3), and elective credits (3); satisfactory scores on the ACT or SAT exam. Students must submit official transcripts and test scores.


How AP/IB credits are handled

Credits are granted for AP and IB classes taken in high school. Awarded credits vary by subject and test score.


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision


Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 99%
Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 95%
For institution-specific scholarships, contact: Admissions Office at 608.796.3010 or

FAFSA code: 003911

Tuition and Fees: $28,650
Room and Board: $9,295


Conference/division affiliation: North Star Athletic Association

Men’s athletics

Baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball

Women’s athletics

Basketball, bowling, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball

Intramurals offered


Dr. Glena Temple

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900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601-8804


The city of Viterbo, Italy, is the namesake of the university. Viterbo was home to St. Rose of Viterbo, the young Franciscan woman who is the patroness of the FSPA--the order of sisters which founded Viterbo University.